Jorgensen, Marriott and Taylor have a special genius for taking the standard jazz quintet ... and breathing new life into the format.
With a combined 14 albums as leaders, and appearing on dozens more as sidemen, Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen have put a strong stamp on the sound of modern jazz that has come out of Seattle and Origin Records over the last decade. Dialogue, their first release under the group name Human Spirit, features 8 original compositions recorded during a sold-out, two-night run at Tula's Jazz Club in Seattle during the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival. Pushing the direction of the band further forward are special guests and frequent collaborators, pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Essiet Essiet.
1. In Unity (Matt Jorgensen) 6:37
2. Stepford and Son (Mark Taylor) 11:55
3. Reversal of Fortune (Thomas Marriott) 9:13
4. Song for Samuel (Thomas Marriott) 6:54
5. After Hours (Mark Taylor) 10:03
6. Ridgecrest (Matt Jorgensen) 10:22
7. 148 Lexington (Thomas Marriott) 8:08
8. Pelham Gardens (Thomas Marriott) 6:20
Produced by Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen
Recorded live at Tula's Jazz Club during the Earshot Jazz Festival, October 14-15, 2011
Recorded and edited by Don Gunn
Mixed by Vincent LaBelle at BOOM!, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Dan Dean, DDP, Mercer Island, WA
Cover painting, "Song of Los," by Dale Chisman
courtesy of The Estate of Dale Chisman
Band Photography by Jim Levitt and Daniel Sheehan
Cover design and layout by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
The three players who now call themselves Human Spirit - drummer Matt Jorgensen, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and alto saxophonist Mark Taylor - have a very successful track record of recording together. They teamed up on Jorgensen's magnificent Tattooed by Passion (2010) and Another Morning (2008), and on Marriott's strange and splendid Crazy: The ...
Audiophile Audition (Jeff Krow)
****4-Stars Human Spirit continues to shine, this time in a live setting? Human Spirit is a band headed by Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor, and Matt Jorgensen. Jorgensen's previous CD, Tattooed by Passion, was reviewed here in Oct 2011, and was in my top 10 CDs of that year. It was a tribute to his father-in-law, noted painter Dale Chisman. We ...
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