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"True Stories is the Real Deal"

True Stories is the Real Deal
by Geraldine Wyckoff

Those who hang around traditional jazz spots like the Palm Court know Jesse Boyd as an upright bass player with a feel for New Orleans classic jazz. Audiences who catch him playing at modern jazz venues consider him to have the chops and ears to lay down the bottom as leader as well as supporting artists like vocalist Leah Chase. Boyd, a professor at Loyola University who began his musical journey in the gospel world, even utilizes the acoustic bass when hitting on R&B with the likes of Charmaine Neville.
On his latest album, True Stories, Boyd fully displays his progressive approach heading an impressive jazz trio with strong regulars on the scene, pianist Michael Pellera and drummer Troy Davis. The group celebrates the disc’s release at Snug Harbor on Tuesday, August 24, 2009.
Like the weather on a summer’s day, the music on True Stories continually changes. It somehow suggests, and seems especially suited for, a rainy afternoon as it moves from the relative calm of the opening number, “The Torn Meadow,” to the rapid-fire bursts of “Big Pine.” All of the material comes from Boyd’s obviously sophisticated pen. The excellent sound quality produced on the album, particularly that of the big, woody, rounded bass, absolutely contributes to the album’s success.
Fans of modern jazz will appreciate the quality of musicianship and the players’ total compatibility. For those who don’t regularly dig into the modern style or know these gifted artists, the CD holds allure in the variety it offers as well as its pure musicality. While the music could be considered complex, it welcomes listeners with a touches of familiarity. For example, Pellera cleverly and tastefully references the chestnut “Summertime” on the funk-tinged “August.” Here, as well as on other tunes, Boyd’s bass steps out of its role as rhythm maker to state the tune’s melody.
The musical breezes that blow from south of the border on “Red” offer Davis the opportunity to display his wide-range of drum techniques. On the meditative “Alice” the drummer’s use of brushes suggests a certain breathy ambiance. The sun peeks out as the trio starts swinging on the closing “Every Other.”
True Stories boasts genuine jazz played by authentically dedicated musicians with a real sense of its worth. - The Louisiana Weekly


"CD Release at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro"

New Orleans Jazz Bass Player Jesse Boyd New CD Release Entitled "True Stories"

At long last New Orleans jazz bassist and Loyola University professor Jesse Boyd is releasing a CD of all original material called "True Stories". The recording features New York born and New Orleans based pianist Michael Pellera and Baton Rouge born drummer Troy Davis. They will debut the recording at New Orleans premiere jazz club, Snug Harbor on August 25th.

Set to be release under independent record label Contrabass Music Inc, the recording draws freely from the influences of New Orleans and New York jazz, given the unique perspective that the three musicians have developed over years of performing as sidemen with many of the jazz greats.

Grammy Award winning engineer Steve Reynolds and former senior mastering engineer for Sony Music Studios (who once remastered most of Miles Davis records) Mark Wilder played an important role in the making of this recording. The CD will also introduce an environmentally friendly packaging and an innovative design by Stumptown Printers called Arigato Pak, instead of the usual jewel CD case. The artwork features images by award winning photographer Greg Miles, art direction of photography by Freda Paz and a 12-page booklet.

The album, appropriately named "True Stories," tells stories that many New Orleanians can identify with, such as moving to a new place in the heat of August, finally returning to the street where they live after the storm, or spending their disposable income to support the cultural economy of the city. The CD includes a wide gamut of genres, latin, blues, funk, swing, ballads and waltz.

Influenced by the Keith Jarrett Trio and the Brad Mehldau Trio, Jesse Boyd set up to pay tribute to his love for jazz standards, adding elements from the modern New Orleans style of playing. In fact, that is what makes the Jesse Boyd trio unique, according to the trio's pianist, Michael Pellera. "Jesse is one of those rare upright bass players who can play any style of music. He's played R&B, blues, funk, rock and roll and gospel, styles that are usually played by electric bass players," says Pellera.

Michael Pellera himself is one of the most respected pianists in the New Orleans modern jazz scene. Not only is he a pioneer in music education, as the jazz chair of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts but he has a complete discography of his own, featuring players like John Vidacovich, Bill Summers, Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski and Bill Huntington.

