With virtually the same instrumentation as Miles Davis' so-called Tuba Band - only a French horn is missing, replaced by a second trombone - the Marohnic, Pilafian, Hopkins Jazz Nonet revisits the legacy of the Davis nonet on their outstanding debut album (named, fittingly, after a Davis drawing, featured on the CD cover).
Three tunes from Davis' Birth of the Cool" sessions form the heart of the album, but this is more than just a tribute or repertory ensemble. The take on John Carisi's Israel," for example, is dramatically opened up, offering extended solo opportunities for Samuel Pilafian on tuba, ...read more
Remember Miles Davis’ groundbreaking Birth of the Cool sessions from 1949–50? Here they are again — in essence, at least — convincingly reawakened by the Jazz Nonet, which is composed primarily of faculty members at Arizona State University in Tempe. Three of the songs from those earlier dates — Cleo Henry’s “Boplicity,” John Carisi’s “Israel,” the classic Gil Evans arrangement of Johnny Mercer’s “Moondreams” — are augmented by five others including three by trumpeter Hopkins, pianist Marohnic’s “Just Blues” and McCoy Tyner’s intense “Mode to John.” On most of them, the singular character of what was known as the Miles ...read more
In tribute to Miles Davis’ landmark fifty-year-old Birth Of The Cool Capitol album, Summit Records has put together an ensemble featuring like instrumental timbres. Greg Hopkins conducts and leads with stirring trumpet melodies while Chuck Marohnic and Sam Pilafian lend piano and tuba depth to the session. The album’s cover art, provided by the estate of Miles Davis, is the trumpeter’s painting Jazz," which depicts him at work with a trio. The album cover, which is representative of Davis’ other paintings, may be viewed from Summit Records’ catalog site at http://www.summitrecords.com .
Mixing the new with the old, this Jazz ...read more