With a tone that's lithe and lustrous, Kristen Strom embodies her musical philosophy in every note she plays.
John Shifflett (1955 - 2017) was a beloved bassist, well-known as THE sideman in many of the San Francisco Bay Area's foremost ensembles and for traveling jazz dignitaries. Kept more as a guarded secret was his compositional skills and library of compelling and varied pieces of music. Saxophonist Kristen Strom, guitarist Scott Sorkin and drummer Jason Lewis played with John in their quartet and on countless other projects over the last 25 years. For this deeply heartfelt tribute to their friend, Kristen, Scott and Jason have arranged a collection of his compositions and brought together some of his esteemed Bay Area colleagues to perform, record, and celebrate his music. Without a doubt, a labor of love, and a testament to a life well lived in service to music, the creative process, and friends.
1 Moving Day (arr. Strom/Sorkin/Lewis) 6:47
2 Mt. Hamilton (arr. Kristen Strom) 5:13
3 Her Garden (arr. Strom/Sorkin/Lewis) 7:41
4 The Vikings (arr. Strom/Sorkin/Lewis) 8:31
5 Quantum Theory (arr. Lewis/Strom/Sorkin) 7:14
6 Down to the Sea in Ships (arr. Kristen Strom) 8:13
7 Iowa (arr. Scott Sorkin) 7:51
8 Franklin's Men/Northwest Passage (arr.Strom/Sorkin) 2:07
All compositions by John Shifflett (Comewego Music, BMI) except for Franklin's Men/Northwest Passage, by Stanley A. Rogers (Fogarty's Cove and Cole Harbour Music)
Kristen Strom - soprano, alto and tenor sax, flutes, clarinets
Scott Sorkin - guitars
Ken Okada - bass
Jason Lewis - drums, percussion, vibraphone
Dahveed Behroozi - piano (3
Aaron Lington - bari sax, bass clarinet (2, 7)
Jeff Lewis - trumpet (2) flugelhorn (2), cornet (8)
John Worley - trumpet (2) flugelhorn (7), cornet (8)
John Gove - trombone (2, 5, 7, 8)
John R. Burr - piano (2, 8)
Rick Vandivier - guitar (2)
Dan Robbins - bass (2)
Produced by Kristen Strom/Scott Sorkin
Recorded by Dan Feiszli at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
Mar 22 - 23, 2018
Mixed by Scott Sorkin at Marketsound Studio
Mastered by Rainer Gembalczyk at Sienna Digital
Photographs by Walter Wagner
Cover design and layout by John Bishop
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WTJU (Dave Rogers)
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