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Narrando Historias

by Peter Sommer

Daring but accessible original compositions and arrangements inspired by literature and poetry, featuring melodic and open improvisations from Denver's finest jazz musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Every Angel / Smells Like Teen Spirit
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2. Penance III
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3. Ataraxia
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4. Pushing Cubes
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5. I Think of Dean Moriarty
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6. Hendrix
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7. Los Muertos Narran Historias
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8. Xibalba
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9. Dream of Self: Alone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Peter Sommer, tenor saxophone
Ron Miles, cornet
Eric Gunnison, piano
Kent McLagan, bass
Alwyn Robinson, drums

Kristin Sommer, flute, tracks 2 and 3
Wesley Ferreira, bass clarinet, tracks 2 and 3

Following in the footsteps of my previous project "Tremolo Canteen", "Narrando Historias" is a collection of pieces written for and inspired by my interests in literature, history and culture. The opening track is a melodic treatment of the first stanza of Rainer Maria Rilke's first "Duino Elegy", followed by our arrangement of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", contrasting the surface surreal nature of Cobain's lyrics with those of Rilke's investigation into ultimate truth or beauty. After one of Art Lande's beautiful "Penance"s, the quintet glides through "Ataraxia", inspired by the modern day epicurean nature of our culture. These tracks also feature a larger chamber ensemble with flute and bass clarinet. After a brief freebop tribute to board games ("Pushing Cubes"), we move on to my syllable-by-syllable rendition of the last paragraph of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road", a beautiful passage about America and the wanderer's search for truth and the realities of time and age. "Hendrix" is dedicated to my children and their love for the great guitarist, and "Los Muertos Narran Historias" and "Xibalba" were both inspired by a trip to the local museum and a wonderful exhibit on Mayan culture and history. The album closes with the first movement of an ongoing compositional project of mine about the nature of the self and it's perception of reality. In this case, a steady and unwavering look at loneliness at its most noble and melancholy.

Featured throughout the album are the amazing talents of Ron Miles, Eric Gunnison, Kent McLagan and Alwyn Robinson, who are among the most gifted and creative artists I have had the pleasure of working with. Thanks to all for a wonderful session!

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