If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.
You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...
Revered saxophonist Eric Person parlays God's message via the jazz vernacular, his spiritual ascension and unbridled fortitude equating to one of the finest modern jazz outings of 2012. Here, Person interlinks the Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus connection, branded by his personalization of the jazz idiom, teeming with impressive compositions and inspiring arrangements.
Tinted by a little big band sound, bop, and jaunty soloing extravaganzas by the thirteen-piece ensemble, the musicians wind down a few notches on ""Never Far From His Grace." It's a strikingly beautiful composition rooted on a simple, sublime melody line amid flowing evocative and meditative qualities.
Equal parts music therapy, prayer, and spiritually charged jazz balladry, Person and baritone saxophonist Scott Robinson render contrasting, conversational dialogues, circular phrasings and the horn section's multilayered toppings. Yet the melodically rich content does not surge towards a sugary theme; instead, it's more about prismatic hues and a pinnacle of lucidly executed movements. Person raises the pitch in spots, but the title "Never Far From His Grace," says it all. His strong faith and unyielding focus seeds a production that intimates the miracle powers of jazz.
Personnel: Eric Person: alto and soprano saxophones, flute; Craig Bailey: alto saxophone, flute; Patience Higgins: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Sylvester “Sly” Scott: tenor saxophone, flute; Scott Robinson: baritone saxophone; James Zollar: trumpet, flugelhorn; Duane Edwards: trumpet, flugelhorn; Curtis Hasselbring: trombone; Isrea Butler: trombone, bass trombone; Bryan Carrott: vibraphone; Adam Klipple: piano; Adam Armstrong: bass, electric bass; Shinnosuke Takahashi: drums.