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Five and More (2013), has garnered acclaim from reviewers, and gotten wide airplay in the US and abroad. FivePlay’s third CD has special guests broadening the sonic palette, including a clarinet quartet, Ted Wolff’s passionate vibraphone playing, a trombone section, and Frank Phipps’ lyrical bass trumpet. Here’s a three-minute sampler. Order or download the CD here.
Five of Hearts is the second CD (2011) by FivePlay Jazz Quintet, featuring all original music by Laura Klein and guitarist/co-bandleader Tony Corman. This music is listenable, melodic, modern jazz to nourish mind and heart.The tunes range from forays into samba, tango and gospel, to an Ellingtonian ballad and a wild Balkan ride. To listen to clips, read liner notes and purchase the CD, go to CDBaby
Cerulean Blue | The Laura Klein/Ted Wolff duo, released in 2009. Initially inspired by the Gary Burton/Chick Corea collaborations, the duo has developed an exciting, lyrical and highly interactive style of their own. The gorgeous, unique sound of vibes and piano has been described as “ear candy” and this recording is rich with sonic beauty. There are originals by Laura Klein and Ted Wolff, a hard driving rendition of Kenny Barron’s “Voyage”, a beautiful performance of J.J. Johnson’s “Lament”, a gospelly version of Wayne Shorter’s “Aung San Suu Kyi”, and more.
Go to CDBaby to order a copy. Listen to MP3 samples:
Cerulean Blue — L. Klein
Grain of Sand — L. Klein
Peau Douce — S. Swallow
FivePlay | Reunites the Triceratops composing team of Laura Klein, Tony Corman, and Dave Tidball , backed by the stellar rhythm section of drummer Alan Hall and bassist Paul Smith. The quintet plays original jazz, from lyrical to funky, modern dissonances to straight ahead swing. It’s rooted in the best jazz traditions while drawing on modern harmonies, rhythms, and tone colors, with lots of exciting interplay among the musicians. To hear clips and order the first CD (released in 2010 on Auraline Records), go to CDBaby. To read more about the band, go to the FivePlay web site.
Triceratops | was a three-horned band that performed all original music by Laura Klein, Tony Corman, and Dave Tidball. Many of the Bay Area’s finest musicians came through the band during those years; the lineup on the CD is: Tony on saxes and flutes, Dave on saxes and clarinets, Dave Eshelman, trombone, Dan Seamans, bass, Alan Hall, drums. The group appeared at the Cotati Jazz Festival, KCSM’s Jazz on the Hill Festival, Yoshi’s, Stanford Jazz, Pacifica Performances, Kimball’s, Kuumbwa, and SF Performances. They were featured on Bud Spangler’s “Sunday Night Suites” series on KCSM-FM, got national airplay and numerous good reviews. “Backed by a champion rhythm team — Laura Klein (piano), Alan Hall (drums) and Dan Seamans (bass) — the three-horn front line invades ten better-than-Messenger-like originals, providing captivating moments for listeners.” — JazzTimes. To order a copy email me. Check out MP3 clips below:
Lost and Found — L. Klein
Sun Day — L. Klein
Beehive — L. Klein
Day In, Day Out | This is Jenny Ferris’ second recording, featuring fresh and varied treatments of lyricist Johnny Mercer’s most beloved material, with composers Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, and Henry Mancini. Jenny is accompanied on this CD by guitarist/arranger Tony Corman, Rich Lesnik on sax and flute, bassist Carol DeArment, drummers Tom Hassett and Bryan Bowman, and Laura Klein on piano and contributing some arrangements. Available at CDBaby. Some MP3 samples here:
I Remember You — Mercer/Schertzinger
Laura — Mercer/Raksin
Too Marvelous for Words — Mercer/ Whiting
To contact Laura Klein about bookings, obtaining CDs, or to get on an email list for future appearances, email her.