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Blithe Moments

by Mitch Paliga

A unique and individual voice on the soprano saxophone as well as composer playing original music with a five movement suite inspired by John Coltrane and Keith Jarret.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Mara's Watch
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2. Letter Last
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3. I Beginning
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4. Ii Blithe Moments
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5. Interlude, Bass
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6. Iii Acceptance
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7. Interlude , Drums
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8. Iv the Release
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9. Interlude, Saxophone
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10. V Conclusion
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"Paliga is an interesting composer but he also may be the next great voice on the soprano sax." Cadence, January 2007

"Mitch has a beautiful sound on the soprano and some very compelling compositions that I enjoyed a lot. A stellar band as well."
David Liebman

"…exquisite lyric phrases from soprano saxophonist Mitch Paliga." Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune

"The guitarist (Steve Ramsdell) would be hard pressed to find a better associate than Paliga, whose soprano compliments the writing throughout." Cadence Magazine

"…Paliga, although a fine tenorist, is known for his concentration on soprano saxophone." and,"…shares his mentor's (David Liebman) fascination with chromaticism, weaving erudite lines with grace and poise." New City

"In addition to the pianist’s (Jo Ann Daugherty) core trio, the most impressive sideman is Mitch Paliga, particularly on soprano". Scott Yanow, Allmusic.com

Born in the small isolated mountain town of Libby Montana, Mitch first heard music when his father would play the harmonica around the house. He liked to play old cowboy/folk tunes like "Red River Valley". His father, Nick, learned how to play the harmonica as a young boy from his childhood friend Lido Vizuti. Lido is the father of the well known trumpet player Alan Vizuti. Mitch's mother, Joyce, also played trumpet when she was in high school which was going to be his instrument but alas, he changed his mind at the last minute to the saxophone for reasons he still does not know.
In 1972 he joined the public school band program, started on alto saxophone and was hooked. While in High school Mitch encountered the soprano saxophone and soon learned that this was his voice. After high school he went to Rocky Mountain College for one year then to Eastern New Mexico University where he finished a music degree. After college Mitch left for Champaign-Urbana, Illinois to pursue a Masters degree. It didn't take long to figure out that this not where his interests lie. Playing professionally and in diverse situations was of more interest and the rich local music scene offered this. While in C-U Mitch performed in the West African Highlife ensemble Bontuku, the pop/rock/funk band Modern Humans as well as leading jazz quartets, quintets and working as a sideman in other jazz groups. After the invaluable experience the inevitable and obvious move was of course to Chicago.
Moving to Chicago in 1990 has offered many opportunities and experiences. As a performer Mitch has worked with Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, actor Gary Sinise, Rudy Linka, Akio Sasajima, Damon Short, Jo Ann Daugherty, Fred Simon, Deanna Witkowski, John Elmquist's "Hard Art Groop", "Kimotion" and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. He is also a member of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective.
In 1993, Mitch was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study Grant to study with master saxophonist David Liebman. Liebman's influence was not just limited to saxophone playing and jazz improvisation but also composition. In 1998, Mitch received a master's degree in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern he studied jazz arranging and advanced jazz composition with Don Owens, contributing original arrangements and compositions for the Northwestern jazz ensemble and jazz improvisation with Michael Kocour. In 2000, he received a City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant to record his compositions for jazz quintet. Mitch is also an active educator in the Chicago area, teaching at Lake Forest College, Illinois Benedictine University, North Central College, and Old Town School of Folk Music and has a number of private students.

DISCOGRAPHY

RETROFIT, Damon Short, 2007
BLITHE MOMENTS, Mitch Paliga 2006
FOOT & BIRD, Hard Art Group 2005
CASH COW, Hard Art Group 2005
RANGE OF MOTION, Jo Ann Daugherty 2005
DAWSON'S NEW RAGE, Mike Dawson 2004
KIMOTION LIVE, Kimotion 2004
JUMP IN, Radio Improved 2002
CHANGES WITHIN, John Menges 1999
DAWSON, Mike Dawson 1999
REAL WORLD, Ryan Cohan 1996
STEVE RAMSDELL, Steve Ramsdell 1995
MODERN HUMANS, Modern Humans 1988, unreleased
FRIENDS, Oscar Sulley 1987
BONTUKU, Oscar Sulley 1987

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Jerome Wilson, Cadence


Mitch Paliga is a sax player who mainly plays soprano with a startling grace and clarity and manages to avoid directly sounding like Lacy, Liebman, or any of the instrument's other masters. On Blithe Moments he has put together a session that starts out seeming to be formal and polite but gets heavier as it goes on. Mara's Watch has a restrained melody but the solos turn into a hard-swinging affair as Paliga and Jo Ann Daugherty rock out on the chords of All Blues. Letter Last is a brooding ballad that contains some of the leaders most elegant playing.
The majority of the CD is taken up by Reflection Suite Remembrance, a lovely multifaceted piece that goes from a free-swinging waltz into more somber balladry and soprano mastery and climaxes with Paliga finally pulling out his tenor sax and roaring like John Coltrane at a frantic speed with his rhythm section keepimg pace. Paliga is an interesting composer but he also may be the next great voice on soprano sax.
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Steve Ballenger

Unique soprano, soulful sounds, great mix....GreatCD
Paliga plays from the heart, not just the mind. The incredible range of the emotive call of the horn, as well as, the masterful mix contained here not only brings back memories but also conjures up daydreams. This is a no strings attached, must own!
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