Portland Jazz Orchestra | Good Morning, Geek

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Good Morning, Geek

by Portland Jazz Orchestra

Charley Gray's music for large ensemble is tuneful and swinging; he lets the improvising take center stage with a powerful rhythm section driving this great ensemble.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Big Band
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1. Good Morning Geek, Again
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2. Unlikely Event
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3. Lucy
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4. Better Than One
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5. Lars Attacks
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6. Not Yet
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7. Three on a Tree Two
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8. Knuckleball
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A collection of the newest, hippest music for big band!

From Paul Mazzio’s sultry, feline-chic flugelhorn in the cha cha “Lucy,” to the sonorous ensemble of “Knuckleball,” which rocks its way through a virtuosic saxophone soli, raucous brassiness and a familiar sports anthem with both wit and sophistication, Good Morning, Geek is a potpourri of stylish new orchestral jazz from composer/Portland Jazz Orchestra director Charley Gray.

Driven by consistently keen clarity in orchestration and a full-throttle, take-no-prisoners rhythm section—drummer Alan Jones, whose “supple pulse nudges and drives as it colors and shades” (Jazz Times) and widely versatile bassist Tom Wakeling, plus up-and-coming pianist Dan Gaynor—Portland Jazz Orchestra’s master improvisers shine, lending the record further artistic distinction and creative vehemence.

“Unlikely Event,” with its grandiose, open harmonies, conjures Coltrane’s Africa/Brass, and highlights tenor saxophonist Tim Jensen’s loose improvisational style—a pairing of chromaticism and melodicism; the ballad “Lars Attacks” (Gray’s most recent composition), is inspired by the folksong “Gracias a la Vida,” and focuses on trombonist Lars Campbell’s rich, ethereal tone and fluidity of range. Other improvisers include trumpeters Farnell Newton and Matt Carr; saxophonists Tim Bryson, Scott Hall, Mary Sue Tobin and Bryan Dickerson; and trombonist John Moak.

As much about tight ensemble and technical finesse as it is improvisation, Good Morning, Geek is a wide-ranging testament to the talents of composer and band alike, leaving little doubt that Portland Jazz Orchestra has arrived on the recording scene as one of the premier jazz ensembles on the West coast.


Portland Jazz Orchestra Members
Charley Gray, Director

Saxophone:
Bryan Dickerson
Mary Sue Tobin
Tim Jensen
Scott Hall
Tim Bryson

Trumpet:
Rich Cooper
Paul Mazzio
Matt Carr
Farnell Newton
Michael Hankins

Trombone:
David Bryan
John Moak
Lars Campbell
Doug Peebles

Rhythm:
Alan Jones - Drum Set
Tom Wakeling - Bass
Dan Gaynor - Piano


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Susan Mason

Good Morning Geek
Mind-boggling complexity and awesome solos, beautiful sound. How cool is THAT?!