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Majestic

by Marvin Bugalu Smith

Soulful Jazz with an interesting mix of virtuosic players, this music is created in the moment!
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4. You Don't Know What Love Is
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This volume, "Majestic", is the result of the meeting of some great and unique musical minds! The man who brought all of these musicians together for this date was master drummer, Marvin Bugalu Smith. The best way to understand Marvin, is to listen to his own words......

"I started playing drums at age 2 and in that time I studied with all of the great master drummers: Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Hayes, Art Taylor, and my brother Earl "Buster" Smith. My outlook on music is without end. Right now what I'm doing is teaching young people, to understand how the master drummers got there power on the drums. Understanding the basic foundation of the drums. Teaching them that it was used for communication, a way to talk to people. So with this understanding of the drums, we can go to an even deeper level of understanding. My way of playing the drums is to PUT THE TIME FIRST, before the technical side. Right now, I honestly feel we have the very best drum school AND a lesson program online."

In addition to being a personal friend and student of many legends of jazz, Marvin has performed, recorded, and toured with some of the greats including Sun Ra, Archie Schep, Kenny Werner, Art Farmer, Chet Baker, and many more!

Oregon native Rob Scheps began studying the tenor saxophone at age nine. He grew up on Long Island, New York. After having graduated high school at age sixteen, he enrolled in the New England Conservatory. He received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies with Honors in performance in 1986. While living in the Boston area he led his own groups; most notably the True Colors Big Band. In 1988 he moved to New York, formed the Rob Scheps Core-tet and Bartokking Heads and established himself as a formidable force on the jazz scene. Over the years he has performed and recorded with some of the best names in Jazz including John Abercrombie, Gil Evans, Mel Lewis, Jack MacDuff, Mel Torme, Buddy Rich, and many others. Mr. Scheps contributed his composition, Wurlitzer Waltz to this collection.

Chris Pasin began studying the trumpet at the age of nine in New York City, studying with various teachers, especially the great Carmine Caruso. After high school he earned a dual bachelors degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in classical and jazz trumpet performance, playing and recording under Jimmy Giuffre, Gunther Schuller, George Russell, and Jaki Byard; the last of which he studied jazz improvisation and composition.

During this time he helped found the Medium Rare Big Band, which had the likes of musicians Jed Levy, Jeremy Kahn, and Steve Johns in it, and earned accolades at various jazz competitions and performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis, and Slide Hampton. He was also performing with the George Russell orchestra at the Village Vanguard in New York, also working regularly as a sideman and studio musician in Boston for five years.

Pasin spent two and a half years trumpet playing with the Buddy Rich band in the early 80's, at which time he relocated to New York City. This was a great growth period as the bus rides were like a listening room and had the influence of many of the great musicians of band in that era, like Walt Weiskopf, Conrad Herwig, and Dave Stahl. Much of the next decade was spent playing jazz with various groups, including several years with the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin big band, which provided daily exposure to an even more inspiring group of great musicians, including Frank Wess.

There was also work with Jack McDuff, many Salsa and Brazilian bands, and various other jazz ensembles. At this time he also studied composition with Richie Beirach and continued study of the trumpet with various teachers while writing and playing creative music with many of the jazz musicians that were in New York in the 80’s and 90’s.

For more than sixteen years, Chris pursued a non-musical career. However, the development of Chris’s children musically sowed the seeds of renewed passion for jazz.

Recently, he began playing the trumpet again and has been so inspired, he released “Detour Ahead.” Chris is now playing jazz again frequently with various musicians in and around the New York area and is also writing music to record for several current projects.

Joel Newton is a New York City-based guitarist, composer and bandleader exploring the interplay among jazz, blues, classical, avant-garde, and other musical traditions. Moving to the city in 1993 at age 25, Joel began a busy career as a leader and sideman, earning him a secure place as a contributor to the City’s ever-changing, cutting-edge “downtown” scene. His music reflects his broad-based background in its hybridized stylistic variety.

