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Evan Arntzen: Countermelody

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ARTIST: Evan Arntzen

Special Guest: Catherine Russell – voice

Release Date: April 16, 2021

MUSICIANS:

Evan Arntzen – reeds, voice
Jon-Erik Kellso – trumpet
Mike Davis – trumpet
Charlie Halloran – trombone
Arnt Arntzen – guitar, banjo
Dalton Ridenhour – piano
Tal Ronen – bass
Mark McLean  – drums

Countermelody

Muskrat Ramble Single

Bu’s March Single

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Muskrat Ramble  5:14 | 2. 18th Street Strut – 3:52 | 3. Camp Meeting Blues – 3:55 |  4. Georgia Cabin – 3:44 | 5. Put ‘Em Down Blues – 5:29 | 6. When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo – 4:36 | 7. Smiles – 2:33 | 8. If You Were Mine – 4:04 | 9. Down by The Riverside – 5:01 | 10. Alvita – 5:23 | 11. Counter Intuitive – 6:24 | 12. Bu’s March – 5:16 | 13. Solitarity – 4:22 | 14. After You’ve Gone (cylinder) – 2:09 | 15. Muskrat Ramble (cylinder) – 2:26

Description

Evan Arntzen, renowned multi-reedist, vocalist and bandleader, presents his third album as a bandleader, Countermelody. This uplifting new release is a celebration of the interplay, collective improvisation and soulful counterpoint that played such a big role in Black American Music emanating from New Orleans in the first half of the 20th century.  During a time when convening is all but impossible, Countermelody brings the gaiety of live music to the recorded realm.

Countermelody brings early-jazz-exuberance to an eager present in a release which author and Louis Armstrong historian, Ricky Riccardi, calls “the very definition of timeless” in the album’s liner notes.  Arntzen’s Dot Time Records debut features many of his own astounding arrangements of early New Orleans and Chicago jazz compositions written by such luminaries as Kid Ory, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet and Bennie Moten. The release also features wonderfully innovative compositions by Arntzen, Halloran and Kellso.  Aside from thirteen hi-fidelity tracks, listeners will also be treated to tracks that were recorded to wax cylinder, a medium that actually predates when much of this music was composed.