After the critical success of 2015’s “A Day With Us”, The Charles Owens Trio is back with another gem from Jellowstone Studio in Richmond VA with Devonne Harris (DJ Harrison, Butcher Brown) on drums, and Andrew Randazzo this time playing all electric bass. The trust, telepathy, and pocket has only grown and evolved in the last 4 years from constantly gigging. The repertoire hear presents fresh and daring arrangements of familiar songs as far back as 1929 (The beautiful, haunting and plaintive Hoagy Carmichael chestnut “Stardust”), to as recent as 2008 (Radiohead’s “15 Step”) This album will take you on an intimate, and adventurous musical journey that you’ll never want to end.
Andrew Randazzo (electric bassist for Butcher Brown) and Charles Owens have made music together for years. Now they’ve taken it to new heights with this bold, ambitious project. Andrew’s large ensemble (of which Charles is a founding member) is called R4ND4ZZO BIG B4ND. It’s made up of 14 musicians who are all stars in their own right. These performances bring original compositions by Charles and songs he’s famous for playing plus brand new, lovingly crafted arrangements of those compositions by master arranger and bassist Andrew Randazzo. All of these elements have come together to make this residency a unique and magical experience for everyone. It was a magical experience for all involved!
Charles Owens - tenor saxophone, arrangements
Andrew Randazzo - electric bass
Devonne Harris - drums
Recorded at Jellowstone Studio Richmond, VA 2/8/19
Engineered by Devonne Harris
Produced by Charles Owens
Mixed and Mastered by Adrian Olsen at Montrose Studios Richmond, VA
Charles Owens - tenor saxophone
Andrew Randazzo - electric and acoustic bass, arrangments
Devonne Harris - drums
JC Kuhl - baritone sax
Suzi Fischer - alto sax, flute
Kevin Simpson - tenor sax, flute
Stefan Demetriadis - bass trombone
Pete Anderson - trombone
Ben Weisiger - trombone
Sam Koff - trumpet
Bob Miller - trumpet
Marcus Tenney - trumpet
Will Evans - trumpet
Calvin Brown - keyboard on “Tron Song”
Adam Larrabee - guitar on “Tron Song”
Recorded live at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall Charlottesville, VA 2/19/19
Engineered by Zach Fichter
Produced by Charles Owens
Mixed by Zach Fichter
Mastered by Adrian Olsen at Montrose Studios Richmond, VA
Three and Thirteen
Release Date: August 09, 2019
Charles Owens is an Award winning Tenor Saxophonist, composer, band leader, Ropeadope Recording Artist, and educator and has been performing, composing, and teaching professionally for over 20 years. He's a veteran of the New York City jazz scene where he regularly performed at world famous clubs such as Smalls, The Blue Note, and Birdland, to name a few. He has made 6 albums as a leader and appeared on numerous recordings as a hired soloist. He's performed with such jazz luminaries as Mark Turner, Brad Mehldau, Omer Avital, Jason Lindner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brian Blade, Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Jeff Watts, Sam Yahel, and Joel Frahm among many others. He has devoted his life to pursuing excellence in the beloved art form known as jazz. Currently living in Charlottesville, VA he is integral part of the vibrant music scene there and in nearby Richmond VA. Charles also travels to NYC 4 times a year to play at the world famous Smalls Jazz Club with his trio and quartet.
"This record marks several “firsts” for me. First one with electric bass, first one with electric piano, first one with almost no walking bass lines. This electric quartet had its nucleus when I first heard Kelli play drums. I was immediately hooked. He plays with dynamics, and soul. He listens, and can play intensely without over-powering. His time is great and he gets wonderful tones from his instruments. So much excellence… Devonne and Andy are back with for this record except now Andy is on electric bass (his true love)! Andy’s playing is so free and beautiful. He adds so much to the sound and arrangements of the music here. Is there ANYTHING better than having a killin' bass player in your band? I don’t know. Then the genius that is Devonne is now playing keyboards instead of drums. Anyone who knows Devonne is aware of all the instruments he plays so very well. Ever since I met him in 2010 he’s been a powerful musical force in my life.
The album consists of 6 covers and 2 originals. The covers all have significance in my childhood and adolescence. Everyone has certain songs that help them through hard times and these songs did just that for me. As for the two originals, “Losing Victory” was written while in my mid 20's for my now wonderful wife of almost 15 years, Vijay. I love you Vijay! As One is one of my newest compositions and is inspired by all the great musicians I know and have known. We are all As One with Music.
Special thanks must go to Adrian Olsen at Montrose Recording in Richmond. I first heard about Adrian and Montrose through Devonne and Andy. They’d been talking about this amazing studio with an original Flickinger Console from 1968. Once I heard some music that was recorded there I knew I had to do it. I wanted this to be the kind of record you can relax to. I wanted it to sound so fat and warm that it would make any system sound better. Adrian really achieved that and I’m so grateful to him. Go to montroserecording.com for more info about that wonderful place.
Thank you for listening to this music. I hope it always has a place in your heart." - Charles Owens
Release Date: April 21 2017