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Tim Hagans: The Moon is Waiting

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Trumpeter Tim Hagans shares a couple of things in common with Miles Davis. One is his absolute belief that his instrument shares something visceral with keeping fundamentally correct time--and therefore, on The Moon is Waiting, with drummer Jukkis Uotila. The other is his dalliances with the notes he plays; it is not that he always plays a note for a long time, but he stretches them as much as is required for each one to tug at the nerves, elongating the pleasure of the ear and then the heart and soul. Sometimes this pleasure arrives in the warm rush of ...

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Tim Hagans: The Moon Is Waiting

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Those who mine exploratory veins of music often eschew structure, confusing lack of form with freedom, but trumpeter Tim Hagans knows the difference. The new quartet that he's convened for The Moon Is Waiting is a malleable unit that thrives on bringing unpredictable ideas into structured environments. The music it makes isn't fusion, free jazz, or post-modern patchwork, but it borders on all of those territories While the first three pieces were commissioned by the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, they don't require accompanying visual stimuli to be stimulating from an artistic stand point. “Ornette's Waking Dream Of ...

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Tim Hagans: The Avatar Sessions: The Music of Tim Hagans

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Over the past three-and-a-half decades, trumpeter Tim Hagans has worked with the most accomplished big bands in the world. Time spent with Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Maria Schneider and Bob Mintzer has often placed him at the epicenter of large group creativity. These associations, along with many others, have helped him flesh out his own unique compositional style. The Avatar Session is a showcase for this writing, which encompasses everything from lush, hazy ballads and bebop tributes to funky, riff based anthems of post-modern design. The Norbotten Big Band--with whom Hagans has collaborated since 1996-- brilliantly brings ...

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Tim Hagans: The Avatar Session: The Music of Tim Hagans

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He's been its musical director since 1996, but since 2005 trumpeter Tim Hagans' work with the Swedish Norbotten Big Band has run in a parallel stream to his more intimate, small ensemble work on the German Pirouet label, most recently on Alone Together (2008). As good as Worth the Wait (Fuzzy Music, 2008) was, The Avatar Sessions: The Music of Tim Hagans--focusing exclusively, as it does, on the trumpeter's music--is an even stronger follow-up.

Once again, Hagan collaborates with veteran drummer Peter Erskine, but this time around the team recruits a number of well-known guests that ...

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Tim Hagans: Trumpet and Musical Elegance

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Trumpeter Tim Hagans, it appears at times, can almost fly under the radar. His splendid playing has been heard in a variety of contexts over the years, always creative, expressive, expansive. Maria Schneider expresses glee when he's able to be a part of her orchestra and help interpret her musical creations. He's been part of the Stan Kenton organization and played alongside the wonderful Thad Jones. He brings a bright, buoyant style to every occasion.

“Everybody that I played with, I play a little differently," says Hagans, a thoughtful individual who is as articulate in ...

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Opening Night: The Tim Hagans Quintet at Birdland

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Tim Hagans Quintet Birdland New York, NY July 8, 2009

Established as the “Jazz Corner of the World" in 1949, Birdland is the quintessential jazz club in New York City. Tim Hagans, the hi-powered trumpeter, and his quintet began his run of four consecutive nights at the club on a Wednesday night in July. At the start of his first set, he acknowledged his appreciation for the club, its history and its savvy audience. On stage, his quintet was made up of a powerhouse of musical talent. Marc Copland on piano, John Abercrombie on ...

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Tim Hagans: Alone Together

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Despite the title of trumpeter Tim Hagans' Alone Together, from the Schwartz/Dietz love song, neither the titular tune--nor the majority of the album--is anything but a cooker. Hagans, who has received a lot of exposure by the Pirouet label in 2008, leads this beautifully rendered series of three standards and four originals from pianist Marc Copland--was has also been featured on several albums for Pirouet label of late.

Hagans has been in a growth mode since his debut with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the mid-1970s, his prolific bebop sessions on Blue Note Records and his experimental period ...

