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DON GLANDEN: "Sudden Life" (EAR-1019)

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Pianist/composer Don Glanden's debut CD was number 4 on WRTI's Top 20 New Releases for August 1994, and features his intricate piano work in a program of mostly original music showcasing the exemplary tenor saxophone of Philadelphia legend Larry McKenna, with Kevin MacConnell (bass) and Jim Miller (drums). "I found him to be an extremely gifted pianist and composer. He is creative, adventurous, and at the same time has a firm understanding of the roots of jazz." ( - Kenny Barron).

"April Showers" / "Sudden Life" / "Autumn in New York" / "Paul From Bear" / "A Waltz For Brad" / "Remembrance" / "Now and Then" / "Since We Met" / "One's a Crowd" / "April Showers (Postlude)"

What the critics say:

"...a stunning solo piano version of 'Autumn In New York,' the chords of which are almost entirely reharmonized. On other tunes, Glanden combines imaginative chordings with virtuoso melody-line runs. Saxophonist McKenna has a big, meaty sound and a graceful way of alternately gliding over the changes and digging into them...On several numbers he recalls Stan Getz...Drummer Jim Miller kicks things along aggressively on up numbers like 'Now and Then' and settles back to a tastefully understated supporting role on the mellower things that predominate in this album. In fact taste...is the hallmark of this recording."
- Jazz Now

"Pianist Don Glanden brings warmth and richness with him to the instrument...brims with beautiful moments..."
- JazzTimes

"Glanden is a Philadelphia-based pianist dripping with talent...it's clear that he has his own voice and approach to form and space."
- Cadence

"...His compositions are singular as well, being quite extraordinary in their sensitivity. I could never express how much he's expanded my musical horizons."
- Bruce Klauber, author and jazz historian

"...he swings like crazy...and when Don gets emotional, how he can sing."
- Jazz Improv

"Glanden's use of dissonance overwhelms and captivates."
- Victory Music Review

"Composer/pianist Don Glanden takes more of a straight-ahead approach to jazz, and his CD 'Sudden Life' illustrates his breadth of talent."
- The Westsider (NYC)

"Tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna has reached the point where the inconsequential things have fallen away, and his playing surges with the gut stuff."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

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