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Jim Gailloreto Jazz String Quintet

The Pythiad

ORIGIN CLASSICAL 33022

“Serenely beautiful...the intricacy, detail and innovation of Gailloreto's writing evoked the sense of a chamber orchestra.”
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune.

Chicago saxophonist Jim Gailloreto's “The Pythiad” is a multi-movement composition written for voice, string quartet, soprano saxophone and string bass, performed by his Jazz String Quintet and featuring jazz vocalist Cheryl Wilson. Blending classical music and modern jazz, Gailloreto interweaves improvisation with skilled post-impressionistic modernist writing through nine movements, each framing the tales of lesser know Greek heroes with contemporary language, metaphors, and slang; their story being transformed for a modern audience. Old myths are mixed with tropes of '80s action cinema, video games, disaster films, as well as the lyricist's perspectives of medicine, athletics, gender and faith. Through story and song, each movement examines human nature and heroism, and all the imperfections underneath the surface.

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TRACKS:

THE PYTHIAD | JIM GAILLORETO, lyrics: COLEMAN GAILLORETO
1. I ORACLE OF DELPHI | 4:14
2. II CAENEUS | 5:41
3. III DEUCALION & PYRRHA | 7:51
4. IV MENOECEUS | 4:24
5. V AUTOLYCUS | 7:29
6. VI ASCLEPIUS | 5:19
7. VII ATALANTA | 4:10
8. VIII PHILEMON AND BAUCIS | 5:41
9. IX DIOSCURI | 6:59
10. RIVER | JONI MITCHELL | 6:37
11. THREE VIEWS OF A SECRET | JACO PASTORIUS | 5:54
12. THE PEACOCKS | JIMMY ROWLES | 5:50

PERFORMERS:

Jim Gailloreto - soprano saxophone
Cheryl Wilson - vocals
Carmen Kassinger - violin
Lisa Fako - violin
Loretta Gillespie - viola
Jill Kaeding - cello
Christian Dillingham - double bass

PRODUCTION:

Produced by Carey Deadman & Tom Matta
Engineered by Jim Massoth at Tone Zone Recording, Chicago, IL
and Crystall Recorders, Lombard, IL
Recorded on August 3,4,11,17, 2016
Mastered by Danny Leake at Urban Guerrilla Engineers, Chicago, IL
Photographs by S. Connell, P. Kirichenko, Li Hui Chen, NemesisINC
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

REVIEWS:

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Take some lesser Greek mythology, mix it with some 50s flavored jazz into classical and you get a modern thing that sounds like it could be equally at home with the art minded or as a diversion for kids almost ala "Peter & the Wolf". Not exactly something you'd expect to be coming out of Chicago, this is a wild and wonderful set that exists in a t...

 

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