Electric Miles – Charles Pillow Large Ensemble

Electric Miles – Charles Pillow Large Ensemble

Label: MAMA Records

Release date: June 2018

Catalog number: M1055

Tracks:

> Pharaoh's Dance
comp: Joe Zawinul
Track Not Yet Available For Purchase
> Bitches Brew
comp: Miles Davis
Track Not Yet Available For Purchase
> Black Satin
comp: Miles Davis, Paul Buckmaster
Track Not Yet Available For Purchase
> In a Silent Way
comp: Joe Zawinul
Track Not Yet Available For Purchase
> Directions
comp: Joe Zawinul
Track Not Yet Available For Purchase
> Sanctuary
comp: Wayne Shorter
Track Not Yet Available For Purchase
> Yesternow
comp: Miles Davis
Track Not Yet Available For Purchase
> Spanish Key
comp: Miles Davis
Track Not Yet Available For Purchase

“Electric Miles” celebrates the music of the early electric period of Miles Davis with big band arrangements of classics from “Bitches Brew”, “On the Corner”, “Jack Johnson” and “In a Silent Way”.  Trumpeters Tim Hagans and Clay Jenkins are featured as the “Miles” voice with Dave Liebman appearing on “Black Satin” and “Yesternow”.  Also featuring trombonist Michael Davis, Pillow on alto sax/alto flute; the band is powered by the rhythm section of drummer Jared Schonig and bassist Chuck Bergeron. This band is full of NYC seasoned pros and peppered with up and coming musicians.

Conducted and Arranged by Charles Pillow
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Charles Pillow comes from Baton Rouge, LA. After college at Loyola University, he pursued his Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY. Since moving to NYC in 1987, he has appeared on over 100 recordings of jazz, pop luminaries such as Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Jay Z,Luther Vandross, Paul Simon, Michael Brecker, Bruce Springsteen, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, David Sanborn, to name a few.

In addition to an active performing and recording schedule, he is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the Eastman school of Music.

 

Featuring:

Charles Pillow, arranger, alto sax, soprano sax. flute, alto flute/ Colin Gordon, alto sax, soprano sax, flute / Luke Norris, tenor sax, clarinet/ CJ Ziarniak, tenor sax, / Karl Stabnau, bass clarinet •  Michael Davis, trombone/ Abe Nouri, trombone/ Jack Courtright, trombone/ Gabe Ramos, bass trombone •  Tony Kadleck lead trumpet/ Charlie Carr, trumpet/ Clay Jenkins, trumpet / Tim Hagans, trumpet

Julian Garvue, electric piano / Chuck Bergeron, electric bass/ Mike Forfia, acoustic bass on “Sanctuary”, “In a Silent Way”/ Jared Schonig, drums  •  Special Guest: David Liebman, soprano sax

 

REVIEW:

“Over his long and varied career, Miles Davis recorded several seminal jazz orchestra albums in collaboration with the great arranger Gil Evans. Those disciplined affairs (“Sketches of Spain” and others) were in stark contrast to Miles’s wild, improvised, “electric” period that produced records like “Bitches Brew.” Charles Pillow Large Ensemble’s “Electric Miles” brilliantly fuses these two aspects of Miles’s oeuvre with gorgeous big band arrangements of tunes from “Bitches Brew,” “Jack Johnson,” and “In a Silent Way.”

Featured soloists Tim Hagans and Clay Jenkins ably take on Miles’s role on trumpet while Pillow takes flight on alto sax and alto flute. Dave Liebman, who participated in the original sessions a half-century ago, contributes soaring soprano sax solos on “Yesternow” and “Black Satin.” All of the soloists, including Michael Davis (trombone) and Luke Norris (tenor sax), are outstanding, but the stars here are Pillow’s arrangements, with beautiful voicings on more subtle tunes like “Sanctuary” and a powerful punch on compositions like “Pharaoh’s Dance.”

-Ron Netsky, Rochester City Newspaper

 

REVIEW from RADIO:

“The Charles Pillow Large Ensemble CD Electric Miles is one of my top CDs for 2018. Finding an  “acceptable,” let alone hip big band album for my audience is not so easy. Charles Pillow has done it triumphantly with his modern charts and arrangements. He brings something both substantial and new to Miles’ very important music that are the source of modern electric jazz.”
-Jerry Gordon
WPRB 103.3 FM, Princeton University

 

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