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GOIN' HOME... A RETROSPECTIVE

Gay Pearson's Eclectic Ensemble

 

OVERVIEW

 

GOIN’ HOME… A RETROSPECTIVE is pianist and composer Gay Pearson’s second release on Big Round Records.  The album is a live recording of her most recent annual chamber-jazz concert, featuring an eclectic ensemble with Gay Pearson on piano, John Lockwood on bass, Phil McGowan on drums, Tracy McMullen on saxophone, Lea Pearson on flute, and Shannon Allen on cello. This varied ensemble performs a wide variety of music with different instrumental combinations, from Astor Piazzolla to classic tunes of Chick Corea, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern, to more contemporary original compositions by Pearson herself.

 

Quoting Pearson, “My compositions do not always begin with a simple idea of a single chord, but it is important to note that I always hear harmony first, out of which melodies may or may not evolve. My favorite and easiest approach is to change one note of a chord at a time and see where that takes me, or to start with a harmonic sequence, then decide how long it should be, at what intervals it will repeat.” This can be seen primarily in the sequence she utilized in her piece Chromatic Exploitations.

 

In her piece Pent-Up Love, Pearson fuses pentatonic riffs with inspiration from saxophonist Tracy McMullen’s My Truculent Paradise and suggestions of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, creating an entirely new and energetic contemporary jazz tune filled with technical improvisational skills and quartal harmonies.

 

Sea Journey and So Far Away, written by Chick Corea and Carole King, respectively, are co-titles of Pearson’s 2004 studio release. Inspired at the time by her move back from her home in Trenton NJ to Falmouth ME, Pearson was inspired to revisit and rework these pieces as well as in advance of her next move, “Goin’ Home” again, ultimately back to Newburyport MA. These newest versions are refined live performances, including a compelling bass/piano duo within Pearson’s arrangement of So Far Away.

 

Also revisited was her milestone and probably unique arrangement of Romberg's Softly As In A Morning Sunrise which included 6 reharmonizations for 6 duets, each for different combinations of flute, cello, viola and bass from her 1998 release Alone Independent and Unresolved.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Music reviewer Jim Santella, of Cadence raves "Pearson gives her audience a double barrel of swinging excitement that's married with a love for the lyrical melody"

 

The works on this album contain a wide, stylistic variety of tones and textures showcased through many genres, capturing in all cases the technical and passionate presence of Pearson and her eclectic ensemble

 

GOIN’ HOME: A RETROSPECTIVE is Gay Pearson’s second album release with Big Round Records. Her first album, A SINISTER ENDEAVOR, was released in July of 2015 and can be sampled at www.bigroundrecords.com/catalog/br8941

 

GOIN’ HOME: A RETROSPECTIVE was recorded in front of a live audience in the Unitarian Parish Hall in Gay Pearson’s hometown, Newburyport MA

 

This album features four original compositions by Gay Pearson: C-SAW, Chromatic Exploitations, Positive Vorticity Advection, and Pent-Up Love

 

Gay Pearson is in her 9th year studying advanced improvisation and composition with Vardan Ovsepian and has performed her compositions for the Back Cove Contemporary Composer’s Festival from 2011-2015

 

 

ALSO ON BIG ROUND RECORDS

A Sinister Endeavor

Gay Pearson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRACK LISTING

 

1 C-SAW

piano, flute, cello, bass, drums

 

2 Michelangelo 70

(arr. W. Thomas-Mifune for cello and piano)

piano, flute, cello, bass

 

3 Softly As in a Morning Sunrise

(arr. & reharmonized, Gay Pearson)

synthesizer, flute, tenor saxophone, cello, bass, drums

 

4 Sea Journey

piano, tenor saxophone, bass, drums

 

5 So Far Away

piano, flute, cello, bass, drums

 

6 Chromatic Exploitations

piano, flute, cello, bass

 

7 Piece of Cake

piano, tenor saxophone, bass, drums

 

8 Peacocks

piano, tenor saxophone, bass, drums

 

9 The Song is You

piano, tenor saxophone, bass, drums

 

10 Goin' Home

synthesizer, tenor saxophone, bass, drums

 

11 Positive Vorticity Advection

piano, flute, cello, bass, drums

 

12 Pent-Up Love

piano, tenor saxophone, bass, drums

 

13 Arise

(arr. Anthony McDonald)

piano, flute, cello, bass, drums

 

14 Stickslap

piano, tenor saxophone, bass, drums

 

15 This Will Be My Shining Hour

piano, tenor saxophone, bass, drums

 

 

CREDITS

 

Gay Pearson, piano; Tracy McMullen, tenor saxophone;

John Lockwood, bass; Phil McGowan, drums;

Lea Pearson, flute; Shannon Allen, cello

 

All tracks recorded live October 18, 2015

at Unitarian Church Parish Hall in Newburyport MA

 

Session Producer Gay Pearson

Session Engineer Timothy Phillips

 

Cover Photography Joanne Arnold

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Brandon MacNeil

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Mastering Shaun Michaud, Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Design Ryan Harrison, Brittney Tambeau

Marketing Morgan MacLeod

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: June 10, 2016

Catalog #: BR8946

 

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