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Chris Pasin

Chris Pasin, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, spent two years playing with the Buddy Rich band in the early 80’s, touring with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and many others.Then he relocated to New York City. Much of the next decade was spent playing jazz with various groups, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin big band. There was also work with Jack McDuff, many Salsa and Brazilian bands, and various other jazz ensembles, including the Lee Shaw quintet in recent years. Recently, he released the CDs “Detour Ahead," and "Random Acts of Kindness," comprised largely of his own diverse compositions, and has a new release, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” of reimagined holiday music, to critical acclaim, and his recent album “Ornettiquette.” Chris is now playing jazz frequently with various musicians in and around the New York area, writing music to record for several current projects, curating a weekly jazz series, and recently appeared on Pete Levin’s new album Mobius, Scott Petito’s new album Rainbow Gravity

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Ornettiquette

Label: Planet Arts Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: OCDC; Jayne; Ghosts; Tomorrow Is The Question; Just For You; When Will The Blues Leave; Lonely Woman; PTU.

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Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette

Read "Ornettiquette" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Included on an album dedicated to the legendary Ornette Coleman, it is “Ghosts," a composition by saxophonist Albert Ayler. Trumpeter Chris Pasin assembled an impressive collection of musicians to record Ornettiquette with Karl Berger and vocalist Ingrid Sertso, both connected to the 1960s revolution through their work with Coleman and Don Cherry. In addition, there's saxophonist ...

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Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette

Read "Ornettiquette" reviewed by Chris Mosey


It's amazing how quickly what was billed as the future of jazz became its past. In 1959 when saxophonist Ornette Coleman released his third album, he wanted to call it Focus On Sanity. Instead, at the insistence of Atlantic producer Nesuhi Ertegun, it was portentously titled The Shape Of Jazz To Come. Other musicians took heed ...

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Phil Allen's Concert Jazz Band: North Greenbush Blues

Read "North Greenbush Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers


North Greenbush Blues marks the recorded debut of Indiana-born, New York State-based trombonist Phil Allen's glove-tight and remarkably robust Concert Jazz Band. The album has many pleasures, but what stands out most are Allen's impressive charts, which give the ensemble ample sustenance and reason to shine. Allen wrote six of the album's nine tunes and arranged ...

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Baby It's Cold Outside

Label: Planet Arts Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; We Three Kings Of Orient Are; Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel; Baby It's Cold Outside; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Greensleeves; Christmas Time Is Here; I'll Be Home For Christmas; The Christmas Song.

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Chris Pasin: Baby It's Cold Outside

Read "Baby It's Cold Outside" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Chris Pasin clearly buys into the idea that spreading holiday cheer with and for those who are near and dear is a beautiful manifestation of the Christmas spirit. For Baby It's Cold Outside the veteran trumpeter gathered seven of his musical chums and put together a program of tried-and-true yuletide nuggets, remaining loyal enough to the ...

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Random Acts of Kindness

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015

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Michael Benedict & Bopitude featuring Gary Smulyan: Five and One

Read "Five and One" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Diamond hard bop is alive and well and living in Michael Benedict & Bopitude's studio. The quintet's debut, Michael Benedict & Bopitude (Planet Arts, 2011), established the group as a premiere hard bop unit employing the classic trumpet-tenor quintet format used by Miles Davis, Art Blakey and various others. For this edition of Bopitude, drummer Benedict ...

Album

Detour Ahead

Label: H2O Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Lost and Found; It Doesn't Matter Now; Jackhammer; Detour Ahead; The Light at the End of the Tunnel; Enigma; My Romance; Island.


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