Released April 4, 2017
Albert Alva (tenor sax)
Nate Ketner (clarinet/alto sax)
Bryan Shaw (trumpet)
Dan Weinstein (trombone)
Chris Dawson (piano)
Seth Ford-Young (upright bass)
Jonathan Stout (guitar) - *special guests track 5 & 8
Corey Gemme (cornet) - *special guests track 5 & 8
Josh Collazo - (drums)
Produced by Josh Collazo
Music arranged by Albert Alva & Josh Collazo
Recorded at Grandma's Dojo, Los Angeles, CA
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Miles Senzaki at Grandma's Dojo
Josh Collazo & Seth Ford-Young are published by Community Music Publishing, LLC, Administered by Kobalt N.A. (ASCAP)
Albert Alva is published by Albert Alva (ASCAP)
Cover Illustration by Ryan Calloway
Graphic Design by Josh Collazo
Photography by Yvonne Collazo
©Maximum Future Records 2017
Michael Steinman of JAZZ LIVES:
"To my ears, this band is particularly welcome because it does the lovely balancing act of cherishing the traditions (more about that shortly) while maintaining its own identity. The latter part — a swinging originality, splendid for dancers and listeners — blossoms because the compositions are not based on easy-to-recognize chord sequences, and there are no transcriptions from hallowed discs. The soloists have profoundly individual voices — and are given ample freedom to have their say — and the rhythm section rocks. The first time I listened to the CD, I enjoyed it for its own sake: you would have seen me grinning in an exuberant way.
On another hearing, I put on my Jazz Critic hat (the one with the ears) and noted with pleasure some echoes: here, an Ellington small group; here, an HRS session; there, Woody Herman’s Woodchoppers and the Basie Octet; over here, a 1946 Keynote Records date; and now and again, a late-Forties Teddy Wilson group. You get the idea. Buoyant creation, full of flavor."
To read the full review, please visit Michael Steinman's excellent website - JAZZ LIVES!
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