Matthew Parrish recordings

Nirvana 2009

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Paul Wells Drums


Playing Original compositions by pianist David Leonhardt from their three CD series “Jazz For Yoga. Music perfect for yoga/movement/breathing/meditation played by a jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums with vibrant musical landscapes, transporting rhythmic journeys, and compelling melodic adventures that will uplift and energize your soul.
 


1.The Practice Is The Art
2.A Heart Pounding With Joy
3.Patience
4.A Moment
5.Finding The Child Within
6.Passion For Creation
7.Movement And Breath
8.Nirvana

Serenity 2009

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Paul Wells Drums


Playing Original compositions by pianist David Leonhardt from their three CD series “Jazz For Yoga. Music perfect for yoga/movement/breathing/meditation played by a jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums with vibrant musical landscapes, transporting rhythmic journeys, and compelling melodic adventures that will uplift and energize your soul.
 


1.Serenity
2.No Fear No Misery
3.The Vital Breath
4.A Voyage Into Stillness
5.The Creative Mind
6.Minor Emergence
7.Divine Gift Of Creative Fire

Peace 2009

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Paul Wells Drums


Playing Original compositions by pianist David Leonhardt from their three CD series “Jazz For Yoga. Music perfect for yoga/movement/breathing/meditation played by a jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums with vibrant musical landscapes, transporting rhythmic journeys, and compelling melodic adventures that will uplift and energize your soul.
 


1.Peace
2.Inspiration Calls To Me
3.The Mysterious Vibration Of Kindred Tones
4.The Fun Of Playing (Together)
5.The Beauty Of Our Divine Breath
6.Bind Our Selves To Joy
7.Surrender is Fulfillment
8.Faithful To The Moment

Explorations 2008

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Alvester Garnett Drums


An eclectic collection of jazzed up arrangements that showcase the improvisational abilities of Leonhardt and his trio in a creative journey set to songs by James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Elton John, George Harrison as well as Horace Silver, Jerome Kern and a handful of memorable originals by Leonhardt.
 




1.Whispers Of Contentment-Shouts Of Joy
2.While My Guitar Gently Sleeps
3.Your Song
4.Iberian Lament
5.Sunshine Of Your Love
6.Late Night Blues
7.Winter Waltz
8.Fire And Rain
9.Peace
10.The Dawn Over Morocco
11.Yesterdays
12.Explorations
 

View From the Edge 2008

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Paul Wells Drums


An exciting collection of Leonhardt original compositions for jazz trio. Full of flights of improvisation and musical journeys!
 




1.Sultry And Sensual
2.The Falling Snow
3.EZ Piece #2
4.Prelude
5.Dancing Down Staris
6.A Rainy Sunday
7.Why Not Love?
8.Come With Me
9.View From The Edge
10.EZ Piece #3

 

I'll Be Seing You 2006

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Personnel: Regina Carter: violin; Xavier Davis: piano (except 4); Matthew Parrish: bass; Alvester Garnett: drums (except 4,9); Dee Dee Bridgewater: vocals (3,9) Carla Cook: vocals (5,6,11); Paquito D'Rivera: clarinet (1-4,6); Gil Goldstein: accordion (1-3,6,12).



The violinist is in excellent form throughout, soaring with lyrical panache on the swing tunes, grinding away blissfully on the blues numbers, and revealing a tender, dulcet side on the ballads, with a somber take on the titular closing track. Despite the context, the album never drifts into maudlin territory. Simultaneously celebratory and reverent, I'll Be Seeing You is a fitting tribute to Grace Louise Carter.



Track Listing:
1.Anitra's Dance
2.Little Brown Jug
3.Bei Mir Bist Du Schn
4.Sentimental Journey
5.You Took Advantage of Me
6.St. Louis Blues
7.A-Tisket, A-Tasket
8.Blue Rose
9.This Can't Be Love
10.How Ruth Felt
11.There's a Small Hotel
12.I’ll Be Seeing You

 

Triophony 2005

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Darryl Harper, clarinet
Matthew Parrish, bass
Butch Reed, drums




Triphony
Triphony is the outgrowth of a run of performances by The Onus Trio at Ze Mean Bean Café in Baltimore. Within the confines of the cozy restaurant's tiny, railed bandstand, the trio began performing pieces from The Onus Quintet's working repertoire, but eventually developed new material of their own, a collection of new compositions along with a large body of free improvisations. Featuring compositions by Andy Jaffe, Stevie Wonder, and Phillip Braham; originals by Harper; and free improvisations by the trio, Triphony documents The Onus’s exploration from scripted to entirely spontaneous ventures.




