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Sweet Spontaneous


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Concert pianist and composer Michael Arnowitt, assisted by ImproVisions Jazz, makes his Big Round Records debut with Sweet Spontaneous, the title drawn from a poem by e.e.cummings. This album features 14 of Arnowitt’s own compositions with the composer himself at the piano, joined by a dozen jazz notables including Yosvany Terry on alto sax, Lucas Pino on tenor sax, Dave Smith on trumpet, and Colin Stranahan on drums. Against the Wind, featuring vocalist Shirley Crabbe, tells the story of a woman summoning the strength to persist in the face of powerful forces. In The Crossing, bassist Rick Rosato’s accompaniment to the spoken words of a Langston Hughes poem evolves into a slow groove of brushes, keys, bass, and sax, rendering the listener completely spellbound. Syria-us is the creative culmination of a deep study Arnowitt made of Syrian literature and music in preparation for benefit concerts he organized in 2016 to support humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees. The composer’s love of Bulgarian music is shown in Bulgarian Hoedown’s wild, exuberant fiddling and Shapka Swing, which opens with a triumphant fanfare that transitions to klezmer before emerging as the energetic gem of the album. Ascent features a reading of Maya Angelou’s celebrated poem Still I Rise combined with a flirtatious melody and syncopated accompaniment reflecting the spunkiness of both poet and poem. With Sweet Spontaneous, Michael Arnowitt encapsulates the journey of world music into jazz with dignity, class, and just the right amount of swing. The Washington Post wrote of an Arnowitt concert: “He played with an exquisite sense of touch, color and musical imagination.” Come join Michael Arnowitt as he takes us on voyages into these highly absorbing musical landscapes.
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Item number BR8952
Barcode 608410872967
Release date 7/13/2018
Category Contemporary Jazz
Label BIG ROUND RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Ensemble ImproVisions Jazz
Non-Classical Composer Arnowitt, Michael
Disc: 1
Against the Wind00:09:00
1 Against the Wind 00:09:22 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz Crabbe, Shirley
Bulgarian Hoedown00:11:00
2 Bulgarian Hoedown 00:11:18 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz
The Crossing00:12:00
3 The Crossing 00:11:40 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz Rogers, Therisa
Migratory Mood00:09:00
4 Migratory Mood 00:08:57 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz
Syria-us00:10:00
5 Syria-us 00:09:47 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz
Pirouette00:06:00
6 Pirouette 00:06:29 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz
The Crying Candle00:08:00
7 The Crying Candle 00:07:35 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz Crabbe, Shirley
Disc: 2
Third Shift00:12:00
1 Third Shift 00:11:41 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz
Shapka Swing00:06:00
2 Shapka Swing 00:06:05 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz
Elegy for Richard00:11:00
3 Elegy for Richard 00:11:22 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz
Medium Message00:10:00
4 Medium Message 00:09:36 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz
Ascent00:08:00
5 Ascent 00:08:07 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz Rogers, Therisa
Midnight Forest00:13:00
6 Midnight Forest 00:13:08 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz
Street Strut00:06:00
7 Street Strut 00:05:39 Unknown Artist Arnowitt, Michael ImproVisions Jazz Crabbe, Shirley
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