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The Evenfall Quartet

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Hard swing'n straight ahead Jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. That Old Black Magic
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2. Time After Time
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3. The Shadow of Your Smile
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4. The Plain but Simple Truth
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5. Old Devil Moon
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6. If I Were a Bell
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7. East of the Sun
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8. After You've Gone
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9. How Insensitive
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10. Three Little Words
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11. Stardust
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Album Notes
The Evenfall Quartet consists of Bassist Brad Hallen, Mark Earley (tenor sax), Joe “Sonny” Barbato (piano), and Jerzy “Jurek” Glod (drums). The band performs a collection of American Songbook favorites and an original song by Lucky Thompson, recorded in the style and manner of the staples of the small group catalogues of the late 40s and 50s.
Brad Hallen explains, “In those days you'd bring the band into a studio and pick some songs you all knew and enjoyed playing together, made arrangements on the spot with input from everyone, and just played – you might do several takes of each tune, but you'd pick the best one and go with it, without any editing. If something went wrong you'd just do it again. But this is exactly how we played these songs that day.”
All jazz fans know that Miles Davis brought his band in to record for Prestige in 1955 and finished four LPs worth of performances in two days (and Brad and the band nod to those sessions here with their version of ”If I Were a Bell”). But this was no rare happenstance – literally hundreds of small group jazz sessions were made like this in the middle of the last century – celebrations of the working lives of musicians who had learned a body of songs that allowed them to come together and play their hearts out without a bulky book of charts that glued their eyes to a piece of paper. It was the common language, and years of playing honed their abilities to make their own versions of familiar standards on the spot, speaking in their own unique musical voices.
The Evenfall Quartet brings us back to that kind of music making and camaraderie. Eschewing the possibilities of modern recording technique, which allows everyone to go back and polish a performance to a fare-thee-well, this group keeps the spontaneity to the fore. They recorded the whole CD in a day, and what comes through is the personality of the players – how they present their personal versions of these familiar songs, which bring with them echoes of the great players and performances of jazz recorded history. Knowledgeable fans will hear the influences of sessions from Gene Ammons, Stanley Turrentine, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, Errol Garner, and of course Oscar Pettiford and Lucky Thompson, whose “The Plain But the Simple Truth” is memorably recast here. But make no mistake – these are seasoned, expert players speaking in their own accents. The recording approach allows them to do that with a maximum of freedom and personal authority. The Evenfall Quartet is truly a worthy continuance of the best of jazz performance tradition. By Al Basile

Produced and Arranged by: The Evenfall Quartet
Label: Blue Duchess /Shining Stone Records
Release: BDCD0006
Release date: April 22, 2016

Mark Earley -Tenor Sax
Joe "Sonny" Barbato -Piano
Brad Hallen -Acoustic Bass
Jerzy "Jurek" Glod -Drums

Evenfall Quartet Bios

The Evenfall Quartet hail from Boston, Mass. Mark and Brad met during their tenure together in Roomful Of Blues. The Quartet came together through the jazz tradition of playing sessions and doing gigs.

Mark Earley picked up the saxophone in 4th grade and by the age of 19 was touring with The Guy Lombardo Orchestra. In 2001 Mark joined up with five time Grammy nominated Roomful of Blues. He has earned 6 WC Handy awards for best horn section in Blues and a Grammy nomination for the album That's Right! Mark has also recorded and toured with Jay McShann, Albert Collins, Louis Bellson, Joe Williams, James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Duke Robillard, Otis Clay, Kim Wilson, Taj Mahal, Curtis Salgado, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Peter Wolf, The Temptations, The Coasters, Bob Brookmeyer, David Liebman, Wayne Newton, Red Skelton and countless others.

Joe “Sonny" Barbato comes from a family with a long history of excellent musicians. Equally adept at piano, organ, and accordion Joe has toured and recorded with Stanley Turrentine, Ravi Coltrane, Roger Humphries, Larry Coryell, and Jeff "Tain" Watts. Joe also plays with singer-songwriters and instrumental tunesmiths such as Duke Levine and Will Daley.

Brad Hallen has been playing professionally since 1975. Starting out after high school in Top Forty bands, Brad moved to Boston in 1978 and quickly became part of the musical fabric in the city. Since 2008 Brad has been a member of Duke Robillard's band and has been touring the world and recording most of his projects. Prior to working with Duke, Brad was with Roomful of Blues for 5 years and toured the world and did 2 albums including the Grammy nominated That's Right! Brad has also toured and recorded with Susan Tedeschi, Mike Welch, Otis Clay, Billy Boy Arnold, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Johnny Winter, James Montgomery, Aimee Mann, Ministry, Jane Wiedlin(The Go Go's), Iggy Pop, (Elliot Easton, Ric Ocasek, and Ben Orr from The Cars) and many others.

Jerzy "Jurek" Glod was born in Poland and started playing drums at the age of fifteen. In the next few years he formed a jazz trio with Jacek and Wojtek Niedziela. They toured Europe and won numerous awards including 1st prize at the prestigious European Jazz Competition in Leverkusen, Germany. After getting his Masters degree in Poland, Jerzy received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee, Jerzy has become a first call jazz drummer in New England and has played many festivals in the states and Europe.



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