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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Since he arrived in New York City, trombonist Michael Dease has made his mark on the New York City jazz scene, even though he is still in his twenties. Earning a Bachelors and Master's degree as a part of Juilliard's jazz program, Dease has worked with bandleaders Illinois Jacquet, Slide Hampton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Wynton Marsalis, among others, while he has appeared on recordings by Jacquet, the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Claudio Roditi, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band, in addition to numerous other sessions as a sideman and several dates as a leader. Jazz masters and critics alike have pegged Dease as one of the most impressive trombonists of his generation and a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Since he arrived in New York City, trombonist Michael Dease has made his mark on the New York City jazz scene, even though he is still in his twenties. Earning a Bachelors and Master's degree as a part of Juilliard's jazz program, Dease has worked with bandleaders Illinois Jacquet, Slide Hampton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Wynton Marsalis, among others, while he has appeared on recordings by Jacquet, the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Claudio Roditi, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band, in addition to numerous other sessions as a sideman and several dates as a leader. Jazz masters and critics alike have pegged Dease as one of the most impressive trombonists of his generation and a player of unlimited potential. Grace is remarkable in its diversity of styles. Working with veteran producer John Lee who invited him to join the Gillespie All-Stars, they focused primarily on songs that had not been overly recorded. With Dease and Lee working together as co-arrangers, they uncover new approaches to each song while recruiting a first-rate rhythm section of Cyrus Chestnut, Rufus Reid, and Gene Jackson, plus a number of special guests. Bix Beiderbecke's "In a Mist" was penned as a solo piano vehicle, but this updated chart begins in a slow Impressionist setting and evolves into a rollicking post-bop vehicle. McCoy Tyner's loping "Blues on the Corner" opens with Dease accompanied by Rufus Reid's walking bass, gradually simmering its delectable recipe with potent solos by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, Chestnut, and Reid. Dease and his friends dive head-first into Oscar Peterson's rapid-fire blues "Tippin'," with the leader showing a strong J.J. Johnson influence in his flawless execution, followed by Chestnut's rollicking solo and Roy Hargrove's spirited effort. His interpretation of Herbie Hancock's challenging "Toys" will likely provoke other jazz musicians to investigate this long-overlooked treasure. Dease plays both trombone and valve trombone adding harmony in spots on the latter in the richly textured setting of Antonio Carlos Jobim's gently swaying samba "Discussao," also featuring Gillespie bandmate Claudio Roditi on fl├╝gelhorn and guitarist Mark Whitfield. Another hidden gem from South America is Ivan Lins' "Setembro," where Dease's elegant, spacious playing gives the impression of a jazz master active for decades. The trombonist's Juilliard classmate Sharel Cassity has separate solos on both alto sax and alto flute, adding to the luster of the arrangement. Dease's breezy "Grace" is the icing on the cake, providing ample proof that this accomplished young trombonist is equally skilled as a composer. Highly recommended!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Jazz Legacy Prod
  • UPC: 764942213521
  • Catalog Number: 1001007
  • Sales rank: 96,692

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Discussao (5:09)
  2. 2 Blues On The Corner (6:33)
  3. 3 In A Mist (5:41)
  4. 4 I Talk To The Trees (8:29)
  5. 5 Four (7:13)
  6. 6 Tippin' (4:11)
  7. 7 Setembro (5:33)
  8. 8 26-2 (5:30)
  9. 9 Toys (6:00)
  10. 10 Love Dance (5:58)
  11. 11 Grace (6:19)
  12. 12 Salt Song (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Dease Primary Artist, Trombone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Valve Trombone
Roy Hargrove Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rufus Reid Bass
Mark Whitfield Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Eric Alexander Tenor Saxophone
Bashiri Johnson Percussion, Vocals
Cyrus Chestnut Piano
Steve Davis Trombone
Greg Gisbert Trumpet
Gene Jackson Drums
Claudio Roditi Flugelhorn
Roger Squitero Percussion, Vocals
Yotam Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sharel Cassity Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone
Jeremy Miller Trombone
Robert Edwards Bass Trombone
Circle Rhythm Percussion, Vocals
Tarik Zephram Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Technical Credits
Ivan Lins Composer
Milton Nascimento Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Oscar Peterson Composer
McCoy Tyner Composer
Bix Beiderbecke Composer
Randy Brecker Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Paul Wickliffe Mastering
Michael Dease Arranger, Composer
John Lee Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Cover Design
Lisa Broderick Executive Producer
Tanya Serrano Graphic Design
Lore Dori Artwork
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