Russ Nolan | Call It What You Want

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Call It What You Want

by Russ Nolan

Saxophone-led Latin and Modern Jazz Quartet with Percussion
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Neruda
5:47 $0.99
2. My Ship
4:49 $0.99
3. Disjunction
5:36 $0.99
4. Call It What You Want
5:21 $0.99
5. Mi Remedio
6:15 $0.99
6. Jazz Is a Four-Letter Word
4:49 $0.99
7. Uncommon Air
7:26 $0.99
8. Canción Sabrosa
5:03 $0.99
9. Las Teclas Negras
7:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Russ Nolan’s music is often described as High-Energy Modern Jazz that both satisfies the intellect of its musical peers and speaks to everyone on a soulful level. Called a ‘renaissance man’ by those close to him, he has taken his experiences in sports, martial arts, business, after-school program volunteering, music education, and other activities to relate to a wider audience.
Current Jazz CD Releases
Russ is an accomplished and active Salsa dancer in NYC and has used his inspiration on the dance floor to craft his last three Latin and Modern Jazz releases Tell Me (2012) ; Relentless (2014) - featuring Latin Jazz Grammy Nominee Manuel Valera on piano; and current recording Call It What You Want (2015). Previous recordings include With You In Mind with the Kenny Werner Trio.
His original compositions draw influences from Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Chick Corea and are infused with Afro-Cuban, Samba, Bossa Nova, Bolero, and Mambo rhythms. Russ’ ability to relate to non-jazz audiences is demonstrated in his jazz treatments of Pop Standards from The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder.

Liner Notes:
Dear Listener,
This is my 5th recording in a 10-year time span as a leader. With the exception of the compositions Call It What You Want–an ethereal modern jazz melody and harmony alternating between 5/8 and 6/8 time signatures— and Jazz is a Four-Letter Word – an up-tempo swinger with a syncopated undercurrent – this recording is another chapter in my study of Latin rhythms and their application to the Modern Jazz harmony I enjoy writing.
My Ship, the only arrangement on this session, is set to a Peruvian Lando and finishes in a 1960’s Coltrane Quartet-style modal vamp.
I wrote Mi Remedio (a Cha-Cha) for my most beautiful and excellent wife, Luzviminda Remedios Caparas. She is a nurse practitioner and has certainly been the ‘remedy’ for me!
Cancion Sabrosa (‘Tasty Song’) is a Mambo in Rhumba Clave, while Disjunction (another Mambo in Son Clave) was named for its jagged melody and unpredictable phrase lengths.
Neruda, inspired by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, depicts both his somber, introspective poetry (1st half of the composition) and his more jubilant moods in the festive Mambo that follows.
Las Teclas Negras (The Black Keys) is an E-flat Minor Blues and is played as a medium tempo Mambo in 7/4.
Uncommon Ground was harmonically influenced by Wayne Shorter’s classic Ju Ju and rhythmically by the African Mapale.
Thank you again for continuing with me on this journey and look for a new installment next year!



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