02 Ironman Blues – But Seriously, Dig Me Man! 6:59
03 The Last Breath Blues – All Alone Now 5:01
04 Code Jesus – New Life! 5:41
05 The Sticks 5:25
06 Homage To Bud Shank 4:44
07 Snakin’ The Grass 6:26
08 Patty’s Bossa 5:05
09 Dis Here 5:59
10 Introduction To A Samba 5:11
11 Poor Butterfly 6:04
12 Song My Lady Sings 5:07
13 The Way You Look Tonight 5:33
14 Bohemia After Dark 5:17
Doc Stewart, alto saxophone;
Dan Higgins, Bill Liston, Rusty Higgins, Greg Huckins, Alex Budman, woodwinds;
Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Jeff Bunnell, Ron Stout, Kye Palmer, Larry Hall: trumpet, Flugelhorn;
Andy Martin, Alex Iles, Scott Kyle, Bill Reichenbach, trombone;
Matt Catingub, piano;
Kevin Axt, acoustic bass, electric bass;
Steve Moretti, drums.
Label: cdbaby/Doc Stewart/Cannonball Jazz [6 41444 14772-4] CD 2014
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
Those who subscribe to the notion that big band music is a dying musical art form, are obviously unaware of Doc Stewart and his star-studded Resuscitation big band that have just given the genre a shot in the arm, a jolt of electricity and some life-saving musical medicine with the amazing Code Blue! An alto saxophonist by passion and pleasure, Stewart is actually an emergency room doctor with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, practicing the trade for the past twenty-four years while seemingly surgically attached to the saxophone. Music was initially Stewart's first calling but the love of playing took second fiddle to his interest in being a physician, yet jazz was never far from his mind nurtured by his interest in collecting and transcribing Julian "Cannonball" Adderley solos which led to his previous recording of Phoenix: A Tribute to Cannonball Adderley (Cannonball Jazz, 2005). A hospital emergency code referring to a patient in cardiopulmonary arrest requiring immediate resuscitative efforts, this Code Blue, is Stewart's prescription for powerful big band orchestrations designed to get one on their feet and swinging! It also has some real life benefits as the project promotes Cardio Cerebral Resuscitation (CCR) which happens to save more lives than the outdated CPR. The doctor's previous history living and playing music in California before his medical days, serves him well here as he reunites with musicians from his youth, all of which just happen to have developed reputations as LA's finest jazz players. Stewart's alto and the nineteen-piece ensemble kickoff the music with a rousing four-part suite entitled "The Code Blue Suite" featuring an array of spectacular solo performances from the doctor, trombonist of note Bill Reichenbach, trumpeters Jeff Bunnell and Wayne Bergeron. Paying tribute to the late great alto saxophonist Bud Shank, Stewart joins in with pianist Matt Catingub on the Tom Kubis tune, "Homage to Bud Shank," one of two gorgeous balladic pieces found on the recording. Two slightly Brazilian flavored scores are "Patty's Bossa," dedicated to his wife and the spicier "Introduction to a Samba." The band takes to old-styled swing on the Catingub-arranged "Poor Butterfly" featuring a heated reed and brass section that helps define this band as muscular in nature. By contrast, "Song My Lady Sings" is another soft ballad where the ensemble is gentle and the doctor is just as tender with his solos. The oft-recorded Jerome Kern standard "The Way You Look Tonight" is one of the outstanding tracks of the album getting one powerful treatment from the band as this Catingub arrangement—featuring the entire orchestra as the main character—may just be one of the best around. The album closes with the dynamic Oscar Pettiford tune "Bohemia after Dark" showcasing solos from trumpeter Ron Stout and versatile drummer Steve Moretti with the entire reeds in support. Check your pulse, because Doc Stewart's Code Blue! is just what the doctor ordered, a powerful performance from an orchestra loaded with talent-rich players delivering the finest in big band jazz. ~ album notes..
