Philly Sessions 1
- Artist: The Jenkins/Brown Quintet
- Format: CD
- Release Date:1/30/2007
We are a Philadelphia based quintet led by Philadelphian Trumpeter Kimbal Brown. The Jenkins/Brown Quintet consists of: Adam Jenkins- Alto/Soprano Saxophone/Composer Kimbal Brown- Trumpet and Flugelhorn Tom Lawton- Piano Matt Engle- Bass Gregg Mervine- Drums What do you get when you go into the studio (a former mafia speakeasy) and the leader has a bad case of food poisoning and the saxophonist has thrown out his back? One of two things 1) A disaster or 2) A band that decides what the hell, let's just have as much fun as possible. Fortunately the result was #2. Since we didn't have any expectations, the music just flowed and the fun and energy of the day was captured quite well. About the music: All the songs (except Pathways) were composed and arranged by saxophonist Adam Jenkins. 1) #1: When Adam moved to a new town, this was the first song he wrote. This challenging tune starts the album off with high energy and a fun mood. 2) Blues for J.T. Written for Adam's dear friend, classical composer Jerod Tate. A jaunty little ditty with some burnin' soloing. 3) Mobius Strip: This tune is sort of in ¾ time, Adam calls it "Three-ish" The melody is split between the two horns and is played throughout. Gregg Mervine's drumming on this song is on fire. 4) In the Between: This ballad is a story of two people viewing the same thing two different ways, sort of a musical Rashomon. The initial conversation between the two horns is later viewed in a differentlight. Some beautifully sensitive playing all around. 5) Tomorrow Never Comes: A tune once described as "the Soundtrack to a really-hip Greyhound Bus Commercial" 6) When the Next Day Comes: This is a sort-of blues that loops around on itself at the end of every chorus. 7) Old Souls: A beautifully simple but sad melody written at 3am while missing someone dear. 8)Things Get Better: Originally commissioned for a Jr. High School big band in California, this song's title was derived from Adam's reflection on how awful Jr. High was and how much better things get later on in life. 9) Pathways: A beautiful jazz waltz by Hawaiian guitarist Gilbert Batangan. Thank you for your interest in our music. We truly hope you enjoy this recording as well as our future works as much as we enjoy making original music for you. If you decide to purchase our album, thank you. And please write a review to let us and others know what you think.