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Beloved Refracted

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Album Title: Originals (Day Dream)
Label: Corner Store Jazz
Released: 2020


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About the Album

"Beloved Refracted" is the third track from the Day Dream trio's new album "Originals," out March 27, 2020 via Corner Store Jazz. A testament to the transformative power of the imagination, a daydream is a pleasant reverie, a momentary fancy, a brief escape allowing the mind to fly free of the stresses and doldrums of ordinary life. However fleeting, it’s the mind unshackled and basking in bliss. For the members of the Day Dream trio, finding the opportunity to come together has proved far more challenging than simply wishing it so in a moment’s whimsy. Pianist Steve Rudolph, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Phil Haynes have convened exactly three times over the course of the last decade – each time, thankfully, captured for posterity. The results of their third meeting now appears as the elegant and witty, thrilling and investigative "Originals." That unadorned title refers quite simply to its contents; as opposed to its predecessor, on which the trio explored aptly chosen standards, this session flows entirely from the pens of Messrs. Rudolph, Gress and Haynes. “The band had such great chemistry and such a beautiful sound the first time around,” Haynes says. “Drew’s dark sound, my sound and Steve’s touch go together in a distinctive way not common with piano trios. Compositionally, I wanted to see the band stretch a little bit, especially since everybody writes so beautifully.” Haynes’ ricocheting solo fanfare opens “Beloved Refracted,” a Cubist portrait of his wife, which turns the letters of her name into the notes of a cascading, roiling melody. Phil Haynes A veteran drummer with an adventurous spirit, Phil Haynes is featured on more than 65 releases on numerous American and European record labels. His recording credentials include many of the seminal musicians of this generation: saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ellery Eskelin, and David Liebman; trumpeters Dave Douglas, Herb Robertson, and Paul Smoker; bassists Mark Dresser, Ken Filiano, and Drew Gress; keyboard artists David Kikoski, Denman Maroney, and Michelle Rosewoman; vocalists Theo Bleckman, Nicholas Horner, and Hank Roberts; violinist Mark Feldman, and the composers collective Joint Venture. In addition to Day Dream, Haynes’ own ensembles include his romantic “jazz-grass” string band, Free Country; and the saxophone trio No Fast Food with NEA jazz master David Liebman. Drew Gress Bassist/composer Drew Gress performs extensively with artists on the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music. Along with Phil Haynes, he was a founding member of the cooperative quartet Joint Venture, producing three albums in the early 1990s for Enja. When Drew is not leading his own ensembles, he can be heard within those of Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Uri Caine, Gerald Cleaver, Ravi Coltrane, Marc Copland, Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, Tony Malaby, and Mat Maneri. In a previous musical life, he grounded the performances of Buddy Hackett, Phyllis Diller, Zoot Sims, Cab Calloway, and Pia Zadora. He has received a SESAC Composer's Award in addition to grants from Chamber Music America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Meet the Composer. Steve Rudolph Yamaha artist Steve Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 50 years of professional music-making. Jazz Improv magazine states, “Rudolph is a savvy, swinging, glimmering heavyweight… ...simply outstanding.” The winner of the Jazziz Magazine Piano Competition at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in 2000, he was also awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts. With eleven acclaimed CDs as a leader, he has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings including albums with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin, Ali Ryerson, Matt Wilson and Vinny Valentino. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with numerous jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, the Mills Brothers, and Cal Collins.

Song Listing

Zebra (for Claude); Wedding Waltz; Beloved Refracted; Afterward; Vesper; Last Lullaby; Spell; Bossa 21 (for Katie); Paul-Christian; Let Fly.


Date featured

March 2, 2020

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