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July 18, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com

 “SKETCHES OF SPAIN [REVISITED]”New Rendition of the 1960
Miles Davis and Gil Evans Classic Recording

Incorporates Jazz Elements,
Traditional Instruments, and New Compositions
The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, celebrating its upcoming tenth anniversary year, releases its second full-length album, Sketches Of Spain [Revisited], an orchestral transformation of the 1960 iconic original by Miles Davis and Gil Evans.For this reinterpretation of the 1960 classic recording, CJP artistic director and composer Orbert Davis created two new compositions, incorporated traditional African and Middle Eastern instruments, and made numerous modifications in ensemble orchestration.  The result is an intimate yet powerful performance that transports the listener to a different world.

“If you’re going to reconceptualize a work as iconic as Sketches Of Spain – daring to change the original instrumentation, and even to replace some movements with new compositions – you’d better do one spectacular job of it. Orbert Davis has dared, and succeeded.”  Neil Tesser, Grammy-Award Winning Jazz Journalist

Davis’ involvement with Sketches Of Spain began in the 1990’s when, as a trumpeter in Bill Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, he was asked to perform the solo trumpet part originally played by Miles Davis (no relation). A particular challenge was to disregard the expectations of some purists that the original performance would be re-created.  “However,” Orbert notes, “What Miles played is not intended to be duplicated. Miles reached past the technical aspects of his instrument and played from the depths of his soul.  I took that approach to freely create during the improvised sections.”

Orbert Davis’ version of the classic work developed over many subsequent performances and years of studying the original recording, as well as Spanish music and culture. From the first performance with his own Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in 2011, Orbert introduced new elements to reflect the Moorish influences on Spanish culture, introduces new infectious jazz grooves, and highlights the unique talents of individual musicians in his ensemble.

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“One has to think that Miles Davis would have been intrigued, given his own history of ignoring rules and continuously reinventing his music.” Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Working together, the musicians have created a sound based on Spanish culture that is a blend of classical aesthetic and jazz sensibility, revealing an emotional depth that is universally recognizable. “I hope that the listener will be able to identify with the passion and emotion expressed in this work”, says Davis.  “There is a story behind the music, and each person needs to interpret that story for themselves.”

The theme of creatively reinterpreting a classic is carried out on the album’s cover, which features original artwork created as part of a CD Cover Art Contest held by CJP in the spring of 2014. The contest required Chicago area students to interpret different visual aspects of Spanish culture: a matador, a flamenco dancer, and a mountain village scene.  The winning entry was submitted by Jaylyn Scott, a 14-year-old student at Orland Junior High School.  As the contest winner, Jaylyn earned a prize fee and will receive royalties on the sale of all related merchandise like posters, mugs or t-shirts. The multi-talented Jaylyn is also a student in the CJP Summer Jazz Academy where she studies the saxophone.

Orbert Davis

Orbert Davis is co-founder, conductor and Artistic Director of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, a 55+ piece jazz-symphonic orchestra and a 16-piece chamber group dedicated to multi-genre projects.  He is also the co-founder of “Jazz Alive,” an interdisciplinary enrichment program that focuses on teaching life and academic skills through music, currently providing weekly music and band instruction to hundreds of Chicago Public School students.

One of Chicago’s busiest and most sought after musicians, Davis was commissioned in 2012 to create a new work for Chicago Symphony Center’s city-wide “Rivers Festival.”  He was named Artist-In-Residence for the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2011, an honor held by only one other Chicagoan in its history. In that same year Davis won an Emmy Award for the composition and production of an original score for the national PBS documentary, DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis. In 2010 he received the “Arts Legend Award” from the Arts Alliance Illinois, a statewide arts advocacy group, recognizing his mission-based accomplishments in both performance and education.

Davis has a Bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from DePaul University and a Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Founded in 2004 by Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram as America’s definitive “Third Stream” orchestra, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic provides rich, accessible, multi-cultural music experiences that bridge gaps in jazz and classical genres. The CJP performs works from the standard jazz big band to the classical symphony, while creating a “new aesthetic” in cross-genre collaborations. The organization also provides music education through Jazz Alive, a weekly music and band education program for Chicago Public School students, and the Summer Jazz Academy, a two-week immersion program in music theory and practice.

The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic will celebrate its tenth anniversary season with a series of concerts and special events beginning in September 2014.

Support for the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic comes from The Chicago Community Trust, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, The Joyce Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Seabury Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, City Arts Grants, WDCB 90.9FM and Chicago Jazz Magazine.

