The Last Farewell

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All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Open All Night Ent.
  • UPC: 641444918928
  • Catalog Number: 1001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Train's a Comin' (5:50)
  2. 2 How His Heart Sang (5:52)
  3. 3 The Last Farewell (8:33)
  4. 4 Time Passing (5:38)
  5. 5 Nightbloom (4:33)
  6. 6 What I Leave Behind (6:26)
  7. 7 Wise Guys (5:21)
  8. 8 It Is, But It Isn't (7:28)
  9. 9 Missing You (4:39)
  10. 10 Doin' Bits (6:15)
  11. 11 I Thought I Cared (4:26)
  12. 12 Second Wind (6:40)
  13. 13 Nightbloom (5:01)
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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, 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
Rich Breen Mastering
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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