Fourth of July
Recorded in NYC on the 7th of December 1990 and on February 7, 1991. Produced by David Heckendorn
Words and Music by David Heckendorn
I had met the talented drummer Ron Davis back in the late 1980’s when I began to revive the octet project. We had been doing jazz gigs and club dates together for several years. Ron passed away in 1996. I’m not sure he ever heard a recording of this session. I think, you’ll agree, he sounds great. I hope he would have been proud of our playing effort.
John Ray and Scott Colley share the Bass chairs - both superbly. Bob Devos has become a recognized Guitar jazz virtuoso since this 1991 session and Gerry Niewood’s credits as a Saxophonist are far too numerous to explore within the structure of these program notes.
The music on this CD for Quintet varies from cool jazz that gets hotter and hotter like on “Soliloquy” and “Like A Flower” to vocal jazz where there are plenty of instrumental solos to go around. Even a Spanish lyric to “Vida” which also happens to appear as the principal theme in the 3rd movement of my Alto Saxophone concerto. You can check that piece out on my “Mr. Heckendorn’s Opus” CD played by none other than Gerry Niewood.
Produced by: David Heckendorn
Recording Engineer: Lou Argese at BIOYA Recording Studios
in Paterson, N.J.
All songs composed and arranged by David Heckendorn
Lyrics for Deal Me In by Hal Krieger
3 Samples Below: Song For My Mother, Have You Met Miss Jones, Friends
Michael Hall - Bass, Ed Chiarello - Drums
As I listen to this album I am reminded of the inspiring couple of days and nights I spent in April 2004 at my home in Esopus with seven good friends making music and sharing the love we have for jazz. In that brief time ten expressions of personal experience were captured and realized through song, each painting a memory of a person, place, or moment. This recording date served as a “Bridge” to my inner life, between myself and my friends, and to a new beginning in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York State. Now one year later, as I listen to the final mix I find joy in the music’s honest and heartfelt expression. The fine ensemble playing blended with inventive individual improvisations makes this an exciting and reflective musical offering. A forever thanks and love to my mother, Marion Marie and my longtime friend, Michael Kamen.
Ghosts Of My Memory
3 Samples Below: What The Heck, Why Not, Where Do You Run?
David Heckendorn Producer
Additional Production - John Tendy
Recorded, mixed and mastered at IndexJazz in
Yorktown Heights, NY on July 13, 2009
Recording and mix engineer - John Tendy
Assistant Engineer - Bill Kinslow
Cover Art - Herm Freeman
Personnel: Jim Perry, John Tendy, Dale DeMarco, Larry Moses, Vito Speranza, Eric Ordway, David Heckendorn, Matthew Finck, Lew Scott, and Peter O'Brien
"When I think about some of the great writers I have heard and performed for in my career as a trumpet player, whether it be jazz, classical, or pop music, the common denominator seems to be the emotional element of the music . When I play David Heckendorn's original compositions, it is obvious to me that this is a master craftsman who knows how to really get the most out of his ensembles as far as textures, rhythmic displacements, and the element of surprise... but, it's the emotional aspect of the music that captures, and I saw and heard that in the performance of my colleagues in the ensemble on this disc....ENJOY!"
Larry Moses (former member of The Buddy Rich Big Band and The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra)
"Living in the Hudson Valley since 2002 I found that the natural beauty of the landscape and the serenity that the mountains provide help create a powerful source of inspiration. Upon connecting to a vital jazz community as far south as West Point to points as far north as Saugerties, I was motivated to form a new band that would allow me to continue writing in a style that had already seen four previous CDs released with downstate musicians. The talented musicians and the personal connections I made produced a profound and enjoyable musical experience for myself and I hope for you – the listener."David Heckendorn, February, 2010