Saxophonists Seamus Blake/Chris Cheek Release "Reeds Ramble" -- CD Release Party at Smalls in March

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Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake & Chris Cheek
Celebrate New CD
Reeds Ramble
With 3 Nights @ Smalls
March 13, 14 & 15

Smalls Jazz Club
183 West 10th Street
Greenwich Village
183 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014

About Reeds Ramble

Seamus Blake, Thelonious Monk Competition winner in 2002, teams up with former Bloomdaddies band member Chris Cheek for his latest outing on the Criss Cross label. The CD’s title, Reeds Ramble, is taken from a tune by Jerry Reed made famous by country guitarist Chet Atkins. On the CD Seamus and Chris take an extraordinary journey through their influences as a top of the line jazz musicians for the past 25 years.

Two saxophones up front is not your everyday line-up, but Seamus and Chris know each other’s playing so intimately that the results seem magical. They shared the task of song selection, and their choices ranged far and wide. As an opener Chris chose Chico Buarque’s “No Carreira”. Seamus followed with an Eddie Harris tune, “!974 Blues”. Both Seamus and Chris are big Eddie Harris fans ,which should come as no surprise to those familiar with their Bloomdaddies CDs. Seamus has done an Eddie Harris show at Smoke for the last two years and there is talk of doing a live recording of the 2014 gig.

Both Seamus and Chris contribute an original tune. For Seamus it’s “All About Me”. And no, it’s not all about Seamus, but rather a wry reference to the Facebook generation. In an interview with Jazz writer, David Adler, Seamus notes, “Onstage I like to dedicate this to the Facebook generation, taking selfies and posting their twerking videos to instagram” While “All About Me” draws on bebop, Chris’ original, “Blue Moose”, was inspired by listening to country music. And the eclecticism continues with songs by Monk, Brian Wilson and Jim Beard.

The outing ends with a song, “Lady in Langour” by Canadian composer, Vickie Yang. In the Adler interview Seamus comments, “I wanted harmony that was not songbook kind of harmony, but more modern”.

Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake
sax, tenor
, tenor sax
Chris Cheek
Chris Cheek
Chris Cheek
, tenor & soprano sax
Ethan Iverson
Ethan Iverson
Ethan Iverson
, piano
Matt Penman, bass
Jochen Rueckert, drums

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