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Night Mood

by Paul Klinefelter

Night Mood the long awaited first CD of original music by bassist and composer, Paul Klinefelter.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. Night Mood
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2. Hectic Street
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3. Trooper Duke
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4. Stumblefunk
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5. Blue Mountain Bossa Nova
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6. Camel Humps
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7. Room Without A Window
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8. Pastorale
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Album Notes
The tunes on this CD were wriiten over a period of many years and for many reasons. "Camel Humps"
and "Night Mood" are from the early-mid eighties when I played with the Steve Giordano Quintet and were
written for this particular group of musicians. For this recording, I was fortunate enough to get the original
members of the Quintet together again to reproduce the arrangements that we played twenty-plus years
ago. It is a testament to the musicianship of Steve, Bob Meashey, Marc Adler and Joe Mullen that these
tracks came off sounding as if we had never stopped playing together and that the cuts used were both
first takes.
"Hectic Street" was inspired by the two lane residential road on which I live that annoyingly becomes
a superhighway at rush hour. Wife Terry, John Swana, Joe and I dart in and out of traffic. Hopefully, no
one got hurt.
The oldest composition in this collection, "Trooper Duke" was written as a sort of lament for the type
of Western hero the likes of John Wayne portrayed on the big screen. It could very easily have been called
"Theme for an Imaginary Western" had the title not already been used. A tip of the hat to Joe, George Rabbai
and Matt Davis for so ably bringing this one to life.
The newest tune, "Stumblefunk" began as a riff I came up with while noddling on my bass guitar. After
that, it came together rather quickly. On the final realization you hear John, Joe and longtime friend and
musical partner, Ron Thomas, who found the funky ambient sounds I was looking for.
"Blue Mountain Bossa Nova" and "Room Without A Window" were both written in my windowless
teaching studio at a local college. The bossa has a somewhat unusual chord progression utilizing a
B major that moves to its opposite, F major, under the first of the melody. George, Terry and Joe help
me on this one. I have Terry to thank for transforming "Room Without A Window". Originally, it was a
moody dirge but it was her idea to move it to a bright 3/4 tempo which, I think, works nicely.
"Pastorale" was written quickly in one sitting. Funny how that happens sometimes. I think it reflects
the peaceful mood I was in at the time, and Ron and I wend our way way through its folksy changes in
our comfortable style.

All music written by Paul Klinefelter

Produced by Richard Burton and Paul Klinefelter

Recorded, Mixed and mastered by Glenn Ferracone at the Music Centre, Exton, PA.

All music published by Richard Burton Music ASCAP

Vectordisc 013 (2009)


By DAN MCCLENAGHAN, Published: April 7, 2010

Connoisseurs of jazz trios led by pianists may be familiar with bassist Paul Klinefelter's contribution to Ron Thomas's superb Music in Three Parts (Art of Life Records, 2006). That particular piano trio outing, one of that year's finest, featured Klinefelter's big bass sound interacting in a three-way Zen dance with pianist Thomas and the extraordinary drummer Joe Mullen. Night Mood, by contrast, finds Klinefelter in the leader's seat on a set that mixes styles and shifts line-ups on a polished, top-level jazz disc.

This set of Klinefelter originals opens with the title tune, written in the mid-'80s when the bassist played with the Steve Giordano Quintet. With that particular lineup back in place, "Night Mood" drifts in on a guitarist Giordano's zither-like guitar figure, joined by trumpeter Bob Meashey and flutist Marc Adler. The ballad floats beautifully, tethered by Klinefelter's in-the-pocket bass lines and drummer Joe Mullen's resonant percussive bustle.

"Hectic Street" bumps up the tempo and brightens the mood. It brings in the daylight on John Swana's tangy trumpet, leading into a spirited piano solo by Terry Klinefelter (Paul's wife) rolling on the rollicking bass/drum rhythm. "Trouper Duke" conjures images of John Wayne on a lazy ride across a wide prairie, opening on Matt Davis' twanging western guitar and George Rabbai's relaxed trumpet blowing long elastic lines. Another highlight is "Stumblefunk," a tune that sounds like an outtake from the marvelous-but-overlooked Miles Davis/Marcus Miller collaboration Amandla (Warner Brothers, 1989). The mood here is streetwise but a bit ominous, with trumpeter Swana sounding very Miles-like on his muted horn in front of keyboardist Ron Thomas and Klinefelter supplying a turbulent electric urban feeling.

The disc closes in a sparer mode, going the piano trio route with Terry Klinefelter in the keyboard seat on "Room without a Window." The gorgeous sound begins with an inward look then cranks up the momentum to cook along in a bright 3/4 time. "Pastorale" teams the leader in a pensive, peaceful duet with pianist Thomas that plays like a closing prayer. It provides a folksy and approachable, yet cerebral, and perhaps spiritual conclusion to a fine set of music.

Track Listing: Night Mood; Hectic Street; Trooper Duke; Stumblefunk; Blue Mountain Bossa Nova; Camel Humps; Room Without a Window; Pastorale.

Personnel: Paul Klinefelter: acoustic and electric bass; Terry Klinefelter: piano (2, 7); Ron Thomas: piano, keyboards: (4, 8); Joe Mullen: drums; Bob Meashy: trumpet, flugelhorn: (1, 6); John Swana: trumpet (2, 4); George Rabbai: trumpet, flugelhorn (3); Marc Adler: flute (1, 6); Steve Giordano: guitar (1, 6); Matt Davis: guitar (3).

Record Label: Vectordisc Records | Style: Straightahead/Mainstream



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