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Orbert Davis’
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
Sketches Of Spain [Revisited]
(316 Records CD31607)
Street Date: July 14, 2014

More Info HERE

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July 18, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
Music for Peter Gunn
by Harmonie Ensemble New York
Steven Richman

(Harmonia Mundi HMU 907624)
Street Date: August 12, 2014
In 1958, the legendary composer/arranger Henry Mancini electrified the world of television music with his dynamic soundtrack for the detective series Peter Gunn.  Not only did he introduce a compelling jazz element into the genre, but he also created a context for the symbiotic relationship between narrative action and its aural environment. The Emmy-winning score – and its double Grammy-awarded album – was performed by an all-star ensemble of some of the West Coast jazz scene’s finest musicians.  Now, for the first time in more than half a century, the Harmonie Ensemble/New York under the direction of Grammy-nominated conductor Steven Richman takes a new look at this iconic music in the new harmonia mundi release Music for Peter Gunn.
One of the most profound elements of the jazz tradition is that the musicians’ pursuit of personal and singular sounds allows each fresh interpretation of classic works to have a new life of its own.  The great orchestral composers like Ellington, Strayhorn, Charles Mingus and George Russell were able to perform the same arrangements of their musical creations over and over, creating entirely new versions freshly sculpted by the personae of the musicians who played it.  This recording provides that same substance to these timeless original Henry Mancini compositions and arrangements, proving this music to be as vital and vibrant as it was more than 50 years ago.
This is the twelfth album by Mr. Richman and the Harmonie Ensemble/New York, and his third for harmonia mundi, following up on 2010’s Gershwin by Grofé and last year’s Nutcracker Suites Tchaikovsky / Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn.  As with those two outstanding and highly acclaimed albums, Mr. Richman has assembled the ideal cast of musicians to interpret this music, blending their superb command of ensemble playing with brilliant soloing skills. His deep appreciation of the music and commitment to the highest artistic ideals created the fertile environment that makes this recording so successful. A French horn player before he devoted himself fully to conducting, Mr. Richman had the opportunity to play with Henry Mancini many times. For him, this was truly a labor of love.
“I grew up watching and listening to that great TV show. Everyone knows the Peter Gunn theme but far fewer seem to know there is about an hour and a half of gorgeous music recycled in various forms throughout the show’s three seasons. Even our musicians were in the dark about this. They were happily surprised at the wonderful music, so skillfully written and arranged. We were all thrilled to play it.”
A key figure is pianist Lincoln Mayorga, who was featured on the Gershwin by Grofé album and had played for Mancini on some of the great composer’s road trips.  The remarkable tenor saxophonist and flautist Lew Tabackin – whose presence was so vital to the Nutcracker recording – anchors the highly impressive reed section along with Ronnie Cuber, Mark Gross, Lawrence Feldman and Lino Gomez.  The eminent Lew Soloff heads a trumpet section of Stanton Davis, Dominic Derasse and Joe Giorgianni; with a trombone foursome of Larry Farrell, John Fedchock, Mark Patterson and Frank Cohen.  The French horns, so essential to the sumptuous and mellifluous textures that are so intrinsic to Mancini’s sound are played by RJ Kelley, Alexandra Cook, Eric Davis and David Peel.
Much of the action in Peter Gunn took place in Mother’s, the waterfront roadhouse that was both Gunn’s hangout and meeting place.  The five-piece group that played there set the tone for a good deal of the show’s music and therefore those musicians are of paramount importance to this music.  Joining Mayorga in the stellar rhythm section are Bob Mann on guitar, Christos Rafalides on vibes, and the bass/drums tandem of Francois Moutin and Victor Lewis.
Under Mr. Richman’s brilliant direction, this exceptional group of musicians brings the perfect combination of flawlessly tight ensemble playing with the easygoing looseness and vivid spontaneity that makes each solo shine brightly – and always in the proper context, with no grandstanding or virtuosity for its own sake.  Although the music remains totally faithful to the original arrangements, the vibrancy and immediacy of today is fully evident.  Mann’s guitar solos have a slightly rock-ish element and the horn solos have a somewhat edgier quality.  The delivery of the written lines add a bit more soulfulness to the soulful; bluesiness to the blue; and even a touch more savagery to the drive.  The two versions of the immortal theme that bookend the 16 tracks are absolutely explosive – with the reprise opening up the thematic structure and providing an opportunity for the soloists to really strut their stuff.
This recording features all but one track from the first Mancini Peter Gunn album, along with four tracks from the second. One of these is My Manne Shelly, a dedication to the longtime Mancini collaborator and icon of West Coast jazz. Here Victor Lewis pays his own homage to the legendary Shelly Manne in the delightful call and response motif of the piece, also highlighted by a burly baritone solo by Cuber.
That small group roadhouse feel is offered in sublime fashion with The Floater, A Profound Gass and Brief and Breezy – all evoking the fluid George Shearing sound and featuring jaunty guitar and vibes solos.  An easy-swinging, hip groove – as suave and sophisticated as the title character – is front and center with Sorta Blue and The Brothers Go to Mother’s.
Three ballads offer a romantic setting with the appropriately named Dreamsville fueled by guitar and alto; Soft Sounds, built on a slow walking bass; and Blues for Mother’s, marked by a deeply soulful alto sax. A raunchier blues groove of the growling sort is the vibe for the slow-boogie of Spook and the drawling brass-fueled Slow and Easy, featuring a gutty trombone solo out of the Lawrence Brown school; while Session at Pete’s Pad pushes the pedal a bit harder into a smooth stomp.
Designed for the hard-boiled action and chase scenes, there are two virile and impassioned pieces.  Blue Steel is a dramatic item filled with hollerin’ brass, call and response incantations and a vehement Tabackin solo.  Fallout, opening with briskly walking bass leading into searing flutes, slow boils into a frenzy of growling trombones, wailing French horns and screaming trumpets.
While this is landmark music that broke ground for many fine scores to follow, one thing stands high above it all.  This is spectacular music played by an extraordinary group of musicians – timeless, powerful and moving.For more information on harmonia mundi, please visit:  www.harmoniamundi.com For information on Mr. Richman and all his fine HE/NY recordings, visit: http://www.harmonieensembleny.com


