Shawn Graham Quintet | Redefining The Standards

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Redefining The Standards

by Shawn Graham Quintet

Original, contemorary cool jazz. オリジナル、かつコンテンポラリーなクール・ジャズ (ウエストコースト・ジャズ)
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1. 75
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2. Rhythm of Glissade Assemble
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3. Boplicity
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4. Easy Street
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4:38 $0.49
5. Morning March
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6. Blues For Beth
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7. Played Out
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8. Damn Her
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9. Bluesette
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4:47 album only
10. Bathsheba
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(日本語が下にあります) The Shawn Graham Quintet is composed of five first-class Los Angeles area musicians. This collection of songs is the result of a recording session held in February 2007. Although many months of preparation and years of inspiration went into this project, the recording was done in one day without rehearsal in order to capture the sound of spontaneous creation.

The original tunes are the results of two writers: Jack Ollodort (drums) and Shawn Graham (bass). In addition to the eight original tunes, two classic standards are included.

The title “Redefining The Standards” was selected because the tunes were recorded in a straight-ahead style true to the tradition of standard jazz. Yet each tune contains some element of redefinition, be that a fresh approach to a standard tune or a new tune.

The first song, “75”, is short and sweet. It gets to the point quickly yet covers a lot of ground musically in less than three minutes. "I wrote “75” about 10 years ago and I really don't remember what the significance is or where it came from," explains Ollodort.

According to Graham, “The melody for “Rhythm of Glissard Assemble” was inspired by the kindness of a friend. The title was chosen by my ballet dancing wife. When I asked her what the song sounded like to her she said it sounds like the rhythm of glissard assemble and danced this ballet step to the song.”

The CDs up-tempo rendition of the Miles Davis classic, “Boplicity”, features the melody played in unison by bass and saxophone. Trumpet joins for the “B” section. Solos are by sax and piano.

Easy Street is a funky blues with a light, uplifting melody. Sax, piano and bass solos propel this tune forward.

Morning March is an easy-going, West Coast styled tune featuring solos by trumpet, piano and bass.

According to Ollodort,”Played Out” was inspired by working with Buddy Collette. His personality is such that I was inspired to take pen to paper.” He adds, “The title was just cranked out."

For 'Bluesette', the bass takes center stage playing the melody arco on this haunting and melancholic melody.

'Bathsheba' is a driving, fast tempo tune. The title was chosen because the song has a middle eastern flavor.

Shawn Graham Quintet はロサンゼルスエリアで活躍する5人の一流ミュージシャン達により製作された。 2007年2月に録音されたこのアルバムは、数年にわたる構想および数ヶ月にわたる準備の結集ではあるが自然発生的サウンドを捕らえるため、録音はリハーサルなしで1日で行われた。


アルバムタイトルである "Redefining The Standards" は正統派スタンダードジャズのスタイルで録音されたことから名づけられた。正統派とはいうものの曲の端々に新しいスタンダードジャズの誕生を思わせる側面を含んでいる。

1曲目の"75"は短いがさまざまな味わいのある曲である。3分に満たないこの曲の中に多くの音楽的要素が含まれている。「僕はこの"75"を10年ほど前に書いたけど、何がきっかけだったか、この曲の発想がどこからきたのかあまり覚えていないんだ」とOllodort は語る。

Graham によると「"Rythm of Glissard Assemble"の旋律は友人の優しさに触発されたんだ。タイトルはバレエ好きの妻がつけた。彼女はこの曲は Glissard Assemble のリズムだと言って踊って見せてくれた。」

Miles Davis のクラシック "Boplicity" のアップテンポな演奏はベースとサックスのユニゾンを演出している。"B"セクションでトランペットも入り、ソロはサックスとピアノにより行われている。

"Easy Street" は軽快な旋律のファンキーブルースだ。サックス、ピアノ、ベースのソロがこの曲を盛り上げている。

"Morning March" は、気楽な、ウエスト・コースト・スタイルの曲でトランペット、ピアノ、ベースのソロが含まれている。

Ollodort によると「"Played Out"はBuddy Colletteとの活動中に生まれた。Collette の性格が僕にペンを取らせた。」さらにOllodort は言う。「タイトルは自然に頭に浮かんだんだ。」

"Bluesette" ではベースがこのメランコリックな旋律を弓で演奏することにより中心の役割を演じている。

"Bathsheba" はノリのいい速いテンポの曲だ。タイトルはこの曲が中東風の雰囲気を持つことからつけられた。


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Joyce Chappell

Timeless and Memorable
The laid-back tunes in this CD are reminiscent of Cool Jazz greats by Miles Davis, and Dave Brubeck. The moods evoked from these songs range from pensive, to joyful, and from melancholy, to strong assurance. These songs provide a colorful, and inspiring setting to listeners while remaining unobtrusive to deep thought and conversation. A timeless and memorable music collection.


Redefining the Standards
This is a well put together jazz collection from bright and talented musicians who play well together. The playing is precise and musical. Morning March is my favorite tune. I expect to hear more from these guys in the near future. This album swings.


cool jazz
very nice and relaxing jazz! my favorites are Easy Street and Blues for Beth...


Great CD!
It is amazing this CD was recorded without rehearsal. The tunes are so cool, I like it! I already look forward to next album.


Beautiful Sound, Easy to feel belonging to...
This CD is perfect for providing an elegant mood at a dinner, a shopping mall, a romantic moment, or relaxation. The sound is simple yet rich and sophisticated. I really enjoyed listening to this CD. In fact I put the player in Repeat mode and listened to it many many times. Highly recommended. A great job by this group of talented musicians.