The LaVerne Christie Trio | East of the Sun, West of the Moon

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon

by The LaVerne Christie Trio

Swingin' female jazz guitarist and sidemen take a straight-ahead cruise through some timeless standards. New twists on Bird and Monk.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. Stompin' at the Savoy
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2. Dolphin Dance
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3. My Little Suede Shoes
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4. Pick Yourself Up
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5. Tin Tin Deo
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6. Well, You Needn't
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7. East of the Sun (West of the Moon)
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8. The Sunset Hour
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9. Stardust
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10. Line for Lyons
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jazz Guitarist LaVerne Christie has played in various formats from solo to combo to big band to accompanist throughout Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area and Las Vegas, where she now resides. Christie studied with classical guitar master Jeffrey Van and noted jazz professionals Mimi Fox and Randy Vincent. Christie also studied at The Jazz School in Berkeley.

Christie’s uncomplicated approach to jazz, her sense of swing, and appreciation for Brazilian music are evident in her arrangements. She pays respect to her jazz predecessors while appealing to new listeners through her interpretation of classic standards.

Christie recently relocated to Las Vegas where she has become a valuable contributor to the revitalized Las Vegas jazz scene. The LaVerne Christie Trio is a guitar/upright bass/drums ensemble that plays straight-ahead jazz. LaVerne Christie is also affiliated with Caesar’s Palace, where she enjoys playing solo guitar for private clients.

Joining her on her debut CD, East of the Sun/West of the Moon, is venerable drummer Mike Candito, whose vast array of accomplishments in fine arts, music, stage, radio, TV and film include stints with Nancy Wilson, George Benson and Roberta Flack. Classically trained bassist/cellist Mark Ruben has extensive credits in musical theater including Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His versatile approach brings a fresh sensibility to jazz.


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John Book, Music For America

A must-have addition to any jazz collection
The LaVerne Christie Trio's style of jazz goes back to the 1950's, if not earlier, as each of them do not flaunt their musicianship or go heady with constant bebop struggles for dominance. East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon (Quiescent) is a light but always-moving recording that would fit in with the best of Chet Baker, Arthur Lyman, Pat Martino, and Herbie Mann, much of that having to do with the incorporation of musics from around the world, especially Brazilian and other sounds of tropicalia.

Christie learned how to play with a bit of classical training and the finger-style that Wes Montgomery fans will love, and the combination works because she is able to apply technicality with the freedom of improvisation, and you can hear that in "My Little Suede Shoes". Her love of Brazilian music is explored in "Tin Tin Deo", while Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" is taken to deeper depths than once known. The guitar work is relaxed and confident, and the moments when she adds a few extra things within her playing that are subtle but detected are remarkable. I love the groove she creates in "Well, You Needn't", one that Monk would be very proud of (he'd probably dance on stage for a minute or two to show his appreciation).

I always have to show respect for the rhythm section if both musicians play well individually, and sound great together. In this case it's Mike Candito on drums and Mark Ruben on bass, and hearing them is reminiscent of those old jazz and lounge records from the 50's and early 60's. A bit part of getting that sound down is due to engineer Robert Root, I am not aware of his previous work or his own influences, but to me it sounds like he did this with an ear for the audiophile, either that or he is just that good. Hearing an album sound this great makes me wish more artists would take time to press their work on vinyl, for this is "vinyl worthy" (and for the non-vinyl junkies out there, that's a very high compliment). A must-have addition to any jazz collection.

Mary Luna

The LaVerne Christie Trio
I'm not an avid Jazz listener but enjoy listening to all types of music. What I enjoyed about this CD was how Ms. Christie started off with some slow music and then built up to some very lively, enjoyable rhythms. I found myself very relaxed and with someone with no rhythm, moving to the music in my head. Very enjoyable. The CD will do very well.

susan clayman

The LaVerne Christie Trio
The LaVerne Christie Trio is a real find. LaVerne Christie manages to combine meticulous articulation and a style that truly swings. Her Trio's fresh arrangements are all her own. This new group will please both professional musicians and the general public. Discover them and give yourself a treat.

Matina Coulouris

The LaVerne Christie Trio
There are few musicians today who play with heart, invention and a real sound. The LaVerne Christie Trio has it all. On this, her first CD release, she displays technical finesse and a unique, truly pleasing sound. Her chordal work is especially satisfying. Backed by the sensitive work of bassist Mark Ruben and drummer Mike Candito, LaVerne Christie has illuminated an array of jazz standards with class, wit and great ensemble playing. Here's a CD you'll play again and again.