With You in a Moment (Live at the Glacier Fringe)
On September 25, 2009, The Willie August Project performed for a live audience at Glacier Music Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Microphones were set up much as they would be for a studio recording session, but the performance format was that of a live concert, with the band moving briskly through the evening's set list. Each piece was played only once-no splicing together of multiple takes, no stopping and restarting to get a tune 'right.' Though the crowd was quiet for the most part (they were very conscious of a recording being made), their energy was palpable that night, driving the performers to 'go for it' in a way that seldom happens in the isolation of the studio. And if you listen carefully, you'll hear the occasional murmur or shifting in a seat to remind you that this was indeed very much a live event, a unique moment shared by those present that night, never to happen again. Now, the best of the night is made available to you in the form of this CD. Brand new pieces heard on this disc include, 'Because They Can't Have Their Own Parade Now (New Orleans Elegy),' Siems' heartfelt tribute to the Eternal City of Jazz written in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the hypnotic and haunting fifth movement of Siems' signature jazz work, 'Suite for a Dancer.' The album also includes new quartet arrangements of 'Learning to Un-Belong' (originally from the band's CD, SURRENDER TO THE WIND), and 'Son of Thunder' (originally from DREAM TRUTHS), featuring newcomer Daniel Eikmeier on trumpet. And for the first time ever on recording, the listener has the opportunity to hear the band's distinctive interpretations of jazz classics by Wayne Shorter, Eric Dolphy, and Bill Lee. Together with the group's previous release, SURRENDER TO THE WIND, this CD shows why The Willie August Project has been one of the most highly regarded jazz groups to come out of Minnesota in the last decade.