All About Jazz describes Joel’s music as “a new angle on jazz-rock… with intergalactic travels… irony and contrast aplenty… and introspective quietude interspersed with explosive energy” and ranks him “on a par with seminal players like Bill Frisell and Ben Monder." The Joel Newton Situation, described by the Village Voice as “a sort of Medeski, Martin, and Mahavishnu,” made a name for itself at New York City’s Knitting Factory in the late 90’s with a long-running residency, delving deep into the outer reaches of sound and groove exploration. Since then, Joel has worked with many of New York’s jazz luminaries, such as Dave Binney, Donny McCaslin, Steven Bernstein, Christian Howes, Matt Shulman, Shane Endsley, Fay Victor, D.D. Jackson, Ben Stivers, Adam Klipple, and Dan Weiss. He has toured the States and Canada extensively with his own groups and others’.

Lew Scott is one of the most sought after bassists in the New York area. He has performed with such notables as Clark Terry, Conti Condoli, Frank Rosolino, Joe Lovano, Herb Ellis, George Coleman, Dave Liebman, Jack Sheldon, Peggy Stern, and many others. He has toured with vocalist Melba Moore, Lainie Kazan, and Nnena Frelon. He has also worked with Anita O'day, Mark Murphy, and many others, including Robert Goulet, Vic Damone, Sergio Franchi, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Eddie Fisher, Florence Henderson, and Lucie Arnaz. Among the groups he has worked with include the Four Aces and the Fifth Dimension. Lew Scott has been performing in the New York area since 1978. In the past Lew was also a competition Cyclist, but now he rides his bicycle around the county just for enjoyment.

The collaboration between Marvin Bugalu Smith and Andrew Greeney began in 2001 when Mr. Greeney saw Bugalu performing at a night club in New Paltz, NY. Mr. Greeney was very impressed by Bugalu's unique style, great technique and deep swing feel and he soon began studying with him. Over the years the two have hosted countless jam sessions together and collaborated on various musical projects. They now have a new recording studio and they are producing albums in the jazz genre as well as pop and other genres. Stay tuned for more albums to come very soon!






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Marvin Smith

I'm deep inside this music
Steve Habib wrote:
I have entered into the center of this music as I listened on my 66th birthday today Dec. 4th.2012
Search For The New Land starts out with both Rob and Chris blending and stroking the melody line so gently that the notes start penetrating and when Marvin and Lew lay down the groove it is almost orgasmic, Still, Joel is so gentle and colorful with his chords framing and Chris Pasin's beautiful trumpet solo, starts to inspire my inner most avenues, that now I am starting to go far away from all my troubles and I forget myself and all my daily problems, by the time Joel's guitar solo enters. Listen how carefully Marvin's drumming supports each player's ideas, Wow! the mix is so great, When Rob steps in and adds rainbows of colors on his soprano, I am now there, in the magical Majestic space that Marvin and the four others have taken me to and I am starting to tingle with joy, joy that can only be expressed by listening more and more to the entire CD. It is truly some of the greatest music that I have ever heard and should be considered for a Grammy. It has given me the ultimate joy and now I am enjoying the second song...
Little Devil also starts out with both Chris and Rob blending and massaging the melody line. The opening solo by Mr. Newton is classical and simply sparkling with air and stars of pure balance and togetherness. Joel has that special way of gently climbing into your heart and staying there as Marvin stimulates things then all of a sudden Rob takes over and places this musical vehicle into another gear. His clusters of chordal sounds and like he is an orchestra himself. I've noticed that Marvin brings out such individualism in each player and yet Master Marvin continues to motivate one soloist into another. Listen how Pasin takes over the conversation from Rob and does it so smoothly and without any hesitation. Notice how Lew Scott is always underneath every phrase that each player states and how "gloce-like" he works with Marvin placing those deep full bass tones under those wonderful drum tones that only Marvin can pull out of those cans of joy. Yeah, Marvin's sound is certainly one of the most unique of any drummer I've ever heard. He plays so lightly but yet he draws such amazing POWER out of that kit. Listen carefully to his solo on THE LITTLE DEVIL. Marvin has that unknown mysterious MAGICAL and MAJESTIC SOUND.
Blue Stride is one of my favorites as I simply love the way Rob comes right out and drives the entire song home right from the very start. Man, this is SWINGING TO THE MAX. Notice how every song is played to the max and that the music swings so hard. There's never any doubt that this could be one of the best CD's out there right now. I loved Lew Scott's bass solo on this BLUE STRIDE tune. The balance is always there and Marvin's trading is just like sitting on a SEE-SAW in the center with each side going up and down in perfect time.

