THEMATICALLY STRONG AND HAUNTING WITH LINGERING MELODIES AND HIGH POINTS. 'Avende-Miles' Don Alberts Trio and Quartet-Chill House Music-CHM 0004-Released October 2005. This exciting new CD comprises a unique series of recordings featuring the original members of the Don Alberts trio from the CD 'Intuition,' CHM 0001, with the addition of Scott Barnhill's tenor saxophone. All songs were composed during Don Alberts' hiatus to San Diego providing a definitive body of work that is interrelated in musical concept. In all, the music is a more focused 'players' format for improvisation, thematically strong and haunting with lingering melodies and high points. Two standards are included, Bill Evans' 'Tune for a Lyric' and Gordon Jenkins' 'Goodbye.' All others are composed by Don Alberts. 'Tarantula' is a theme written on the harmonies of John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps.' 'Avende-Miles,' the title track is an entirely new compositional approach to playing that may lead you to think of Wayne Shorter but has it's own very definite intent and a surprising interlude. 'Cedar's Inn' has an interesting ascending line that was actually inspired from a Cedar Walton concert in San Diego with Tootie Heath and Tony Dumas. 'That Was Then' harkens to shades of McCoy Tyner in style with a 1960's flavor of John Coltrane. 'Brother of Zin' is the freshest of the group intended to develop a sound in a strait-ahead six-eight feel. 'Unsassa' is a delicate jazz bossa with unusual root movements and a 'haunting refrain.' The closer, 'Odell Moselle' is a dark ballad that holds the listener firm until the final liberating arpeggio. A must for your Don Alberts collection. All songs were recorded at Sonic Images, San Jose, Ca., March, 2003 and released for the first time in October of 2005.
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