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Tim Hagans: Subversive Jazz in Houston

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Tim Hagans, Subversive Jazz DiverseWorks Theater Houston, Texas August 10, 2008

What would you expect when going to hear trumpeter Tim Hagans heading up a jazz show called Subversive Jazz, at DiverseWorks Theater in Houston Texas? Perhaps a free-flowing trumpet intro, followed by gongs and trap set? Sure. But when saxophonist Seth Paynter entered playing a Korean Tae Pyong So (or Nal Ra Ri, a copper-made trumpet attached to a wooden tube), while shooting off a cap gun, I began to take notice. Having lived in Korea myself, I recognized that sound (sans gun), ...

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Tim Hagans: Alone Together

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Just as the term jazz is notoriously hard to define, so are many terms within its world including mainstream. Going beyond the “I know it when I hear it" response, mainstream implies the acceptance of the older limits of melody, harmony and rhythm, whereby accessibility, meaning understandability, is more immediate. While many players place the search for the holy grail of unique expression as their prime motivator, trumpeter Tim Hagans prefers to investigate his musical world more deeply, searching for new details to uncover rather than forcing out into the unknown. Alone Together is decidedly mainstream in ...

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Tim Hagans: Alone Together

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The nice thing about jazz is that even when an artist covers a standard that has been recorded many times and many ways, the music can still sound like something new, despite its familiar feel. Trumpeter Tim Hagans accomplishes this on Alone Together, a mix of old and new. A Dayton (Ohio) native, Hagans has plenty of experience behind him: performances with Bob Belden, Miles Davis tributes with the Finnish Umo Jazz Orchestra and his own Beautiful Lily (Pirouet, 2006). On Alone Together he's joined by pianist Marc Copland, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Jochen Ruckert.

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Tim Hagans: Alone Together

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Alone Together reunites trumpeter Tim Hagans with pianist Marc Copland's longstanding trio for Hagans' second recording on the German Pirouet Records. The veteran collaborators previous quartet project, Beautiful Lily (Pirouet, 2005), featured a similar line-up with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Bill Stewart; this session includes Copland's regular drummer Jochen Rückert in Stewart's place. Where Beautiful Lily contained a number of Hagans originals, the majority of tunes on Alone Together are penned by Copland, with a handful of standards to round out the program.

Copland's sophisticated mainstream writing and inventive reinterpretations of standards make him an ideal partner ...

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Tim Hagans: Alone Together

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Bridging the gap between bandleader Stan Kenton's progressive experience and today's wide-open jazz market, trumpeter Tim Hagans defines modern jazz through a straight-ahead approach. Three years with the Kenton big band jump-started Hagans' career in the early 1970s after studying music at Bowling Green State University. Moving overnight from dedicated student to hard-working practitioner, Hagans found creative outlets for the expression of his ideas and learned to tell musical stories effectively. Years of experience have given the trumpeter a multicolored palette from which to choose. Alone Together contains dramatic material couched in terms of an enduring art ...

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Peter Erskine Tim Hagans & The Norrbotten Big Band: Worth The Wait

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The title of this album, Worth The Wait, is a specific reference for these two old pals, drummer Peter Erskine and trumpeter Tim Hagans, to join in one recording session with the Norrbotten Big Band. The origin of the title dates back to a 1974 musical meeting when Erskine was the drummer for the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Hagans was appearing for his first gig with the band in a Zanesville, Ohio roller rink. Hagans was seated directly behind the drum set and learned the mechanics of Big Band Drumming 101 from Erskine. By the time that Hagans was on ...

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Tim Hagans: Alone Together

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On the surface, Tim Hagans' Alone Together looks more like a Marc Copland disc with trumpeter Hagans as the leading voice. The rhythm section is Copland's longstanding trio, responsible for albums that include the pianist's resplendent Some Love Songs (Pirouet, 2005). The set list, like many of Copland's, is a mix of re-imagined standards and the pianist's own writing, which (while undeniably mainstream) occupies a position left of center, the result of a uniquely ambiguous and sophisticated harmonic aesthetic.

But Alone Together belongs to Hagans by virtue of its greater propensity for fiery swingers. Hagans' first ...



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