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July 18, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
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July 18, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
Gary Lucas Summer Re-Cap/ Upcoming Appearances

 Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters 25th Anniversary Show at Le Poisson Rouge NYC 6/27/14 
 photo by Caroline Conejero L to R: GL, Jann Klose, Jason Candler, Peter Zummo Not pictured: Ernie Brooks & Billy Ficca
Gary Lucas recently performed his triumphant 25th Anniversary Show with his longtime band GODS AND MONSTERS at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC Fri. June 27th.
Review from Guitar Blog:
Gary Lucas celebrated Independence Day sitting in with Mongolian/Buryat world music star NAMGAR on Fri. July 4th
at 8pm at Barbes, Brooklyn.
WILD RUMPUS (Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and Gary Lucas’ psychedelic dance project) just sold out their debut double vinyl disc “Musical Blaze-Up” on Bitches Brew.
Review from A Closer Listen:
Review from I House U:
Review from A Little Bit of Sol:
Interview with Colleen Murphy from Colorising:
Download the album here:
Vinyl available here:
Wild Rumpus “Rock the Joint” clip
206,000 hits and counting


Feature and interview from DJ Magazine:
Feature and interview from A Little Bit of Sol:

GARY LUCAS is back in NYC now after headlining the Gouveia Art-Rock Festival in Portugal  with legendary Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator) on Sunday April 27th.

Their “OTHER WORLD” album (Esoteric/Cherry Red) continues to receive stellar reviews:
Feature in Guitar Player Magazine:
Cover of Guitar Player:
http:// bit.ly/1pqPBg5 
Cover of Classic Rock Society (UK):  
New review of the duo’s debut live in London from PROG Magazine:
http:// bit.ly/1srLFcW 
New review from All About Jazz:
New UNCUT review–7 out of 10:
http:// bit.ly/1nt8kDv 
New review from Classic Rock Radio:
“The Delicious Dark World of Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas”
Progressive Rock Central:
L3 Magazine:
4 Stars in Record Collector (UK):
Feature Article in Prog Magazine (UK):
Click on page and scroll down
Review from Some Came Running
http://Review from Some Came Running:
Review from You Are a Ghost (Spain):

Gary Lucas’ recent solo album “CINEFANTASTIQUE” (Northern Spy) continues to receive excellent reviews.

