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Jazz: Contemporary Jazz Classical: Contemporary Moods: Mood: Intellectual
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by StarkLinnemann

On ‘Awake’ you will hear three generations of jazz musicians making music together, exploring modern jazz; original compositions smartly arranged for the quintet and trio, with lots of space for expressive solos by the individual players.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Real Hero
6:27 $0.99
2. Twilight
6:54 $0.99
3. Inner Urge
9:33 $0.99
4. Gynandromorph
8:49 $0.99
5. Bees
3:41 $0.99
6. Awake
5:29 $0.99
7. A Sad Moment
8:23 $0.99
8. Le Voi La
7:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Paul Stark and I have been working together for a couple of years, collaborating in diverse musical settings and styles. There is always a mutual respect for each other’s ideas about life and music. Personally I greatly value his positive attitude in life and I am a great fan of Paul’s qualities as a pianist and composer. I am confident that our musical partnership will last for a long time.
With the recording of our first album as co-bandleaders entitled “Awake” we are aiming at a broad audience of music aficionado’s.
We are very fortunate to have worked with extremely gifted musicians on this album. Dick de Graaf on tenor sax, Gerard Kleijn on trumpet and Vasilis Stefanopoulos on acoustic bass all share a great knowledge of both composition and improvisation. They not only performed marvelously but also were able to interpret our compositions in such a way that they even sound better than we could have hoped for. We also had a lot of fun during the recording sessions.
Almost all compositions on this album are inspired by moods or images. Titles like “Real Hero”, “Twilight”, “Bees”, “Awake” and “A Sad Moment” are self-explanatory. The tune “Gynandromorph” needs some explanation. A gynandromorph is an organism that contains both male and female characteristics. The piece is based on an image of that creature. Our trio arrangement of Joe Henderson’s tune “Inner Urge” also reflects a strong emotion so we had to include it on this album.
On this CD we wanted to capture the atmosphere of a live performance. That is why we recorded every track live in the studio. Some small percussion overdubs were done in order to emphasize the ethnic roots of the rhythms used on “Bees” and “Le Voi La”.
Recording the album was a great musical journey for us and we are sure that listening to it will definitely keep you awake.
Jonas Linnemann



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