ART/JAZZ 8 SoNgs BAsED oN 8 aRt wOrKs Recorded in 1994 A CD with an 8 page Art Booklet. This unique all acoustic jazz CD features 67:30 of modern music based on artwork and includes an eight page art booklet. The music is based on these different art works Franz Kline, "Orange Outline", Hans Hofmann, "Scintillating Blue", Leonard Baskin, "The Old Artist", Frank Stella, "Raqqu II", R. Ziesk, "Syphoned and Jonesing", Alfred Maurer, "Abstract Heads", Romare Bearden, "Carolina Shout", and Stuart Davis, "For Internal Use Only". These paintings and sculpture are in museums and private collections in the southeast including the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Hunter Art Museum and The Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The CD art booklet is 8 pages with a color print of each artwork on it's own page. Artist quotes are included. The music was recorded direct to two track with no edits. The recording quality and musicianship are at a very high level. This music and concept are an attempt at an avant-garde. The music is Matt Kendrick Jazz. He takes the Jazz continuum and reflects it through his own prism. The art is primary in the direction of each piece. A brave and bold attempt at an avant-garde concept; not the stylistic implications that exist on this very misused word in Jazz. MUSICIANS... Matt Kendrick/double bass composed all the music and has appeared recently with JoAnne Brackeen and Marian McPartland. He is the 1st two time winner of the NC Jazz Composers Fellowship & has produced 5 CDs of 40+ original songs which have received a lot of critical acclaim and radio charting airplay. Hugh Petersen/drums has played and recorded with Jaco Pastorius, Archie Shepp, Chico Freeman, Mary Lou Williams and more. He is a great drummer that seeks the avant-garde in the trees, the wind, the sky...... Al Neese/trumpet the sage, the groit, the omen seeker. Used to hangout at the Cedar Tavern in NY in the 50s. Saw Franz Kline, knew Charlie Parker and played with Jackie McLean & Dannie Richmond. Steve Blake/saxophone has been a member of the M.K.U. for better than 8 years. He is on 4 of the 5 cds put out by the group. Steve owns his own digital studio Wolftone. He is also a Berklee Music graduate. What is ART/JAZZ? This is a project that has been in the making since 1990. Matt Kendrick was invited by the Reynolda House Museum of American Art to include a piece of music based on the Stuart Davis painting, "For Internal Use Only" in a performance his group was doing there. On the success of this concert, Kendrick was asked by the North Carolina Museum of Art to compose a complete concert of music based on paintings in their gallery. This resulted in seven more pieces. Soon other museums and galleries commissioned Matt to compose Art/Jazz. He has a total of 20 pieces at this point. The CD includes 8 of these pieces along with an 8 page art booklet. The music was created using this process; Kendrick would go tour the gallery and pick out paintings he could "hear." Supplied with slides of the art, he would go home and improvise with the works until a musical character became clear for each one. Then he would write the piece and teach it to the band. When Art/Jazz was recorded each member of the group had their own print of each art work to look at while they performed. Art/Jazz is performed live with slides of each art work projected for the audience to view while the corresponding music is played. Artist quotes are read to the audience also. You can experience this concert event with the Art/Jazz CD and booklet. TECH HEADS:: Matt Kendrick's new album, ART/JAZZ, was recorded direct-to-two track in Reflection Studio "A". From the beginning this project was intended to have a natural presentation of acoustic timbres (using no instrument pick-ups) in a believable sound field with only moderate use of artificial reverberation. The listener can determine the success of this effort, but at the artist's request I am including some notes on the tools employed to make this recording. Reflection Studio is a fairly large room with 18 foot ceilings,oak flooring and a wall at the back which is entirely composed of semi-cylindrical diffusers, also of oak. The side walls are draped with velvet theater curtains, and the drum kit was positioned centrally in the room, facing to the back. The sound field was oriented from the drummers perspective. Matt Kendrick's recently rebuilt bass was recorded in isolation using one of the new AKG C-12 reissues into a Manley mic amplifier, Tube-Tech optical compressor, and Tube-Tech equalizer. For bowed parts, two additional C-414TL mics were employed. In the studio, two Sony C-48 mics were placed for ambient pick up of the sax, trumpet and drums as they reflected from the diffusers. The sax was miced with an AKG "Tube" with gain from a Manley mic amplifier, and a Neumann U-67 was positioned for the trumpet. Support micing for the Roto-Magnetic horn was an Electro-Voice 644 "Sound Spot" further processed through a URIE Cooper Time Cube (pneumatic delay line). Drum kit micing included Neumann TLM-170's overhead (Blumlein), a Neumann U-47fet on the bass drum, Sennheiser MD-421's on the toms, Neumann KM-86 on the hi-hat, and an AKG C-452 on the snare. Mixing and most of the equalization was accomplished through the 60 channel Neve V series console and onto a Sony PCM-7010 digital recorder. Mark Williams: Chief engineer.