Four SE Minnesota music professors and one of their students have released their long awaited eJazz CD. The CD, entitled "Way Out" includes 13 works covering a wide range of styles by all the performers including Dr. John Paulson (saxes, Bb flute and Wx7 wind synthesizer); Dr. Kevin Dobbe (eDrums); Denny McGuire, (electric bass), A. Eric Heukeshoven (keyboards) and student Sam Courtier (guitar). John Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven are all members of the Saint Mary's University music department and Kevin Dobbe runs the digital arts program at Rochester and Community Technical College. Denny McGuire teaches at both schools. The guitar stylings of Saint Mary's University alumnus Scott Gerry, now from the Twin Cities can also be heard on the CD. Some of the styles represented on the CD and at the concert include sambas, bossa-nova, funk, swing and hip-hop-- and even a twelve tone or "serial" piece and a samba cover of Errroll Garner's 'Misty.' The music is presented in a "smooth jazz" context that is becoming very popular on contemporary radio and satellite radio stations.
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