Kazzrie Jaxen – piano | Charley Krachy – saxophone | Don Messina – bass | Bill Chattin – drums
All selections were recorded at Kazzrie Jaxen’s studio in Callicoon, NY between October 2009 and July 2011 by Don Messina, using one stereo microphone to DAT.
Special thanks to Bob Rusch, Joseph Squillante, James Farber, and Mary Gorrill. Recorded by Don Messina. Mastered by James Farber. Photography: Joseph Squillante. Design/Layout: Joseph Squillante & Jennifer Sowinski. Produced for Cadence Jazz Records by Bob Rusch
Tracklist: 1. What is this thing called Love? [8:55] 2. My Melancholy Baby [8:24] 3. My Foolish Heart [7:55] 4. You Stepped out of a Dream [3:24] 5. All of Me [8:18] 6. Foolin’ Myself [5:47] 7. Callicoon – The River – The Train (Jaxen/Krachy/Messina/Chattin, Don Messina BMI) [5:09] 8. S’ Wonderful [6:38] 9. All The Things You Are [9:01]
What? You’ve never heard of Kazzrie Jaxen?
Well you have but may not know it. She has been recording since 1979 but back then it was as Liz Gorrill and she did a number of releases on the Jazz Records and New Artists labels over a twenty year period. I know those recordings but I’ve never heard her as she is here. Why someone changes their name is often a many reasoned decision, but it would seem, coincidentally perhaps, that with that change came a new attack or addressing of her music – Viva la change! Here is a pianist with a strong, unequivocal attack, ideas in reserve which at times seemingly overflow themselves.
And Charley Krachy seems inspired in this company, he arguably has never sounded better on recording. And credit to Don Messina and Bill Chattin for the unwavering support they provide. This was not only an unexpected surprise but a damn pleasant one too. This is exciting music. – Bob Rusch
On a Saturday morning in 0ctober 2009
the four of us got together at Kazzrie’s studio in Callicoon, NY to play a jam session. We had a great time that day and decided to get together at least once a month. Don brought his Sony DAT recorder (with one stereo microphone) to every session, so we were able to listen to the music we were improvising at a later date. One of the very first tunes we played together was “Melancholy Baby,” track #2 on this CD.
We’ve continued to session once or twice a month for four years now, and have also begun performing together. This CD represents our first one and a half years of sessioning. The tracks were selected from recordings between October 2009 and July 2011. The sound varies slightly from track to track, capturing the relaxed and spontaneous nature of the sessions. We weren’t thnking about releasing any of this music when we created it. We were just getting together and playing, evolving as a group – both musically and personally – through the art of improvising. — Kazzrie, Charley, Don, and Bill
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