Chris Philpotts | Harvest Song

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Harvest Song

by Chris Philpotts

Eclectic original music reminiscent of the groups "Oregon" and the "Paul Winter Consort". Oboe and English Horn never sounded so good!
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. Harvest Song
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2. In Modo Di
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3. Floating Garden
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4. Pooky's Revenge
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5. Just a Hint of ...
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6. First Snow
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7. Weep No More
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8. Gaslight
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9. Turnabout
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10. Mimir's Well
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11. Processional
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For some of us, listening to the explorations and innovations of a great composer and or a great instrumentalist is an interesting and satisfying evening pastime. For others though, it is part of a process through which to move forward in their own creative growth. Chris Philpotts is clearly part of the latter group.

Classically trained on oboe and English horn, Philpotts shows he is clearly just as comfortable playing music in other genres. He has played in groups featuring fusion, jazz, baroque and free-improv with many Cincinnati area musicians. Most of these collaborations have featured original compositions and improvisational experimentation. One of these groups became the quartet Ekimi. This group has recorded many CDs and features some very talented and eclectic instrumentalists, all of whom compose and perform.

Throughout this time, Chris has never stopped playing classical music. In fact, he is currently Principal English Hornist with the Cincinnati Symphony & Pops Orchestras and Principal Oboist with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Although his symphonic life demands much of his attention, he has never stopped finding time to exercise his jazz brain and to compose and record music.

In various parts of his freelance career, Chris has worked with jazz greats, Dave Freisen, David Darling, Paul McCandless, and Ron McCroby in addition to many outstanding Cincinnati jazz musicians (several of whom are part of this project).
Mr. Philpotts’ first CD “Harvest Song”, features his own compositions and is a culmination of years of thought, experience, experimentation, collaboration, angst, and a lot of fun.

A thoughtful listen will give many of you that relaxing, interesting, and satisfying evening and will give others of you a move forward into your own creative growth - a tasty listening treat!






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Paul McCandless

"...Remarkable Musical Talent..."
"Chris Philpotts is a remarkable musical talent. He's created a varied, colorful collection of original music for this current album project which features his voice as a composer and an improvising woodwind virtuoso.

The tunes here are rooted in the modern idiom, wonderfully rhythmic and harmonically rich. The instrumentation is often surprising, interfacing Chris' soaring winds with the sounds of contemporary jazz and world music.

Whether on oboe, English horn or soprano sax, he strikes a balance between beautiful sound, tuning and execution and the spontaneity of extemporaneous music which often asks the performer to go beyond the classical lexicon. Coherent and lyrical, Chris' improvising matches the style and language of the compositions so well It's hard to separate one from the other.

Drawing on work from twenty years ago through the present, and highlighting Chris' gifts as a player and composer, this album is a long overdue debut."

Paul McCandless ( Windham Hill Artist and founding member of the group "Oregon" )

Robert Walters

"...eclectic and sophisticated tunes... "
"Chris Philpotts is one of the wind players I admire most in the world. He moves between instruments and musical genres with the same ease and fluidity of his seamless legato. Various incarnations of these eclectic and sophisticated tunes have had an almost permanent place in my CD player over the years. Hearing his refined instrumental voice soar through a contemporary and worldly jazz palette is a delicious and liberating pleasure!"

Robert Walters ( Solo English Horn, Cleveland Orchestra )

Amy Appleby

Music for the Soul
This CD is my new favorite! Mr. Philpotts's original music is fresh, beautiful, and truly uplifting. I don't think anyone could listen to his lyrical, sophisticated playing and rich arrangements without feeling inspired and rejuvenated. In "Harvest Song," Mr. Philpotts has created a masterful contemporary opus which continues to unfold for the listener as pure musical pleasure. (a fan in New York City)

Rob Anselmi / Phi Sequence

A wonderfully Upbeat Jazz backdrop
For those of you Jazz lovers out there, this is a real treat. It's like sipping a long slow glass of iced tea out by the Serengeti. Harvest Song is a highlight, as is Floating Garden, Gaslight, and Turnabout. The instrumentation and production is top notch, and I look forward to hearing more from Chris and his family of musicians. If you're looking for something that is easy on the ears, and will keep you coming back time and again, then this is the CD for you.