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Bob Stewart - Connections: Mind the Gap (2014)

9-03-2016, 10:49
Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: Connections: Mind the Gap
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Sunnyside Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: 320 kbps | FLAC
Total Time: 63:43
Total Size: 145 Mb | 353 Mb

1. Red (0:56)
2. Simone (5:02)
3. Aqua (1:41)
4. Bush Baby (7:18)
5. Fishin' Blues (5:17)
6. The Poet (2:53)
7. Odessa (7:50)
8. Libertango (3:57)
9. Purple (2:03)
10. Monk's Mood (3:03)
11. Nothing To Say (5:40)
12. Makina (2:55)
13. Hand By Hand (7:07)
14. Jump Monk (7:01)
15. Red 2 (1:00)

Master tuba player and educator Bob Stewart recognizes how fortunate he has been to be affiliated with musical legends and peers who have displayed generosity in allowing him to present his unique conception of tuba playing to receptive audiences. His new recording Connections Mind The Gap is at once a tribute to those artists representing various styles with whom Stewart was able to ply and develop his trade and it is also a forum to suggest and increase the repertoire for aspiring tuba players.
Connections Mind The Gap is a varied collection of pieces that range from a five movement piece entitled In Color that Stewart commissioned from young composer Jessie Montgomery to pieces written by or performed by talented musicians the tuba player has played with over his forty year career. Though the compositions span classical, blues and jazz, the common denominator and uniting element is the tuba.
Stewart hardly needs an introduction. His career has been one of seeking challenges and passing on knowledge. His tuba has been featured on recordings from the jazz mastery of musicians like Gil Evans, Charles Mingus and Lester Bowie to the rock and blues inflections of Taj Mahal and Elvis Costello. Stewart has also been an active educator for just as long and has recently become a faculty member at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Stewart has been leading his own ensemble - First Line Band - since 1989. The current iteration of the group includes longtime member/guitarist Jerome Harris and the highly regarded drummer Matt Wilson, both of whose intuitive styles are perfect foils for Stewart s playing. Stewart also includes his son, the fantastic violinist Curtis Stewart, in the ensemble. Keeping with the original brass led formation of the First Line Band, Stewart adds trumpeter Randall Haywood and trombonist Nick Finzer for a number of tracks.
In addition to the First Line Band, Stewart introduces the PUBLIQuartet, a string quartet (of which his son is a founding member), which accompanies Stewart on a five-part composition entitled In Color composed by former member, violinist Jessie Montgomery. The piece was commissioned by Stewart and was written with his abilities as the focus: Montgomery and Stewart held multiple listening sessions where she studied Stewart s extended harmonics and other techniques that she would incorporate into her compositions. This makes these tone poems about Stewart as much as they are about Montgomery.
On the recording, the classical and jazz materials enable each other. There are aural elements that tie the performances together, most importantly the tuba. There are intentional elemental and spatial gaps, however. Obviously, there are stylistic leaps from jazz to classical to blues but there are also spaces between tracks that signal stylistic departures, thus the title.

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