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Tim Ries: Stones World: Rolling Stones Project II

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Jazz saxophonist Tim Ries presents a global travelogue of The Rolling Stones' classics. A continuation from 2005's The Rolling Stones Project (Concord Music Group, 2005), the two CD release, Stones World now crosses international borders (Africa, Brazil, India, Japan, New York, Portugal, and other locales) with the cooperation of indigenous musicians who share an appreciation for the iconic British rock group.

These re-Stoned gems are truly eclectic. The Stones's essence is faithfully retained within the varied cultural signature--the balmy Puerto Rican clave in “Under My Thumb," African dialect and instruments in “Hey Negrita," or Manhattan swing in “You ...

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Tim Ries: The Rolling Stones Project

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Although purists might hate to admit it, popular music has always provided fodder for jazz interpretations, ever since the '40s and the Tin Pan Alley favorites that supplied chord structures for the mercurial flights of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Since then, pop hits from the Beatles to Radiohead have become part of the jazz vernacular. Oddly enough, the music of the Rolling Stones has not provided a trove of exploration for jazzers outside of a '60s take on “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by Jimmy Smith and a later romp through “Wild Horses" by fellow organist Johnny Hammond Smith. ...

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Tim Ries: It's Only Rock n' Roll, But He Likes It

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Saxophonist Tim Ries knows what its like to play with a big band. His first gig out of college was with Maynard Ferguson. More recently, he's been a part of Maria Schneider's critically acclaimed orchestra, including the recording of the multiple award-winning Concert in the Garden. But the big band he's with now has nothing to do with an orchestra or the number of members in the aggregation.

The “big" in this gig is two-syllable big. Bih-Igg.

Ries is out on tour with the Rolling Stones, the blues-based rock group that, along with the Beatles, was the biggest part of ...

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A Fireside Chat With Tim Ries

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I am a fan of Larry Goldings. Not so much his organ playing, although he is a fine organist, and probably the best of his generation, but more so for his compositional prowess. Goldings' compositions are very much beyond his years (if that didn't sound like a compliment, my apologies). Goldings is a fan of Tim Ries and if you connect the dots, well, in essence, I am as well.

The saxophone is a brutal instrument in jazz. Certainly, the trumpet is the hardest to play (e.g. Freddie Hubbard). But the saxophone, especially the tenor, has a legacy ...

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Tim Ries Septet: Alternate Side

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Dramatic modern mainstream jazz contains curious harmonic concepts and rhythmic variety. Leading with tenor and soprano saxophones, Tim Ries provides six original pieces and two standards, from which his ensemble extracts the essential elements. A leading section member with the bands of Maynard Ferguson and Maria Schneider, Ries holds a master's degree in performance and composition from the University of Michigan. At 41, he's at a crossroads; where his writing and leadership mean as much as his searing solo work.

Organ and guitar give the septet a contemporary sound. The horns blend with an overly consonant mixture that ...

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Tim Ries Septet: Alternate Side

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Dramatic modern mainstream jazz contains curious harmonic concepts and rhythmic variety. Leading with tenor and soprano saxophones, Tim Ries provides six original pieces and two standards, from which his ensemble extracts the essential elements. A leading section member with the bands of Maynard Ferguson and Maria Schneider, Ries holds a master's degree in performance and composition from the University of Michigan. At 41, he's at a crossroads; where his writing and leadership mean as much as his searing solo work.

Organ and guitar give the septet a contemporary sound. The horns blend with an overly consonant mixture that ...

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Tim Ries: Alternate Side

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Let's see, where do we start? Tim Ries is a name that will probably be familiar to only the most perceptive jazz followers. He's made a handful of records under his own name as well as appearing with scores of name artists, and not just those of a jazz persuasion. In addition to work with Tom Harrell, Phil Woods, Maria Schneider, and Bob Belden, Ries has also toured and/or worked with the Rolling Stones, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, and David Lee Roth. While his previous Criss Cross release, Universal Spirits, seemed to suggest that Ries was interested in going beyond ...



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