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Hear You Say

Ray Anderson / Marty Ehrlich Quartet

Hear You Say

Format: CD
Label: Intuition
UPC: 0608917130324
Catnr: INTCHR 71303
Release date: 01 October 2010
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Intuition
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0608917130324
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INTCHR 71303
Release date
01 October 2010
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About the album

They have known each other for more than 30 years ago when they played together in Anthony Braxton's band: Ray Anderson and Marty Ehrlich. However, both worked on their separate careers after that, even though their paths crossed repeatedly, including on stage or in productions of John Lindberg, Christy Doran, Bobby Previte and others. They finally started their own quartet now, with which they have been touring worldwide since 2009.

Ray Anderson is considered the trombonist with the best technique of his generation, and – which is a lot more important – he is also the most versatile and imaginative one at the same time! He has taken very different projects such as "Slickaphonics" and "BassDrumBone" to success, and many from Dr. John to Henry Threadgill have asked him to participate in concerts and recordings.
On the other hand, Marty Ehrlich is unbeatable as musician playing several instruments: saxophone, flute and clarinet. A comparison with Eric Dolphy (The Village Voice) is totally understandable. It also applies to him that melody is the starting point despite all of his technical brilliance. It is not surprising that he is just as much in demand as composer as musician (he can be heard on almost 100 albums!).
Brad Jones is the perfect bassist for this quartet: flexible, lots of experience in music, without technical limits and without blinders to other music. He has long since proved this as bassist for Don Byron and Dave Douglas, among others.
Matt Wilson rounds out this real "All-Star Team". He is a very important figure in today's jazz scene. Regardless of whether with Joe Lovano or John Zorn, Wynton Marsalis or John Scofield, when he sets the beat, everything goes well. At the same time, his own quartet is "one of the best working bands in NYC" (NY Times).

In spite of all of the joy of innovation that the quartet has, the program has an unmistakable relation to one of the sources of today's jazz: New Orleans! But as little as time stands still and things change, the music is that little a retrospective. Quite the opposite. Bebop phrases appear here, Klezmer melodies there, it is funky at times and then everything is steeped in blues. The quartet very obviously has lots of fun playing (not only) on stage, and the audience senses it. That was also the case in Willisau; resounding applause and standing ovations prove that the Ray Anderson/Marty Ehrlich Quartet has reached the ears and hearts of audiences.

Niklaus Troxler, artistic director of the festival in Willisau and world-renowned graphic artist, designed the cover especially for this CD!
Trotz aller Freude an Innovation, die das Quartett mit bringt: das Programm hat einen un�berh�rbaren Bezug zu einer der Quellen auch des heutigen Jazz: New Orleans! Aber so wenig wie die Zeit stehen bleibt und die Dinge unver�ndert, so wenig ist die Musik zur�ck gewandt. Im Gegenteil. Hier blitzen Bebop-Phrasen auf, dort Klezmer-Melodien, mal groovt es funky, dann wird alles in Blues getr�nkt. Der weltbekannte Grafiker Niklaus Troxler hat f�r diese CD eigens ein Cover gestaltet!

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Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson (born October 16, 1952) is a jazz trombonist. Trained by the Chicago Symphony trombonists, he is regarded as someone who pushes the limits of the instrument. He is a colleague of trombonist George Lewis. Anderson also plays sousaphone and sings. He was frequently chosen in DownBeat magazine's Critics Poll as best trombonist throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. After studying in California, he moved to New York in 1973 and freelanced. In 1977, he joined Anthony Braxton's Quartet (replacing George Lewis) and started working with Barry Altschul's group. In addition to leading his own groups since the late '70s (including the funk-oriented Slickaphonics), Anderson has worked with George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band. In the '90s, he began taking an occasional...
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Ray Anderson (born October 16, 1952) is a jazz trombonist. Trained by the Chicago Symphony trombonists, he is regarded as someone who pushes the limits of the instrument. He is a colleague of trombonist George Lewis. Anderson also plays sousaphone and sings. He was frequently chosen in DownBeat magazine's Critics Poll as best trombonist throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.
After studying in California, he moved to New York in 1973 and freelanced. In 1977, he joined Anthony Braxton's Quartet (replacing George Lewis) and started working with Barry Altschul's group. In addition to leading his own groups since the late '70s (including the funk-oriented Slickaphonics), Anderson has worked with George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band. In the '90s, he began taking an occasional good-humored vocal, during which he shows the ability to sing two notes at the same time (a minor third apart).
Anderson has worked with David Murray, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Dr. John, Luther Allison, Bennie Wallace, Gerry Hemingway, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield, Roscoe Mitchell, Randy Sandke's Inside Out Band, Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra, Bobby Previte, George Russell and others. Anderson is a member of Jim Pugh's Super Trombone with Dave Bargeron and Dave Taylor. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a series of solo trombone concerts.
Anderson has frequently returned to his early love of New Orleans music for inspiration. His Alligatory Band and Pocket Brass Band, featuring tuba player Bob Stewart or sousaphonist Matt Perrine and trumpeter Lew Soloff, are rooted in its tradition. Since 2003 he has taught and conducted at Stony Brook University.
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Sweet Chicago Suite
Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band

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