“A great album”
  –Geoffrey O’Brien, NY Review of Books critic and author of  “Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film” 
New review from Urban Graffiti:
Review from Burning Ambulance:
Review from The Big Takeover:
Best Guitar Album of 2013–Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog
One of the Top 10 Roots Albums of 2013–Philadelphia Citypaper
Cinefantastique web page:
New Gary Lucas station ID for Stress FM–Mihaly Vig’s music from Bela Tarr’s “Satantango”
This fall marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of JEFF BUCKLEY’s celebrated “GRACE” album–
the first two songs on the album “Grace” and “Mojo Pin” co-written and performed by Gary Lucas.
MOJO readers recently voted Jeff Buckley One of the Top 20 Most Important Music Artists of the Last 20 Years:
Lucas’ recent book “Touched By Grace–My Time with Jeff Buckley” (Jawbone Press), an in-depth look at their collaboration, continues to receive excellent reviews:
New clip about “Touched By Grace” from French filmmaker/actress Lena Friedrich:
New interview with Gary Lucas from Prepared Guitar.com:
http:// bit.ly/1kSZScR 
Letter from Prof. Chris Opperman about Gary’s recent masterclass at Rutgers University School of Music:
Sun. August 17th
The Bridge, Bridgehampton LI
Gary Lucas previews his new “Fleischerei” project:
Music from Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons,
featuring Sarah Stiles vocals and Joe Fiedler trombone
at a private party at The Bridge Golf Course
Mon. Aug. 18th
Knitting Factory, Brooklyn NY
Gary Lucas sits in with Hungarian experimental avant-jazz group DeBORT,
featuring saxophonist/leader Toni Deszo, Oscar Hannson, Andras Salyik, and Janos Bujdozo
Sun Sept. 7th
Baby’s Alright, Willamsburg NY
Gary Lucas takes part in a high-end listening session devoted to Jeff Buckley’s
“Grace” album as part of Colleen Murphy’s “Classic Album Sundays”
Fri. Sept. 19th
8pm – 10pm
Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters perform
“Touched By Grace–A Tribute to Jeff Buckley”
featuring special guest vocalists tba
Thurs. Oct. 9th
Symphony Space Thalia Theater, NYC
Gary performs the NYC premiere of his live score accompanying Chinese silent classic “The Goddess”
(1934, d. Wu Yonggang, with Ruan Lingyu)


“Gary Lucas has created a marvelous score for the great Chinese silent classic The Goddess that not only creates the perfect period ambience for the film but even more crucially adds a rich emotional texture to this tragic tale of a woman’s struggle for justice.”–Richard Peña, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival & Professor of Film Studies, Columbia University

Sat. Oct. 11th
North Adams, Massachusetts
Gary Lucas performs his new solo guitar score accompanying Chinese silent film classic “The Goddess” at Mass MOCA
Fri. Oct. 31st Halloween
United Palace Theatre, Harlem NY
World premiere of Gary Lucas’ new live solo guitar score accompanying

James Whale’s 1931 “Frankenstein”

Sat. Nov. 1st
AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring Maryland
Special Day of the Dead show
Gary Lucas performs the world premiere of his new live score
accompanying Carl Theodore Dreyer’s 1932 horror classic “Vampyr”
followed by “Gary Lucas Cinefantastique”, solo versions of
music from the films of Fellini, Tarr, Herzog, Tati,  and others
Gary Lucas performs his live solo score accompanying the legendary
1931 Spanish “Dracula” (d. George Melford, starring Lupita Tovar)


Nov. 9th 8pm
Teatro de a Ciudad Esperanza Iris, Mexico City Mexico
Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas present their “OTHERWORLD” duo project live
in Mexico City
Sat. Nov. 15th
Gary Lucas debuts his new “Fleischerei” project:
Music from Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons,
 featuring Sarah Stiles vocals, arranged by Joe Fiedler
w/ Ron Jost, Jeff Lederer, and Michael Sarin


A Summer Treat: 
Listen to Wild Rumpus’  “Tikkety Boo” 
New YouTube clip:  Gary Lucas Plays “Satantango” 
Celebrate Gary’s music with cotton t-shirts from Clothing Scott:
From the latest issue of Guitar Player Magazine re Jeff Buckley’s “Grace” album:
New interview with Gary Lucas from Hit Channel (Greece):
New feature on Gary Lucas’ work from BLURT magazine:
In Loving Memory of Jeff Buckley 
November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997
Letter to Gary from Skopje Macedonia-based musician Adi Imeri:
Listen to “Jedwabne”
RIP H.R. GIGER 2/5/40–5/12/14
Gary performed “The Golem” in Giger’s honor at the 2005 Giger Retrospective,
National Technical Museum of Prague
photo of GL at the Giger Museum in Gruyeres by Gerald Zbinden:
New interview with Gary Lucas from Guitar Blog.com:
Prof. Chris Opperman re Gary Lucas’ recent Masterclass at
Rutgers University School of Music:
Roy Trakin on “Touched By Grace”  in HITS Magazine, scroll down to #4:
New interview with Gary Lucas and Peter Hammill from The Progressive Aspect:
New web page for Gary Lucas’ live score for “The Goddess”:
Tim Buckley collaborator Lee Underwood on “Touched By Grace”:

New updated bio:

New interviews with Gary Lucas-
Figure 8 Magazine (UK)
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