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by Paul Silbergleit

Straight-ahead jazz, on the modern side of hard bop, with tasteful but energized playing from a quartet of guitar, tenor sax, bass, and drums, contains mostly original tunes which are beautifully written and represent a wide variety of grooves and moods.
Genre: Jazz: Hard Bop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. January
6:32 $0.99
2. Ode to Emmet Ray
6:10 $0.99
3. Quiet Angel
6:03 $0.99
4. Pauly the Pirate
5:40 $0.99
5. If I Should Lose You
7:45 $0.99
6. The Tree of Knowledge
9:30 $0.99
7. Back to Somewhere
7:04 $0.99
8. My New Attitude
4:35 $0.99
9. Round Lake
5:49 $0.99
10. Unspoken
9:14 $0.99
11. The Summer Knows
5:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
In this current jazz world where we musicians so prevalently work on a freelance basis, playing in many different configurations with numerous colleagues, I’m particularly happy to call this lineup the Paul Silbergleit Quartet whenever we have the chance to converge. I’ve been a guitarist on the Milwaukee scene for decades now myself, while drummer Todd Howell is one of the top flight cats in that famous jazz town of Chicago. Bassist Clay Schaub cut his teeth in his hometown of Albuquerque, and landed in Milwaukee about six years ago after stints in Denver and New York City, immediately becoming an invaluable addition to our musical community. And tenor saxophonist Eric Schoor is someone who my contemporaries and I saw grow from college student to college teacher, emerging as an excellent younger-generation player who was musically and personally right on the same page with us.
After many nights of this unit playing together, most frequently at the jazz joints of our corner of the Midwest, it was high time to document our collective music making. A quick word on the selections: January seemed like the right title for this lively-side jazz waltz, which was conceived of with great spontaneity one day and played right away that night, after just a momentary description to my bandmates at the time, no rehearsal and nothing on paper. Ode to Emmet Ray is a reference to the lead character in the Woody Allen film Sweet and Lowdown, a jazz guitarist of yesteryear who was always considered second best in the world, due to the concurrent presence of Django Reinhardt—but for the record, my tune is a tribute to Emmet the person more than Emmet the musician. It’s based, in a somewhat off-the-beaten-path borrowing of chord structure, on the harmonic progression to “I’ll See You in my Dreams” (which plays during the end credits of the film). Quiet Angel was written in reference to someone I knew—not necessarily someone who should be over-simply characterized as “quiet,” but certainly an angel. Pauly the Pirate is another title that just seemed right, capturing the spirit of this energetic Caribbean-flavored number (besides being in the great jazz tradition of naming tunes after oneself!). If I Should Lose You represents the band’s way of simply relaxing and playing on a favorite piece of standard repertoire. The Tree of Knowledge is a bit of a biblical reference, pertaining to the things one can’t un-know after biting into certain apples. As some jazz insiders might surmise, Back to Somewhere is a play on the title of the great old standard “Out of Nowhere,” one of the very first tunes I learned years ago, and the harmonic basis for this one. The present rendition of My New Attitude is a new twist on a brisk older tune of mine that was actually the title track of my last album. The lively Round Lake and the lovely Unspoken are contributions from Eric, along with his brilliant arrangement of the Michel Legrand classic The Summer Knows, turned here from sultry ballad to power-swinger, and geared to serve as a killin’ drum feature (with or without an actual drum solo).



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