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Michael Dease Give It All You Got Review

by April 6, 2021

Michael Dease Give It All You Got Review

michael-dease-coverTrombonist Michael Dease has performed on over two hundred recordings. The forward-thinking musician learned his craft from Wycliffe Gordon, Joseph Alessi, and master teacher Dr. John Drew. His associations include Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Kanye West, Paul Simon, Jon Batiste, Aretha Franklin, Jon Mayer, The Temptations, Paul Schaffer and the CBS Orchestra, Elton John, Neal Diamond, Illinois Jacquet, Slide Hampton & The World Of Trombones, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, WDR Big Band, George Gruntz, Billy Harper, and numerous others. Dease won the 64th Annual Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll for Rising Star Jazz Trombonist. Dease’s unique blend of curiosity, hard work, and optimism have helped him achieve worldwide recognition, including awards from ASCAP, The International Trombone Association, Yamaha, Eastern Trombone Workshop, New York Youth Symphony, among others. Dease was recently profiled in Cicily Janus’ book, The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends (Random House). His studio experience led him to produce several recording sessions for emerging artists, often composing and writing liner notes for the releases. Dease is a Yamaha Performing Artist who proudly uses and endorses Yamaha Brass and Woodwinds, Vandoren Reeds and Mouthpieces, Best Brass Japan Mutes, Pickett Brass Mouthpieces, and Ultrasone Headphones, Hercules Stands, and AMT Microphones.

About the Album

Dease is releasing Give It All You Got on the Posi-Tone label for his next addition to his catalog as a leader. Alsomichael-dease-pic appearing on the album is Jim Alfredson on organ, Greg Tardy on saxophone, Anthony Stanco on trumpet, Gwendolyn Dease on percussion, and Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums. Special guest appearances include saxophonist Sharel Cassity and guitarist Randy Napoleon. The ten tracks are seamlessly woven across a broad spectrum of styles and sounds! Critical ears and casual listeners will be delighted as Dease continues to entertain and amaze while walking the talk of his charitable message to “Give It All You Got.”

Our Favorite Tracks

“Climb The Mountain” opens with Alfredson performing a bluesy, gospel introduction to the horns entrance. The swing feel is marked at an easy, medium tempo marking, giving each soloist a chance to push and pull with rhythmic freedom. Dease’s tone is stunningly balanced, warm, and full-bodied; that sound he produces is exceptional indeed. Stanco’s trumpet solo is an excellent melodic statement. Both Tardy and Alfredson deliver a stirring set of choruses that will entertain.

“Transylvania County Funk Parade” opens with a drum figure to set up the funky jazz feel for the melody. Gwendolyn Dease (Michael’s wife) adds fullness with her congas. Dease’s solo is playful and flows with an energy that is balanced and controlled as he effortlessly navigates his slide through the changes. Dease has the rare ability to balance technical lines with catchy motifs, giving his solos beautiful shapes. Alfredson’s solo pushes forward as the track progresses back to the head.

In Conclusion

michael-dease-pic2Give It All You Got is superbly delivered by all the players and features Dease’s lovely presentation and a marvelous tone throughout. The musicianship here is stunning as the crew digs in when necessary and relaxes when called for. Overall, the session is outstanding and follows a similar structure to Dease’s past recordings as a leader and makes each track have lots of animation for the avid jazz fan.

 

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Michael Dease

Album

Give It All You Got

Label

Posi-Tone

Release Date

February 26, 2021

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