Chris "Doc" Stewart, prominent ER Doctor for the Mayo Clinic Hospital, is also a world class technician on the alto saxophone. Having said that, Stewart could well be one of the best jazz saxophonists you will ever hear. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1960, and raised on a farm in Rockford, Stewart was the sixth of nine musical children. Everybody in the family played an instrument. Stewart picked up his lifetime instrument, the alto saxophone, when he was just ten. In eighth grade, his family moved to Anaheim, California just three doors down from his future wife. While in high school, Stewart received jazz and classical awards on both the flute and saxophone. Winning a talent contest at Disneyland at age 16 gave Stewart the opportunity to be a part of the then vibrant music scene at the Magic Kingdom for ten years. During and after high school, Stewart played gigs and performed with many of the local big bands, sharing the stage with Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous, Tom Kubis, and Matt Catingub. Stewart also enjoyed a stent with the Tashiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band. Stewart developed an interest in clarinet which sparked him to transcribe all of Eddie Daniels' solos off his "To Bird with Love LP." As he delved further into transcribing solos his journey took him to the sounds of Cannonball Adderley. Stewart then began the huge project of transcribing all of Cannonball Adderley's solos, hence the beginning of a sincere interest and deep love of Cannonball Adderley. Jazz was a passion for Stewart, but at the age of 23, Stewart hit the proverbial fork in the road and chose the stability of a career in medicine instead of music. Doctor Stewart has enjoyed many successes in his profession now in his twenty-third year at the Mayo Clinic, but his love of music has always been an underlying passion. Doc Stewart's interest and skill in music was maintained by collecting and transcribing Cannonball Adderley solos. Doc committed himself to creating a transcription library of Cannonball solos - a project that is ongoing today with over 500 solos in twelve volumes completed. In addition, he has flawlessly revised the Charlie Parker Omnibook originally by Jamey Aebersold. In 2013, Doc Stewart reconnected with top notch LA musicians of his youth and brought to life a big band he calls "Resuscitation." With this reunion he melds the medical with the music with the Code Blue Suite. This project also promotes Cardio Cerebral Resuscitation (CCR) which is saving more lives than the outdated CPR ever could. Code Blue! is a musical story of birth, death & new life using the big band, hospital sounds, and some burning saxophone to get his point across.
Em 2011 lançou seu segundo disco, “Ao vivo”, gravado em outubro de 2010 na Sala Juvenal Dias – Palácio das Artes, em Belo Horizonte, e depois mixado e masterizado no Estúdio Engenho. André Tavares garantiu um ótimo nível de qualidade técnica do áudio oferecendo ao ouvinte um trabalho realizado com muita dedicação e carinho. Realizado de forma independente, o trabalho foi lançado em julho de 2011 no Savassi Festival 2011. O disco apresenta uma reunião de músicas inéditas de Rodrigo Lana, Leandro César, Alexandre Andrés e Gustavo Amaral, revelando trabalhos de composição individual e processos de criação coletiva. Conta com a participação especial de Ayran Nicodemo. O violinista imprime sua sonoridade nas faixas Ganesha e Balãozinho. Os arranjos privilegiam o grupo, e a pluralidade de cada instrumentista, Bateria, Marimba de Vidro, Piano, Violão, Bandolim, Percussão, Baixo e Flautas criam uma paleta de cores que pintam no tempo uma música de infinitas possibilidades.
Diapasão é um grupo de música instrumental de sonoridade singular. A musicalidade brasileira está fortemente presente e a liberdade criativa de cada um dos músicos componentes gera uma mescla de texturas e cores harmônicas, melódicas e rítmicas, produzindo sensações que vão da euforia à introspecção, da paz serena à caótica agitação. Composto por Alexandre Andrés (Flautas), Rodrigo Lana (Piano), Gustavo Amaral (Baixo e bandolim), Adriano Goyatá (Bateria e Marimba de vidro) e Leandro César (Violão, bandolim e outros) o grupo e se uniu para criar coletivamente uma música instrumental sem rótulos. Com idéias, sentimentos e técnica, seus integrantes produzem uma música contemporânea e autêntica, com arranjos sofisticados e liberdade de improvisação.
O grupo apesar de contar com 5 integrantes na sua formação prepara uma apresentação exclusiva de 4 integrantes para concorrer às possbilidades dos editais de circulação internacional do Música Minas e atuar nas feiras Pontevedra e Buenos Aires, uma vez que entende que sua música tem grande potencial para o mercado internacional.
Suas produções possuem influências que vão desde a música de Villa Lobos a elementos da música de culturas populares, como o Maracatu e Congado, escolas como o minimalismo, a música universal de Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, além da música mineira de ícones como Milton Nascimento e Toninho Horta. A utilização de instrumentos alternativos, construídos pelo integrante Leandro César, aliada aos instrumentos convencionais, traz um novo prisma de possibilidades para a criação da sonoridade do grupo, proporcionando ao ouvinte uma confluência de sensações e surpresas.
De Belo Horizonte - MG, em 2004, gravou seu primeiro álbum em 2005 intitulado Opus I, lançado em 2006 pelo selo carioca Masque Records. Em 2009, Alexandre Andrés foi vencedor do IX Prêmio BDMG Instrumental nas categorias Composição e Melhor Arranjo, acompanhado pelo grupo. Em 2010 gravou o EP Fogo no Balão, lançado e disponibilizado no site ww.grupodiapasao.com.br. O grupo já se apresentou em importantes palcos da música instrumental, como Jazz a La Calle – Uruguay, Mostra de Música Instrumental com Benjamim Taubkin, Savassi Jazz Festival - MG, Festa da Música - MG, Sesc Instrumental - SP, dentre outros.
Rodrigo Lana - Piano
Leandro César - VIolão, Bandolim e plásticas sonoras