MP3 Pfelton Sutton - In Pursuit
In Pursuit is a tribute to all the famous composers of Jazz. It bridges the gap between be-bop and straight ahead jazz. In keeping jazz alive it speaks from the depths of jazz from the Wayne Shorter years with the Jazz Messengers to Wynton Marsalias.
11 MP3 Songs in this album (59:57) !
Related styles: Jazz: Neo-Bop, Jazz: Jazz Vocals, Featuring Drums
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In Pursuit is the debut album of the phenomenal jazz drummer Pfelton Sutton. With a sound rooted in tradition but swinging with a contemporary vibe, Mr. Sutton created an album that is timeless and memorable.
Six of the nine tracks are written, produced and composed by Mr. Sutton, who plays drums throughout all the songs. The Pfelton Sutton Quintet is comprised of Pfelton Sutton on drums, Mark Wright on trumpet, Marcus Shelby on bass, Bob Kenmotsu on tenor sax and Vernon bush on vocals. Special guests include David Frasier on percussion on tracks 7, 8, and 9, and Graham Bruce on trumpet on tracks 1 and 9. Track 3 is composed by Mark Wright. Track 5 is composed by Phillip Van Endert. Track 6 is composed by Henri Mancini.
Track 1 — Distant Places: Inspired by esteemed trumpet player Nicholas Payton, the freestyle opening in the first few bars transitions smoothly into a modern swinging tune that transcends time.
Track 2 — In Pursuit: The title track had its origins as a melody. Mr. Sutton sat at his dining room table captured by the opening phrases playing across his thoughts. Soon, that inspiration transformed into a song which incorporates a Latin section that gives a great divide in the harmony.
Track 3 – Blue Juice: Written by the talented Mark Wright. Blue juice is the name of a BRAND of valve oil for trumpets. So it was a play on words blue juice literally for the name of the valve oil. Blue for the feel of the tune and Juice for how we got down as in drinking the juice. Hence Blue Juice!!
Track 4 — I’ll Be There For You: A flurry of notes on a cloudy San Francisco day set the mood for this song performed by Vernon Bush. The lyrics are the expression of a spirit inspired in the midst of tempestuousness.
Track 5 — Winter Street: Mr. Sutton had wanted to play this swinging tune from the first time he’d heard it. The Philip Van Endert original was being specifically performed for GRP records sometime back in 1992. Its catchy first line represents the soul of hard post-bop. There are two versions of this tune released. One version really swings at a slower tempo while the title track is set at a faster tempo.
Track 6 – Emily: Written by Henri Mancini was a tune that debuted in the 1960s for the film score on The Americanization of Emily. An American soldier’s talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission. When Mr. Sutton first heard the waltz he thoroughly enjoyed the dainty melody that was beating a three beat waltz. His idea to start the tenor saxophone in the opening gave depth to the melody right away, we add the trumpet a few measures later, who joins in harmony.
Track 7 – One: When deciding on composing all straight ahead jazz pieces, Mr. Sutton decided to include something with a smooth contemporary feel. He eventually felt the song needed a funk beat and asked Marcus to play a groove over it, which gives the song more of a back beat feel.
Track 8 – ESPS: The song takes its inspiration from a love of composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter and his stellar music. A syncopated opening transitions and reaches it’s climax after which the track levels down into swinging improvisation. Note the trumpet solo followed by a swingin’ bass solo.
Track 9 – Spree: The final track was written with respect to former NBA professional basketball player Latrell Sprewell. It’s a musical response to all of the media attention focusing on Spreewell’s antics off the court. The tune is written in 6/8 and settles in to a sweet Latin feel. The addition of another trumpet and percussion gives the song a life of its own. Check out the solo section pitting two trumpets against one another as the song explodes into a cacophony of sound.
In Pursuit is a labor of love, introducing Pfelton Sutton as a dynamic and significant voice in the world of jazz and composition. Every track will grab your attention and transport you to a new location; a place where Pfelton Sutton swings and the audience swings right along with him.