Track Listing

1. The Snake
2. Sarabande
3. Courante
4. Jesus, Children of America
5. Limehouse Blues
6. Triphony
7. Dig In
8. Cariocas
9. Doxology
10. Jig
11. Something Inside Me
12. Eve

I'll be Home for Christmas 2005

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David Leonhardt piano
Nancy Redd vocals
Larry McKenna sax
Matthew Parrish bass
Taro Okamoto drums

Christmas music from a jazz point of view. A selecton of holiday melodies played by a burning rhythm section, with soulful sax and vivacious vocals.
 




1.Let It Snow
2.Oh Christmas Tree
3.Winter Wonderland
4.We Three Kings
5.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
6.Jingle Bells
7.Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
8.I'll Be Home For Christmas
9.God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
10.Sleigh Ride
11.It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
12.Frosty The Snowman
13.The Christmas Song
14.Here Comes Santa Claus
15.White Christmas
 

 

nothingman 2004

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Personnel:
Ben Schachter, reeds
Jef Lee Johnson, guitars
Matthew Parrish, bass
Craig McIver, drums





Schachter recasts John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" in a rapid 6/4 tempo that also jumps into, then out of, a few bars of 4/4 in each chorus, and Schachter negotiates the tune's dizzying chord progressions with an explosive tenor solo that grabs the listener from the outset and never lets go. By contrast, Schachter's tenor invests his original ballad "'He So Beautiful': Emmett Wallace" with convincing warmth. On "Everyone's A Genius," Schachter and Johnson intertwine contrapuntally over a swinging rhythm. Two tunes unfold with off-kilter, hip funk beats, and "New Toy" features the leader's fine soprano sax work. The rhythm section is fully together. They are at the service of the music. They go where the music needs to go. With Nothingman , Ben Schachter has produced a top-shelf CD of modern jazz.



Track Listing:
  1. Tribal Delusions,
  2. The Day The Happy Jazz Cried
  3. Moment's Notice
  4. "Think", She Said (Melancholy)
  5. Suddenly Sentient
  6. Everyone's A Genius
  7. "He So Beautiful": Emmett Wallace
  8. Queens Session Blues
  9. New Toy
  10. Nothingman
  11. Aged

 

Y'All Got It 2004

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Darryl Harper, clarinet
Jeff Ray, guitar
Matthew Parrish, bass
Butch Reed, drums
Harry Appelman, organ, piano




Y'All Got It
Y'All Got It pays loving tribute to the late composer Charlie Smalls, whose brainchild, the 1975 Tony Award-winning musical The Wiz, left an indelible mark on Harper when he saw the original Broadway production as child. Adopting the time-honored jazz tradition of borrowing pieces from musical theater, Harper presents sympathetic arrangements of eight tunes from The Wiz. While showcasing the beauty of the familiar melodies, Harper’s arrangements not only nurture nostalgia for the musical, but also present Smalls's compositions as viable and interesting vehicles for jazz improvisation. The album also includes a fitting ballad by noted jazz composer Andy Jaffe.


Track Listing

1. Be a Lion
2. He's the Wizard
3. Soon As I Get Home
4. Slide Some Oil to Me
5. If You Believe in Yourself
6. I Was Born the Day Before Yesterday
7. What Would I Do If I Could Feel?
8. Y'All Got It
9. If I Had a Dream

The Shelly Oliver Tap Dancers DVD

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David Leonhardt-Piano
Matthew Parrish-Bass
Taro Okamoto-Drums


A collection of standards made with the clear intent that it be danceable and fun with a clear and steady beat. Some of the best from the Tap Music For Tap Dancers series.
 




1.Tuxedo Junction
2.It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
3.Young At Heart
4.Our Love Is Here To Stay
5.Night And Day
6.Blues Shuffle
7.What's New
8.They Can't Take That Away From Me
9.I Only Have Eyes For You
10.St. Thomas
11.All Of Me
 
 

Jammin Out 2004

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David Leonhardt-Piano
Matthew Parrish-Bass
Taro Okamoto-Drums

The Tap Dance series. More songs you love to hear. More feels you want to dance to. More tempos that inspire. Swing, latin, jazz. fast and slow. Get this one!
 




1.Summerwind
2.Let's Do It
3.Poincianna
4.LOVE
5.Tenderly
6.St. Thomas
7.Jammin' In 7
8.The Nearness Of You
9.Sunrise
10.Laura
11.A Minor Blues
12.You'd Be So Nice To Come Home to
13.Billie's Bounce
 
 

Metal on Wood 2004

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David Leonhardt-Piano
Matthew Parrish-Bass
Taro Okamoto-Drums

The Tap Dance series. More songs you love to hear. More feels you want to dance to. More tempos that inspire. Swing, latin, jazz. fast and slow. Get this one!
 








