This tuneful, spirited, and spirit-filled Jazz excursion is brought to you by composer, arranger, and saxophonist, Phil Chester. It features a range of all acoustic grooves and styles from earthy funk to playful sambas to haunting ballads to bouncy swing. It's moods veer from mysterious to raucous, from calm to sassy, from sexy to reflective with an easy grace. Delicious orchestrations capitalize on the rich woody timbres of the strings and soprano sax, and equally delicious is a wealth of exquisite interplay in the rhythm section that is sometimes sensitive, sometimes explosive, and always expressive. Open Door Samba is an accessible melody driven recording that is appealing to a wide rende of listeners. The format features a traditional all acoustic jazz rhythm section plus sax, violin and cello. The textures and arrangments, as well as the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and improvisational qualities are varied and dynamic. It is a multi-dimensional recording, rich in complexity and creativity.
One of the unique qualities of Open Door Samba is that it covers a diversity of styles including Samba, Bossa, Swing, Gospel and R&B. One thing that holds all that diversity together is the instrumentation, wich consists of a traditional jazz rhythm section of Piano, Bass and Drums. The predominant melodic instrument is Soprano Saxophone but Violin and Cello are included on several of the selections giving the ensemble a wide range of sonic textures.
Phil Chester has the experience of being a member of Ed Palermo Big Band for over twenty years, also from Broadway Orchestra. Also devotes time to teaching.
Musicians: Phil Chester-Soprano, Alto, Tenor Sax; Bob Quaranta-Piano; Ian Froman-Drums; Leo Hupert-Bass (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11); Joe Fitzgerald-Bass (tracks 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12; Katie Jacoby-Violin; Tomas Ulrich-Cello.