You Don't Know What Love Is happens to be one of my all time favorites and by listening to it you might hear some very gentle,special notes that bring you back, maybe even to your childhood. Rob starts out delivering the melody so sweetly and with such professionalism that by the time Chris enters and confirms the melody the tune is on its way to a very high level and a level that few have achieved who have ever played this piece. There is such spirit here that I was almost in total tears listening to this especially while sitting in the hospital in Manhasset Long Island while my mother(87) a painter and artist, has been suffering. This music heals as I also sang this tune in my heart to her. These CATS have done it tune after tune and both Chris and Rob should be noticed carefully the way they spoke to each other here. Rob is KILLIN ME with all his rainbow clusters. Chris has such great command of the trumpet and delivers so easily, any thought that comes "IN THE MOMENT". I loved Rob's breathing on this tune, it had such passion. Lew Scott is always there with that deep velvet cornerstone of the groove and deep solo statements of pure love. The tune ends with such a great projection of gentle force.

Wurlitzer Waltz does it. Listen hard. Yeah, it spells SWING and there is no limit to where it will take you. This song bounces with joy all over the place and I'm lovin every second of the groove. This quintet of Marvin Bugalu Smith's is doin it all the way through and this final cut is actually only the start, the start of something big and powerful full of internal energy that I only felt while sitting listening to Coltrane,Jones, Tyner and Garrison ay The Half Note On Hudson Street in NYC. I have attempted to use words that are in my heart throughout my listening and responding to this music. I know I was there, inside this music with each of these CATS because the Masterful recording and mixing was so great that I haven't heard this style of capturing music since I sat at VanGelder's in Englewoods Cliffs on route 9W when John,Elvin,McCoy and Jimmy were recording and Bob Thiel was producing. Marvin has done a great,special job producing,recording in his own studio and mixing so beautifully. I give congrats to Marvin,Andrew and each of the Master players on this CD.
LOVE ALWAYS and ALWAYS LOVE.... STEVE HABIB 12/04/12 my 66th Birthday. Enjoy as I have and listen to it many times and you'll hear new things always.
notes copyright 2012 Habib Music, Marbib Radio Television,BUMAR RECORDS

Marvin Smith

The music of Majestic
David Williams wrote, Marvin bugalu Smith master drummer,
With the release of this music comes the surge of color and emotion, evoked by the smooth, swinging, MAJESTIC sounds of Marvin Smith. A drummer for 60 years, Marvin has perfected the movement of sound and vibration, conveying the emotion in rhythms which bring out the compassion in any musician. The music is free and light, yet tight and disciplined. What does 200 years of combined jazz experience culminate with?.....jazz perfection. A new recording for a new century, with roots based deep in the bebop jazz tradition of 1950's New York. Marvin's feel for the present moment and his ability to pick up on the emotions of fellow musicians, drive the music and performance to a new level of consciousness. A Brave New World of jazz, fit for a new beginning of humanity. As a listener,you need not know about theories of music or hitting the right note. EVERY note is the right note when musicians of this caliber are in the same room, in the moment. No past, no future, This is the music that's in the now. Represents, Emotions, compassionate, eternal, and always in time'. So sit back,close your eyes, free your mind of any previous beliefs and let the colors flow for a new beginning. Any serious fan of jazz would not be without this historic recording. David Williams a friend on face book from Melbourne Australia.
11 hours ago · Edited · Like

Marvin Smith

the music of Majestic
David Williams wrote, Marvin bugalu Smith master drummer,
With the release of this music comes the surge of color and emotion, evoked by the smooth, swinging, MAJESTIC sounds of Marvin Smith. A drummer for 60 years, Marvin has perfected the movement of sound and vibration, conveying the emotion in rhythms which bring out the compassion in any musician. The music is free and light, yet tight and disciplined. What does 200 years of combined jazz experience culminate with?.....jazz perfection. A new recording for a new century, with roots based deep in the bebop jazz tradition of 1950's New York. Marvin's feel for the present moment and his ability to pick up on the emotions of fellow musicians, drive the music and performance to a new level of consciousness. A Brave New World of jazz, fit for a new beginning of humanity. As a listener,you need not know about theories of music or hitting the right note. EVERY note is the right note when musicians of this caliber are in the same room, in the moment. No past, no future, This is the music that's in the now. Represents, Emotions, compassionate, eternal, and always in time'. So sit back,close your eyes, free your mind of any previous beliefs and let the colors flow for a new beginning. Any serious fan of jazz would not be without this historic recording. David Williams a friend on face book from Melbourne Australia.
11 hours ago · Edited · Like

