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Charles McPherson's Jazz Dance Suites

by Charles McPherson

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First, in Hebrew, followed by English: Love Dance is my deepest desire Intense feelings of wanting you....hoping.... Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Love, is as strong as death... It's passions are as severe, as the grave. Love, burns like a blazing fire... like a mightly flame, rivers can't sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth one's house for love... he would be utterly scorned...utterly scorned, because: Love, is as strong as death... it's passions are as severe, as the grave....as the grave...as the grave.


Bebop luminary Charles McPherson presents the latest addition to his pantheon of hallmark jazz recordings: JAZZ DANCE SUITES. As an architect of this artform who has released inventive records since 1964, the genius of McPherson has been chronicled by a vast library of recordings that spans the past six decades. Now 81 years old, this latest release captures his groundbreaking collaboration with San Diego Ballet. A family affair, JAZZ DANCE SUITES is inspired by McPherson's daughter Camille, a soloist in her 9th season with the prestigious dance company.
JAZZ DANCE SUITES demonstrates a fresh and exciting relationship between the jazz and dance art forms and speaks to McPherson's stellar range as an artist. The music is a departure from the traditional bop sensibilities of most of McPherson's previous work. It contains numerous examples of Improvisational brilliance while emphasizing writing which demonstrates a broad range of influence and reflects a genre that is new to McPherson's compositional output: dance music.

We recommend listening to SONG OF SONGS and SWEET SYNERGY SUITE as they were intended: Complete Suites. REFLECTION ON AN ELECTION stands alone as a protest song. Camile McPherson writes, "I invite you to let these suites move you as they have moved me. Let them tell you a story; let them stir your soul."

JazzTimes Readers' 2020: Jazz Dance Suites BEST NEW RELEASE!
Charles McPherson ARTIST OF THE YEAR!
BEBOP SPOKEN HERE, UK: "..the original music had me entranced. Magnificent sounds somewhat inadequate. I doubt there will be a better album released this year. It's just so listenable, to danceable, so everything..." Lance
DownBeat: **** “…bright, citrusy tone on alto saxophone, alluring lyricism, and graceful improvisations are in splendid form on Jazz Dance Suites. …he leads a nimble septet through a dynamic range of compositions that move from sumptuous ballads to spirited sambas.” John Murph
JAZZIZ: "McPherson continues to expand on his bebop roots on Jazz Dance Suites... he renews the marriage of jazz and dance via three suites he composed for the San Diego Ballet.. These works balance improvisational brilliance with compositional prowess and are inspired by his daughter Camille.."
WGBO 88.3 .the compositions fall within programmatic parameters….contemplative, best to be digested in one sitting. Moods blend into one another, anchoring a story appreciated on the record while we eagerly await a stage production.”
Alex Ariff / NPR Jazz Night in America
Read all reviews: charlesmcpherson.com/reviews/


released September 20, 2020

Charles McPherson - alto sax
Terell Stafford - trumpet
Yotam Silberstein - guitar
Lorraine Castellanos - voice
Jeb Patton - piano
Randy Porter - piano
Billy Drummond - drums
David Wong - bass
All compositions by Charles McPherson

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio / Engineer - Maureen Sickler
Assistant Engineer - Tommaso Gambini
Executive Producer - Joann Clark
Mix & Master / Producer / A&R - Randy Porter Heavywood Studio
Artist's Management - Lynn Sundfor-McPherson
Special thanks to Don Sickler

Liner notes: Dr. Donnie Norton
Photographers: Antonio Porcar, Tina Krohn, Carlos Catarecha,
Nick Ruechel, and Tariq Johnson
Graphic Design: Jori Owens joriowensgraphicdesign.com
Agent: Chris Mees, b natural bnatural.nyc
Publicist: Lydia Liebman Promotions lydialiebman.com


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Charles McPherson San Diego, California

“Charles is the very definition of excellence in our music,” said Wynton Marsalis, a longtime admirer. “He’s the definitive master on his instrument. He plays with exceptional harmonic accuracy and sophistication. He performs free-flowing, melodic, and thematically developed solos with unbelievable fire and an unparalleled depth of soul." ... more

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