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Simply Mad

by Mad Duran

Straight-ahead jazz, post-bop, classic jazz
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. 1 Blase Blanc
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2. 2- How Deep Is The Ocean
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8:27 album only
3. 3- My Heart Stool Still
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4:30 album only
4. 4- Everybody Digs Barney Kessel
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6:08 album only
5. 5- Fools Rush In
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6. 6- Dancing In The Dark
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7:56 album only
7. 7- The Song Is You
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8. 8- I'm All Smiles
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9. 9-Begine The Beguine
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10. 10- Old Devil Moon
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11. 11- Violets For Your Furs
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Album Notes
Mad Duran strikes a balance between the true grit of a real musician and the personal domain of having lived what she plays. Like Bird said,"if you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." Mad by playing it; what is in her ears and heart, is unconscienciously extended the normal boundaries that categorize standard song forms. In the performance aspect of her playing that will reach everyone on a very, very personal level. The delivery of her message in a word in life. This woman has lived music.

The distinguishing features of Madaline Duran style are simple and beautiful. To the blues to standard songs, Mad's most influential component is melody. The prescribed function of the melody is obvious when she plays. She knows what has come before the melody and what will happen next. This creates a form of deep expression in the solos. You can hear this in her playing.

She is a remarkable and profound performer. Her story is the story of adventure. She is an intellect and has the greatest authority and force because, it's personal. It's coming from a person who loves it. Her music offers everything that life has.


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Louie Bellson

This CD explodes into musical pebbles of passionate sounds
This latest CD by Mad & Eddie Duran is a work of art Mad (alto) swings lively with a beautiful sound throughout all the great selection of tunes. Guitarist Eddie solos and swings hard to match Mad's performance. With tremendous support from bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Akira Tana. This CD explodes into musical pebbles of passionate sounds. It's a joy to listen to great music like this.

Louie Bellson


It was fun hearing you
It was fun hearing you, Eddie and Dean last Thursday. I really liked many of your solos - starting with It Could Happen to You. Very nice reworking of the melodic material - and good interplay. Also thought of you guys last night when we were listening to one of Fred Hersch's recordings of "I Wish I Knew" --- he does this thing with Harry Warren songs where he opens with improv - and only the last chorus states the head (tail?). Coming out of the improv - it gives it a different energy.

Tony S.

Lovely sound
You have a lovely sound.

Tony S.

Nice playing....
What piece(s) do you play presently (alto,tenor,and soprano)?And your horns?Thanks for posting such nice playing...

Laurie B. Ballard

Mad Hatter of Wonderland
On a clear day you can hear Mad Duran clear to Timbuktu. She’s awesome, powerful, digs right in and doesn’t let up. She’s the Mad Hatter of Wonderland, taking you for everything you’ve got. Starting below ground with a low Bb and all the way up to the stars and beyond the upper ledger lines. Her CD “Simply Mad” is art in action. At its best. Moving you, caressing you, feeding you what you need. With such total authentic real jazz, and subliminal bebop hip cat sound, stretching the outer edges of what’s already out there.
What can I say? Jazz just doesn’t get any better than this.

***** 5 Stars!

Charles Mc Pherson

Review; Simply Mad
This for me is a refreshing CD. Great tunes, good sound and nice programming in terms of sequencing of material.
Mad's alto sound is good and strong, and she has her own voice. Not an easy thing to bring about.

Eddie's playing is wonderful as well. The support from Ray Drummond and Akira Tana is great, and tasteful.

I've buy this CD.

Bill C.

I'm Mad About Mad
Her" feel"n is one of true emotional truth and it is a poignant statement. I am mad about Mad!


distinguished by smart linear improvisations
Mad Duran has long been admired among the San Francisco jazz insiders for her first-class alto work, and though she has been featured alongside her husband, Bay Area guitar legend Eddie Duran, on previous recordings, this is her first solo leader date. Fans who check out this release will wonder why she waited so long. Her playing is distinguished by smart linear improvisations, free from clich� and played with a rich, full-bodied tone, as supple as a '94 Napa cabernet.

The rest of the band adds to the festivities. Great rhythm sections begin at home . . . well, they do when you are married to Eddie Duran, who reminds us here of his mastery of the six strings. And the proceedings are enlivened by the further addition of Ray Drummond and Akira Tana. The result is a fresh and creative reworking of Irving Berlin's famous standard. In short, Simply Mad is simply fine.