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Red Hot! is the newly-released debut CD from Ebony & Ivory.
Guest artist on the disc include Dave Weckl and Victor Wooten, and musical styles range from jazz to light classical,
ragtime to Benny Goodman, with Klezmer and New Age thrown in for good measure!
- Clarinets & Saxophones
- Piano & Keyboards
- Electric & Acoustic Guitar
- Acoustic & Electric Bass
- Electric Bass (
- Drums & Percussion
- Drums (
(Programme notes by Andrew Gilpin)
1 - Blue Grass and Green Sky Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
This tune is a fusion of both bluegrass and jazz styles. The half-time feel in the clarinet
solo only developed in rehearsal, which just shows you can't think of everything ahead of time! I also have to mention that
Fred's VERY long note at the end of his solo was played live, with no engineering trickery whatsoever - he's truly a master
of circular breathing.
2 - Lírico (Spanish Suite part 1) Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
This suite was written several years ago, soon after the formation of Ebony & Ivory. In the first part,
Lírico, I tried to capture the feel of a classic Leroy Anderson tune: melodic, with a Latin touch. Although it was originally
composed for clarinet and piano only, bass and drums give the piece added energy.
3 - Brisa (Spanish Suite part 2) Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
The second part of the suite,
Brisa, was simply the most beautiful melody I could think of at the time.
The (mostly) slow tempo provides a marked contrast to the final part of the suite.
4 - ¡Olé! (Spanish Suite part 3) Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
The title pretty much sums it up. As I always say when performing this one live, "You'll feel like
you're running with the bulls in spain!"
5 - Chassidic Dance Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
In the early part of the 20th century, contemporary Jewish composers wrote many art songs, operettas,
and classical works. This American Klezmer piece is reminiscent of a large body of Jewish music lost in the Second World War.
6 - Heart and Soul Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
(Hoagy Carmichael, arr. Cy Walter)
One of the best-known popular pianists of the 1940s and '50s, Cy Walter had a gift for taking songs of
the era and recreating them as solo piano pieces. Long out of print and difficult to find, his unique arrangements breathe new life into
many famous songs.
Heart and Soul is one of my favourites: satisfying to play and lovely to listen to. This is truly the sound
of a time gone by.
7 - Minority Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
Minority was a challenge both musically (it's written in 11/8 time) and technically (it was recorded at three different studios!)
I wrote the piece in 1996, and was very happy to finally record it, especially with guest artists Victor Wooten, Cliff Almond and Ted
Quinlan. Thanks to everyone who navigated my crazy time signatures and made this tune happen!
8 - Dreams of You Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
Written in just a few minutes by English composer Dave McGarry,
Dreams of You is destined to
become a modern jazz classic. With Fred on alto sax and me on electric piano, our intention was to create a late-night, smooth jazz feel.
9 - America Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
(Leonard Bernstein, arr. Andrew Gilpin)
No matter how many times it's heard, the music from Bernstein's "West Side Story" never loses
America was one of the first arrangements I wrote for Ebony & Ivory, and remains among the most difficult.
10 - Solace Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
While not technically a rag, (Joplin called it a "Mexican Serenade,")
Solace is one of
the ragtime master's most beautiful and poignant pieces.
11 - Red Hot Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
Written especially for this CD,
Red Hot contrasts a rhythmically complex opening with a country-flavoured
B section. My favourite effect is in this second part, where Fred's soprano sax melody soars over a busy piano accompaniment. The presence
of guest artist Dave Weckl, renowned jazz fusion drummer, made this track especially exciting to record!
12 - Sonatina-2nd mvmt. Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
This is the middle movement from Joseph Horovitz's
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano. Although the
Sonatina is technically a contemporary classical piece, you wouldn't know it to listen to this excerpt, which has more the feel
of a modern jazz ballad.
13 - Maple Leaf Rag Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
When I was eight years old, I heard my father playing ragtime on the piano. I hadn't played the piano
before, but I loved the sound of that style of music, so I attempted to play one of the rags. After six months, I could more or less
get the notes. I have played many different styles of music in the years since, but ragtime remains one of the most satisfying. This
particular piece is one of Scott Joplin's best known compositions.
14 - Air Mail Special Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
(B. Goodman, J. Mundy & C. Christian)
One of Fred's many talents (I can say this and not be accused of bragging!) is his ability to coax a
different sound from the clarinet for each piece that he performs. When you hear those signature high notes, virtuosic improvisation,
and classic vibrato, you'll swear the King of Swing himself is playing!
15 - A Smooth One Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
This is another Benny Goodman classic, but with a much gentler feel. Wilson, our drummer, took a break
for this track, and I moved over to vibraphone (played on my Korg Triton keyboard.)
16 - Benjie's Bubble Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
(Benny Goodman & Joe Bushkin)
The final piece in our Benny set,
Benjie's Bubble, is not so well known as Air Mail Special,
but it's every bit as exciting. I returned to the piano for this one, and Wilson was back to provide much-needed rhythm!
17 - Aes Sedai Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
The title of this piece (pronounced "eyes suh-dye") was taken from Robert Jordan's New York
Times bestselling series of fantasy novels, "The Wheel of Time." In the books, the "aes sedai" are wise women
(witches, to their enemies.) They have many qualities, not the least of which is patience, and some have great power.
18 - Tico Tico Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
(Zequinha Abreu, arr. Andrew Gilpin)
Tico was the first arrangement I did for Ebony & Ivory, and it's still an audience favourite.
Whenever we play this tune, I'm reminded of Carmen Miranda singing it in the old Groucho Marx movie, "Copacabana." Fred and I
haven't had the nerve to wear our fruit hats yet, though.
19 - Summertime Stream MP3 Download MP3 Real WMA
(George Gershwin, arr. Duncan Reid)
After all the excitement, we end quietly with a Gershwin classic. We often use this as en encore piece
in our performances, so we're kind of assuming you got up and clapped after