"Charley Langer doesn't waste these tracks. If you take the time to listen, each one reveals a different side of his musical personality... What we see here is a jazz musician as jack of all trades, and a darn good one, to boot."Dan MacIntosh, Indie-Music.com; critic for CMJ, Paste, and Spin.
A classically-trained saxophonist, Charley developed his technique under such masters of the instrument as Vincent Gnojek, Douglas Masek, and Laura Hunter. His experience includes numerous live venues, television, and radio; as well as performances with notables Morton Gould, John Adams, Zita Carno, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and others. During a temporary relocation to Hawaii, Charley worked as a sideman for several local entertainers, including island chart- topper Jon Basebase ("Suddenly"), the Bobby King Royal Combo, and the Willie Barton Orchestra.
Charley has played and/or recorded with contemporary Christian artists Annie Herring, Julie Meyer, Chris DuPre, Pablo Perez, Gregg Stone, and others. He has been a contributing performer on numerous independent recordings. Produced by Ron Wikso, Charley's new solo CD, Never the Same, features world-class jazz musicians Alphonso Johnson, Wally Minko, and Michito Sanchez.
The host of the show tugged on my sleeve and asked if he could do a live broadcast interview with me before I left. I reluctantly agreed. He sat me in front of a microphone and said something like, "You just performed "Dittico" by Halsey Stevenswhy did you pick *that* piece?"
, Kind of Blue(Columbia);
I could not come up with an answer. I felt like asking him why he liked chocolate ice cream. Maybe he wanted me to talk about theme development, harmony, colorI don't really know. It was the shortest interview I've ever done.
JB's Lounge in Sacramento has excellent acoustics, and intimate atmosphere, wonderful staff, and owners who truly support the arts. And I get to play there a lot!
The first Jazz album I bought was:
I think the first one I ever paid for with my own money was Richie Cole: Alto Madness. I was in the seventh grade. I wore that one out and read the liner notes over and over until I had them memorized. I still remember much of what was written on the inside after 25 years.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
Honesty. I play music that I want to listen to. While I think that's common with the straight-ahead jazz guys, I don't see that it's a common trait in the "smooth jazz" genre. Somebody told me today, "You play 'post-modern smooth jazz.'" I think that's a fair assessment. I call it "intelligent smooth jazz."
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