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The Blues & the Abstract Truth: Take 2

Bill Cunliffe

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1
Stolen Moments
Bob Sheppard; Jeff Clayton; Brian Scanlon; Terell Stafford; Larry Lunetta; Andy Martin; Bill Cunliffe; Tom Warrington; Mark Ferber
7:03
2
Hoe-Down
Bob Sheppard; Jeff Clayton; Brian Scanlon; Terell Stafford; Larry Lunetta; Andy Martin; Bill Cunliffe; Tom Warrington; Mark Ferber
4:48
3
Cascades
Bob Sheppard; Jeff Clayton; Brian Scanlon; Terell Stafford; Larry Lunetta; Andy Martin; Bill Cunliffe; Tom Warrington; Mark Ferber
4:53
4
Yearnin'
Bob Sheppard; Jeff Clayton; Brian Scanlon; Terell Stafford; Larry Lunetta; Andy Martin; Bill Cunliffe; Tom Warrington; Mark Ferber
7:06
5
Butch and Butch
Bob Sheppard; Jeff Clayton; Brian Scanlon; Terell Stafford; Larry Lunetta; Andy Martin; Bill Cunliffe; Tom Warrington; Mark Ferber
4:40
6
Teenie's Blues
Bob Sheppard; Jeff Clayton; Brian Scanlon; Terell Stafford; Larry Lunetta; Andy Martin; Bill Cunliffe; Tom Warrington; Mark Ferber
6:26
7
Port Authority
Bob Sheppard; Jeff Clayton; Brian Scanlon; Terell Stafford; Larry Lunetta; Andy Martin; Bill Cunliffe; Tom Warrington; Mark Ferber
6:29
8
Mary Lou's Blues
Bob Sheppard; Jeff Clayton; Brian Scanlon; Terell Stafford; Larry Lunetta; Andy Martin; Bill Cunliffe; Tom Warrington; Mark Ferber
7:16
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Total Playing Time    48:41
"Five Stars ... an excellent vehicle for a 21st century consideration ... Cunliffe creatively uses his dense arsenal of arranging talents on this project ... rather than simply replicating a masterpiece, (he) chooses to project this musical light through a different prism, one that is equally forward-looking and traditional ... Cunliffe assembles a crack outfit, somewhere between little and big band and proceeds to record the finest disc released this year."
- All About Jazz

"... revisits, for purposes of interpretation, a consensus masterpiece ... Cunliffe wisely walks a fine line. His new arrangements do not radically alter Nelson’s music, but rather offer subtle shifts in harmonic and rhythmic perspective ... Cunliffe’s personalization of Stolen Moments, like this whole project, is revealing and valid ... Cunliffe shares with Nelson a commitment to charts that sets up inspired blowing. Saxophonists (Jeff) Clayton and Bob Sheppard and trumpeter Terell Stafford respond with some of their most creative recent work on record, volatile (Sheppard), aggressive (Stafford) and free (Clayton)."
- JazzTimes.com

On this 2008 release, Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and arranger Bill Cunliffe doesn't so much reinvent a modern jazz classic as open it up for incisive interpretation. Working with clean, uncluttered arrangements and a stellar nine-piece cast of improvisers, Cunliffe explores Oliver Nelson's beloved 1961 Impulse! album The Blues and the Abstract Truth. Recreating the original running order, this tribute is packed with inventive takes realized by guests including Terrell Stafford on trumpet, Jeff Clayton and Bob Sheppard on saxophones and trombonist Andy Martin. Cunliffe fleshes out the tracklist with a couple of his own compositions, written in the spirit of Nelson's iconic recording.
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2xHD mastering by: René Laflamme
2xHD executive producer: André Perry

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