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OPQ – April 24th, 2010

An evening with The Olson Pingrey Quartet – April 24th, 2010
La Luna Cafe – Cambridge, MA

First Set:

Deed I Do by Fred Rose, arranged by Kathy Olson

Stone Age Rhumba by Randy Pingrey

Sangfroid by Kathy Olson

Gary’s Notebook by Lee Morgan, arranged by Kathy Olson

Stella by Starlight by Victor Young (no trombone)

Tygart Valley by Kathy Olson

Second Set:

High Contrast by Randy Pingrey

Reverie by Kathy Olson

Take the A Train by Billy Strayhorn (no bari)

Low Contrast by Randy Pingrey

Kathy Olson – bari sax
Randy Pingrey – trombone
Chad Gray – bass
Austin McMahon – drums

High Contrast is a new tune – check out the score right here (pdf file). 

It is the second of a series of three “contrast” tunes.  The third tune, No Contrast, has yet to be completed, but will probably be played at the next Olson Pingrey Quartet gig.

Kathy and I had a wonderful time, and we hope you enjoy the performance.  Chad and Austin tore it up, didn’t they?  Thank you for listening!

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The Olson Pingrey Quartet at Rutman’s

December 10th, 2009

On the D.L. “by” Randy Pingrey

Tygart Valley by Kathy Olson

Stone Age Rhumba by Randy Pingrey (more info)

Blues for Mac by Kathy Olson

Reverie by Kathy Olson

My Waltz by Kathy Olson

Low Contrast by Randy Pingrey (more info)

Venus de Milo by Gerry Mulligan, arranged by Randy Pingrey

Kathy Olson – bari sax
Randy Pingrey – trombone
Mark Zaleski – bass
Austin McMahon – drums

What a great evening!  Kathy and I can’t thank Mark and Austin enough for being so shockingly perfect for our music, and it was wonderful to see so many people at the gig.

And special thanks goes to Rutman’s Violins for having us play…

…and an extra special thanks goes to Joel and Laura for being totally awesome.

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Stone Age Rhumba – Sneak Peak!

The December 10th Rutman’s hit is quickly approaching for the Olson Pingrey Quartet!  Kathy, Mark, and I had a lovely rehearsal last night and I thought I’d post a sample of one of the new tunes we’re going to play.  It’s called Stone Age Rhumba.  Here are the first two minutes:

Stone Age Rhumba

Kathy Olson – bari sax
Randy Pingrey – trombone
Mark Zaleski – bass
Recorded on December 8th, 2009

(by the way – the piece features an extensive drum part – which you’ll have to come to the gig to hear!)

My intention for Stone Age Rhumba was to write a tribute to the great trombonist Bill Harris while continuing the vibe of other pieces I had written for this ensemble (this piece shares a few motivic ideas with my piece Low Contrast, which you can listen to here).  Harris was the featured trombone soloist of the Woody Herman Big Band starting in the 40’s.  His technique, imagination, and sense of humor were totally unique and second to none, and his playing has been a recent source of inspiration for me. 

Harris’ most famous feature in the Herman big band was the tune Bijou by Ralph Burns.  It was once described by Woody Herman as a “stone age rhumba”, which is where the title of the piece comes from.

And as one final reminder – the Olson Pingrey Quartet plays on December 10th at Rutman’s Violins in Boston, MA.  We’ll start at 8PM and play until 9:15 or so.  There’s a $10 suggested donation, and we would really love for everyone to come out.  Thank you!

P.S. The gig has happened, and you can listen to the whole thing, including the full version of Stone Age Rhumba right here.

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