Give It All You Got Michael Dease
- 1A Sliver Of Silver05:47
- 2The Next Level05:18
- 3Parker's Fancy04:57
- 4Word To The Wise05:23
- 5Dave's Boogie-Down05:58
- 6Ritmo De Brevard06:08
- 7Lake Toxaway Getaway04:56
- 9Climb The Mountain07:04
- 10Transylvania County Funk Parade06:08
Info for Give It All You Got
Poll-winning trombonist Michael Dease shows us just what it means to "Give It All You Got" on his eighth release for Posi-Tone. All the pieces fit together perfectly as Dease provides remarkable clarity of vision for enlisting the able assistance of Jim Alfredson on organ, Greg Tardy on saxophone, Anthony Stanco on trumpet, Gwendolyn Dease on percussion, and Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums. This remarkable collection of hard hitting performances also features special guest appearances from saxophonist Sharel Cassity and guitarist Randy Napoleon that are seamlessly woven into the mix as the bandleader shines brightly with inspiration across a wide spectrum of styles and sounds! Critical ears and casual listeners will be delighted as Michael Dease continues to entertain and astonish, while walking the talk of his charitable message to "Give It All You Got."
"It’s still somewhat unusual to come across a trombone-led record, which is the first point of attraction here. But the vividness of writing on “A Sliver Of Silver” (dedicated both to Horace and to Randy Brecker) is the perfect intro. “The Next Level” is about rising up through changes, not in a schematic way, but as a personal evolution. Organist Jim Alfredson wrote “Dave’s Boogie-Down,” a nod to David Sanborn, with whom Dease was touring when the bug bit. Best for (almost) last is trumpeter Anthony Stanco’s “Climb The Mountain,” which easily could be adopted as anthem for the still-difficult times ahead: a genuinely uplifting theme. Dease rounds things off with “Transylvania County Funk Parade,” which has just a touch of Jack Walrath about it." (Brian Morton, DownBeat)
Michael Dease, trombone
Anthony Stanco, trumpet, flugelhorn 6
Gregory Tardy, tenor saxophone
Jim Alfredson, organ
Ulysses Owens Jr., drums
Gwendolyn Dease, congas 1, 4, 6, 8, 10; triangle 5, 6
Brooklyn Dease, percussion 6
Luther Allison, drums 3, 9
Sharel Cassity, alto saxophone 5
Randy Napoleon, guitar 8
has emerged as one of the premier jazz trombonists of his generation. He serves as associate professor of jazz trombone at the MSU College of Music.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, the “Deep South,” Dease played the saxophone and trumpet before choosing the trombone. He was a self-taught high school senior, when he moved to New York in 2001 to study at the Juilliard School where he earned his Bachelor and Master degrees.
Dease quickly established his reputation as a soloist and sideman, recording 4 albums as a leader and logging over 100 sessions as a sideman, all before the age of 30. His 4 critically praised releases as a leader include: The Takeover (2005), Clarity (2007), Dease Bones (2008) and Grace (2010). His latest album, Coming Home, to be released on D Clef Records, May 21st, features a stellar lineup of band mates: pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Christian McBride, drumer Ulysses Owens Jr, and saxophonist Steve Wilson, plus a guest appearance by tenor sax man Eric Alexander.
He is a Grammy award-winning trombonist, and has played with many of today’s foremost jazz orchestras, including those led by Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver and Rufus Reid. He has revitalized the trombone’s image on the frontline of quintets and sextets lead by masters musicians like Winard Harper, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Claudio Roditi, The Heath Brothers and Lewis Nash.
Michael learned his craft from trombone legends Wycliffe Gordon and Joseph Alessi. His associations run the entire spectrum of musical genres and include Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Paul Schaffer, CBS Orchestra, Elton John, Neal Diamond, Illinois Jacquet, Slide Hampton, The World Of Trombones, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, WDR Big Band, George Gruntz, Billy Harper, and numerous others.
Dease’s unique blend of curiosity, hard work and optimism has helped him earn worldwide recognition, including awards from ASCAP, The International Trombone Association, Yamaha, Eastern Trombone Workshop, New York Youth Symphony, among others. Dease was recently profiled in Cicily Janus’ book, The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends (Random House).
Michael’s singular teaching talent has resulted in invitations to host master classes and residencies at University of North Texas, Scranton University, University of Iowa, Florida State College, Broward College, and many institutions abroad, and has also been on faculty at Queens College CUNY, The New School and Northeastern University.
Aside from leading his own quartet, quintet and sextet, Dease conducts his own 17-piece big band loaded with young talents like Sharel Cassity and Coleman Hughes, plus heavy hitters Rodney Whitaker, Greg Gisbert and Tom “Bones” Malone.
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