1. Ave Maria (Franz Shubert)
2. Under A Blanket Of Blue (Jerry Livingston, Al J. Neiburg, and Marty Symes)
3. Shirl (Horace Silver)
4. Lady Sings The Blues (Billie Holiday and Herbie Nichols)
5. Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (17th Century French carol)
6. Link's (Dan Roberts)
7. I'll Never Stop Loving You (Nicholas Brodzsky)
8. Two Bass Hit (John Lewis and Dizzy Gillespie)
Ave Maria solo: Joe Herrera
Under A Blanket Of Blue feature: Lena Seikaly
Lady Sings The Blues feature: Josh Walker
Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella solo: Griffith Kazmierczak
Link's solos: Marty Nau, Jason Hammers, and Kevin McDonald
I'll Never Stop Loving You feature: Brad Linde
Two Bass Hit solos: Billy Wolfe, Steve Shaw, and Kevin McDonald
with Lena Seikaly, vocals on "Under A Blanket Of Blue"
Billy Wolfe replaces Leigh Pilzer on Ave Maria, Under A Blanket Of Blue, Lady Sings The Blues, Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Links, and Two Bass Hit
Brent Madsen replaces Joe Herrera on I'll Never Stop Loving You and Two Bass Hit
The band is always looking for fresh material to play around the holiday season, a situation I see as an opportunity. My conception for this arrangement was simple: what if Etta James sang Ave Maria? Specifically, I had her incredible recording of “I Found a Love” in my head.
Under a Blanket of Blue
My desert island jazz recording would probably be “Ella and Louis,” and for whatever reason, this is the one tune from that album that doesn’t seem to get performed as much as the rest. I wrote this specifically for Lena Seikaly to sing with the band, and, knowing her unique vocal capabilities (which are essentially limitless), I threw some curveballs in there that I knew she’d be able to handle.
After listening to this mysterious and beautiful Horace Silver ballad every night for years, I knew I either had to transcribe and arrange it or go crazy. It lends itself so well to the saxophone section, who needs the rest of the band?
Lady Sings the Blues
Herbie Nichols and Billie Holiday are two all-time greats, so of course their collaboration produced this amazing gem. I tried to give it a “Gil Evans” spin (much easier said than done!)
Bring a Torch
I’ve loved this somewhat obscure Christmas Carol ever since I was a kid - I think it’s one of my dad’s favorites. My arrangement provides a real challenge for soloists, but I’ve always been amazed and delighted with the way Griffith Kazmierczak has managed to navigate the changes and create a beautiful improvisation. He makes it sound easy.
I wrote this tune for the great local alto player Lyle Link, and I even had the privilege of performing it with him a few times back in the day. In adapting the tune to a larger setting, I used the Joe Henderson big band album as inspiration - the way he expanded some of his legendary tunes like Isotope and Recordame.
I’ll Never Stop Loving You
I used to play this beautiful ballad every week with alto saxophonist Maurice Robertson - he introduced me to the incredible recording by Cannonball Adderley with Strings. Brad Linde heard me playing it, asked me to write a feature for him on bari sax, and I was only too happy to comply.
Two Bass Hit
Eliot Seppa re-introduced me to this swinging John Lewis tune; we used to mess around with it during set breaks. I based the arrangement loosely on the version recorded by the Sonny Clark trio.
released April 15, 2018
alto saxophone: Marty Nau, Jason Hammers
tenor saxophone: Xavier Perez, Leigh Pilzer, Billy Wolfe
baritone saxophone: Brad Linde
trumpet: Bags Davis, Griffith Kazmercziak, Leo Maxey, Joe Herrera, Brent Madsen
trombone: Ben Ford, Steve Shaw, Shannon Gunn
bass trombone: Chris Buckley
piano: Dan Roberts
guitar: Josh Walker
bass: Eliot Seppa
drums: Kevin McDonald
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering, Takoma Park, MD.
Recorded April 18 and May 23 2016 at Allyworld, Takoma Park, MD.
Artwork and design by Matt Rippetoe at Sideman Creative, LLC.
Brad Linde is a saxophonist, bandleader, and presenter in the Washington DC metro area. In 2010, he
founded and began co-directing the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra - a 17-piece big band in residence at the historic club. He was a participant in the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop 2013 and he studied with Barry Harris and Lee Konitz, among others....more