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Transmissions from Planet Bass

by Steve Messick

Led by Seattle bassist Steve Messick, this straight-ahead jazz quintet performs the works of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and others. Features well-known Seattle jazz artists.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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1. Groove Merchant
6:21 album only
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2. Sophisticated Lady
6:27 album only
3. I Love You Too
5:57 album only
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4. Jersey Bounce
6:49 album only
5. Blues For Janet
6:51 album only
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6. A Child Is Born
7:58 album only
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7. Someday My Prince Will Come
9:00 album only
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8. Jeannine
5:47 album only
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9. Cotton Tail
6:24 album only
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10. Old Devil Moon
6:10 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Steve Messick's Transmissions From Planet Bass was released through Opus Funkus Music in 1999. Messick surrounds himself with great Pacific Northwest musicians on this album featuring his own compositions and arrangements.

REVIEWS

"The grooves of Seattle-based bassist Steve Messick and friends in Transmissions From Planet Bass, a fine straight-ahead exploration of mostly well-known tunes including jazz standards from the pens of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and Jerome Richardson" (Stuart Kremsky, IAJRC Journal, Spring 2000).

"Bassist Steven Messick leads his quintet through a list of originals and standards in a classic hard bop style on Transmissions From Planet Bass. Sounding somewhat like Scott LaFaro, Messick favors a fuzzy, soft tone and straight-ahead arrangements reminiscent of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers' mid-'60s recordings. Adding suitable fire and interest are the trumpet and tenor jousting of Jay Thomas and Travis Ranney, respectively. While there is nothing here that hasn't been heard before, it is done well and should appeal to traditionalists. Fans of the group One for All should check this out" (Matt Collar, All Music Guide).

"Sprightly and tuneful--yet never smooth--Steve Messick's compositions recall an era when jazz routinely fused the artistic explorations of bebop with the catchiness of R&B. As performed by his band of fellow Seattle musicians, these tunes spark some fine improvisations and spirited interplay" (Download.com).

RECOMMENDED TRACKS

"Blues For Janet"
A modified jazz blues with syncopated interaction between the horns and the rhythm section.

"I Love You Too"
Based on the changes to Cole Porter's "I Love You" featuring a dialogue between the piano and bass with the trumpet and sax.

"Jeannine"
A up-tempo and highly syncopated version of this well-known standard.

"Sophisticated Lady"
Beautiful solos by Jay Thomas (trumpet), John Hansen (piano), and Steve Messick (bass) on this jazz ballad.

TRACKS

1. Groove Merchant (6:19)
Jerome Richardson, Immendise Music Co. (BMI); Arr. by Steven M. Messick

2. Sophisticated Lady (6:25)
Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills, Famous Music Corp. (ASCAP), EMI Mills Music Inc. (ASCAP)

3. I Love You Too (5:55)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)

4. Jersey Bounce (6:46)
E. Johnson, D. Platter, T. Bradshaw, R. Wright, Lewis Music Publishing Co. Inc. (ASCAP); Arr. by Steven M. Messick

5. Blues For Janet (6:48)
Steven M. Messick, Opus Funkus Music (BMI)

6. A Child Is Born (7:55)
Thad Jones, D'Accord Music Inc. (ASCAP); Arr. by Steven M. Messick

7. Someday My Prince Will Come (8:58)
Frank Churchill, Larry Morey, Bourne Co. (ASCAP); Arr. by Steven M. Messick

8. Jeannine (5:44)
Duke Pearson, UPAM Music Co. (BMI); Arr. by Steven M. Messick

9. Cotton Tail (6:22)
Duke Ellington, Famous Music Corp. (ASCAP)

10. Old Devil Moon (6:10)
E.Y. Harburg and Burton Lane, Chappell & Co. (ASCAP); Arr. by Steven M. Messick

Total Running Time: 67:44

CREDITS

Jay Thomas - trumpet
Travis Ranney - tenor sax
John Hansen - piano (on tracks 1, 2, 3,5, 7, 9, 10)
David Franklin - piano (on tracks 4, 6, 8)
Steve Messick - bass
Jon Wikan - drums

Produced by Steve Messick

Production assistance from Patrick "ran the Boston" Shaw
Creative assistance from Scot "frog licker" Ranney

Recorded by Jay Follette at Ironwood Studios, Seattle, WA on May 22, 1998
Mixed by Jay Follette at Ironwood Studios on August 1, 1998
Mastered by Jay Follette and Floyd Reitsma at Ironwood Studios

Cover art by Daniel Johnston
Graphic design and layout by Doug and Misty Messick at MD Media
Photography by Dale Tendick

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Stuart Kremsky, Iajrc Journal, Spring 2000

A fine straight-ahead exploration of mostly well-known tunes.
The grooves of Seattle-based bassist Steve Messick and friends in Transmissions From Planet Bass, a fine straight-ahead exploration of mostly well-known tunes including jazz standards from the pens of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and Jerome Richardson.
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