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Charles Pillow

Originally from Roanoke, Virginia and grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Charles' latest projects on Artistshare, the reworkings of Modeste Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and Gustav Holsts' "The Planets" are examples of his fusion of different musical elements and blending them into music for our time. "I thought with all the instruments that I play, I could create a much more varied tonal palette and venture into different worlds of expression. So we go anywhere from rock to balkan to beats to 21st century classical in one breath, a virtual 'symphony of sound'. He has appeared on over 75 CD's including those of Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Jay Z, Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, Joe Henderson, Bob Mintzer, Bob Belden, Maria Schneider, John Fedchock, Maria Carey, Kevin Mahogany, Queen Latifah, John Scofield, Gladys Knight, Nellie McKay, Michel Buble, and Chaka Khan. He has worked with legendary producers Phil Ramone and Arif Mardin and performed with Christine Aguilera, Marc Anthonly, Winona Judd, Blood, Sweat, and Tears and Michael Jackson, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, The Long Island Philharmonic, and The New Orleans Symphony. In additon to his saxophone, flute and clarinet playing, he has distinguished himself as one of the premier jazz oboists with his recordings, "Currents", "In this World", "Pictures at an Exhibition", and his latest release on Artistshare.com, "The Planets"

Chamber Jazz

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: While in Pass Manchac; Charlotte and Evan; Don’t Explain; Bebe; Pee Wee; Oska T; Abschied, Ray; Atchafalaya Fiction.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Apologies and Discoveries

Read "Apologies and Discoveries" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The boys aren't called bastards for nothing and sometimes they can be hard on unfamiliar musicians. This episode they are pleased to revisit two artists whose earlier projects got rough treatment but whose new releases tickle a bastard's fancy. At the same time, they discuss two artists brand new to the show and like their releases ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mothers Day with Birthday Celebrations for Mary Lou Williams and Carla Bley

Read "Mothers Day with Birthday Celebrations for Mary Lou Williams and Carla Bley" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Mothers Day broadcast included new releases from the Posi-Tone Swingtet, bassist Anne Mette Iversen, vocalists Joan Watson-Jones, Rachelle Garniez, and Diane Schuur plus the Charles Pillow Ensemble, with birthday shout-outs to Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams as well as a nod to a few Jazz Mothers and their children. Thanks for your continued support ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charles Pillow Ensemble: Chamber Jazz

Read "Chamber Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Chamber Jazz, alto saxophonist Charles Pillow's eighth recording as leader of his ensemble, is a generally sedate but remarkably engaging series of tone poems that combine contemporary jazz with elements of classical music to produce a hybrid that underlines what is most harmonious and charming in each genre. Chamber Jazz is what it says, and chamber ...

Hiding Out

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD 1: Jumble; Flow: Movement 1: Tear of the Clouds; Movement 2: Opalescence; Movement 3: Interlude; Movement 4: Harlem. CD 2: Hiding Out: Movement 1: Prelude; Movement 2: Compelled; Movement 3: Four Haiku; Movement 4: Interlude; Movement 5: It Was Just the Wind; Caminhos Cruzados; Caminhos Cruzados (Radio Edit).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Holober and the Gotham Jazz Orchestra: Hiding Out

Read "Hiding Out" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Mike Holober's background as a classical pianist and conductor is just one thing that sets Hiding Out apart from the current crop of big band releases. Holober has worked in a variety of settings from solo, duo, and quintet to large ensembles. Two previous recordings with his Gotham Jazz Orchestra were the critically acclaimed Thought Trains ...

Electric Miles

Label: MAMA Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Pharoah’s Dance; Bitches Brew; Black Satin; In A Silent Way; Directions; Sanctuary; Yesternow; Spanish Key.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charles Pillow Large Ensemble: Electric Miles

Read "Electric Miles" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The electric music Miles Davis recorded from 1969 and into the 1970s was a game-changing event in jazz, a steamy, mysterious, ever-evolving soup of improvisation, rock, funk and electronics that launched numerous careers and inspired subsequent generations of musicians across genres. Its influence shows in the numbers of players who have since studied, dissected and interpreted ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charles Pillow Large Ensemble: Electric Miles

Read "Electric Miles" reviewed by Jack Bowers

So how does trumpeter Miles Davis' post-1969 “electric period" translate to a big-band format? About as well as could be expected, thanks to leader Charles Pillow's bright arrangements for his New York-based Large Ensemble. Davis' seminal Columbia albums from 1969-1972--In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Live at Fillmore East, Live-Evil, On the Corner--are considered by many ...


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