Allegresse (2000)

liner notes
For this recording I wanted to create music that conveys beauty. I searched for softer hues and more intricate textures. The first piece to be written was the dance piece Dissolution. And so it followed that the rest of the pieces were also largely influenced by my love of dance and movement. Hang Gliding is entirely about movement, an impression of my experience of hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro: the suspension, grace, lift and acceleration accompanied by the rush of apprehension and exhilaration. If this music not only fills your ears, but also stirs your body, I will feel truly rewarded.


Claudio Dauelsberg for giving me the unforgettable experience of hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro; Zuza Homem de Mello for bringing us to Brazil; Tom Talbert for your generous contribution to my copying expenses; Frits Bayens and the Metropole Orchestra for commissioning "Allégresse" in its original orchestral version; Stephanie and Charles Reinhart and the American Dance Festival together with Billy Taylor and the Doris Duke Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for commissioning "Dissolution" for the dance "The Hand That Mocked, The Heart That Fed"; the Pilobolus dance company for inspiring me with your beautiful movement, lovely choreography and wonderful enthusiasm; Bob Thompson for your insightful and inspired ideas, and the generous amount of time and assistance you gave me in producing this recording; Anita Brown, Steve Lampert and Robert Nowak for the great copying; James Farber for the beautiful sound and your endless patience; Keith Shortreed at Clinton Recording Studios; Phil Burnett and Anthony Gorman and everyone at River Sound and Paul Zinman at SoundByte Productions; Andy Kaufman and Birdland, and Seth Abramson and The Jazz Standard for providing us with beautiful places to perform; Ken Jablonski for the great live sound you give us every time in concert; ...and to everyone in the orchestra. I love you all.

This record is dedicated to Ernie Favaro, a dear friend who regularly came to hear us perform, forever offering his appreciative ears, generous heart and beaming smile.
Hang Gliding -- Greg Gisbert (fluegelhorn) Rick Margitza (tenor)Listen!
Nocturne -- Frank Kimbrough (piano)Listen!
Allegresse -- Ingrid Jensen (trumpet & fluegelhorn) Rich Perry (tenor)Listen!
Dissolution -- Tim Ries (soprano)Listen!
Journey Home -- Charles Pillow (alto) Ben Monder (guitar)Listen!
Sea of Tranquility -- Scott Robinson (baritone)Listen!

Tim Ries - soprano, clarinet, flute and alto flute
Charles Pillow - alto and soprano saxes, clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe and English horn
Rich Perry - tenor sax and flute
Rick Margitza - tenor and soprano saxes and flute
Scott Robinson - baritone and bass saxes, clarinet and bass clarinet, flute and alto flute
Tony Kadleck - trumpet, piccolo trumpet and fluegelhorn
Greg Gisbert - trumpet and fluegelhorn
Laurie Frink - trumpet and fluegelhorn
Ingrid Jensen - trumpet and fluegelhorn
Dave Ballou - trumpet and fluegelhorn
Keith O'Quinn - trombone
Rock Ciccarone - trombone
Larry Farrell - trombone
George Flynn bass - trombone
Ben Monder - acoustic and electric guitar
Frank Kimbrough - piano
Tony Scherr - acoustic and electric bass
Tim Horner - drums
Jeff Ballard - percussion

produced by Bob Thompson and Maria Schneider

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