1.All Of Me
2.Teach Me Tonight
3.Wave
4.I Want To Be Happy
5.Take Five
6.Emily
7.Slippin' Down
8.Stella By Starlight
9.Shell's Vamp
10.A Foggy Day
11.It Had To Be You
12.Blues For Alice
 
 

The Shelly Oliver Tap Dancers DVD

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David Leonhardt piano
Nancy Redd vocals
Larry McKenna sax
Matthew Parrish bass
Taro Okamoto drums


A collection of standards made with the clear intent that it be danceable and fun with a clear and steady beat. Some of the best from the Tap Music For Tap Dancers series.
 


1.Summerwind
2.Teach Me Tonight
3.Poinciana
4.The Nearness Of You
5.You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
6.Tenderly
7.It Had To Be You
8.Wave
9.Let's Do It
10.I Want To Be Happy
11.Emily
12.Dave's Blues
 
 

Reoccuring Dream 1999

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Darryl Harper, clarinet
Jeff Ray, guitar
Matthew Parrish, bass
Butch Reed, drums
Kyle Koehler, piano







Reoccurring Dream
"Reoccurring Dream" is The Onus Quintet's sophomore release. The recording finds the band, some three years after its inception, exhibiting the sort of vitality and cohesiveness that comes only with time. With the spontaneity and sensitivity of a veteran chamber ensemble, The Onus brings vividly to life a program of original compositions and creatively arranged standards that probe the mysterious, liquid realms of dreams. The album includes original compositions by Tony Haywood, bassist Matthew Parrish, guitarist Jeff Ray, and Harper. Harper also contributes arrangements of Mingus’s “Nostalgia in Time Square”, Cole Porter’s “Night and Day”, and Johnny Mercer’s “Autumn Leaves”.



Track Listing
1. Nostalgia in Times Square
2. Kiss Me Again
3. Reoccurring Dream
4. Night and Day
5. I Wonder
6. Letter To My Brother
7. Falling Leaves
8. Narcolepsy
9. Caliban's Nightmare

Nirvana 2009

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Paul Wells Drums


Playing Original compositions by pianist David Leonhardt from their three CD series “Jazz For Yoga. Music perfect for yoga/movement/breathing/meditation played by a jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums with vibrant musical landscapes, transporting rhythmic journeys, and compelling melodic adventures that will uplift and energize your soul.
 


1.The Practice Is The Art
2.A Heart Pounding With Joy
3.Patience
4.A Moment
5.Finding The Child Within
6.Passion For Creation
7.Movement And Breath
8.Nirvana

Serenity 2009

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Paul Wells Drums


Playing Original compositions by pianist David Leonhardt from their three CD series “Jazz For Yoga. Music perfect for yoga/movement/breathing/meditation played by a jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums with vibrant musical landscapes, transporting rhythmic journeys, and compelling melodic adventures that will uplift and energize your soul.
 


1.Serenity
2.No Fear No Misery
3.The Vital Breath
4.A Voyage Into Stillness
5.The Creative Mind
6.Minor Emergence
7.Divine Gift Of Creative Fire

Peace 2009

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Paul Wells Drums


Playing Original compositions by pianist David Leonhardt from their three CD series “Jazz For Yoga. Music perfect for yoga/movement/breathing/meditation played by a jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums with vibrant musical landscapes, transporting rhythmic journeys, and compelling melodic adventures that will uplift and energize your soul.
 


1.Peace
2.Inspiration Calls To Me
3.The Mysterious Vibration Of Kindred Tones
4.The Fun Of Playing (Together)
5.The Beauty Of Our Divine Breath
6.Bind Our Selves To Joy
7.Surrender is Fulfillment
8.Faithful To The Moment

Explorations 2008

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Alvester Garnett Drums


An eclectic collection of jazzed up arrangements that showcase the improvisational abilities of Leonhardt and his trio in a creative journey set to songs by James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Elton John, George Harrison as well as Horace Silver, Jerome Kern and a handful of memorable originals by Leonhardt.
 




1.Whispers Of Contentment-Shouts Of Joy
2.While My Guitar Gently Sleeps
3.Your Song
4.Iberian Lament
5.Sunshine Of Your Love
6.Late Night Blues
7.Winter Waltz
8.Fire And Rain
9.Peace
10.The Dawn Over Morocco
11.Yesterdays
12.Explorations
 

View From the Edge 2008

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David Leonhardt Piano
Matthew Parrish Bass
Paul Wells Drums


An exciting collection of Leonhardt original compositions for jazz trio. Full of flights of improvisation and musical journeys!
 




