Archive for October 20th, 2013

Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts – Hang Time

Hang Time (Capri Records, 2013) is a good recruiting tool that also serves as a career launch. Produced by the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, it follows the concept of Fourteen Channels (Capri Records, 2010), a recording featuring some of the Conservatory’s students, divided into two groups.

Group Giz, mentored by trumpeter Greg Gisbert, consists of Kyle Bollacker, bass; Stephen Chen, alto sax; Garrett Bodley, tenor sax; Michael Lenssen, trumpet; Robert Delgardo, drums; Christopher Navarrette, trumpet; Zack Demos, trombone; and Carlos Snaider, guitar. Group Gunn, mentored by pianist Eric Gunnison, is comprised of Molly Sauer, trumpet; Jake Alvarez, guitar; Alejandro Castano, drums; Patrick McDevitt, bass; Danny Meyer, tenor sax; Daryl Gott, alto sax; and Mark Clifford, vibraphone.

Neither group employs a keyboard or piano. Instead, they allow the guitar chords to do the job. “Pop,” performed by Group Gunn, opens the set. Dedicated to Gott’s father, this upbeat piece features Gott and Meyer, with ample contributions by the rest of the ensemble, particularly Clifford.

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