Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Complete Rebirth of the Cool

In response to last semester’s successful presentation of Miles Davis’ “Birth of the Cool,” the UCONN Jazz Nonet prepared Jeff Presslaff’s “The Complete Rebirth of the Cool,” which attempts to continue what Miles started. Six composers from the Canadian prairies are represented: Jeff Presslaff, Dean McNeill, Ken Gold, Will Bonness, Jon Stevens and Danielle Baert. Each was asked to write something inspired by the original album, but to take into account what has happened in the musical world since 1950, when Miles’ nonet dispersed.

Over the next few days I will post videos of all the pieces performed.  Here are the first two:

Marda Loop, by Jeff Presslaff:

Range Of Motion, by Danielle Baert:

Interestingly enough, Danielle and I were in a jazz quartet together while we were high school students in Winnipeg.  We also played in the University of Manitoba's big band before heading off to Montreal to study at McGill.

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