The Chaz Lipp Groove Tripp | Good Merlin

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Good Merlin

by The Chaz Lipp Groove Tripp

This sultry, fiery jazz, led by sax player Chaz Lipp and featuring guest vocalist Sanjaya Malakar, puts an invigorating, impassioned spin on a batch of timeless Great American Songbook classics.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. God Bless the Child
5:26 $0.99
2. Take the 'A' Train
5:24 $0.99
3. Nature Boy
4:27 $0.99
4. Good Merlin
3:25 $0.99
5. Watermelon Man
4:45 $0.99
6. Georgia on My Mind
6:01 $0.99
7. Groovy Green Eyes
2:16 $0.99
8. Fever
5:23 $0.99
9. Summertime
7:22 $0.99
10. Fly by Night
0:58 album only
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Album Notes
Sax player and bandleader Chaz Lipp enlisted the vocal expertise of Sanjaya Malakar for a set of rough-and-ready jazz standards. The resulting album boasts inventive, fluid sax solos intertwined with Sanjaya's bluesy, soulful vocals. This is the same Sanjaya who polarized viewers on "American Idol" several years back. Think he's just a pop culture punchline? Just listen with an open mind to his treatment of some of the greatest songs ever written. Sanjaya brims with natural talent and in the years since "Idol" he's matured into a consummate pro. The evidence is right here on "Good Merlin."

Chaz Lipp developed his distinctive saxophone style under the tutelage of Pacific Northwest jazz legend Don Lanphere. Chaz pours intense energy and emotion into each solo every time he leads the Groove Tripp through a classic tune or an original (a couple of which are included on "Good Merlin"). The raw feeling invested in every riff Chaz coaxes proves simpatico with Sanjaya's similarly electrifying vocal approach.

The group is filled out with able backing by several Seattle-based jazz musicians, including Charlie Hiestand on piano, Trevor Pelletier on bass, and Chris Patin on drums.

Veteran producer Gary Lanz helped emphasize the pop-oriented accessibility of Good Merlin's ten tracks. While Chaz and Sanjaya are given plenty of room to roam, the band remains tightly reined-in. The key to this production's success is economy. Not a moment is wasted as Chaz Lipp leads his players through a series of musical journeys. The musicianship is playful and spirited, with a sense of spontaneity that ensures everything sounds fresh.

Why the second P in the Groove Tripp? It makes the trip last longer. Not to mention its dual purpose as a tip of the hat to Linda Tripp. Nostalgia aside, The Chaz Lipp Groove Tripp remains focused on there here and now. There's magic in this music, that's why instead of wishing you 'good day' the Groove Tripp wishes you "Good Merlin!"



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