We See Stars

We See Stars

Jim Olsen

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552210620
Catalog number: OA2 22106
Releasedate: 13-06-14
“My first goal has always been to record original music that interests me and my second goal is to record it with great musicians whom I respect. Composer Jim Olsen has provided both.”
- Dick Oatts
For his most recent release as a leader, composer Jim Olsen decided to forgo his usual big band palette for a smaller, more intimate ensemble. Assembling an all-star nonet of friends, teachers and colleagues, Olsen crafted settings that would showcase these outstanding musicians in some very different musical environments. From the harsh electric landscape of "Dark Sun" to the jaunty swing of "Illogical Conclusion," the band, including trumpeter Bobby Shew, saxophonists Dick Oatts and Lynn Baker, and pianist John Harmon, were given free rein to wander through these soundscapes and add their unique voices to the proceedings. The result is a CD that moves from straight-ahead swing and balladry to Stravinskian rhythmic constructions.