Blue Is More Than a Color

by Dave Morgan

Released 2019
Being Time
Released 2019
Being Time
I have long imagined a large jazz ensemble that somehow reconciles the energy of the Mingus band, the finesse of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the grandeur of the Pat Metheny Group, the melodicism of Kenny Wheeler, and the humanity of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. The big challenge is how to balance through-composed formal structures with space for improvisation and spontaneous creativity. Blue Is More Than A Color begins to realize this vision.

Blue Is More Than A Color shines a light on the history of the creative jazz scene in Akron, the current renaissance centered around the Blu Jazz club, and the brilliant young musicians who are choosing to base their lives and careers in Akron and Northeast Ohio. Blue Is More Than A Color was made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. The Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching the city of Akron through the arts.
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Light blue, ice blue, baby blue.
Morning blue, midnight blue.
Mediterranean blue, Persian blue, Delft blue.

Parrish blue, the blue of magic.
Marian blue, the blue of angels.

Bluebells and delphiniums, periwinkles and morning glories.
Blue orchids and cornflowers. . . Les Bluets.

We live within a fugue of blue,
Beneath the infinite, untouchable sky, kissing hypnotic seas.
We embrace blue mountains. We wrestle blue devils.

The Man With the Blue Guitar.
Kind of Blue. The Abstract …
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The Way of the Sly Man

by Dave Morgan

Released 2010
Being Time
Released 2010
Being Time
This brilliant 2010 recording is a musical representation of the Fourth Way principles of the mystic G.I.Gurdjieff. The nine-part suite was made possible by a grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Trust.
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The Way of the Sly Man

The Way of the Fakir
1. The Search (Seekers of the Truth)
2. The Law of Three (Dervish Dance)
The Way of the Monk
3. Bhakti
4. Identifyin’ (Blues for G)
5. Essence
The Way of the Yogi
6. Harmonious Development
7. Karnak (Stop)
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8. Remembering (I Am Here)
9. Esoteric Circle
Composed and arranged by Dave Morgan

Howie Smith – soprano and alto saxophone, clarinet
John Klayman – tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute
Tom …
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Cleveland Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano, arr. Dave Morgan
2011-02-26

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Live at Birdland with the great Joe Lovano!

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Opening track features amazing performances by soprano saxophonist Howie Smith and percussionist Jamey Haddad.

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Exciting improvisation by Dan Wall. . .

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Features the beautiful flugelhorn playing of Jack Schantz. . .

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Available on "Romances for Saxophone and Orchestra" (Centaur Records).
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Live at Birdland, NYC

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Available on the "Dark Wood" CD by the YSU Percussion Ensemble, Glenn Schaft-director.
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Love this alto clarinet playing by Joe Lovano and creative improvisation by Judi Silvano!

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Ritual

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Amulet

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Premiered at Carnegie Hall.
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Features Bob Fraser, Jack Schantz, and Dan Wall

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Essence

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YSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Steve Gage, conductor; Caroline Oltmans, piano; David Morgan, composer/double bass
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May Kay Ferguson, flute. with members of The Cleveland Orchestra. David Morgan, composer
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From Choices, the first CD by the Jazz Unit.  Features Howie Smith, Jack Schantz, Dan Wall, and Bob Fraser. 

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Another cut from the Choices CD.  This piece reflects my love of the music of Kenny Wheeler and my opportunitiy to learn from him at the Banff Center at a pivotal point in my development as a musician. It features great solos by Dan Wall, Jack Schantz, and Chris Karlic.

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From the CD "Season of Change"
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I loved playing with these guys down in Austin, TX!

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This is a recording of one of my tunes from 1990 by JAMAD, an Austin, Texas All-Star configuration that included James Polk, Alex Coke, Martin Banks, Buff Mannion, and Rany Zimmerman, with me on bass. I learned ALOT from each of these guys!
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Great new CD from Russ Schmidt
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Title track of the first Jazz Unit CD.  

Youngstown State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble; Stephen L. Gage, conductor; Glenn Schaft, drum set; David Morgan, composer
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Available on "Romances for Saxophone and Orchestra" (Centaur Records).
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CD available at amazon.com
Adam Frey, euphonium; Paula Pierce, piano; David Morgan, composer
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Symphonic Wind Ensemble; Stephen L. Gage, conductor
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For Robert Fitzer, who believed in every note he played and every word he spoke.
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Blue Is More Than A Color