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#2893795 - 12/03/17 02:54 PM A Midwest Moment
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A tune going back some time ago. It's somewhat in the earlier Jarrett kind of style.

It features the great Bob Sheppard on Tenor Sax. It was recorded Pre- Pro Tools at Chick Corea's old Mad Hatter studio live, direct to 2 track. No overdubbing. The piano was Chick's, at the time , Hamburg Steinway D.

A Midwest Moment
https://soundcloud.com/dave-ferris/midwest-moment-ferris-quartet-w-bob-sheppard
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#2893850 - 12/04/17 01:52 AM Re: A Midwest Moment [Re: Dave Ferris]
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Excellent Dave! Awesome composition, performance, and production. I don't recall hearing that side of your playing before -- very cool! It must have been inspiring to play with Bob Sheppard -- he's incredible.

I get the Jarrett reference; more specifically I was reminded of a feeling I get when listening to the European Quartet. Some Steps Ahead (w/Eliane Elias) also reminds of the Keith's European Quartet.
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#2893971 - 12/04/17 05:23 PM Re: A Midwest Moment [Re: Al Quinn]
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Originally Posted By: Al Quinn
Excellent Dave! Awesome composition, performance, and production.


Indeed.
Just finished listening. Best 8 minutes of my day today. thu
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#2893989 - 12/04/17 07:57 PM Re: A Midwest Moment [Re: Al Quinn]
Dave Ferris Offline
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Thanks guys, much appreciated.

Yes Al, Bob might be the overall best musician I have ever had the privilege to play with.

The Trio rehearsed quite a bit along with doing some gigs leading up to the recording. Bob had one short run through maybe a week before. But he certainly didn't take the music home with him. wink

We were all reading in the studio but he was playing the tunes like he wrote them himself. Very special.

I don't think I could have been more happy if even Brecker had played on it. Every note Bob played on the record - from melody interpretation to solos - is a perfect blend of tone, chops, taste, inside/outside playing and total inspiration. Man he is so great.

And yes I sort of had the Jan Gabarek/European Quartet in mind when I wrote this.
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#2894417 - 12/07/17 02:00 AM Re: A Midwest Moment [Re: Dave Ferris]
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Awesome, Dave!!!
Loved listening to this!!
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#2894436 - 12/07/17 04:54 AM Re: A Midwest Moment [Re: JazzPiano88]
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That sounded really nice. Thanks for sharing.

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