Don Immel | Long Way Home

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Long Way Home

by Don Immel

Cool, melodic, contemporary jazz, with strong classical and chill music influences.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Long Way Home
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2. Fool\'s Full Quiver
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3. See The Memo
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4. Whole Lotta
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5. Still In Love
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6. Lemonade Alchemy
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7. Leaving Paradise
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8. Dualife
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9. Charm Offensive
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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In his debut release, Don Immel returns the trombone to the musical spotlight, focusing on contemporary jazz, chill and lounge music. "Long Way Home" evokes the influential stylings of Sting, Chris Botti, Pat Metheny, Yo Yo Ma and Richard Dorfmeister, in a CD of Immel’s original compositions and adapted arrangements. An accomplished jazz and classical/orchestral trombonist, Immel sends his lush sound soaring through the elements of loss, desire, rebirth and bliss in each of his vibrant tunes.
"The best new album I've heard in years." - Marc Seales


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Sandy Shore

SmoothJazz.com Review
You might think parades, comic relief and big band… but you probably don’t think of sexy when you consider a trombone. That’s about to change… Don Immel is single handedly bring sexy back to the trombone! Quite honestly, I’ve never been more impressed with a recording where trombone is the lead and in fact, let me just say that LONG WAY HOME is one of the most impressive works I’ve heard in 2008 thus far. Immel’s style is rich and sophisticated… as well as uber hip to the point where his trombone sounds more like a robust flugelhorn if you will, offering a creative texture to the artist’s inspired ideas and melodies. Don has played with artists as diverse as Chris Botti and Elvis Costello which may have influenced the smooth alternative blend on LONG WAY HOME. The former University of Washington (Seattle) professor now makes Europe home as he plays and tours extensively in Denmark. He promises to relocate to SmoothJazz.com country on the Monterey Peninsula when he explodes internationally, but I don’t think he realizes, that may be sooner than later. Songs on this collection are ideal for film soundtracks… Don’s take on Led Zeplin’s “Whole Lotta” literally left me speechless the first time I heard it… featuring a killer vocal from Chandry Moore. Incorporating elements of jazz, chill, pop and neo-classical LONG WAY HOME is phenomenal and proof positive that Smooth Jazz is flourishing with spirit and ingenuity.

Sabine Petarius

Great sound!
As classical fan and jazz newcomer I am enthusiastically from this cd. Music, it reflects beguiled...
Thanks!!!

John Aigi Hurn-Orq Sinf Galicia, SPAIN

Super stuff, staight to the heart!
Thank you for a breath of fresh air! This CD really takes you to another place and lets you relax, feel free, un-wind. Super real life sound, not the cold, sterile, studio jive that´s ever so common on todays market. Five stars!!!!!

Katie

Long Way Home
DON IMMEL
LONG WAY HOME

Going back to the beginnings of jazz with the brass-oriented bands out of New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th Century, the trombone was always an integral part of Dixieland followed by Big Bands, swing bands and jazz groups even somewhat into the be-bop era. At the same time the trombone became a regular member of the horn sections in classical symphony orchestras. But over the past 40 years the trombone has fallen out of fashion as a melodic lead instrument.

Don Immel says he is passionate about re-introducing the trombone into the music scene spotlight. With the release of his debut solo album, LONG WAY HOME, he showcases his talents as a world-class trombonist and one of the few who can play equally well in the fields of jazz, classical, pop and chill.

Whether Immel (pronounced em-uhl) is punctuating the melody with forceful notes or playing the trombone in that smooth, silky, sliding way, he makes his point. The trombone can absolutely hold its own as a lead instrument. And his tone and technique are flawless.

Probably the best way to describe the music on his debut CD is smooth jazz, two songs have guest vocalists (Chandry Moore sings a slow jazz-blues interesting version of WHOLE LOTTA, short for WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, the tune made famous by Led Zeppelin). On a couple of ballads, Immel and his trombone are stage center playing slow and mellow with long, drawn-out notes. But other tunes like LEOMONADE ALCHEMY are fairly funky, and DUALIFE borders on chill or lounge music. Immel is versatile, to say the least.

If you ever wondered a trombone can really do when pulled out of a horn section check out this barrier-breaking CD.