Jay Thomas with the Oliver Groenewald Newnet

I Always Knew

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...as conversant as he is with all the jazz idioms going beyond John Coltrane, Jay Thomas improvises with the joyous élan of his vintage progenitors...I'm brought back to the pure jazz feeling of the jam sessions of my youth.
Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal

Having always found inspiration in the evocative recordings of Gil Evans and Miles Davis, and from the great balladeers - Dexter, Trane, Turrentine, Clifford Brown - veteran Seattle trumpeter/saxophonist Jay Thomas was always on the lookout for the right relationship with an arranger who could properly frame his vision for a recording of richly orchestrated ballads. Meeting the German composer/arranger/trumpeter Oliver Groenewald opened the door to several years of collaboration, culminating in this inspired collection of ten rarely-heard jazz classics and originals, and closing with the time-honored hits, "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Stardust." Performed with the intention, clarity and sustained energy of a master melodist, "I Always Knew" was recorded in one room, with no separation, no headphones, and no overdubs, channeling the works of Thomas' musical mentors while further establishing his own position in the pantheon of essential jazz voices.


Track Listing:

1. Yama 7:31 (Lee Morgan)
2. Ernie's Tune 4:13 (Dexter Gordon)
3. I Always New 4:27 (Oliver Groenewald)
4. Deep Passion 5:42 (Lucky Thompson)
5. Mrs. Goodnight 5:35 (Oliver Groenewald)
6. Ballad For The Very Tired And Very Sad Lotus Eaters 3:36 (Billy Strayhorn)
7. Born To Be Blue 6:07 (Mel Torme)
8. Blue Serge 4:51 (Duke Ellington)
9. October Ballad 5:56 (Chick Corea, arr. Curt Berg)
10. Soultrane 6:49 (Tadd Dameron)
11. You Don't Know What Love Is 4:36 (Gene DePaul)
12. Stardust 3:32 (Hoagy Carmichael)

All music arranged by Oliver Groenewald, except (9), arr. by Curt Berg

Performers:

Brad Allison - Trumpet and flugelhorn
Oliver Groenewald - Trumpet and flugelhorn
Jay Thomas - Trumpet flugelhorn Alto, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Dan Marcus - Trombone and Flugabone
Travis Ranney - Alto and Flute and Clarinet
Pete Galio - Tenor and Flute
Greg Sinabaldi - Baritone Saxophone and Bass Clarinet
Adam Kessler - Drums
Michael Glynn - Bass
John Hansen - Piano

Production Info:

Produced by Oliver Groenewald and Jay Thomas
Recorded by Jakael Tristam at Robert Lang Studios, Seattle, WA
Recorded on Jan 28th and 29th 2018
Mixed & mastered by Christoph Terbuyken, Düsseldorf
Studio photos by Janet Allison
Cover paintings by Becca Duran
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of I Always Knew

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Thomas is a throwback to the extent that he is an admirer of the art of the arranger, he gives Groenwald equal billing and room to do whatever it takes to make the trumpeter look good. An obvious fan of jazz's great instrumental balladeers, this set takes it back to the day in spirit and delivers the goods in unequaled fashion. Real jazz for real ...

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