Rodney Whitaker

Common Ground: The Music of Gregg Hill

Origin 82780

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Famed bassist Rodney Whitaker brings together an all-star unit of generational contemporaries, each a modern master and colleague of long standing, to interpret a sampling of tunes from composer Gregg Hill's pen, compositions that Whitaker found particularly inspiring. With trumpeter Terrell Stafford, saxophonist Tim Warfield, pianist Bruce Barth, and drummer Dana Hall, Whitaker guides the flow with a mammoth sound and harmonic acumen, as his partners apply their individualistic voices to eight tunes that Whitaker describes as "modern bebop and 21st century soul jazz," emphasizing melodic development and the will to swing. For 4 of his pieces, Hill partnered with vocalist Rockelle Fortin, Whitaker's daughter, to write lyrics and add her voice to the ensemble.


Track Listing:

1 Technocats 7:15
2 Common Ground 5:49
3 Tribute 8:19
4 The Ringer 6:50
5 Phoenix 4:35
6 A Cool Breeze Runs Through E. Lansing 4:30
7 Aftershock 11:13
8 Remembrance 6:33

All music composed by Gregg Hill & arranged by Rodney Whitaker
Lyrics by Rockelle Fortin (2,3,5,6)

Performers:

Terell Stafford - trumpet and flugelhorn
Tim Warfield - alto, tenor, soprano saxophones
Bruce Barth - piano
Rodney Whitaker - bass
Dana Hall - drums
Rockelle Fortin - vocals (2,3,5,6)

Production Info:

Produced by Gregg Hill & Rodney Whitaker
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Eric Wojahn
at Solid Sound Recording Co., Ann Arbor, MI
November 25th, 2017
Photography by Lynne Brown
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


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