Philadelphia, PA: Warren Oree
& The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble have released their sixth CD entitled: LifeLine. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble consists of: Warren Oree (leader, upright bass); Umar Raheem (tenor and soprano saxophone); Greg Ju-Ju" Jones (drums); Frank Butrey (guitar) and Doug Pablow" Edwards (congas, percussion). Guest appearances by Jeff Knoettner (keyboard) and April Strode (vocal). The LifeLine CD (Silk Skin Records) is comprised of all original compositions that are a blend of various musical styles, ranging from melodic to rhythmic.
The LifeLine CD reflects the many faces and colors of the Arpeggio Ensemble. It contains all original compositions that call for, in the words of John Coltrane, contemplation, or celebration," said Warren Oree, leader and bassist. It's truly a representation of each group member's varied musical skills and professionalism. The drum beat is the heartbeat."
Warren Oree and The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble have performed at many concerts and festivals throughout Philadelphia and the world. Mr. Oree began his music career playing the upright, acoustic bass and since 1979 has led The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, one of Philadelphia's more innovative and progressive jazz groups. In 1999 The Arpeggio Jazz and Music Ensemble recorded and released two exciting CD's, Slow Burn and The Po/Jazz Connection: Live at Brave New World. And in December 1999 Moving with The Dreaming, a soundtrack for the documentary about the plight of Australian Aborigines was released featuring original music composed by Warren Oree. Warren also composed the theme song for two seasons of Through the Lens, a TV program produced by Nadine Patterson for WYBE-TV Channel 35, Philadelphia. Additionally, Warren has composed and produced a jazz opera entitled The Dream Tree and has written and directed a one-act play about the effects of prison life on those inside and outside the prison walls called Living Forever, Waiting to Die.
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