WSU Recordings Albums
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Below are albums which are available from WSU Recordings. Recordings may be purchased digitally on the iTunes website (links are below). For those who would like to purchase physical CDs, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Ward: Palouse Skies
Brian Ward, Coordinator of Jazz Studies, is a brilliant pianist and composer who originally hails from Portland, Oregon. Brian collaborated with Esperanza Spalding and Thara Memory in the creation of the Grammy Award winning arrangement of Spalding’s “City of Roses,” and has performed with Memory, Bobby Torres, Obo Addy, the Oregon Symphony and many others. This recording features an inspired set of Ward originals and standards recorded with excellent support from bassist Steed and drummer Heller. Fans of great jazz will enjoy the musicianship of this gifted keyboard artist.
Gerald Berthiaume: Struck by Lightning
Dr. Gerald Berthiaume is Professor of Piano at Washington State University. He served as Director of the School of Music from 2003 to 2011. A former USIA Artistic Ambassador, he has performed around the world and across the U.S. throughout his extensive career. This disc includes premiere recordings of new classical works for piano by Northwest composers: Gregory Yasinitsky, Charles Argersinger and Jerry Bailey.
Nighthawk is a pianoless quartet which features hard driving, fiery saxophones and high energy improvisation. This disc includes an exciting set of originals written by the group’s saxophonists, Greg Yasinitsky and Dave Hagelganz, performed along with bassist F. David Snider and drummer David Jarvis. Nighthawk is a resident faculty quartet at Washington State University.
Dave Hagelganz is a gifted, Down Beat magazine award-winning saxophonist who has performed across the country with everyone from Mal Waldron to Chris Botti. This recording features a set of captivating Hagelganz originals performed with a stellar rhythm section consisting of pianist Brian Ward, bassist Scott Steed and drummer Dru Heller. Jazz fans everywhere will enjoy this inspired recording by an important voice on the scene. Hagelganz is a member of the Jazz Studies faculty at Washington State University.
Ruth Boden: Off the Cuff features cellist Ruth Boden, an active, avid performer of contemporary music and pioneer in innovative performance. The concept for this album was inspired by the music of Zoltán Kodály, whose cello sonata features not only demanding technical passages, but also the challenge to allow the music to be free in a nature consistent with the folk music that Kodály so loved. The title Off the Cuff denotes Boden’s aspirations to bring freshness and freedom to the music, performances which go beyond notes and instead represent expressive, personal responses to the compositions. Boden is a member of the music faculty at Washington State University
9:00 am features jazz interpretations of classic standards including “It Could Happen to You,” “Theme for Maxine,” “The Night Has Thousand Eyes,” “Beatrice” and more by the duo Brian Ward, piano, and Dave Hagelganz, saxophone, both faculty members in the School of Music. The album, recorded in the WSU Recording Studio, David Bjur, engineer, is named 9:00 am because that is the time when the duo regularly rehearsed. The album is available online via a number of online services including iTunes, Rhapsody, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon mp3 and Amazon on Demand.
Zoot Suit is the latest release by the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band directed by Greg Yasinitsky and Dave Snider. Special guest on this recording is trombonist Matt Finders, formerly with the Tonight Show Band. The recordings were made between 2009 and 2011 in the WSU Recording Studio. The album includes compositions and arrangements by Finders, Yasinitsky, WSU alum Brent Edstrom and Carroll College Music Professor Lynn Petersen. Also included are compositions by band members Patrick Sheng and Stan Sabourin along with a composition by LA composer Bill Liston.