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MP3 Craig Buhler - Skykomish

Fresh, energetic, warm, and accessible - "Skykomish" features an all-star 8-piece jazz combo presenting original arrangements of popular hit songs from the past 30 years.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (61:29) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Mainstream Jazz, JAZZ: Contemporary Jazz

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*** Musicians ***
Craig Buhler (clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax)
Lee Thornburg (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Dan Barrett (trombone)
Brian Atkinson (vibes)
Karen Hammack (piano)
Jamie Findley (guitar)
Chris Conner (bass)
Paul Kreibich (drums)

*** What the critics say about Craig Buhler ***

Forrest Dylan Bryant, Jazz Times “a rich, satisfying sound.”

Ken Dryden, All Music Guide “4 out of 5 stars A multi-talented reedman, playing tenor and alto sax plus clarinet. What''s particularly surprising is how to the point each of the pieces is, there are no overly long solos; the musicians solo effectively within brief spotlights and none of the performances is too long, a rarity for a 21st century jazz CD. This independent jazz release easily stands out from the competition and is warmly recommended.

Jon Newey, Jazzwise Magazine A former member of cult surf band HONK, the Seattle-based saxophonist''s quintet''s recording of originals is slightly echoing the old Shearing lounge-bop sound.

Michael Scott Cain, https://www.tradebit.com Pacific Northwest coast sax player Craig Buhler has put together a really nice album here. The format may be standard, but the playing is not; these guys are good, solid pros who know their way around their instruments. unpredictable and rich. Most of the Capistrano Sessions is accessible jazz, but it never degenerates into the "light jazz" that causes so many people to install CD players and satellite radios in their cars so that they can hear the real thing. Capistrano Sessions is the real thing.

David Johnson, Northwest Jazz Profile These selections will delight both the serious jazz aficionado as well as those new to the art form.

Glenn Astarita, Jazzreview Along with his quintet, Buhler doesn’t bombard the listener with technical gymnastics. Sure, these folks can play, but it’s more about the leader’s strong compositions that are designed with finesse and memorable hooks largely engineered with lyrically-rich content. In sum, Buhler shines first and foremost as a composer who zooms in on the notion that sustainable melodies and nicely-coordinated dynamics are sometimes more important than high-impact soloing exhibitions. To that end, good taste and clarity of execution rules the roost here.

John Soltes, Music https://www.tradebit.com Craig Buhler’s Capistrano Sessions is a light jazz feast for the ears. The gentle humming of Buhler’s clarinet and alto sax are met with the wailing of Brian Atkinson’s trumpet to make a beautiful album

D. Oscar Groomes, O''s Place Magazine They are a swinging band that is well integrated with a pleasing spirit. These are soothing songs with lots of character.

Larry Hollis, Cadence Magazine - A versatile quintet...that covers quite a bit of ground...skillfull writing...excellent program of thoughtful Jazz..(1 of my 2) picks of the litter.

Eric W. Saeger, featured in Glide Magazine and Skope Magazine Were Buhler a guitar god he’d be more representative of the David Gilmour school of purposefulness

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz The Capistrano Sessions is a well-conceived project of mainstream jazz with a Left Coast bent. Buhler is a consummate educator and performer who has made this writer’s end-of-the-year list.

Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap Buhler ...leads you on a solid trip. Surrounding himself with unsung MVPs with impressive resumes. Fun stuff jazzbos are sure to like if in the mood for some free and easy jazz that doesn''t take the smooth and easy way out.

Edward Blanco, Ejazz Kudos to Buhler for putting together an exciting and engaging set of music with Capistrano Sessions. Of course one would expect nothing less from the talented Buhler. This is an album that will appeal to the serious jazz audience and aficionados alike.

Tris Imboden, (Drummer for the band "Chicago") Great tunes! Some truly satisfying compositions played really well . It''s been awhile since I have heard a recording that would be labeled "Jazz" that wasn''t overly preoccupied with trying to show off the participants musical muscle. This CD is more about songs and songs played really well. Don''t get me wrong, the playing is masterful, but no one seems bent on "going to the hot dog stand". I love it.

Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz The vibrant mainstream sounds on Capistrano Sessions--leaning toward the West Coast--stay crisp and gregarious. Craig Buhler and company wear their jazz joy on their sleeves.

Jim Hale, Arrange/Vocalist for "Clockwork" This is pure listening pleasure. Craig Buhler has a real ear for fascinating melodies, and the variety of styles shows off his arranging skills, not to mention his mastery of single reeds. This is one of those CDs that, as I play it, I wish I had been in the studio with these guys.

Gary Peterson, Jazzreview I am humbled by Buhler''s Capistrano Sessions and its humbling effect on my false preconceptions. I like it; I even enjoy it. Yes, these are more, I suppose, tone poems, as a lot of decomposing composers used to call them (see M. Python) than full score mind boggling improvisations upon improvisations. So, thank you, Craig Buhler. I''m going to play your CD a lot more than I had (pre?) planned. Maybe I''ll learn something. I know my daughter and all her young jazz musician friends did because of players and teachers like you.

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