The Terry Gordon Quintet releases its fourth CD, Tomorrow Calling
(Published: February 23, 2013)
The Terry Gordon Quintet, one of the most innovative jazz combos in Upstate New York for more than two decades, has released its fourth CD, Tomorrow Calling, on WEPA records.
Tomorrow Calling features nine tunes - as always, only original compositions by the quintet's members. The mix blends traditional works - the blues, a jazz ballad, some funk - with less conventional compositions with unconventional forms and harmonies and unpredictable musical routes.
TGQ will unveil its CD at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Panza's on Saratoga Lake. The performance is being sponsored by the Swingtime Jazz Society. The quintet will feature selections from Tomorrow Calling in its first two sets and then host an open jam session. For information, see www.swingtimejazz.org. The Sunday afternoon concert has a minimum donation of $15, $5 for students with IDs.
The recording continues the band's commitment to fearlessness in composition and boldness in performance.
The CD includes:
• Two musical memorials, one for a college friend who died early, the other (composed 10 minutes before a gig) for a child who succumbed to leukemia.
• A samba-based tune that evokes and honors the sound of Stan Getz.
• Deep-pocketed funk.
• Blistering straight-ahead gambols with odd forms or no forms.
• Trademark Gordon originals marked by changing time signatures, convention-defying melodies, and roadmaps marked by neither cliché nor predictability.
Tomorrow Calling features Terry Gordon on trumpet and flugelhorn, Eric Walentowicz on saxophones, Michael-Louis Smith on guitar, Bill Lawrence on bass, and Matthew Maguire on drums. Information about the band is available at www.terrygordonjazz.com.
The band's three previous CDs - Wakeup Call (1997), Contemplations (2003), and Homeward Bound (2006) - were reviewed enthusiastically. Homeward Bound was called "a fine disc of nine new jazz compositions...reflect(ing) a blend of tradition and improvisation" by the International Trumpet Guild Journal, and "a great date filled with solid performances and inspired compositions" by Albany Jazz. And All About Jazz hailed Contemplations, saying "their ensemble is tight and intuitive, their soloing bright and confident, and their improvisation brash and innovative."
Tomorrow Calling can be acquired from Flying Gurnard Productions, 120 Short Road, Sharon Springs, New York, 13459, or from www.cdbaby.com. For information on the Terry Gordon Quintet, contact Terry Gordon at 518-852-6451.
More Information: http://www.terrygordonjazz.com
Flying Gurnard Productions