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The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra | Pinnacle

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by The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra

Ted Howe leads his 13 piece jazz orchestra and showcases five original extended pieces of his own composition and arrangements with beautiful melodies, rich textures, high energy, and virtuosic performances.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Presto for Two Trombones
8:26 album only
2. Impromptu for Trumpet
8:31 album only
3. Suite #1 for Jazz Orchestra, Movement 1
6:00 album only
4. Suite #1 for Jazz Orchestra, Movement 2
6:00 album only
5. Suite #1 for Jazz Orchestra, Movement 3
6:02 album only
6. Adagio for Piano
11:07 album only
7. Jazz Étude for Three Clarinets
6:12 album only


Album Notes
Pinnacle, Ted Howe’s newest CD, features his 13 piece jazz orchestra and showcases five original extended
pieces composed and arranged by Howe. With its beautiful melodies, rich textures, high energy, and virtuosic
performances, this recording is intense and exciting while remaining highly accessible. Howe is a Los Angeles-based
pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and teacher. Pinnacle is his seventh CD as a leader and showcases his strength as a melodist and his broad knowledge and command of many diverse musical traditions.

Howe’s compositions touch on a wide range of styles, including swing, funk, and Latin, among others. The many time signature changes catch the listener by pleasant surprise. Howe’s harmonization technique employs more of a horizontal, linear approach commonly used in classical music. His horn voicings and subtle use of dissonance create mysterious overtones that make his 13 piece ensemble sound as big as an 18-20 piece big band, but with far fewer musicians.

Howe’s approach to arranging was greatly influenced by the late Herb Pomeroy, the well-respected trumpet player, arranger, and eminent jazz music educator at Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music. Pomeroy, Howe’s friend and teacher, developed a method of arranging now widely known as “Herbie’s Line Writing Course,” that was inspired by his love of Duke Ellington’s music and arranging techniques. (Herb never stopped studying The Duke’s music.) Like Ellington, who adapted classical music forms and techniques to jazz and wrote many extended compositions and “suites,” Howe includes on this release a jazz suite with three distinct movements. There are also four other pieces that closely hew to the classical paradigm, all providing the space for these superb musicians to express themselves within the framework of these challenging compositions.

According to Howe, “These pieces aren’t just about the music; they’re also about the instruments, the varied
combinations of sound they make, and how great musicians can rise to just about any challenge and take the
music to new and exciting places.”



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