Richard Glaser Band - "That's
Glaser - piano
Mary Akpa - vocals
Alfredo Rivera - saxophone
Russ Turner - bass
Mark San Filippo - drums
The Richard Glaser Band
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right musicians at the right time.
Even Duke Ellington, never one to underestimate an opportunity,
nonetheless tipped his wide-brimmed hat to the right combination
of place, time, person and providence for his early success
ath the Cotton Club. Likewise, composer and pianist Richard
Glaser has sought to capture his own fortunate circumstance
through the shaping and shifting of his own ensemble through
the years. In this latest adaptation of the Richard Glaser Band,
the Source presents a new musical vision of his original works
with the help of long-time drummer Mark San Filippo and new
additions vocalist Mary Akpa, saxophonist Alfredo Rivera and
bassist Russ Turner.
Here on this album, the provocative draw of Akpa's voice presents
a magnetic, new embodiment of the rich colors of Glaser's songs
and transforms them into a personal, captivating expanse of
story-telling. The vivid expanses of Rivera's work on the saxophone,
the deep bends and pulls of Turner's bass and the sophisticated
beats of San Filippo's drums all combine to illuminate the classic
shapes and hues of Glaser's piano compositions. "That's
Okay," "A Royal Presence" and "If You Knew
Pain" and other classics are given new life here, and for
the first time, a window is opened to the listener to the lyrical
concepts behind Glaser's music.
improvisation and a deep connection to the chromatic wonder
of jazz music are, as always a key element to this Glaser Band
album, as evidenced by the mixtures and blends of horn, voice,
beat, phrasing and melody. Yet, the band's style remains, at
heart, a straight-ahead look at the future of jazz, a work of
innovation and beauty for listeners of a new generation. For
jazz artists of the 21st century, the journey to providence
continues to be a labor of love. At no other time in history
has music found itself at such a commercial and artistic crossroads.
Never has so much wonderful music been so readily available
to so many, and never has so much of it been so easily dismissed.
The Richard Glaser Band is a group of right musicians at the
right time, a group with a driving commitment to original creativity
and personal growth~~a welcome reminder to the way it once was
when the world of music drew its soul from selfless expression.