Ted Perry | New Ways Forward

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New Ways Forward

by Ted Perry

Modern, lyrical, acoustic piano trio offers fresh versions of jazz standards with strong rhythmic grooves that swing and lush ballads.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Love for Sale/Proclamation
4:58 album only
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2. Triste
4:36 album only
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3. First Song (for Ruth)
6:49 album only
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4. Epistrophy
4:05 album only
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5. Interlude/Crestone
7:23 album only
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6. Have You Met Miss Jones?
5:07 album only
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7. Hush-a-Bye
6:59 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Ted Perry is an exciting and provocative new young talent on the scene! A great musician playing with a depth and sensitivity that spans several styles.” - Ernie Watts

"New Ways Forward is a particularly well-conceived trio project...Each performance has much to offer and repeated listenings reveal plenty of subtle surprises. Be sure to get this one." - Scott Yanow


This recording mixes elements of Jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Classical music. Ted is joined on his debut recording by two very talented musicians Ryan Kotler (Bass), and Allan Ward (Drums). Together the trio forms a dynamic, engaging, and well-integrated unit. The music on this CD represents a collection of standards, as well as one original, that introduce a piano trio rooted in the tradition but reaching forward.

Here is a brief description of the individual tunes on the new album:

Love for Sale- This is an arrangement of the classic Cole Porter tune with two main elements. It has a more modern harmonic approach combined with a traditional New Orleans second line groove.

Triste- I have always liked this classic Jobim tune. In this arrangement, I reharmonized different sections and wrote unison lines that the piano and bass double up on. This version was inspired after listening to such greats as Elis Regina, the Zimbo Trio, and Rosa Passos. I think we capture the lyrical aspect, relaxed feel, and sense of floating that I love about much of brazilian music.

First Song (for Ruth) - A Charlie Haden classic. In this version I took a more 'classical' approach and let the melody speak while also developing inner line and voice leading.

Epistrophy - One of Monk's many tunes I really enjoy playing. Our version features more of an Afro-Cuban flavor underneath the melody with transitions to slower swing sections.

Interlude/Crestone - The interlude was improvised on the spot in the studio. It took on a life of it's own and led right into Crestone. This tune has a more cyclic harmonic approach. It is basically a theme and variation tune. It was inspired during an annual solitude retreat that I have done for many summers in the Rocky Mountains near Crestone, Colorodo.

Have you met Miss Jones - This is not your standard version. It is a much more abstract approach that hints at the melody rather than ever playing it directly. I used key melody notes as jumping off points to develop my solo.

Hush-a-Bye - This turned out to be the blues on the album. Check it out and you'll see what I mean.


All tracks Arranged and Produced by Ted Perry, 2008
Recorded and mixed by Michael Brorby, Brooklyn, New York
Mastered by Allan Tucker, Foothill Digital, NYC.

To learn more and visit Ted's site: www.tedperrymusic.com

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donovan


This trio rocks the house. It is very clear that a love of the music itself is what drives Perry and his bandmates, and the playful exchanges between the piano and drums during live sets made recent shows even better. Sometime long ago, jazz was FUN music, interplay and character and improvisational joy captured like lightning in a bottle on their instruments. This is what comes through in Ted Perry's music. Buy the album, and go catch these guys before they get all famous and rich and jaded and enter their Vegas-Velvet-jumpsuit phase and you can't afford tickets any more.
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Theodore Fetter


The Ted Perry Trio has such a fresh, unique sound that is both instantly classic and innovative. I've listened to this album from start to end a dozen times in the last week since getting it. If you like jazz, you'll love this album!
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