ARTIST: Joe Chambers
Gary Bartz, Eric Reed, Rufus Reid, Bobby Sanabria
Produced by Yasohachi “88” Itoh
Assistant Producer : Kyoko Aikawa
Recording Engineer : David Baker
Assistant Engineers : Woody Pornpitaksuk, Peter Doris and Aya Takemura
Mastering Engineer : Koji “C-chan” Suzuki / Sony Music
Coordinators : Kiyoko Murata and Akira Tanaka / Sound Wing Limited
This recording, tracked at Avatar Studios in New York City, features
Gary Bartz on sax, another master jazz musician. He has been a good friend
of Joe Chambers since the '60s. They have performed together frequently, but
they have not had the chance to record together that much. Pianist, Eric Reed,
is the youngest member, being born in 1970 in Philadelphia. He gained prominence
by joining Winton Marsalis' band when he was just 18. Other members include
veteran bassist Rufus Reid, and Bronx born popular Latin jazz percussionist,
ADDITIONAL ALBUM NOTES:
- Third Street
This is an original composition by Joe Chambers. It highlights his unique
accents and rhythmic patterns. The exquisite timing of Joe Chamber's drums
playing off the piano creates a terrific groove.
- Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
This is a jazz standard born from a musical The New Moon. Ever since the
Modern Jazz Quartet performed it, many different versions have been recorded.
The soprano sax solo by Gary Bartz is nicely contrasted with the piano trio
part, featuring the inviting playing of Joe Chambers.
- Sid's Ahead
This is a Miles Davis composition from his album Milestones. Joe Chambers
plays the marimba and then drums without any overdubs. He has modernized
the song with a new arrangement.
- In a Sentimental Mood
This is a beautiful ballad written by Duke Ellington. It is usually played
at a slow tempo, but in this version, a medium slow tempo is used. The mastery
of Gary Bartz on alto sax can be heard in the smooth melody line and deep
- Stella by Starlight
This is romantic standard from the movies and easily recognized by jazz
listeners. This track was recorded with a piano trio. The original theme
/ melody appears in the latter half of the performance. With the superb
back up playing by Joe Chambers on drums and Rufus Reid on bass, Eric Reed
lets loose with imaginative ad-libs.
- Surrey with the Fringe on Top
This is from the hit musical Oklahoma. Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins both
made a memorable recording of it. This track is performed as a piano trio
featuring the playing of Eric Reed. Listen to Joe Chambers' cymbal work
This track is one of four songs that Joe Chambers wrote for vibraphonist
Bobby Hutcherson's album, Patterns (1968). Here, Joe Chambers plays the
vibraphone himself with authority.
This Marcus Miller composition was first introduced on Miles Davis' Tutu
(1986). The song itself has a bit more contemporary feel to it, but Joe
Chambers' arrangement plays it in more jazz colors than the original.
This is another Joe Chambers original composition. As the title suggests,
it is Joe Chamber's musical thoughts about freedom. Listen to the groove
created by the multitude of rhythms including his marimba.
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