Bassist For the Bill Evans Trio, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz...
Bassist/arranger/composer Chuck Israels steps out front as the bandleader in this exciting new release, Joyful Noise
(SoulPatch Music). Having honed his chops working with masters including John Coltrane
, Billie Holiday
, Stan Getz
and more, including the Bill Evans Trio, for which he is best known. Israels relocated years ago from the bustle of the city to the peaceful solitude of beautiful Portland
, Oregon. Israels' jazz spectrum spans much of the history of modern jazz.The Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra
was founded to showcase some of the best jazz instrumentalists and singers in the Northwest playing finely crafted and demanding arrangements of the most exciting and durable music on the planet. The band was recently showcased at the Detroit Jazz Festival and appears regularly regionally. Their debut CD, Second Wind, received a 4-1/2 star review in DownBeat magazine and is a Grammy nominee. This new project, Joyful Noise - the music of Horace Silver
, promises to bring national attention to the magical compositional skills of Chuck Israels. He brings great wisdom as a leader. What Others Are Saying...
Israels' charts are the heart of his band's unique personality. Israels has fashioned an orchestra that flows in beautiful channels, and beauty is something jazz can use these days...This is a band to check out. The originals, the standards are freshly reworked, and they are played with passion and understanding. The pulse, never bombastic, moves the listener as surely as it moves the band. Israels deserves a lot of credit, but more importantly, the opportunity to be widely heard." —Ira Gitler, DownBeat
...thrilling, nearly perfect...old-school in the best sense... tightly disciplined unit." —Allen Morrison, DownBeat
This band is worthy of being on a festival main stage." —Doug Ramsey, Arts Journal Blogs
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