Last Farewell

The Last Farewell

by Shapes
     
 
These Los Angeles, CA.-based musicians started out as a jam-based unit. Eventually, their shedding spawned this debut release, Last Farewell, produced by renowned Yellowjackets' bassist Jimmy Haslip. Here, the bassist lends his expertise on a few tracks to complement guest appearances by Brazilian singer, Flora Purim, and her

Overview

These Los Angeles, CA.-based musicians started out as a jam-based unit. Eventually, their shedding spawned this debut release, Last Farewell, produced by renowned Yellowjackets' bassist Jimmy Haslip. Here, the bassist lends his expertise on a few tracks to complement guest appearances by Brazilian singer, Flora Purim, and her husband, percussionist Airto Moreira, among others. To that end, The Shapes convey a hip, contemporary jazz vibe augmented by a keenly integrated country slant on certain tracks. Tollak Ollestad's chromatic and blues harp performances fuse a distinct sense of Americana into the set, which also consists of lilting samba grooves and breezy jazz-based arrangements. In addition, Ollestad plays keyboards, while Haslip's fellow Yellowjackets' pianist Russell Ferrante performs on the piece titled, "Night Bloom." The radiant sonic characteristics provide an overall sheen to this nicely produced set. On the number titled "Night Bloom," Purim's lighter-than-air vocalizing elicits notions of a remote, tropical paradise, as the band initiates a lustrous samba motif. But the ensemble mixes it up rather nicely, where the soloists' render briskly executed swing vamps amid melodically tinged themes. Besides, this outfit succeeds at dispelling the occasional prejudices associated with commercially oriented, radio friendly jazz, where the musicians' collective, and widely accessible methodologies highlight the superior level of musicianship displayed from within. And despite the album title's implications of finality, this sextet will apparently continue onward with subsequent projects.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Open All Night Ent.
UPC:
0641444918928
catalogNumber:
1001

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shapes   Primary Artist
Airto Moreira   Drums
Jimmy Haslip   Fretless Bass Guitar
Michael Barsimanto   Drums
Mark Campbell   Voices
Walfredo Reyes   Percussion,Drums
Russell Ferrante   Piano
Michael Higgins   Acoustic Guitar,Hi String,Fender Telecaster,Guitar (Baritone)
Doug Livingston   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tollak Ollestad   Harmonica,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Chromatic Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Debra Parson   Background Vocals
Flora Purim   Vocals
Dean Taba   Acoustic Bass
Andy Suzuki   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Roger Burn   Synthesizer,Piano,Marimbas,Vibes
Rafael Moreria   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Bergman   Composer
Jimmy Haslip   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Introduction
Carol Eckstein   Images
Tollak Ollestad   Arranger,Composer
Talley Sherwood   Engineer
Andy Suzuki   Wind Arrangements
Roger Burn   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Concept,rhythm arrangement,Introduction
Brian Bogle   Sound Design
Eddie King   Engineer
Matt Lee   Artwork,Graphic Design
Rafael Moreria   translation

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