Charles Tolliver Big Band at the Jazz Standard This Week October 19-23


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The Jazz Standard Presents The Charles Tolliver Big Band Charles Tolliver - Trumpet Billy Harper and Bill Saxton - Tenor sax Craig Handy and Todd Bashore - Alto sax Howard Johnson - Baritone sax Earl Gardner, David Weiss, Chris Albert, Keyon Harrold- Trumpet Clark Gayton, Joe Fiedler, Aaron Johnson- Trombone John Hicks - Piano Cecil McBee - Bass Greg Hutchinson - Drums October 19-23, 2005 at The Jazz Standard 116 East 27th Street (between Park and Lexington Aves) 212-576-2232 http://www.jazzstandard.com/ Sets Nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm Friday and Saturday Third Set at 11:30 pm and Coming Soon Mosaic Records Announces The Release Of A New Mosaic Select by Charles Tolliver

Limited Edition: 5,000 sets

Charles Tolliver emerged in 1965 as a strong and innovative trumpeter and composer. Hard bop was riding strong and welcoming adventurous new voices. After important tenures with Jackie McLean, Gerald Wilson, Max Roach and Andrew Hill, Tolliver formed his own quartet, which he dubbed Music Inc. A quartet is a demanding setting for a trumpeter, but Tolliver was never at a loss for chops or ideas. He recorded the band live at Slug’s in New York in 1970 and at a Tokyo concert in 1973 for his own Strata-East label. These have long since become collectors’ items and are now being reissued with 41 minutes of unissued material from Slug’s and 34 minutes from Tokyo as Mosaic Select: Charles Tolliver (MS-020).

Stanley Cowell is the pianist (and contributing composer) throughout. Cecil McBee and Jimmy Hopps are on the Slug’s session while Clint Houston and Clifford Barbaro are on the Japanese concert. With the exception of Neal Hefti’s “Repetition” and Monk’s “’Round Midnight”, the band’s book consisted of the exceptional originals by Tolliver, Cowell and McBee.

The musicians in Music, Inc challenged each other but never left the audience behind. This was state-of-the-art hard bop played in all its diversity from harmonically dense mazes to modal open forms to gorgeous ballads. And these men could sustain interest with each other and the listener through sheer creative power.

As the music on this set proves, Tolliver’s Music Inc met every challenge and then some. These live recordings from 1970 and ’73 embrace hard bop in all its various approaches and epitomize the teamwork that is so essential to any successful jazz performance. And Charles’s endurance is absolutely remarkable.

This set, to be released October 24, is available solely through Mosaic Records, 35 Melrose Place, Stamford, CT 06902; (203) 327-7111. Please check their website at for more information.”

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