ALAN PASQUA: Ellingtonia

Catalog # 71013

UPC # 782737101327

Alan Pasqua: Piano;

Jack DeJohnette: Drums; Michael Brecker: Tenor saxophone; Randy Brecker: Trumpet;

Paul Motian: Drums; Dave Holland: Bass; Gary Bartz: Alto saxophone;

Roger Rosenberg: Alto flute; Jack Schatz: Trombone;

Dave Tofani: Bass clarinet; Willie Olenick: Trumpet;

 

 

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“Alan Pasqua: Ellingtonia” showcases Pasqua as an accomplished pianist who also shines as a composer. Pasqua puts together two groups of legendary artists, including NEA Jazz Masters Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, and Gary Bartz. It also features stellar performances from Michael and Randy Brecker, and Paul Motian. The artist’s exquisite performances and picturesque compositions impart a lasting and unforgettable impression. Here’s how Alan Pasqua describes his musical approach: “I wanted to take tradition and put my own stamp on it. I found myself going back to my roots in jazz, back to an earlier perspective on jazz, to the styles I grew up with musically, and then reshaping the traditions, embellishing them – finding my own voice, making a more modern statement. It was like taking one step backward to take two steps forward.”

The song “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” was dedicated to Pasqua’s daughter of the same name. It was written in 1875 by Thomas P Westendorf, and is based loosely on Mendelssonhn’s Violin Concerto in E Flat Minor. The song was famously covered by Elvis Presley.

Song Selection:

  1. Milagro 4:16
  2. The Emergence 5:29
  3. All of You 3:45
  4. Sha’ la Ko’ 4:08
  5. Acoma 5:22
  6. Ellingtonia 5:09
  7. Dedicated To You 3:25
  8. Homage 4:32
  9. I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (For My Kathleen) 1:33

Alan Pasqua:

Alan Pasqua is a Steinway Piano artist, Grammy Nominee and Professor of Jazz Studies at USC Thornton School of Music.He has played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, Gary Burton, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Gary Bartz, Reggie Workman, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Sheila Jordan and Joe Williams.

While performing a concert at Carnegie Hall in 1975, Pasqua met the legendary drummer Tony Williams. Pasqua was asked to join The New Tony Williams Lifetime along with guitarist Allan Holdsworth. After recording two “Lifetime” albums for Columbia Records, Pasqua relocated in Los Angeles. His career in L.A. broadened as he started playing with more rock and pop artists. He has been a member of the bands of Bob Dylan and Santana. Some of his other pop album credits include: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Queen Latifa. In addition, he has worked with composers John Williams, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, Jerry Goldsmith and Henry Mancini and on motion picture soundtracks. Alan composed the soundtrack for Adam Sandler’s Disney hit movie, The Waterboy, and was co- composer for the CBS Evening News Theme during the Dan Rather and Scott Pelley years.

He also recently composed and performed the piano improvisations for Bob Dylan and his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Pasqua recorded his first two critically acclaimed recordings as a leader for Postcards Records. His debut album was “Milagro” with Michael Brecker, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland, which was followed by “Dedications” with Michael and Randy Brecker, Gary Bartz, Dave Holland and Paul Motian.

In 2008, Pasqua joined forces with Peter Erskine and Dave Carpenter, arranging, co-producing and playing on the Grammy Award nominated trio album “Standards”. His recent releases are “Twin Bill” (BFM JAZZ) and “Northern Lights”. “Twin Bill” features Pasqua recorded on two pianos, playing the music of Bill Evans. “Northern Lights” is a new set of Pasqua original compositions, exploring his roots in classical, pop and jazz idioms. Both CDs have received critical praise from DOWNBEAT with 4 star reviews.

His most releases are solo piano recordings. “Soliloquy” is a stunning recording of Alan’s favorite standards recorded on his Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano. Just released in November of 2020 is “Day Dream”. Recorded when the world was put on pause by the pandemic, “Day Dream” offers more of Pasqua’s interpretations on his favorite and somewhat obscure standards.

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