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Persephone

Label: Umoja Productions
Released: 2005
Track listing: Lord Give Me Wings; Rise and Fall; Family Song; Winter Machine; The Dancer; Capricorn; Persephone; Laugh at Yourself; Spring.

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Ezra Weiss: Persephone

Read "Persephone" reviewed by Robert R. Calder

These young men who understand the point of playing hard bop do so here in a strongly compositional, mini-orchestral context. After a piano intro to “Lord, Give me Wings," Kelly Roberge's tenor saxophone is first up, a soft-toned asset to deeply crafted ensembles, congenial too in solo. The trumpet crackles, with telling, not showy piano support. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ezra Weiss: Persephone

Read "Persephone" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

In Greek myth, when Hades abducted Demeter's daughter, the heartbroken harvest deity plunged the Earth into icy cold. But the gods were able to work out a deal. During part of the year, Persephone would reside with her husband in the underworld and winter would descend. When the beautiful being once again emerged to be with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ezra Weiss: Persephone

Read "Persephone" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Ezra Weiss says that he wrote the music for Persephone during a “depressed, cynical point in his life, but the end result came out “more uplifting than he had expected. The parallel muses of sorrow and joy played their roles well. The album has a fine balance, the brighter tunes bringing in a surge of joy, ...

The Five A.M. Strut

Label: Umoja Productions
Released: 2004
Track listing: Symmetrics, A Time for Healing, Tea Shells, One for Wendell, Waiting, The Clown Feature, For the Youngins, The Five A.M. Strut, I Regret.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ezra Weiss: The Five A.M. Strut

Read "The Five A.M. Strut" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Five A.M. Strut starts off with an unruly bang with “Symmetric," ironically named because the music is anything but. Oregon native Ezra Weiss begins his recital of all original tunes with an explosion of sound. Taking full advantage of the tethered freedom offered jazz by the second great Miles Davis Quintet, Mr. Weiss aggressively addresses ...

The Five A.M. Strut

Label: Umoja Productions
Released: 2003
Track listing: Symmetrics, A Time for Healing, Tea Shells, One for Wendell, Waiting, The Clown Feature, For the Youngins, The Five A.M. Strut, I Regret

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ezra Weiss: The Five A.M. Strut

Read "The Five A.M. Strut" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Newcomer Ezra Weiss, a pianist/composer, comes out of the gates blazing on this sextet recording. “Symmetrics," a swinging hard energy run, brings Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to mind. Each member of the front line – alto and tenor sax and trumpet – gets a solo slot, keeping the heat high before they slip back ...

Who Sez?

Label: Umoja Productions
Released: 2001


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