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SEAMUS TO RECORD NEW CD ON 5PASSION LABEL 

 
Seamus will record a new album for 5Passion in early June. The talent includes John Scofield, Nate Smith, Matt Garrison, Scott Kinsey, Matt Clohesy. Production and arrangements by Guillermo Klein and Gonzalo Rubalcaba (keys).






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"Reeds Ramble" CD release on March 13, 14, and 15 at Smalls jazz Club NYC. 

 REEDS RAMBLE
SEAMUS BLAKE/CHRIS CHEEK
 
Seamus Blake, Thelonious Monk Competition winner in 2002, teams up with former Bloomdaddies band member Chris Cheek for his latest outing on the Criss Cross label.The CD’s title, “Reeds Ramble”, is taken from a tune by Jerry Reed made famous by country guitarist Chet Atkins. On the CD Seamus and Chris take an extraordinary journey through their influences  as a top of the line jazz musicians for the past 25 years.
 
Two saxophones up front is not your everyday line-up, but Seamus and Chris know each other’s playing so intimately that the results seem magical. They shared the task of song selection, and their choices ranged far and wide. As an opener Chris chose Chico Buarque’s “No Carreira”. Seamus followed with an Eddie Harris tune, “!974 Blues”. Both Seamus and Chris are big Eddie Harris fans ,which should come as no surprise to those familiar with their Bloomdaddies CDs. Seamus has done an Eddie Harris show at Smoke for the last two years and there is talk of doing a live recording of the 2014 gig.
 
 
Both Seamus and Chris contribute an original tune. For Seamus it’s “All About Me”.  And  no, it’s not all about Seamus, but rather a wry reference to the Facebook generation. In an interview with Jazz writer, David Adler, Seamus notes, “Onstage I like to dedicate this to the Facebook generation, taking selfies and posting their twerking videos to instagram”  While “All About Me” draws on bebop, Chris’ original,  “Blue Moose”, was inspired by listening to country music. And the eclecticism continues with songs by Monk, Brian Wilson and Jim Beard.
 
The outing ends with a song, “Lady in Langour” by  Canadian composer, Vickie Yang. In the Adler interview Seamus comments, “I wanted harmony that was not songbook kind of harmony, but more modern”.
 
 
SEAMUS BLAKE tenor sax             
CHRIS CHEEK tenor & soprano sax
ETHAN IVERSON piano
MATT PENMAN bass
JOCHEN RUECKERT drums
 
1. NA CARREIRA
(Ch. Buarque) 7.50
2. 1974 BLUES
(E. Harris) 7.04
3. HOLODECK WALTZ
(J. Beard) 6.09
4. BLUE MOOSE
(Chr. Cheek) 6.27
5. DE DAH
(E. Hope) 6.23
6. ‘TIL I DIE
(B. Wilson) 7.34
7. I SURRENDER DEAR
(Clifford-Barris) 7.29
8. ALL ABOUT ME
(S. Blake) 6.34
9. LADY IN LANGUOR
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TOTAL TIME: 62.32Date: [Insert Date]

 
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