Epistrophy.The AJW’s sixth release focuses on compositions of the great American jazz composer Thelonious Monk, with eleven of his quirky and colorful tunes. Recorded in January 2017 at Austin’s Arlyn Studios, and featuring the great Andre Hayward on the trombone.
Michael Melinger—alto saxophone
Andre Hayward —trombone
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Mystery Note focuses on the music of the great multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Despite being blind from the age of two, Kirk astonished audiences around the world with his ability to perform on three saxophones at the same time. Recorded live at the Texas School for the Blind in May 2009.
Michael Melinger—soprano and tenor saxophones
Alex Coke—flute and tenor saxophone
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Serenade to a Cuckoo[audio:https://austinjazzworkshop.com/sounds/SerenadetoaCuckoo.mp3]
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Big Boss Tenor features saxophonists Alex Coke and Michael Melinger performing original tunes arranged specifically for the Austin Jazz Workshop. Also featuring Glenn Rexach on guitar, Ernie Durawa on drums, and five other great musicians from our Tough Texas Tenors season.
Alex Coke & Michael Melinger–saxophones
Ernie Durawa, Kenny Felton–drums
Jim Spector, Glenn Schuetz, Brad Taylor–bass
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Boss Man Sez[audio:https://austinjazzworkshop.com/sounds/BossManSez.mp3]
Pool Hall in Bangkok[audio:https://austinjazzworkshop.com/sounds/PoolHallinBangkok.mp3]
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Anything Goes celebrates classic tunes by the legendary Cole Porter. Vocalist Mady Kaye sails through “Night and Day,” “Let’s Do It,” “Just One of Those Things,” and more!
Mady Kaye, Dianne Donovan, Julie Slim–vocals
Marty Allen, James Polk–piano
Luis Guerra, Glenn Rexach–bass
Ernie Durawa, Mike Koenning–drums
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You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To[audio:https://austinjazzworkshop.com/sounds/YoudBeSoNice.mp3]
Just One of Those Things[audio:https://austinjazzworkshop.com/sounds/JustOneOfThoseThings.mp3]
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Basin Street Stomp is a New Orleans tribute album featuring tunes like “Maple Leaf Rag,” “Basin Street Blues,” “King Porter Stomp,” “St. Louis Blues,” “High Society,” and more. Four-horn front line with tuba captures the authentic flair of the early New Orleans jazz masters!
Michael Melinger–sax & clarinet
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Struttin’ with Some Barbecue
Tin Roof Blues[audio:https://austinjazzworkshop.com/sounds/TinRoofBlues.mp3]
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