Take Five With The New Five
The five share songwriting duties and produce a unique groove oriented post-bop vibe. This is not a typical quintet - even including spoken word into their debut release, Introducing The New Five.
Trumpet, tenor Sax, piano, upright bass, drums.
Teachers and/or influences?
Thomas Heflin's influences: Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Louis Armstrong and Nicholas Payton.
Michael Arthurs' teachers: Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano and George Coleman.
Peter Stoltzman teachers: JoAnne Brackeen
Chris Budhan influences: Red Mitchell
David Sierra influences: Paul Motian.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
The New Five formed a musical rapport at The University of Texas at Austin and decided to put together a recording project featuring original compositions.
Your sound and approach to music:
We are definitely rooted in the post-bop tradition of the second great Miles Davis, but we also have contemporary leanings.
Your teaching approach:
What makes this group especially unique is each members dedication to promoting jazz education. By 2010, four of the five members will have doctorates in music. These include doctorates in Music and Human Learning, Jazz Performance and Jazz Composition. In addition, Chris Budhan, the groups bassist, leads a music festival every year in his home town of Charlottetown, PEI Canada. The festival gives young jazz musicians live performance opportunities as well as offering them lessons and master classes from seasoned jazz artists. The combined education and expertise of the New 5 members makes them the ideal group for master classes at festivals or camps.
Your dream band:
Our dream band doesn't hinge on having name players. We more interested in finding talented people willing to put in the work to get a cohesive group sound.
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
On one of our gigs, someone handed a napkin up to the stage that said, "Play some Kenny G. I want to dance."
In Austin, we've always enjoyed playing the Elephant Room. It's a New York style basement club with a funky Austin vibe.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
Anything from the great Miles Quintet of the 60's. Miles Smiles is a great example of a standard quintet with a completely unique group sound.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
The Best of Maynard Ferguson. Although I'm not interested in playing like Maynard, he was a phenomenal trumpet player who acted as a sort of gateway drug into jazz. For instance, from hearing his heard his loud, flashy arrangements of Sonny Rollins' 'Airegin,' I went and checked out the original and discovered Sonny Rollins that way.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
We try to straddle the line between paying tribute to the rich history of the music, and doing something new and uniquely our own.
Did you know...
We don't put the "Dr." in front of our names, but four of us will have doctorates by 2010.
CDs you are listening to now:
Michael Jackson - Invincible
Donald Brown - Fast Forward to the Past
Nicholas Payton - Into the Blue
Desert Island picks:
Oliver Nelson - Blues and the Abstract Truth
Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles
Donald Brown - Car Tunes
Clifford Brown - Study in Brown.
How would you describe the state of jazz today?