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Stray Sax

Stray Sax

  • Door Trey Keepin
  • Release 23-3-2010
  • Muziekgenre Jazz
  • Media-indeling CD
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Born in Chicago, Trey's intensive study of classical clarinet began when he was barely able to hold the instrument and continued for a couple decades, including some years under the tutelage of Dr. Karl Osterreicher at the Vienna Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria. As a young man, Trey's interest in jazz and blues brought him to a personal study of saxophone. Over time, Trey's versatility on both instruments in all styles has manifested in appearances with well-known artists ranging from Betty Carter to Chubby Checker to Leon Redbone to Dave Van Ronk to Third World to John Mayal, to name a few. Today, Trey resides, works, and composes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A faculty member of the Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe, he is widely respected and sought out as a teacher of all clarinets and saxes technique. In addition to teaching, Trey maintains a regular performance schedule, often appearing with national acts coming through Santa Fe as well as with well-established local favorites such as the Santa Fe Chiles Dixieland Band, the Pleasure Pilots, and the legendary Soul Deacons. His fans have come to expect a stellar performance with whoever he plays with. Now, the culmination of Trey's creativity and experience can be enjoyed on his new CD release, StraySax..............Here, is a tapestry of Trey's many sides as an arranger, composer, and reed player from exquisite sensual sweetness to extremes of raw frisky exuberance, always frothing over with soulfulness. From the opening sounds of StraySax a delightful aerophonic voyage takes flight; just when it seems we should duck as some sort of propeller aircraft swoops down overhead, we find ourselves dropped into something strangely reminiscent of the Star Wars' Cantina Bar, the band doing a quirky, yet curiously hip (trip-hop?) version of the Benny Goodman/Charlie Christian tune 'Airmail Special'...............next stop: the Twilight Zone, or is it some time warp between 21st century urbanism and some black&white TV detective world?.....misty, 'Dark Shimmer' of neon on wet concrete at our feet; warm, smokey tenor sax breath laps against our face telling a story of the streets............Wait!......look what's coming......hop on up to 'Trey's (trip-hop) Ride', cruising the sparkling, enchanted night through clarinet's homeland, Charlemeau, on a magic carpet ride charged by clarinet/beatbox frolic, drawing us closer and closer to a little-known gem of a piece by Artie Shaw's Grammercy-5 (they could've done a gig at the Cantina Bar too),'The Grabtown Grapple,' where sinuous groove undulates us right into the heart of the French Quarter, where we are overwhelmed by the bitter-sweetness that is New Orleans these days, but then carried away by Trey's so sultry, soaring 'Soul Serenade,' a King Curtis classic,undoubtedly an inspiration to Kenny G, who also recorded the same tune..........Suddenly, it's 1946; The War has ended; it's a brand new day, and there's some brand new musics, like 'Be-Bop' and something else not swinging......more on top of the beat......something yet to become known as 'Rock'n'Roll,' but as of yet, raw and undefined, nevertheless it's the rage, it's 'The Honeydripper'.......all so mystifying, how things change, and how we are seduced into Trey's haunting version of another Grammercy-5 tune, 'Mysterioso',where bass casts the spell,while clarinet, guitar, and cello weave a contemplative web..... followed by a detour into utter madness reminiscent of Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory, 'G.F.I.' (Ground Fault Interrupt), where electrical sparks, buzzes, pops, bursts, and such twisted together surges of other-worldly bass clarinet finally fizzle, and we feel a pleasant tingle as we find ourselves entering the peaceful serenity of sparkling blue-green meadows (or is it sky, or is it just Space?) in which clarinet, guitar, and cello dance in majestic harmony, allowing a glimpse from God's eye on 'Sunday', as we gaze upon our earthly existence from above........giving rise to joy....and the jubilant exuberance of rollicking tenor sax in 'Gospel Monday,' but not without a brief interlude of reverent remembrance..........Finally, Trey concludes our voyage in solitude, gracefully and elegantly offering Hoagy Charmichael's classic, and Artie Shaw's signature tune, 'Poeira de Estrellas'( translated: 'Stardust') recorded by himself with just his clarinet in a remote mountain meditation/prayer retreat, the 'Sanctuary of Light.'

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Kunstenaar: Trey Keepin
Titel: Stray Sax
Genre: Jazz
Releasedatum: 23-3-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 884501204514
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