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Debut Recording 'The Poet Is In The House' By Michael Jefry Stevens And The Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble On The ARC Label

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The Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble is a hybrid ensemble featuring a brilliant ensemble of musicians that includes Christian Howes, Candace English, Anya Yarbrough, Brigid Hopkins, Bill Berg, Jason DeCristofaro, Doran Heck, Frank Southecorvo, Jason Moore, Charles Elliot, Katie Cilluffo, Justice Mann, Michael Jefry Stevens, Bill Fouty, and Danny Iannucci.
The debut recording of The Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble is titled The Poet is in the House (ARC-0774) and features the following musicians:

Christian Howes, Candace English, Anya Yarbrough Brigid Hopkins, Bill Berg, Jason DeCristofaro, Doran Heck, Frank Southecorvo Jason Moore, Charles Elliot, Katie Cilluffo, Justice Mann, Michael Jefry Stevens, Bill Fouty, and Danny Iannucci.

The Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble is a hybrid ensemble consisting of a string section (violin, viola, cello, contrabass), a percussion section (drums set, percussionist, vibraphone and piano), a brass section (trombone and trumpet) and a woodwind section (clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone). This ensemble utilizes elements from jazz, classical, rock, Latin and other music. The music is primarily acoustic and, while the group normally consists of 8-15 instrumentalists, the vocal aspect of the music is equally or even more important to the overall aesthetic of the ensemble.

There is equal weight given to the two main facets of this music: the composed material and the improvisational sections. The textures vary greatly between compositions. When the strings predominate one immediately notes the classical music influence. When the horns solo (individually or in a group), there is a distinct jazz influence in the music. When the percussion section is featured the music can range from a Latin feel to a rock or funky feel. The main soloists on the recording include Christian Howes (violin), Frank Southecorvo (saxophones) and Michael Jefry Stevens (piano).

About Michael Jefry Stevens

The music of Michael Jefry Stevens is well documented on over 100 recordings over the past 30 years. The Fonda/Stevens Group (Joe Fonda) has been together for close to 30 years. Conference Call Quartet with Gebhard Ullmann will be together 25 years in 2020. The Eastern Boundary Quartet which features Hungarian master musicians Mihaly Borbely and Balázs Bágyi has been together for over a decade. Other recent collaborations have included the Generations Quartet with Oliver Lake as well as the Core-tet with Dame Evelyn Glennie.

About Artists Recording Collective

Called “Jazz’s First Brand Marketing Collective” (All About Jazz) the Artists Recording Collective (ARC) is an internationally established independent recording label based upon a new artist collective model of artist empowerment and ownership of their work. The ARC catalog contains over 100 releases with all titles available at all of the major retailers worldwide. Nearly 300 artists appear on ARC recordings, including emerging talent and established noted names in music.

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