Tracklist: 1. All The Things You Are (Hammerstein/Kern, Universal Polygram ASCAP) [10:34] 2. She’s Funny That Way (R. Whiting-N. Moret, Ross Jungnickel & Co. ASCAP) [9:03] 3. Beacon (Messina-Chattin, BMI) [4:43] 4. All of Me (Simon-Marks, Bourne, Inc. ASCAP) Lester Young’s Solo (Charley), Vocal (Kazzrie) [7:11] 5. When You’re Smiling (Fisher-Goodwin-Shay, EMI Mills Music ASCAP) [7:49] 6. Lennie’s Pennies (Lennie Tristano, Wm. H. Bauer ASCAP) [6:23] 7. It’s You Or No One (Styne/Cahn, Producers Music Publ./RemicicMusic ASCAP) [8:27] 8. What Is This Thing Called Love (c. Porter, Harms Co./Polygram Intl. ASCAP) [10:19]
Recorded live by Don Messina; tracks 1-5, August 26, 2012 at The Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY; track 6, January 19, 2013 at The Cooperage, Honesdale, PA; track 7, December 12, 2009 at Kazzrie’s studio, Callicoon, NY; track 8, March 19, 2011 at Trumpets Jazz Cafe, Montclair, NJ.
Mastering/Graphic Design: Dana Duke, Big Twig Studio Photography: Ted Waddell Liner Notes: Helena Clare Pittman www.kazzriejaxenquartet.com Special thanks to Florence Northcutt at The Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY; Edward Cremo, Pennell Whitney, Doni Hoffman and Kevin Hoffman at The Cooperage, Honesdale, PA; and Kristine Massari and Enrico Granafei at Trumpets Jazz Cafe, Montclair, NJ. ©6 2014 New Artists Records.
Sometimes virtuosic players
merge into the thing they were clearly born for. Charley Krachy’s saxophone — where does such beauty of soul come from? Heaven and Earth meet. Kazzrie Jaxen’s piano — earth-scattering harmony and melody. Ascension into liberation, cutting roads through a wilderness sky. Don Messina’s bass — intense, whispered poetry. The quiet between the notes, like Sufic meditation, which effect it has. Drummer Bill Chattin’s rhythms enter a depth of being — beating like a heart to the pulsing weave of the other three voices.
These musicians assemble and slowly, with the playing of the music, become the mountain top where God and Man dance in sheer, unobstructed heights and distillation of joy. — Helena Clare Pittman
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