Title - Unstructured Time for Jazz Septet
Artist - Amos Gillespie
For those unaware, Unstructured Time for Jazz Septet (releasing February 4th, 2022) is an original work about finding introspective peace in a loud world.
It was started in 2019 and after quite a few delays, including pandemic delays, finally finished in 2020, receiving its premiere on April 29th, 2021 at the Fulton Street Collective in Chicago.
The album features leader Amos Gillespie (alto sax) along with Alexandra Olsavsky (voice), Andy Schlinder (tenor sax), Gustavo Cortinas (drums), Paul Bedal (piano), Casey Nielsen (guitar) and Dan Thatcher on bass.
1. Shades of Red (10:45)
2. Deconstructed (4:34)
3. Like a Blossom (5:00)
4. Nothing Changes (6:16)
5. Tangerine Road (4:50)
6. Sleepless (4:06)
7. Fewer Words (2:57)
8. Silence is Your Own (3:16)
9. Juiced (4:11)
This bountifully vibrant new album opens on the upbeat fanfare of the project, the ten minute opus Shades of Red and the beautifully, strongly sung (by Alexandra Olsavsky) Deconstructed and backs those up seamlessly with the delicate offering of Like a Blossom and the gentle, foot-tapping melodies of Nothing Changes.
Next up is the more forthright, highly charged Tangerine Road and then we get Olsavsky’s vocals alighting on the gentle hipsway of Sleepless with the album, the light-hearted Fewer Words, and with the album rounding out on the ornate, yet sculptured beauty of her-sung Silence is Your Own, it finally closes (albeit all too soon) on the excitement of Juiced.
All tracks are written and arranged by Amos Gillespie @ 2021
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tyler Rice at Transient Studios in Chicago.
Cover photo, by Amos Gillespie, features Connect Origins to Destinations (2009), from the Mile of Murals project curated by Rogers Park business alliance.
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