Marvin Smith

the magic music of Majestic
David Williams wrote, Marvin bugalu Smith master drummer,
With the release of this music comes the surge of color and emotion, evoked by the smooth, swinging, MAJESTIC sounds of Marvin Smith. A drummer for 60 years, Marvin has perfected the movement of sound and vibration, conveying the emotion in rhythms which bring out the compassion in any musician. The music is free and light, yet tight and disciplined. What does 200 years of combined jazz experience culminate with?.....jazz perfection. A new recording for a new century, with roots based deep in the bebop jazz tradition of 1950's New York. Marvin's feel for the present moment and his ability to pick up on the emotions of fellow musicians, drive the music and performance to a new level of consciousness. A Brave New World of jazz, fit for a new beginning of humanity. As a listener,you need not know about theories of music or hitting the right note. EVERY note is the right note when musicians of this caliber are in the same room, in the moment. No past, no future, This is the music that's in the now. Represents, Emotions, compassionate, eternal, and always in time'. So sit back,close your eyes, free your mind of any previous beliefs and let the colors flow for a new beginning. Any serious fan of jazz would not be without this historic recording. David Williams a friend on face book from Melbourne Australia.
11 hours ago · Edited · Like

Marvin Smith

the magic of Majestic
This volume, "Majestic", is the result of the meeting of some great and unique musical minds! The man who brought all of these musicians together for this date was master drummer, Marvin Bugalu Smith. The best way to understand Marvin, is to listen to his own words......

"I started playing drums at age 2 and in that time I studied with all of the great master drummers: Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Hayes, Art Taylor, and my brother Earl "Buster" Smith. My outlook on music is without end. Right now what I'm doing is teaching young people, to understand how the master drummers got there power on the drums. Understanding the basic foundation of the drums. Teaching them that it was used for communication, a way to talk to people. So with this understanding of the drums, we can go to an even deeper level of understanding. My way of playing the drums is to PUT THE TIME FIRST, before the technical side. Right now, I honestly feel we have the very best drum school AND a lesson program online."

In addition to being a personal friend and student of many legends of jazz, Marvin has performed, recorded, and toured with some of the greats including Sun Ra, Archie Schep, Kenny Werner, Art Farmer, Chet Baker, and many more!

Oregon native Rob Scheps began studying the tenor saxophone at age nine. He grew up on Long Island, New York. After having graduated high school at age sixteen, he enrolled in the New England Conservatory. He received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies with Honors in performance in 1986. While living in the Boston area he led his own groups; most notably the True Colors Big Band. In 1988 he moved to New York, formed the Rob Scheps Core-tet and Bartokking Heads and established himself as a formidable force on the jazz scene. Over the years he has performed and recorded with some of the best names in Jazz including John Abercrombie, Gil Evans, Mel Lewis, Jack MacDuff, Mel Torme, Buddy Rich, and many others. Mr. Scheps contributed his composition, Wurlitzer Waltz to this collection.


Chris Pasin began studying the trumpet at the age of nine in New York City, studying with various teachers, especially the great Carmine Caruso. After high school he earned a dual bachelors degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in classical and jazz trumpet performance, playing and recording under Jimmy Giuffre, Gunther Schuller, George Russell, and Jaki Byard; the last of which he studied jazz improvisation and composition.

During this time he helped found the Medium Rare Big Band, which had the likes of musicians Jed Levy, Jeremy Kahn, and Steve Johns in it, and earned accolades at various jazz competitions and performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis, and Slide Hampton. He was also performing with the George Russell orchestra at the Village Vanguard in New York, also working regularly as a sideman and studio musician in Boston for five years.

