Drew Paralic | Roll With It, Baby

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Roll With It, Baby

by Drew Paralic

Straight-ahead jazz, very reminiscent of the 1950s jazz world. The album features myriad styles from the composer as he brings together Swing, Modal, and Modern Jazz, and mixes it with the blues in various combinations throughout the record’s 12 pieces. Starting out with a Swing meets New Orleans style shuffle on the song “Steps,” Paralic showcases his love for various eras of jazz, and his penchant for mixing them together in his arrangements. -- Matt Warnock, ReviewYou.com
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1. Steps
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2. Sweet Standard
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3. When Midnight Rolls Around
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4. The Sweetest Crime
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5. How Bill's Heart Sings
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6. Twilight at Noon
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7. Too Much Joyce
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8. Dizzying New People Color
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9. The Arrival
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10. Drew's Blues
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11. Roll With It, Baby
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12. Prélude d'Ennui
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Drew Paralic is that most unusual of things, a jazz pianist and composer who has released an album of originals played by others. Having taken up the instrument too late, he says, to approach the mastery of deeply appreciated influences like Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk, Paralic instead decided to focus on writing and arranging music. He authored or collaborated on each of the 12 tracks that make up Paralic’s new release Roll With It, Baby, and then assembled a pleasingly varied group of crack musicians for his Brooklyn-based sessions. The results, presented in a trio or quartet format for all but two piano-only pieces, are a straightforward swinging reminder of how small-group jazz can work as both a danceable distraction and absorbing art." -- Nick DeRiso, AllAboutJazz.com & ReviewYou.com

ROLL WITH IT, BABY, my third full-length CD on CDBaby, (the others being TOO LITLE, TOO LATE and BLUE PASSION both linked on this page) contains twelve more original jazz compositions. Ten of these pieces are instrumental, one is a vocal quartet song (my first single!)--How Bill's Heart Sings --with Laura Kenyon, and one is a solo classical piano composition, owing as much to Satie as to Gershwin! A true labor of love with excellent NYC jazz players!

A BRIEF BACKGROUND:
Brooklyn native Drew Paralic began studying piano over 25 years ago, but soon realized he came to the game much too late to play in the league of his jazz heroes Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk. His teacher at New York's Turtle Bay Music School knew this and, given Paralic's grasp of harmonies, steered him towards standards and the blues. Playing and analyzing tunes from the Real Book became Paralic's obsession; composition and arranging in this style became his greatest passion.

"The album features myriad styles from the composer as he brings together Swing, Modal, and Modern Jazz, and mixes it with the blues in various combinations throughout the record’s 12 pieces. Starting out with a Swing meets New Orleans style shuffle on the song “Steps,” Paralic showcases his love for various eras of jazz, and his penchant for mixing them together in his arrangements. " -- Matt Warnock, ReviewYou.com


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Kevin H. Maxwell

Jazz to create art to!
Drew's new CD "Roll with it, Baby", is a smooth yet catchy blend of originals that never cease to please. I am especially seduced by his vocalist, Laura Kenyon as she swoons into my soul. His choice of musicians as well are first rate as they seem to know how to craft and do justice to Drews compositions Especially higlighted are the use of clarinet (Steps) and piano ("Prelude d'Ennui"). Personally, I must say I find this set of songs perfect for a painter such as myself and leader of art groups to make art with, as it guides, inspires and cheers the creative process!! Music indeed to cherish life by... Drew Paralic keep them coming!

Heidi, Munich, Germany

Jazz that Lifts the Spirit
"Roll with it, baby", another wonderful CD with Drew's very special jazz compositions.
All of his CDs are always next to my CD-player, available at any time to put me in a happy, relaxed mood.
I just love Drew's style and the excellent performance of the musicians.

Jim Vincent

Sweet, smart Jazz
Don't miss "Roll with it, baby," a terrific set of Drew Paralic originals. This is smart, melodious, swinging jazz, with ideas that bounce around from tune to tune, like friends who really like hanging out together. And I could say the same for the first-rate musicians who played on these sessions. A couple highlights, among many: Mike McGinnis's easy-strolling, low clarinet in the opener ("Steps"), and David Pearl's Satie-like piano solo in the closer ("Prelude d'Ennui"). There’s lots of great stuff sandwiched in between, but there's only one vocal on the album, and it’s a beauty - Paralic’s homage to Bill Evans, with lyrics by Thomas Raniszewski. Laura Kenyon sings it with both warmth and cool, and to me, it defines this collection – I listen to it over and over.