Al Ashley

Al Ashley


Progressive, modern, unique jazz; respect for the past while moving forward to new directions. "Ashley demonstrates a debt to Elvin Jones" John Kelman[All about Jazz] "Ashley, a bold drummer in the manner of Art Blakey, rolls and kicks underneath." Owen Cordle[News Observer]


"....[Ashley]the excellent drummer, who, throughout...anticipates the beat and sometimes stays on the beat with exceptional precision." Robert R. Calder[Pop Matters]
Alvin [Al] Lee Ashley is an experienced and talented musician whose career has spanned more than three decades. Al earned his B.M. and M.M. degrees in Studio Music and Jazz at the Univ. of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida with directors Jerry Coker and Whit Sidener, respectively.
In addition to a U.S. State Dept. tour of the Mid-East, Mr. Ashley has performed and taught on an international level including jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland;Umbria, Italy; Vestkyst,Denmark; Montreal, Canada, and others. He has performed in concert and/or clinic with Ira Sullivan, Miraslov Vitous, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Milt Jackson, David Liebman, Teddy Wilson, Eddie Higgins, Terry Gibbs, Al Cohn, Al Grey, Jimmy Forrest, Louis Bellson, Chris Connor, Mose Allison, Carol Sloane and many others.
Al’s latest recording,” These Are Them “, features David Liebman,saxes; Rick Stone, guitar; and Oliver Von Essen,organ. This cd showcases all original compositions by everyone in the group and marks the first time Mr. Liebman has ever recorded in a organ trio format.
The cd is available at Tower Records[web], Jazzand Music Productions, and CD Baby[www.cdbaby/alashley].


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"These Are Them",Al Ashley[Jazzand]
"Halcyon Days",U. of Miami [Criteria Studios]
"Montreux Jazz Festival: U. of Miami C.J.B. featuring
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Set List

Ashley kicks off the date with Blue Note, a composition of his own that was inspired by some of the music that he heard on the famous label when he was growing up. The straight ahead cooker has a simple but catchy melody that Liebman charges right into on tenor, showing that although he hadn’t previously recorded in front of an organ trio that he’s quite familiar with the soulful saxophone style that works best within the context. Stone’s first-rate guitar solo is strongly supported by Von Esson’s surefooted pedal work and comping before the organist sets out on his own swinging solo. Ashley’s hard-hitting drumming keeps things moving throughout, prodding each player and filling in the spaces with some well-placed licks.

The title track, These Are Them, is another Ashley original. The drummer starts off the quirky samba with a short drum introduction before Liebman states the lyrical melody on soprano saxophone. Stone has the first solo, revealing an affinity for the South Ameri