GREG WARD – STOMPING OFF FROM GREENWOOD

The new album from saxophonist Greg Ward, his second for Greenleaf Music, is available now.

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Chicago-based alto saxophonist and composer Greg Ward (Tortoise, Lupe Fiasco, Makaya McCraven) presents a new group, Rogue Parade, featuring a quintet of heavyweight creative Chicago musicians: Matt Gold and Dave Miller (guitar & effects), Matt Ulery (bass), and Quin Kirchner (drums).

Following his critically acclaimed Greenleaf debut Touch My Beloved’s Thought in 2016, which was a re-imagining of the music of Charles Mingus, Stomping Off From Greenwood highlights Ward’s skills as a writer and arranger with a set of eight new compositions (and a cover) that explore this unique two-guitar instrumentation, which blends the acoustic and electronic sonic worlds.

The group honed their ensemble sound during a month-long residency in Chicago, followed by extensive touring in the Midwest, before heading into the studio to capture the band’s energy on record. In addition to the original material, the band presents Ward’s moody arrangement of the jazz standard “Stardust.”

TRACK DETAILS
1. Metropolis
2. Excerpt 1
3. The Contender
4. The Fourth Reverie
5. Let Him Live
6. Black Woods
7. Pitch Black Promenade
8. Stardust
9. Sundown
10. Excerpt 2 * Bonus track, Bandcamp download only.

PERSONNEL
Greg Ward, alto saxophone
Matt Gold, guitar & effects
Dave Miller, guitar & effects
Matt Ulery, acoustic & electric bass
Quin Kirchner, drums

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Producer: Greg Ward
Executive producer: Dave Douglas
Recorded, mixed and mastered at I.V. Lab in Chicago, IL, on August 5 and 6, 2017 by Shane Hendrickson
Package design and photography by Damon Locks
With assistance from Lukas Frei

All compositions by Greg Ward (Greg Ward 2 Music / ASCAP) except:
Stardust, composed by Hoagy Carmichael (Songs Of Peer, Ltd. / ASCAP) Arranged by Greg Ward.

This album was made with support from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Individual Artist Project Grants.

PRESS QUOTES

“Stomping Off From Greenwood sings with a depth of harmony to crack the hardest heart. Even as life’s rhythms scurry by, Ward’s tuneful touch remains unhurried, like a free spirit among go-getters.”
Gareth Thompson, All About Jazz ★★★★☆

“… the band’s interplay gestures beyond that storied starting point; its sound—intricate and yet edgy, melodic but distorted, with stomping rhythms and a confrontational mien—has as much in common with proto-punkers Television as with post-rockers Tortoise.”
Mike West, Bandcamp Daily (Album of the Day)

Ward’s latest offering—suffused with not just players from, but also the exploratory fervor of Chicago’s top-tier performers—portends future successes, no matter his stomping grounds.”
Dave Cantor, Downbeat (Editor’s Pick)

“… the saxophonist has proven himself at once uncategorizable and eminently listenable.”
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Stomping Off From Greenwood makes me smile, bounce my feet, challenges me to listen with fresh ears, opening up to the myriad possibilities in this music, making me wish I was in the audience as the band developed this program leading uptown the recording.”
Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

“It’s a heady mix of cerebral, heartfelt, hopeful, exploratory and inclusive. It focuses and uplifts. Musicanship is tophole. And it has two guitars.”
Ian Ward, UK Vibe ★★★★★

“…an autobiographical account of a musician straddling the musical hotbeds of New York and Chicago. ‘Stomping’ is everything a listener could ask for in a recording – and in a city.”
Hilary Brown, DownBeat

“Ward bobs gracefully through a coolly plotted improvisation on “The Contender” as his rhythm section handles a stop-and-start polyrhythm, creating friction and expectation and the illusion of an incline for Ward to climb.”
Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

“From beginning to end, Ward and company have pulled off a work that’s as immensely pleasurable as it is conceptually daring.”
JAZZIZ

“Music like this captures the zeitgeist.”
JazzTimes

“What is perhaps most remarkable is the sublime balance between the vibrant spontaneity and the intricacy of Ward’s impressionistic compositions.”
Chicago Jazz Magazine