Shelley Carrol | I Heard That

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I Heard That

by Shelley Carrol

Traditional Texas Tenor jazz with some modern flavor.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. I Heard That (feat. Marchel Ivery)
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2. Black Velvet
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3. My Man (feat. Ardina Lockhart)
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4. And How I Hoped for Your Love (feat. Ardina Lockhart)
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5:15 $0.99
5. Way Back Home
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6. Cold Duck Time
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7. Gloria's Eyes (feat. Marchel Ivery)
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6:31 $0.99
8. One for Christopher
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9. Blue Monday
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10. Sumiko (feat. Stefon Karlsson)
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11. Do I Move You (feat. Ardina Lockhart)
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Album Notes
Saxophonist, Shelley Carrol hails from family of gospel singers and musicians in Houston, Texas. He attended the city’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and was a standout in the city’s Summer Jazz Workshop Program.
While attending the University of North Texas, Shelley earned a spot in the Grammy Nominated One O’clock Lab Band. There he recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s in 1990 and 91. During the same period, Mr. Carrol was invited to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra by trumpeter Barry Lee Hall. Since joining the band, he has toured the U.S. and over 30 foreign countries. Most recently, he has also held down the saxophone chair for multi-platinum artist, Sheryl Crow.

Shelley evolved to record as a leader in 1997. He was able to feature members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra on his debut CD for Leaning House Records. His second CD, A Distant Star was released in the fall of 2001. Carrol’s 3rd release is Gentle Friend and features Scott Bucklin (pa), Jonathan Fisher (bs) and Garry Granger (dr). His latest CD is entitled I Heard That and features the late legendary Texas Tenor, Marchel Ivery along with guest appearances from Ardina Lockhart, Roger Boykin, Stefon Karlsson, and other Dallas area luminaries.

Shelley has received numerous awards including the 2007 Sammons Center for the Arts Jazz Artist of the Year. He was also a finalist for the 2008 Texas State Musician.

Carrol currently endorses MacSax instruments and Roberto reeds.

Other career highlights:

Sheryl Crow 100 Miles from Memphis World Tour 2009-2011
Roger Watters-In the Flesh Tour
Kirk Franklin’s Joyful Noise original Movie soundtrack 2011
Shelley Carrol - State of the Texas Tenor Tour 2013


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Eric Willis

Shelley Carrol: A Musician With The Power Of Legacy
When I search for good music, I often wonder if dominant artist like Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins will ever emerge again. I guess I have seen and heard so much that I am now listening for legacy. I am seeking artist that deserve to be engrafted into the family tree of Jazz and Shelley Carrol is one who is most deserving. Shelley is one of the most prolific saxophonists of our time and this new release, "I Heard That" displays another dimension of his artistic abilities. It is rare that we use the word "collectible" nowadays but "Shelly Carrol is a collectible." His music is the kind that we should build our music libraries upon and be astounded by the multi-faceted outlooks that we have at our fingertips. I loved Shelley with the Duke Ellington Band and his other recordings but "I Heard That" is my new favorite.

Fred Nichelson

Another great work from a True Texas Tenor
Let me start with full disclosure. I am the artist's manager. Have known him for years. After having done many jazz releases over the last 20 years, I originally was gonna pass on this one. However, when Carrol approached me, he had an idea of doing a CD called State of the Texas tenor with Marchel Ivery. That got my interest. Ivery is a little know Texas icon who has influenced countless players over the last 40 years. Suddenly, I was on board. He even contributed 3 originals to the project. The tracking sessions went quite well, however, Marchel passed away very soonafter. We had planned to do more with him but time would not allow. I decided later to change the TX Tenor concept and go with a more communal aspect of North Texas jazz. We looked for others who had been a part of the rich landscape and decided on adding Roger Boykin, Ardina Lockhart, Stefon Karlsson, and others influenced by the late Marchel Ivery. What came about was this gritty mixture of great musical friends. You will hear the big Texas influence on tunes like the Way Back Home and Blue Monday. Both from the Jazz Crusaders catalog. Cold Duck time also shows off Carrol's modern vibe. I am really a fan of the opening track, I Heard That and Gloria's Eyes. Both show off just what a pure improvisor Marchel is. No one is quite like him. I also especially like the rhythm arrangement on the Carrol penned Sumiko. It is an airy ode to his beautiful wife. His flute playing is often under rated but woodwind players will easily give it the nod.
I hope you take a listen to the CD and hear what DFW has to offer the jazz world.