Scott Reeves

Creative Jazz Improvisation

Portraits and Places - Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra

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Portraits and Places - Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra


Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra
Portraits & Places
on Origin Records (2016)

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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra
Portraits & Places
on Origin Records (2016)

Track Listing
1. The Soulful Mr. Williams
2. 3 'n 2
3. Osaka June
4. Aquas De Marco
5. Wants to Dance
6. A Trombonist's Tale
7. Hip Kitty
8. Last Call

About the Music

Osaka June, 3 'n 2, the L & T Suite and Last Call were all composed or arranged during my tenure in the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop. Founded by Bob Brookmeyer, the workshop has nurtured many professional writers and allowed me to hone my compositional skills while receiving feedback from Manny Albam, Mike Abene, Jim McNeely and Mike Holober. Osaka June was written for the daughter of two of my former City College of New York students - Kaoru Kawahigashi and Jesse Forest. The L & T Suite is dedicated to my lovely and talented wife, Janet. Woven in the fabric of the composition are thematic quotes from Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka, Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety, and Bela Bartok's The Miraculous Mandarin. Dedicated to the memory of the great pianist James Williams, The Soulful Mr. Williams was arranged for the Bill Mobley Big Band during our tenure at the New York City jazz club, Smoke. Antonio Carlos Jobim's enchanting Aguas de Marco (Waters of March) was the result of a commission from the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. 

Produced by Scott Reeves
Recorded by Paul Special
Assistant engineers: Dawid Arciszewski, Michael Paliocha, Jonathan Wright
Recorded at the Sonic Arts Center, City College of New York, NYC
January 6 & 7, 2015
Mixed by Brian Montgomery at Brian Montgomery Studio, Astoria, NY
Mastered by Michael MacDonald at AlgoRhythms Mastering, Sante Fe, NM
Session photography by Janet Reeves
Photo of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) in Kyoto by Scott Reeves
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

THANK YOU Thanks to Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer, David Baker, Manny Albam, Mike Abene, Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Mike Holober, Janet Reeves, and all the incredible musicians who participated in this recording.