by The San Francisco Chamberjazz Quartet


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Legendary in the Bay Area for her irreverent sense of humor as well as her mix of numerous jazz-related styles -- Monk, Chopin, Piazzola, Waller, Bach, Bill Evans -- pianist Gini Wilson (aka "The Duchess") founded this current ensemble with reedsman Steve Heckman in 2002. Effortlessly and beautifully blending the realms of jazz and classical (the eight-minute opener "Un Amor un Poco Tragico" eases effortlessly from a classical hypnosis to a playful swing vibe), the group features bassist Pat Klobas and drummer Ron Marabuto. Their previous CD, The Crossing Point, created a unique hybrid incorporating everything from Wayne Shorter and Erik Satie to world music and Nuevo Tango. Anchored by Wilson's deft playing and quick-shifting moodswings, SFCJQ continues this exploration with the help of guest vocalist Jackie Ryan (graceful and romantic on "Separate Ways," swinging wittily on "Lucky Monkey") and a centerpiece contribution from Cape Verde Islands composer Amandio Cabral ("Suave Duqueza," very much a biography of Wilson both literally and musically). Wilson's tunes dominate among the originals, but Heckman's playful, strutting "O Town Blues" is good old- fashioned bebop away from the classical tone completely. Projects like this prove that with a little ingenuity, seemingly disparate musical styles can actually create perfect harmony.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2005
Label: Music Wizards
UPC: 0782478914026
catalogNumber: 2005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

San Francisco Chamberjazz Quartet   Primary Artist
Ron Marabuto   Drums
Gini Wilson   Piano
Pat Klobas   Bass
Jackie Ryan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve Heckman   Clarinet,Flute,Reeds,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Modest Mussorgsky   Composer
Dave Wellhausen   Engineer
Gini Wilson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Amandio Cabral   Composer
Pat Klobas   Composer,Producer
Stephen B. Wilson   Graphic Design
Kim Nalley   Composer
Steve Heckman   Composer,Producer

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