by Michael Dease


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Since he arrived in New York City, trombonist Michael Dease has made his mark on the New York City jazz scene, even though he is still in his twenties. Earning a Bachelors and Master's degree as a part of Juilliard's jazz program, Dease has worked with bandleaders Illinois Jacquet, Slide Hampton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Wynton Marsalis, among others, while he has appeared on recordings by Jacquet, the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Claudio Roditi, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band, in addition to numerous other sessions as a sideman and several dates as a leader. Jazz masters and critics alike have pegged Dease as one of the most impressive trombonists of his generation and a player of unlimited potential. Grace is remarkable in its diversity of styles. Working with veteran producer John Lee (who invited him to join the Gillespie All-Stars), they focused primarily on songs that had not been overly recorded. With Dease and Lee working together as co-arrangers, they uncover new approaches to each song while recruiting a first-rate rhythm section of Cyrus Chestnut, Rufus Reid, and Gene Jackson, plus a number of special guests. Bix Beiderbecke's "In a Mist" was penned as a solo piano vehicle, but this updated chart begins in a slow Impressionist setting and evolves into a rollicking post-bop vehicle. McCoy Tyner's loping "Blues on the Corner" opens with Dease accompanied by Rufus Reid's walking bass, gradually simmering its delectable recipe with potent solos by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, Chestnut, and Reid. Dease and his friends dive head-first into Oscar Peterson's rapid-fire blues "Tippin'," with the leader showing a strong J.J. Johnson influence in his flawless execution, followed by Chestnut's rollicking solo and Roy Hargrove's spirited effort. His interpretation of Herbie Hancock's challenging "Toys" will likely provoke other jazz musicians to investigate this long-overlooked treasure. Dease plays both trombone and valve trombone (adding harmony in spots on the latter) in the richly textured setting of Antonio Carlos Jobim's gently swaying samba "Discussao," also featuring Gillespie bandmate Claudio Roditi on flügelhorn and guitarist Mark Whitfield. Another hidden gem from South America is Ivan Lins' "Setembro," where Dease's elegant, spacious playing gives the impression of a jazz master active for decades. The trombonist's Juilliard classmate Sharel Cassity has separate solos on both alto sax and alto flute, adding to the luster of the arrangement. Dease's breezy "Grace" is the icing on the cake, providing ample proof that this accomplished young trombonist is equally skilled as a composer. Highly recommended!

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2010
Label: Jazz Legacy Prod
UPC: 0764942213521
catalogNumber: 1001007
Rank: 95671

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Dease   Primary Artist,Trombone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Valve Trombone
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rufus Reid   Bass
Mark Whitfield   Acoustic Guitar
Eric Alexander   Tenor Saxophone
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion,Vocals
Cyrus Chestnut   Piano
Steve Davis   Trombone
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet
Gene Jackson   Drums
Claudio Roditi   Flugelhorn
Roger Squitero   Percussion,Vocals
Yotam   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sharel Cassity   Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone
Jeremy Miller   Trombone
Robert Edwards   Bass Trombone
Circle Rhythm   Percussion,Vocals
Tarik Zephram   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Ivan Lins   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Oscar Peterson   Composer
McCoy Tyner   Composer
Bix Beiderbecke   Composer
Randy Brecker   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Michael Dease   Arranger,Composer
John Lee   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Cover Design
Lisa Broderick   Executive Producer
Tanya Serrano   Graphic Design
Lore Dori   Artwork

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