Randy Napoleon

Puppets - The Music of Gregg Hill

OA2 22202

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Napoleon not only swings as hard as his musical heroes but matches them note-for-note when it comes to creative improvising.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ

While staying true to his roots as a guitarist deep in gratitude to Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, Randy Napoleon aspires to find new routes through the music and refine his already fully evolved voice. On Puppets, he teams with the prolific composer Gregg Hill, finding energy in Hill's quirky, out of the box melodies, and arranging them to keep the spirit of the tunes while amplifying Hill's intentions. He joins with longtime compatriots - three of the hardest swinging and creative voices in jazz, Rick Roe, Rodney Whitaker, and Quincy Davis - and features New York vocalist Aubrey Johnson on several Napoleon-penned lyrics. As his former employer Freddie Cole reminded him often, "It's not only how good you play, it's about how you present the music." Napoleon takes the advice to heart, continually swinging while looking to keep his audience surprised and inspired.


Track Listing:

1. Andy's Lament 5:19
2. Fan-O-Gram 5:54
3. The Jazzdiddy Waltz 4:19
4. Lyrica 7:10
5. Moonscape 7:03
6. Puppets 7:28
7. Still Life with Tuba 6:28
8. The Unknown Ballade 6:20
9. Tone Colors 6:40
10. Truck Driver's Blues 3:33
11. Wide River 3:16

Compositions by Gregg Hill
Lyrics by Randy Napoleon (6,8,11), Gregg Hill (10)
Arranged by Randy Napoleon

Performers:

Randy Napoleon - Guitar
Aubrey Johnson - Vocals
Seth Ebersole - Bass clarinet (5,6,7,8), Flute (3,4,5)
Rick Roe - Piano
Rodney Whitaker - Bass
Quincy Davis - Drums
Brandon Rose - bass (2)
Will Crandell - drums (2)

Production Info:

Produced by Gregg Hill & Randy Napoleon
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Corey De Rushia
at Troubadour Recording Studios, Lansing, Mi.
Recorded on June 28-29, 2021
Band member photos by Lynne Brown
Liner Notes by Michael Nastos
Cover design & layout by John Bishop










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