David Arnay | Blues... And Then Some

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Blues... And Then Some

by David Arnay

A fine L.A.-based piano trio, with a mixture of bop, straight-ahead jazz and innovative original compositions.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Three Down Blues
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2. New 3
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3. Isfahan
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4. Bop-ish Blues
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5. Kumbengo
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6. In A Sentimental Mood
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7. Meteorology
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8. Hal's Blues
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9. Dr. Abdullah
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10. Have You Met Miss Jones?
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11. In The Tall Grass
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Pianist David Arnay, born in New York City, spent his formative professional years in Ithaca, New York, where his keyboard work was an essential element of many eclectic original musical projects, including a lengthy collaboration with influential guitarist David Torn. After moving to Los Angeles, Arnay was recruited in 1994 by jazz woodwind legend Bennie Maupin for his new quintet. The group thrived for several years, performing Arnay's compositions along with Maupin's. In 1997, Arnay released "Daddy's Groove," his first CD as a leader. The disc, available on CD Baby, showcased twelve original compositions and featured stellar rhythm players Peter Erskine on drums, bassists Alphonso Johnson and Dave Carpenter, with woodwind performances by Maupin and Bob Sheppard.

Arnay performs constantly in L.A. - as a soloist, leader of his own jazz group, or as sideman with guitarist Phil Upchurch, reedman Maupin, and others. He performed all keyboard tracks on the 2001 Upchurch CD "Tell the Truth," which earned three stars in Downbeat. He serves on the music faculty at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where his colleagues include jazz masters John Clayton, Ndugu Chancler, Shelly Berg, and Alan Pasqua.

"Blues... And Then Some" is new from the David Arnay Trio in 2003. The trio, featuring drummer Dave Tull and bassist Larry Steen, performs eight new Arnay compositions as well as innovative arrangements of "In A Sentimental Mood," "Isfahan," and "Have You Met Miss Jones." The tracks are playful and deep, ranging from straight-ahead bop to funky acid jazz. The recording was mastered by Erick Labson, whose credits include the digital reissue of Coltrane's A Love Supreme.

The music is exciting, energetic and accessible, clearly rooted in the jazz mainstream while charged with eclectic influences. A featured performer at the Pori (Finland) Jazz Festival 2000-2002, Arnay is especially interested in reaching the appreciative international jazz audience. "The language of jazz is inclusive. I belong to a generation of players who value the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix as highly as we do Miles Davis and Art Tatum. I know on whose shoulders I stand, as do the listeners who enjoy my music."

Contact: David Arnay / Studio N Music
202 Madeline Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105 www.DavidArnay.com


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John Dodge

Heard David on KPLU in Seattle and loved his piano attack.
I heard a track from this CD on KPLU, the jazz station in Seattle/Tacoma. Had a "driveway moment" where I couldn't leave the car until I heard who this artist was. Superb attack on the piano, smoooooth and melodic. Never heard of him and I'm buying the CD based on that one radio impression.

John Dodge/Seattle

Harry Wilson - Reviewing David Arnay Blues & More

David is great and much improved from Daddy's Groove. This is awesome.
I had heard a couple of cuts on KPLU in Seattle and tried the local Silver Platters to no avail. Ah, the web!!! I guickly found CD BABY. The price was right, the communication exceeded my expectation - even after delivery.
I have been very impressed with the transaction and I love the CD. I even got an email from David Arnay letting me know when he would be in Seattle along with a thanks for the purchase. Pretty classy and I'll do it again soon.

Herbie

outstanding musicianship and compositions; refreshing, enjoyable!
I just got turned on to David's playing and compositions recently, and can't believe he wasn't on my radar screen earlier. He is a terrific, solid player with chops galore, and he never bores the listener; he keeps you guessing by changing up his style of playing and his compositions on this CD.

I particularly enjoyed the wide range of tonal/chordal colors and textures that David creates in this CD. They refresh the listener's ears and keep him/her guessing -- don't buy this CD if you're looking for a dumbed down smooth jazz CD filled with endless loops.

The other players on this CD are terrific as well ... as good as anywhere -- David Tull smokes on the drums, and Larry Steen plays a mean bass. The communicate beautifully with David on this CD.

I've been playing this CD in my car everyday since it arrived from CD Baby. "Daddy's Groove" is another great CD with some notable players. I particularly enjoyed hearing Benny Maupin on the sax -- I've enjoyed his playing since his days with Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner; and Alfonso Johnson?! Whew!

Buy these CD's and you will really enjoy them. Good adjectives for them: refreshing, energetic, thoughtful, soulful, diverse, colorful, solid, enjoyable.

Shane Callaghan

Excellent
The CD is greatly enjoyable and is relaxing. It's better than the first CD. I really like this CD. Thanks David

David Branch


Great Job Thanks