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The name Earl Zindars might not ring a bell, unless you're a fan of the late pianist Bill Evans, who was a Zindars fan. Evans ' for those of you who check out songwriting credits ' recorded several Zindars tunes in his career, including a classic version of "How My Heart Sings," the title track of the Bill Cunliffe Sextet's latest CD.
Pianist Cunliffe has grabbed a Grammy nomination for his orchestral arrangements; and you hear why here. His sextet arrangements have a richness and harmonic complexity usually associated with larger ensembles. And he is the perfect guy for the job of crafting the ten Zindars songs for sextet. Zindars' melodies have a straightforward loveliness and simple charm, and a deceptive depth (sort of like Bill Evans' writing) filled with little surprises and shifting time signatures. Cunliffe takes some liberties here, showcasing the tunes with loving care and layered harmonies interspersed with well-chosen spots for some spirited soling from himself and the three horn front line, made up of reed, trombone and flugelhorn.
There is a brightness to this set, even on the ballads, a sort of crystalline quality to the atmosphere, attributable to Earl Zindars' songwriting and Bill Cunliffe's arrangements, and the ineffable zing the band gives each treatment.
If you haven't heard of Earl Zindars, this is a good place to start; and it might make you want to go back and check out some of those Bill Evans albums as well.
Track Listing: Here's to Neil, City tune, Mother of Earl, Silverado Trail, How My Heart Sings,
Return to Love, Earl's
Blues, Elsa, Heads or Tails, Soiree
Personnel: Bill Cunliffe—piano; Bob Shepard—saxophone, flute, clarinet; Bobby Shew—
trumpet, flugelhorn; Joe
LaBarbera—drums; Bruce Paulson—trombone; Jeff D'Angelo—bass; guest: Justin
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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