Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jason Hainsworth - Third Ward Stories (ORIGIN RECORDS 2016)

Third Ward Stories is a bit of a musical biography for this Houston-bred, thoroughly grounded member of the rich Texas Tenor tradition, his paean to the neighborhood he grew up in and the musical memories embedded in the soil of that 'hood. With stops in New Orleans and New York, and later in Tallahassee and Florida State University where he earned his Masters degree, Hainsworth gathers here some longtime friends from that journey for his second recording as a leader. Along with co-producer, NY trombonist Michael Dease, pianist Glenn Zaleski, drummer Johnathan Blake, Josh Evans on trumpet and Adam Olszewski on bass, Hainsworth explores Wayne Shorter's "Prince of Darkness" and Hoagy Carmichael's classic ballad, "The Nearness of You," along with six original compositions.

1. Groiditude 5:09 
2. I Plead Da Fif 6:59 
3. Jana 4:57 
4. Prince of Darkness 5:54 
5. It's Right There 6:29 
6. The Nearness of You 7:58 
7. Third Ward Stories 6:18 
8. Barack's Blues 6:59 
9. Conversations 9:08

Michael Dease - Trombone 
Josh Evans - Trumpet 
Glenn Zaleski - Piano 
Adam Olszewski - Bass 
Johnathan Blake - Drums

Produced by Michael Dease & Jason Hainsworth 
Recorded by David Stoller at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio (Astoria, NY) 
July 15th, 2015 
Mixed by Fernando Ulibarri at The Hideaway Studios (Miami, FL) 
Mastered by Jim Alfredson at Alfredson Audio (Lansing,MI) 
Photographs by Edison Penafiel 
Cover design & layout by John Bishop