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'Testimony' Sandy Evans

Sandy Evans Testimony
Apr 16, 2014 Updated Jan 8, 2015

ABC Jazz celebrated International Jazz Day 2014 with a special broadcast of Sandy Evans' tribute to Charlie Parker, 'Testimony'.

International Jazz Day is an initiative set up by Herbie Hancock in 2012 as part of his role as a UNESCO ‘Ambassador for Jazz’.  Our 2014 contribution is a special broadcast of the work Testimony, composed by one of Australia’s favourite jazz musicians, Sandy Evans.

This piece is a tribute to life and music of Charlie Parker and was originally recorded by the ABC in 1999.  It features the leading figures in Australian jazz, most notably the departed Bernie McGann, Jackie Orszaczky and Joe “bebop” Lane, and also includes the words of US poet Yesef Komunyakka and a performance by US musicians Kurt Elling and Laurence Hobgood.

International Jazz Day broadcast:  April 30th 2014 at 9pm Australian Eastern Time.  

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Compositions: Sandy Evans (except as indicated below)
Words: Yusef Komunyakaa

Part I

1. 'Testimony Overture'
2. 'Boxcars'
3. 'Chicken Shack Part 1'
4. 'Chicken Shack Part 2'
5. 'Purple Dress'
6. 'Deep South'
7. 'A Day Like Today'
8. 'Abel And Cain'
9. 'Black Cockatoo'
10. Camarillo Part 1'
11. 'Camarillo Part 2'

Part II

1. 'Addie's Boy'
2. 'Pree's Funeral Song'
3. 'Barrow Street'
4. 'Moose The Mooche'
5. 'A Soft Touch For Strings'
6. 'Baroness Pannonica'
7. 'Testimony Finale'
8. 'Testimony Coda'

Musicians performing in Testimony    

Sandy Evans (tenor, flute)
Bernie Mc Gann (alto)
Paul Cutlan (bass clarinet, alto)
Casey Greene (baritone, flute)

Warwick Alder
Bob Coassin

James Greening

Jeremy Sawkins
Dave Brewer

Piano and Keyboards
Chuck Yates
Alister Spence

Lloyd Swanton
Steve Elphick
Jonathan Zwartz

Drums and Percussion
Allan Turnbull
Hamish Stuart
Fabian Hevia
Simon Barker

Kristen Cornwell
Kate Swadling
Jackie Orszaczky
Toni Allayialis
Tanya Sparke
Pamela Knowles
Tina Harrod
Joe Lane
Michele Morgan
Lily Dior

John Rodgers

International guests
Kurt Elling; vocal
Laurence Hobgood; Piano
Michael Edward-Stevens; narration

Recorded 1999; Studio 227,
ABC Sydney, Australia.

Producer: Christopher Williams
Musical Director: Sandy Evans
Music Producer: Tony Gorman
Executive Producer: Richard Buckham
Recording Engineers: Russell Stapleton, Steven Tilley, Mal Stanley (mixing on 'Deep South')
Engineer: Russell Stapleton
Mastering: Russell Stapleton
Compositions: Sandy Evans, except for 'Moose The Mooche' (Charlie Parker) and excerpts of 'Moose The Mooche', 'Relaxin at Camarillo', 'Dewey Square' 'Ko Ko' (Charlie Parker), '52nd Street Theme' (Thelonius Monk) and 'If I Had You' (Irving Berlin).

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Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 - March 12, 1955), also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and improvisation. Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid...

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On Apr 30, 2014. 10:07pm
Christopher Williams said

This recording is currently available with texts by Yusef Komunyakaa from the Wesleyan University Press as a Book/CD publication.

On Apr 24, 2014. 3:54pm
Lord Kearneyvore said

One hopes the recording will not be kept secret for another 15 years before " the punters out there " may buy the work. Sandy with Joe Lane must be Be Bopping. Dig Jazz is great.

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