The Dave Mullen Ensemble ‘Solace’ brings together renowned jazz personalities in a bold and timeless new version
Mullen brings together a group of his masterful peers: pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Hans Glawischnig, drummer EJ Strickland and, as special guest, trumpeter Jim Seeley.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Saxophonist / composer Dave Mullen offers a welcome dose of solace to a world in dire need of his invigorating new album. Far from the somber elegy that the title might imply, Mullen finds solace in the inspiring voices of some of jazz’s most iconic figures, and in the exhilarating musicality of a group of his masterful peers: pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Hans Glawischnig, drummer EJ Strickland and, in two special appearances, trumpeter Jim Seeley. The album was also mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer-engineer Jeff Jones, a regular contributor to the Jazz at Lincoln Center who has worked with Wynton Marsalis and Dr. John.
The core quartet of brilliant musicians was specially summoned for this date, although Mullen (Roy Ayers, Vic Juris) and Cowherd (Brian Blade, Cassandra Wilson) share an almost 30-year friendship. Another long-standing friendship with Glawischnig (Chick Corea, Ray Barretto) made him an obvious choice to hold the chair low. On Cowherd’s recommendation, Mullen then contacted Strickland (Ravi Coltrane, Russell Malone), and the suit clicked. Seeley (Chico and Arturo O’Farrill), another old friend, was an integral addition to the album’s opening pair of tracks. “When we got together and played it was like magic,” Mullen recalls.
Mullen dedicates some of these tracks to legends like Ellington, Coltrane and Monk, and his own vision certainly parallels these names as he navigates through some top notch jazz we won’t soon forget. “
-Tom Haugen Take Effect Reviews
“This record is running at full speed. With a quintet of instrumentalists at the peak of their art, the music played here carries everything in its path.”
-Yves Dorison Culture Jazz
“A solid breath that goes all the way.”
“He paid attention to a wide range of records from the greatest saxophonists, learned the lessons without regurgitating them. “
-Chris Spector Midwest Record
David Mullen on tenor and soprano saxophones also comes from the schools of phrasing and rhythmic pulsation David Sanborn and Gato Barbieri, and he has a melodic sensitivity comparable to that of Stan Getz as a young musician. “
-Thom Jurek All Music Guide (AMG)
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