Agents of Change (Janice Borla)
Jack Mouse

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Track Listing
1. Black Narcissus
2. Blackwell's Message
3. Remembering the Rain
4. Throw It Away
5. The Aerie
6. Israel
7. The Peacocks
8. Battle Report

Detailed Description / Musicians
Janice Borla - voice
Rich Fudoli - saxophones
Art Davis - trumpet
Brad Stirtz - vibes
Fareed Haque - guitars
Dan Haerle - piano
Bob Bowman - bass
Jack Mouse - drums

Janice Borla is a true jazz singer, a vocalist who constantly takes chances and stretches herself. On her Blujazz release, she also shows that she is a fine lyricist, writing words to Joe Henderson's "Black Narcissus," Bill Evans' "Remembering the Rain," and Peggy Stern's "The Aerie." While she is joined by top-notch musicians, their role is mostly subsidiary to her, with their purpose being to inspire the singer. The soprano of Rich Fudoli is a major part of a dreamy and atmospheric version of "Black Narcissus," while trumpeter Art Davis is a strong asset on Joe Lovano's "Blackwell's Message." The latter song and Johnny Carisi's "Israel" are taken as wordless vocals. Borla also shows that she is masterful at interpreting lyrics, most notably on Jimmy Rowles' difficult "The Peacocks" and Abbey Lincoln's "Throw It Away." Only the closing "Battle Report," a piece on which she recites a poem by Bob Kaufmann, does the music get a bit overdramatic. Overall, this is one of Janice Borla's strongest recordings to date.

--Scott Yanow
All Music Guide

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Drummer Jack Mouse's extensive background began when, upon graduating from college, he spent three years as featured soloist with the "Falconaires," the official jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has since performed with such outstanding jazz artists as Stan Kenton, Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Joe Williams, Carl Fontana, James Moody, Randy Brecker, Billy Taylor, Steve Erquiaga, Frank Wess, Kai Winding, Kenny Burrell, Bill Evans, Jon Faddis, Bob Mintzer, Red Norvo, Sammy Nestico, Marc Johnson, Chuck Israels, James Williams, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Matt Harris, Steve Rodby, Dianne Reeves, Sheila Jordan, Janice Borla, Jay Clayton, Karrin Allyson, Judy Niemack, Roseanna Vitro, Kitty Margolis, Madeline Eastman, Judi Silvano, Suzanne Pittson, Joshua Breakstone, Fareed Haque, Bobby Broom, Rufus Reid, Lou Marini, Mike Wofford, Holly Hoffman, Jack Reilly, Buddy Childers, Claire Daly, Pete Malinverni, Matteson/Phillips TubaJazz Consort, Johnny Smith, Peanuts Hucko, Phil Wilson, Roger Pemberton Big Band, Bobby Shew, Norris Turney, Chicago Jazz Quintet, John LaPorta, Jerry Hahn, Chris Woods, Buster Cooper, Ashley Alexander, Michael Mossman, Floyd Standifer, Dan Haerle, Bob Bowman, Dave Tofani, Jeanfrancois Prins, Ted Dunbar, Jack Petersen, Buddy Baker, Claude Williams, Jack Six, John Fedchock, Jay Andersen, Johnny Frigo, Willie Pickens, Rich Fudoli, Mark Colby, Frank Caruso, Art Davis and John McLean.

As a member of the Janice Borla Group, Jack can be heard on Janice's CDs Lunar Octave (DMP) and Agents of Change (Blujazz). Also a member of the Dan Haerle Trio, he is heard on The Truth of the Matter (Seagull Records) and their new release Standard Procedure (Blujazz). Jack's multi-faceted career has been the subject of recent interviews in Modern Drummer and Jazz Improv magazines. In April, 2005 he was a featured artist during the first online Virtual Percussion Festival presented at the University of Manitoba by the ALIVE Project (Accessible Live Internet Video Education).

Currently an adjunct faculty member of the North Central College Jazz Studies Program, Jack has also served on the faculties of the American Conservatory of Music, Benedictine University, Saskatchewan School of the Arts, Clark Terry Great Plains Jazz Camp, National Stage Band Camps, Jamey Aebersold Combo-Improvisation Camps and Birch Creek Farm Academy for the Performing Arts. He has been a faculty artist member of the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp since its founding in 1989. As a member of the Bunky Green Quartet, he was among the first musicians to introduce jazz education to the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Jack has presented clinics and workshops at jazz festivals, music conventions, colleges and high schools throughout the United States, and is now available to do clinics online through the ALIVE Project (Accessible Live Internet Video Education). He is a staff artist/clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Drum Sticks.

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