Sam Blakeslee Large Group: Live at Blu Jazz+

With his second album release as a leader, dynamic New York City based trombonist and composer Sam Blakeslee releases the debut of his 17-piece contemporary jazz orchestra, the Sam Blakeslee Large Group. The Sam Blakeslee Large Group held a monthly residency from January 2016-July 2017 at Blu Jazz+ in Akron, OH before his departure to New York City in August 2017. The ensemble's repertoire focused heavily on original compositions and arrangements while featuring the very best musical talent in Northeast Ohio as well as collaborations with artists from Detroit, Pittsburgh, and New York City.
This album encapsulates the diverse music of the residency as well as documenting an incredibly formative time for Blakeslee as a composer and arranger. It also features a special collaboration with NYC jazz musicians David Smith, Jorn Swart, Cory Todd, and Dan Pugach (the latter of the three all played on his debut record "Selective Coverage"), two bonus tracks that feature Blakeslee arrangements of Akron's own, guitar virtuoso Dan Wilson's compositions, and one original composition from esteemed Northeast Ohio composer Dave Morgan. 
Encompassing traditional and avant-garde jazz styles as well as hip-hop influenced grooves, the "Live at Blu Jazz" is sure to leave the listener wondering what the next track will hold.

 

 

Sam Blakeslee Large Group: Live at Blu Jazz+

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ALBUM RELASE DATE: 10.25.2018


Sam Blakeslee Quintet - Selective Coverage

Order your physical copy of the Sam Blakeslee Quintet's debut album Selective Coverage with a personalized thank you note through the website TODAY using the PayPal link here: 

 

Official Release on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more on 10/1/2017.

 

Featuring some of New York City's most in demand jazz musicians pianist Jorn Swart, bassist Cory Todd, drummer Dan Pugach, as well as Cincinnati-based guitarist Brandon Coleman, the Sam Blakeslee Quintet's repertoire features engaging and emotional original compositions in an interactive instrumental format. Instead of choosing to emulate a saxophone or trumpet, trombonist and composer Sam Blakeslee uses a more heartfelt and lyrical approach to his improvising on his debut album.

This collection of songs represents the process of coming into your own as an individual. Each composition is chronologically meaningful to my own development as a trombonist, composer, and husband over the past four years as well as racially charged events that have inspired my writing. The title track Selective Coverage is based on the unfair media coverage of minorities and the ongoing struggle to provide universal healthcare for all people. 

 

Selective Coverage Big Band Arrangement

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Selective Coverage - Sam Blakeslee Large Group

Bob - Big Band Arrangement

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Bob - Sam Blakeslee Large Group

New Blood - Big Band Arrangment

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New Blood - Sam Blakeslee Large Group

Blues In Another Last Minute - Big Band Arrangment

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Blues In Another Last Minute - Sam Blakeslee Large Group

Divisive Statements - Big Band Arrangement

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Divisive Statements - Sam Blakeslee Large Group

Lurkin' - Big Band Arrangment

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Lurkin' - Sam Blakeslee Large Group