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CD review: ARC Trio & The John Daversa Big Band – Arceology: The Music of Msm Schmidt 2022: Video, CD cover

Jimmy Haslip’s ARC Trio Joins Forces with the John Daversa Big Band. Interpreting the Music of German Composer MSM Schmidt.

Nguyên Lê, Steve Khan, Mike Miller, Oz Noy and Brian Auger among the guest soloists on ARCeology.

For the past several years, former Yellowjackets bassist and prolific producer Jimmy Haslip has enjoyed an ongoing working relationship with the Bremen, Germany-based jazz fusion keyboardist and composer Michael Schmidt (aka MSM Schmidt). While Haslip played on Schmidt’s 2007 album Transit and 2009’s Destination, he ended up co-producing 2012’s Evolution, 2015’s Utopia and 2017’s Life. They take their chemistry to new heights on ARCeology: The Music of MSM Schmidt. This dynamic offering finds Haslip and members of his ARC Trio (keyboardist Scott Kinsey and Hungarian drummer Gergö Borlai) joining forces with the GRAMMY Award-winning John Daversa Big Band on greatly expanded versions of previously recorded Schmidt material, along with two brand new pieces composed by Kinsey and Schmidt. The result is a powerhouse collection of polished, swaggering big band fusion along the lines of the Jaco Pastorius Big Band or The Brecker Brothers’ 2003 collaboration with the WDR Big Band Köln on Some Skunk Funk.

01.Red and Gold (06:55)
02.Swing Your Troubles Away (07:46)
03.Quartet (06:17)
04.Qin Shi (06:08)
05.Si Kitu (09:29)
06.Mirrors (04:41)
07.Clark Kent (06:28)
08.Falling (06:28)

ARC Trio & The John Daversa Big Band - Arceology: The Music of Msm Schmidt  (2022) Hi-Res

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