Michael Hackett & Tim Coffman Sextet & Sharel Cassity - Western Skies (CD)

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Release Date: 06/17/22

From a salsa tribute of a McCoy Tyner tune, through a three-horn arrangement of a Tom Harrell tune, through solid originals, this sextet+ shines!

GENRE: Jazz/Trumpet/Trombone/Octet

COMPOSERS: Michael Hackett, Tim Coffman, Will Campbell, Tom Harrell, McCoyTyner

The concept of the record is a tribute to Hackett's father, who grew up in Western Montana.

There is also a tribute of sorts, by Will Campbell, which was written to commemorate the passing of a mutual student, Casey Blackwelder. Casey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the spring of 2017, and passed away suddenly on his 24th birthday, Father's Day, June 18, 2017.

Hackett has composed and arranged some fantastic music here...

The band is a sextet (with Timbale, guiro and congos) with Tim Coffman (Chicago Jazz Orchestra/DePaul University) on trombone, Sharel Cassity (Roy Hargrove/Juilliard grad) on alto, Jeremy Kahn on piano, Christian Dillingham (jazz bass proff at IU), and Bob Rummage on drums. The majority of the recording is original music with some three horn arrangements of the Tom Harrell Tune, 'Little Dancer' and the McCoy Tyner tune 'You Taught My Heart to Sing.'

Michael Hackett - trumpet and flugelhorn

Tim Coffman - trombone

Sharel Cassity - alto saxophone

Jeremy Kahn - piano

Christian Dillingham - bass

Bob Rummage - drums

Arno Gonzalez - Timbale, guiro

Tony Castañeda - congas

Coffman and Hackett have known each other for for nearly 40 years and played in David Bakers top jazz ensemble at Indiana University during the 1980s.

Dr. Michael Hackett has performed extensively with touring entertainers and pops orchestras across the country backing up artists such as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, and Perry Como. His playing has been featured in many national television and radio commercials, the movie sound track to 'The Aviator,' and many commercially available recordings, including those with Scott Whitfield's Jazz Orchestra East, three recordings with The Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, and 'Basically Baker: the Music of David Baker.'

Label: Summit Records
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 55:11 mins

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