Steve Owen

Stand Up Eight

OA2 22100

“...it's a work of pure beauty -- stunningly honest art performed at the highest level.”
Tim Willcox

For his debut recording, acclaimed composer and arranger Steve Owen assembled a gifted group of friends from around the country to bring nine of his masterful works for large jazz ensemble to life. Drawing on the unique voice and ability of each player to frame distinctive musical portraits, he strived for each piece to have a style and voice of its own. From the orchestral opening passages of the recording, to the funky agitation that is "State of the Union," or the swinging take on Cole Porter's "Everything I Love," Owen's wide-ranging musical interests and unique talents are on full display, as is the musicianship and creativity of his band which includes, among many others, trumpeter Clay Jenkins, saxophonist Todd DelGiudice, trombonists Dave Glenn & Dan Gailey, and drummer Jim White.

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TRACKS:

1 FALL DOWN SEVEN, STAND UP EIGHT 11:37
2 AS OF NOW 5:37
3 A DELICATE BALANCE 8:27
4 STILL 9:42
5 ONE VOICE 8:28
6 EVERYTHING I LOVE 8:46
7 STATE OF THE UNION 7:27
8 KID A 7:11
9 FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS 7:35

PRODUCTION:

Produced by Steve Owen
Recorded and Mixed by Greg Heimbecker
at UNC Recording Studio, Greeley, CO
December 3rd - 5th, 2011
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

PERFORMERS:

STEVE OWEN - composer, arranger
DAN GAILEY - conductor

SAXOPHONES:
TODD DelGIUDICE - alto & soprano,
clarinet, bass clarinet
JOHN GUNTHER - alto, soprano, flute
DON ALIQUO - tenor, clarinet
PETER SOMMER - tenor, clarinet
WIL SWINDLER - bari, bass clarinet
TRUMPET AND FLUGELHORN:
JOHN DAVIS
JOHN ADLER
CLAY JENKINS
BRIAN McWHORTER

NAT WICKHAM - TROMBONE
PAUL McKEE - TROMBONE
DAVE GLENN - TROMBONE
GARY MAYNE - bass trom., tuba
RHYTHM:
STEVE KOVALCHECK - guitar
DANA LANDRY - piano
ERIK APPLEGATE - bass
JIM WHITE - drums & percussion
BRAD DUTZ - percussion, marimba

REVIEWS:

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Who likes Bill Holman? Owen has an interesting concept here. The crack arranger also has a day job as an educator. He brought together his other jazzbo pals, who are also educators, to show that there's no dust on them even as they spend more time at the podium than the bandstand. A solidly fine work of sitting down jazz that manages to be musically advanced without losing you along the way. Putting his all into this effort, all that's missing is Holman's personal seal of approval on these ...
emusic Review (Dave Sumner)
A hell of an impression for his debut album. Conductor and arranger Steve Owen brings together an 18-piece ensemble for an astounding display of orchestral jazz. Moments that absolutely soar and others that jitter invitingly closer to earth. The kind of beauty and power that can uplift a listener's heart at the same time it's punching a hole through it. Just one strong moment after the next, though it's the arrangements of introductions for each song where Owen really shines. Outstanding. ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (Tim Willcox)
Composer/Arranger/Saxophonist Steve Owen is one of the Pacific NW's best kept secrets. Having spent the greater part of his career as the director of Jazz Studies at the University of Oregon, opportunities to hear his work are few and far between for those of us living outside the Eugene area. I've always been enamored with his large ensemble pieces. So when I received a copy of his debut album, "Stand Up Eight," I was enthralled. I could hardly wait to put the disc on the stereo, which I did wi...
Bird is the Worm (Dave Sumner)
A hell of an impression for his debut album. On Stand Up Eight, conductor and arranger Steve Owen brings together an 18-piece ensemble for an astounding display of orchestral jazz. Moments that absolutely soar and others that jitter invitingly closer to earth. The kind of beauty and power that can uplift a listener's heart at the same time it's punching a hole through it. Just one strong moment after the next. And this is a big band album, in both mind and body. That potent mix of wild eu...
Outside-Inside-Out (Chris Robinson)
Owen, who directs the jazz studies program at the University of Oregon, is one of the top contemporary big band writers and arrangers going. If you're not familiar with his work, then listen to Stand Up Eight, which is easily one of the best big band albums of the last couple years. In addition to the excellent writing and ensemble playing, it features a number of outstanding soloists. Trumpeter Clay Jenkins' playing is a standout on the haunting and dark "Still." Alto saxophonist Todd DelG...

 

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