1.Sultry And Sensual
2.The Falling Snow
3.EZ Piece #2
4.Prelude
5.Dancing Down Staris
6.A Rainy Sunday
7.Why Not Love?
8.Come With Me
9.View From The Edge
10.EZ Piece #3

 

I'll Be Seing You 2006

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Personnel: Regina Carter: violin; Xavier Davis: piano (except 4); Matthew Parrish: bass; Alvester Garnett: drums (except 4,9); Dee Dee Bridgewater: vocals (3,9) Carla Cook: vocals (5,6,11); Paquito D'Rivera: clarinet (1-4,6); Gil Goldstein: accordion (1-3,6,12).



The violinist is in excellent form throughout, soaring with lyrical panache on the swing tunes, grinding away blissfully on the blues numbers, and revealing a tender, dulcet side on the ballads, with a somber take on the titular closing track. Despite the context, the album never drifts into maudlin territory. Simultaneously celebratory and reverent, I'll Be Seeing You is a fitting tribute to Grace Louise Carter.



Track Listing:
1.Anitra's Dance
2.Little Brown Jug
3.Bei Mir Bist Du Schn
4.Sentimental Journey
5.You Took Advantage of Me
6.St. Louis Blues
7.A-Tisket, A-Tasket
8.Blue Rose
9.This Can't Be Love
10.How Ruth Felt
11.There's a Small Hotel
12.I’ll Be Seeing You

 

Triophony 2005

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Darryl Harper, clarinet
Matthew Parrish, bass
Butch Reed, drums




Triphony
Triphony is the outgrowth of a run of performances by The Onus Trio at Ze Mean Bean Café in Baltimore. Within the confines of the cozy restaurant's tiny, railed bandstand, the trio began performing pieces from The Onus Quintet's working repertoire, but eventually developed new material of their own, a collection of new compositions along with a large body of free improvisations. Featuring compositions by Andy Jaffe, Stevie Wonder, and Phillip Braham; originals by Harper; and free improvisations by the trio, Triphony documents The Onus’s exploration from scripted to entirely spontaneous ventures.




Track Listing

1. The Snake
2. Sarabande
3. Courante
4. Jesus, Children of America
5. Limehouse Blues
6. Triphony
7. Dig In
8. Cariocas
9. Doxology
10. Jig
11. Something Inside Me
12. Eve

I'll be Home for Christmas 2005

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David Leonhardt piano
Nancy Redd vocals
Larry McKenna sax
Matthew Parrish bass
Taro Okamoto drums

Christmas music from a jazz point of view. A selecton of holiday melodies played by a burning rhythm section, with soulful sax and vivacious vocals.
 




1.Let It Snow
2.Oh Christmas Tree
3.Winter Wonderland
4.We Three Kings
5.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
6.Jingle Bells
7.Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
8.I'll Be Home For Christmas
9.God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
10.Sleigh Ride
11.It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
12.Frosty The Snowman
13.The Christmas Song
14.Here Comes Santa Claus
15.White Christmas
 

 

nothingman 2004

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Personnel:
Ben Schachter, reeds
Jef Lee Johnson, guitars
Matthew Parrish, bass
Craig McIver, drums




Schachter recasts John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" in a rapid 6/4 tempo that also jumps into, then out of, a few bars of 4/4 in each chorus, and Schachter negotiates the tune's dizzying chord progressions with an explosive tenor solo that grabs the listener from the outset and never lets go. By contrast, Schachter's tenor invests his original ballad "'He So Beautiful': Emmett Wallace" with convincing warmth. On "Everyone's A Genius," Schachter and Johnson intertwine contrapuntally over a swinging rhythm. Two tunes unfold with off-kilter, hip funk beats, and "New Toy" features the leader's fine soprano sax work. The rhythm section is fully together. They are at the service of the music. They go where the music needs to go. With Nothingman , Ben Schachter has produced a top-shelf CD of modern jazz.