Playing drums from the age of three, Troy Davis studied under New Orleans-born clarinet player Alvin Batiste at Baton Rouge's Southern University. In 1986 he moved to New York, where he spent two and a half years with Betty Carter's band. He then joined Terence Blanchard?s band in 1990 and can be heard on several of Blanchard's film scores and recordings for Columbia/Sony Music.

Andrea Gómez, spokesperson from Contrabass Music, said audiences that attend the CD Release concert on August 25th can expect to hear breathtaking interpretations of songs that could easily become future jazz standards. For those that won't be able to attend, True Stories is also available from iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster and other online outlets. - www.neworleans.com


Discography

"TRUE STORIES"
AUDIO LOG

1. The Torn Meadow 10:38'
2. Big Pine 05:18'
3. August 07:08
4. Jessica 06:43
5. Perspectives 03:44
6. Disposable Income 04:40
7. Red 05:50
8. Azile 05:38
9. Uptown Blues 05:57
10. Philip St. 06:31
11. Every Other 05:51

Total Playing Time: 1:08:27'
All songs = Copyright Jesse Boyd 2008- BMI
CURRENTLY GETTING RADIO AIRPLAY
and scheduled to be promoted in a national radio campaign by New World N Jazz Marketing, Promotion and Consulting beginning October 2009
JESSE BOYD TRIO MUSIC INDUSTRY TEAM:
Record Label: Contrabass Music (an Independent Boutique Record Label from New Orleans, LA)
Management: Andrea Gómez
Publicity: Chris DiGirolamo (NYC,NY)
www.jesseboyd.com

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Bio

Sidemen are often quiet, creative, multitalented individuals who avoid the
spotlight and provide “the sound” behind the solid names of the most renowned artists.
Loyola University professor Jesse Boyd had not been the exception to that rule for at least
25 years. However, his personal reflections as a result of Katrina (including relocation)
were enough reason not to take anything for granted and finally get around to recording
his original compositions with his best friends.
His new album, appropriately named True Stories, tells stories that many New
Orleanians can identify with, such as moving to a new place in the heat of August, finally
returning to the street where they live after the storm or spending their disposable income
to support the cultural economy of the city.
Influenced by the Keith Jarrett Trio and the Brad Mehldau Trio, Jesse Boyd set
up to pay tribute to his love for jazz standards, adding elements from the modern New
Orleans style of playing. In fact, that is what makes the Jesse Boyd trio unique, according
to the trio’s pianist Michael Pellera. “Jesse is one of those rare upright bass players who can
play any style of music. He’s played R&B, blues, funk, rock and roll and gospel, styles
that are usually played by electric bass players”, says Pellera.
Michael Pellera himself is one of the most respected pianists in the New Orleans
modern jazz scene. Not only is he a pioneer in music education, as the jazz chair of the
New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, but he has a complete discography of his own,
featuring players like John Vidacovich, Bill Summers, Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski
and Bill Huntington. His style draws freely from the influences of New Orleans and
New York jazz, and springs from the unique perspective which he has developed over
years of performing with many of the jazz greats, such as Chet Baker, Buddy Rich and
Wynton Marsalis, to name a few.
Playing drums from the age of three, Troy Davis studied under New Orleans-
born clarinet player Alvin Batiste at Baton Rouge's Southern University. In 1986 he
moved to New York, where he spent two and a half years with Betty Carter's band.
He then joined Terence Blanchard’s band in 1990 and can be heard on several of
Blanchard's film scores and recordings for Columbia/Sony Music. He has also collaborated
with Monty Alexander and John Patitucci on the album Echoes Of Gilley's.

Jesse Boyd, Michael Pellera and Troy Davis have been in the band of the following jazz greats:

Buddy Rich
Terence Blanchard
Astral Project
Monty Alexander
Betty Carter
Jeremy Davenport
Leah Chase
Charmaine Neville
Ellis Marsalis
Delfeayo Marsalis
Ingrid Lucia
Tim Laughlin
Dr. Michael White
Al Belleto
Joe Piscopo
Kermit Ruffins
Irvin Mayfield
Larry Sieberth
Detroit Brooks
Shannon Powell
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Loyola University New Orleans Jazz Faculty Ensemble
University of New Orleans Jazz Faculty
New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts Jazz Faculty