Carl Saunders | Out of the Blue

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Out of the Blue

by Carl Saunders

Jazz - quartet and sextet setting.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Stella By Starlight
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7:24 album only
2. We'll Be Together Again
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5:51 album only
3. Prudence
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5:07 album only
4. Personas Gratus
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7:36 album only
5. Sad Happiness
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5:57 album only
6. I Should Care
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7:21 album only
7. Love for Sale
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7:43 album only
8. Haunted Heart
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9. Minute Waltz
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10. This Is the Blues
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Album Notes
OUT OF THE BLUE - released in 1996, was the first in a series of albums to feature Carl Saunders as leader. The popular L.A. based trumpet player has a long history of major performance to match his recording discography. With the Grammy award winning bands including Bob Florence he is featured as a jazz player, and on the Bill Holman band plays only lead or 1st trumpet.
OUT OF THE BLUE is the first ever recording to be awarded 5-stars in all four categories by the prestigious International Trumpet Guild. This recording also has features not previous found when listening with headphones as particular attention was paid to stereo spacing – such as notes on the piano keyboard during a solo, or the individual 5-trumpets sound as they were recorded to a point in space where each part can be separately identified.
OUT OF THE BLUE highlights Carl’s versatility moving from traditional bebop to the classical Chopin’s “Minute Waltz” (Valtz Opus 64 #1) which, incidentally, each chorus can be measured in much less than a minute! Carl’s composition and arranging skills range from the traditional quartet setting with Roger Kellaway, (piano) Buster Williams, (bass) Santo Savino, (drums) to the sextet when adding Jerry Pinter (tenor sax) and Andy Martin. (trombone)
OUT OF THE BLUE comes with 8 (eight) pages of liner notes including historical facts, track info, and photographs.


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Simon Pilbrow

Great jazz trumpet recording - take note!
This long overdue debut of the great trumpeter Carl Saunders as a leader appeared in 1996 when he was already into his fifties. Although he had an impeccable curriculum vitae from some of the finest big bands and as a sideman in a range of smaller groups, as both a first-rate lead player and inspired and virtuosic soloist, he had long been underappreciated by the wider jazz audience. Too many of us listeners are now still only discovering the breadth of his playing. “Out of the Blue” quickly settles any mysteries, in the first time listener, about Saunders’s technical command of the trumpet, his feel and mastery of jazz sensibilities, or his solo improvising capacity, and should catapult him into any jazz listener’s list of favorite trumpet players. This album should be in any serious jazz collection. Saunders has a massive range and stamina, and within this he maintains a super sound, intonation and pitch at any altitude with no degradation in intensity or inspiration throughout his remarkably long bebop lines. This album pitches him in the fine company of Roger Kellaway, Buster Williams and long term and sympathetic collaborator, drummer Santo Savino, in a nice collection of mainly Saunders originals and some standards. Saunders writes lots of great original tunes that cover a wide range of the jazz genre and that are fine improvisatory vehicles for all. Kellaway is unfailingly full of surprises as always. Fine overdubbing on this recording affords Saunders the opportunity to be the whole trumpet section in several places, handling the demanding melodies and shout choruses with ease. His playing on ballads is sensitive, and at all tempos his sound has great clarity. Carl Saunders is a super trumpeter – with all the demanding chops of lead section playing and the imagination of a front rank improviser - and this recording brought into clear view that he was and is one of the best jazz trumpeters alive today. This CD is a treat!