Track Listing:
  1. Tribal Delusions,
  2. The Day The Happy Jazz Cried
  3. Moment's Notice
  4. "Think", She Said (Melancholy)
  5. Suddenly Sentient
  6. Everyone's A Genius
  7. "He So Beautiful": Emmett Wallace
  8. Queens Session Blues
  9. New Toy
  10. Nothingman
  11. Aged

 

Y'All Got It 2004

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Darryl Harper, clarinet
Jeff Ray, guitar
Matthew Parrish, bass
Butch Reed, drums
Harry Appelman, organ, piano




Y'All Got It
Y'All Got It pays loving tribute to the late composer Charlie Smalls, whose brainchild, the 1975 Tony Award-winning musical The Wiz, left an indelible mark on Harper when he saw the original Broadway production as child. Adopting the time-honored jazz tradition of borrowing pieces from musical theater, Harper presents sympathetic arrangements of eight tunes from The Wiz. While showcasing the beauty of the familiar melodies, Harper’s arrangements not only nurture nostalgia for the musical, but also present Smalls's compositions as viable and interesting vehicles for jazz improvisation. The album also includes a fitting ballad by noted jazz composer Andy Jaffe.


Track Listing

1. Be a Lion
2. He's the Wizard
3. Soon As I Get Home
4. Slide Some Oil to Me
5. If You Believe in Yourself
6. I Was Born the Day Before Yesterday
7. What Would I Do If I Could Feel?
8. Y'All Got It
9. If I Had a Dream

The Shelly Oliver Tap Dancers DVD

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David Leonhardt-Piano
Matthew Parrish-Bass
Taro Okamoto-Drums


A collection of standards made with the clear intent that it be danceable and fun with a clear and steady beat. Some of the best from the Tap Music For Tap Dancers series.
 




1.Tuxedo Junction
2.It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
3.Young At Heart
4.Our Love Is Here To Stay
5.Night And Day
6.Blues Shuffle
7.What's New
8.They Can't Take That Away From Me
9.I Only Have Eyes For You
10.St. Thomas
11.All Of Me
 
 

Jammin Out 2004

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David Leonhardt-Piano
Matthew Parrish-Bass
Taro Okamoto-Drums

The Tap Dance series. More songs you love to hear. More feels you want to dance to. More tempos that inspire. Swing, latin, jazz. fast and slow. Get this one!
 




1.Summerwind
2.Let's Do It
3.Poincianna
4.LOVE
5.Tenderly
6.St. Thomas
7.Jammin' In 7
8.The Nearness Of You
9.Sunrise
10.Laura
11.A Minor Blues
12.You'd Be So Nice To Come Home to
13.Billie's Bounce
 
 

Metal on Wood 2004

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David Leonhardt-Piano
Matthew Parrish-Bass
Taro Okamoto-Drums

The Tap Dance series. More songs you love to hear. More feels you want to dance to. More tempos that inspire. Swing, latin, jazz. fast and slow. Get this one!
 








1.All Of Me
2.Teach Me Tonight
3.Wave
4.I Want To Be Happy
5.Take Five
6.Emily
7.Slippin' Down
8.Stella By Starlight
9.Shell's Vamp
10.A Foggy Day
11.It Had To Be You
12.Blues For Alice
 
 

The Shelly Oliver Tap Dancers DVD

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David Leonhardt piano
Nancy Redd vocals
Larry McKenna sax
Matthew Parrish bass
Taro Okamoto drums


A collection of standards made with the clear intent that it be danceable and fun with a clear and steady beat. Some of the best from the Tap Music For Tap Dancers series.
 


1.Summerwind
2.Teach Me Tonight
3.Poinciana
4.The Nearness Of You
5.You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
6.Tenderly
7.It Had To Be You
8.Wave
9.Let's Do It
10.I Want To Be Happy
11.Emily
12.Dave's Blues
 
 

Reoccuring Dream 1999

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Darryl Harper, clarinet
Jeff Ray, guitar
Matthew Parrish, bass
Butch Reed, drums
Kyle Koehler, piano







Reoccurring Dream
"Reoccurring Dream" is The Onus Quintet's sophomore release. The recording finds the band, some three years after its inception, exhibiting the sort of vitality and cohesiveness that comes only with time. With the spontaneity and sensitivity of a veteran chamber ensemble, The Onus brings vividly to life a program of original compositions and creatively arranged standards that probe the mysterious, liquid realms of dreams. The album includes original compositions by Tony Haywood, bassist Matthew Parrish, guitarist Jeff Ray, and Harper. Harper also contributes arrangements of Mingus’s “Nostalgia in Time Square”, Cole Porter’s “Night and Day”, and Johnny Mercer’s “Autumn Leaves”.



Track Listing
1. Nostalgia in Times Square
2. Kiss Me Again
3. Reoccurring Dream
4. Night and Day
5. I Wonder
6. Letter To My Brother
7. Falling Leaves
8. Narcolepsy
9. Caliban's Nightmare