SPIRIT DRIVEN

by JorgeSylvesterMusic

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Jorge Sylvester ACE Collective is “an all-star jazz band that knows how to swing, to improvise with spontaneity and poise, and to respond to one another with telepathic immediacy and profound respect.


Their new double CD release Spirit Driven, on foUR Record (2013,) is the result of a lifetime of spirit driven preparation by each musician – Jorge Sylvester: brilliant composer and arranger, virtuoso alto saxophonist; Nora McCarthy: daringly original, versatile, and fearlessly honest singer, composer, and poet; Waldron Mahdi Ricks: impeccably artful trumpet player, a jazz master in his own right; Pablo Vergara: astoundingly imaginative pianist, musically fluent on an encyclopedic, global scale; Donald Nicks: journeyman artisan of the bass, unfailingly, and always tastefully, providing the musical foundation; Kenny Grohowski: uncannily precise and inventive drummer and percussionist.”


Dedicated to the people of Haiti, Spirit Driven is a highly rhythmic and spiritually motivated compositional journey through the various cultures that make up the Caribbean Islands encompassing their significance and contribution to the present day advanced musical concepts in jazz and avant-garde/free music. It uses the “word” in the form of poetry and lyrics to convey each song’s spiritual and historical message.


“The music continuously flows and develops with a lithe bodily grace and expressive range, transfiguring its structural complexity and technical virtuosity into an intimate and honest gesture of oneness with each listener, only possible by virtue of consummate musicianship.” (All quoted material by: Ramsey Ameen, 2012)

JORGE SYLVESTER PERSONAL WEBSITE:
www.jorgesylvesteracemusic.com

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released 01 June 2013

Jorge Sylvester ● alto saxophone
Nora McCarthy ● voice
Waldron Mahdi Ricks ● trumpet
Pablo Vergara ● piano
Donald Nicks ● electric bass
Kenny Grohowski ● drums

The ACE Collective ● background voices

Dedicated To:
My Mother, Muriel “Paulina” Sylvester
and The People of Haiti

Produced By:
Jorge Sylvester and Nora McCarthy

Compositions & Arrangements:
Jorge Sylvester except #4 CD 1 and #2 CD 2
All Poetry/Lyrics: Nora McCarthy

Recorded: 2010 in Linz, Austria
Mixing Engineer - Engineer: David Stoller
The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Mastering Engineer: Steve Vavagiakis
Bang Zoom Productions, Blauvelt, NY

Original Compositions Publishing:
Lizoka Music © 2012 – RedZen Music Publishing © 2012 All Rights Reserved

CD Art Design By: Nora McCarthy

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JorgeSylvesterMusic Brooklyn, New York

"Jorge Sylvester's distinctive alto saxophone sound is imbued with the volatility of Caribbean basin's complex mosaic, transformed and focused by the probing musical linguistics pioneered by the great saxophonists of modern jazz. Jorge's composer's imagination is the matchless structural coherence of his improvisational work".

Violinist, Composer Ramsey Ameen, 12/2005
Tribes Magazine
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