Pasin spent two and a half years trumpet playing with the Buddy Rich band in the early 80's, at which time he relocated to New York City. This was a great growth period as the bus rides were like a listening room and had the influence of many of the great musicians of band in that era, like Walt Weiskopf, Conrad Herwig, and Dave Stahl. Much of the next decade was spent playing jazz with various groups, including several years with the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin big band, which provided daily exposure to an even more inspiring group of great musicians, including Frank Wess.

There was also work with Jack McDuff, many Salsa and Brazilian bands, and various other jazz ensembles. At this time he also studied composition with Richie Beirach and continued study of the trumpet with various teachers while writing and playing creative music with many of the jazz musicians that were in New York in the 80’s and 90’s.

For more than sixteen years, Chris pursued a non-musical career. However, the development of Chris’s children musically sowed the seeds of renewed passion for jazz.

Recently, he began playing the trumpet again and has been so inspired, he released “Detour Ahead.” Chris is now playing jazz again frequently with various musicians in and around the New York area and is also writing music to record for several current projects.


Joel Newton is a New York City-based guitarist, composer and bandleader exploring the interplay among jazz, blues, classical, avant-garde, and other musical traditions. Moving to the city in 1993 at age 25, Joel began a busy career as a leader and sideman, earning him a secure place as a contributor to the City’s ever-changing, cutting-edge “downtown” scene. His music reflects his broad-based background in its hybridized stylistic variety.

All About Jazz describes Joel’s music as “a new angle on jazz-rock… with intergalactic travels… irony and contrast aplenty… and introspective quietude interspersed with explosive energy” and ranks him “on a par with seminal players like Bill Frisell and Ben Monder." The Joel Newton Situation, described by the Village Voice as “a sort of Medeski, Martin, and Mahavishnu,” made a name for itself at New York City’s Knitting Factory in the late 90’s with a long-running residency, delving deep into the outer reaches of sound and groove exploration. Since then, Joel has worked with many of New York’s jazz luminaries, such as Dave Binney, Donny McCaslin, Steven Bernstein, Christian Howes, Matt Shulman, Shane Endsley, Fay Victor, D.D. Jackson, Ben Stivers, Adam Klipple, and Dan Weiss. He has toured the States and Canada extensively with his own groups and others’.

Lew Scott is one of the most sought after bassists in the New York area. He has performed with such notables as Clark Terry, Conti Condoli, Frank Rosolino, Joe Lovano, Herb Ellis, George Coleman, Dave Liebman, Jack Sheldon, Peggy Stern, and many others. He has toured with vocalist Melba Moore, Lainie Kazan, and Nnena Frelon. He has also worked with Anita O'day, Mark Murphy, and many others, including Robert Goulet, Vic Damone, Sergio Franchi, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Eddie Fisher, Florence Henderson, and Lucie Arnaz. Among the groups he has worked with include the Four Aces and the Fifth Dimension. Lew Scott has been performing in the New York area since 1978. In the past Lew was also a competition Cyclist, but now he rides his bicycle around the county just for enjoyment.

The collaboration between Marvin Bugalu Smith and Andrew Greeney began in 2001 when Mr. Greeney saw Bugalu performing at a night club in New Paltz, NY. Mr. Greeney was very impressed by Bugalu's unique style, great technique and deep swing feel and he soon began studying with him. Over the years the two have hosted countless jam sessions together and collaborated on various musical projects. They now have a new recording studio and they are producing albums in the jazz genre as well as pop and other genres. Stay tuned for more albums to come very soon! Andrew Greeney Head Engineer

Marvin Smith

the magic of Majestic's music
Andrew Greeney my head engineer at bumar records is just a wonderful person to have on the team, because of his big ears, and what he doze at the recording console, his recording of the group Majestic, is just magic full of color for everyone to hear, and the inter play of the players on the CD majestic is full of healing power
just listen to how the group come together on the first cut Search for a New Land, Rob Scheps is just wonderful in all of his soloing in this new CD from Majestic the whole group is just magic Chris Pasin on trumpet play is just magic, as well as Joel Newton on guitar and Lew Scott on bass and of course there is Marvin bugalu Smith on drums this is a CD that you don't want to miss get it now it's hot hot hot