Saturday, December 16, 2017

USA; Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge Four Grammy Nominations

Epic Musical Journey
Lands Four Grammy Nominations

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge:
“Whispers on the Wind”

* Best Large Jazz Ensemble
* Best Improvised Jazz Solo – Sara Caswell on “Can’t Remember Why”
* Best Instrumental Composition for “Warped Cowboy”
* Best Arrangement, Instrumental for “All Hat, No Saddle”
Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge Whispers on the Wind (MAMA 1054)
with Randy Brecker, Gregoire Maret and Sara Caswell
Conceived by the composer as a single entity – a suite of 7 pieces linked by a somewhat ethereal vision and examination of the American tradition & lifestyle –
Brilliantly performed!
"..Reality on a sizzling hot silver platter.”
- Carol Banks Weber,

“...creative, adventure communing with a primal and mysterious America.”
 - Jeff Simon, Buffalo News 

“ impressive melding of Montana and 52nd St.”
- George Harris, JazzWeekly

“...episodic, dramatic, and picturesque...”
- Scott Yanow, NY City Jazz Record 


“...three nominations for Owen himself...and another went to violinist Sara Caswell in the category of Best Improvised Jazz Solo. In addition to his nod for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Owen was also nominated for Best Instrumental Composition (“Warped Cowboy”) and Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella (“All Hat, No Saddle”)…

...Whispers on the Wind is a complex work…that blends big-band jazz and more traditional roots and folk instrumentation — acoustic guitar, dobro, harmonica, hammer dulcimer…influenced in part by the works of writers like Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry…

…Owen was twice nominated in 2014 for compositions from his album River Runs. Before that, a song from his 2009 album The Comet's Tail received a nomination…”          

-Jay CridlinTampa Bay Times


"So when will this big band ace win the Grammy already?”

-Chris Spector, Midwest Record Reviews 


Check out the mastered-for-iTunes version
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