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Ever Open Door

John Helliwell

Ever Open Door

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917351125
Catnr: CR 73511
Release date: 02 October 2020
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CR 73511
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02 October 2020

"...this stately, prestigious album.."

Jazzism, 03-1-2022
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About the album

EVER OPEN DOOR
Ever Open Door is an appropriate title for this album because my musical influences are wide-ranging — I’m always listening.

NOTES ON THE TRACKS
If Everyone Was Listening
I was impressed with this Roger Hodgson song at my first rehearsal with Supertramp in July 1973. It subsequently appeared on our album Crime Of The Century.

Gather The Spirit
Bob Mintzer included this Jim Scott composition on his album Quality Time and Andy Scott (no relation to Jim) arranged it for Bob to play with a string orchestra at the 2015 Hong Kong Summer Jazz Festival. Andy recently distilled his orchestral arrangement to four string players, saxophone and Hammond organ.

Lord Stackhouse
This tune was originally written for me by Andy Scott and was featured on his Sax Assault album Sax Of Gold in 2007. In the mid 1990s I lived in a house called Stack House, on Stackhouse Lane, in Stackhouse, North Yorkshire, so, when I was looking for an email address, I thought that lordstackhouse would be apt! The ballad is a challenge, mainly due to its complex chords.

Del Soldato In Trincea
This poignant tune was written by Paulo Fresu for Ermanno Olmi’s 2014 film Torneranno i Prati (Greenery Will Bloom Again), a tribute to the suffering of Italian soldiers in the First World War. I was introduced to it by Raimondo Meli Lupi, who featured it on his album 1000 Papaveri Rossi.

. . . It Seemed That Life Was So Wonderful
Inspired by “Gather The Spirit,” Andy Scott and I decided to write a gospel-style tune. The title comes from the second half of the first line of Supertramp's “The Logical Song.” Violinist Simmy Singh contributes a stylish improvisation.

Washing Of The Water
Peter Gabriel’s glimpse into his secret world has unconventional percussion provided by the string players. The clarinet reflects Gabriel’s refined melody, while the stronger saxophone comes in around two thirds of the way through, improvising over the part where Gabriel sings “Letting go, it’s so hard, the way it’s hurting now” in his version. Violinist Rakhi Singh has the last line, where Gabriel sings, “Bring me something to take this pain away.”

Aquarelle
Andy Scott’s beautiful ballad features the quartet playing the entire tune, followed by my improvising. After the strings and the organ recapitulate the melody, I join them in the coda.

The Lads In Their Hundreds
A. E. Housman’s poem of young men leaving for the Boer War was set to music by George Butterworth, who, tragically, like many of the lads in their hundreds, was killed in the Battle of the Somme in 1914. I first heard it sung by June Tabor with Iain Ballamy and Hugh Warren in the group Quercus. This version is completely improvised by me, John Ellis and Ashok Klouda — no music, no rehearsal!

Lullaby For Channing
Mark Hart, my Supertramp colleague, wrote this beautiful melody at a sorrowful time in his life, a simple statement of which is appropriate.

Ever Open Door
The lyrics of Rick Davies’s sad song begin with “Sharing’s good, sharing’s fine / But no one wants to share this world of mine.” They conclude with a glimmer of hope: “I’ll keep a welcome outside my door.”

The Wayfaring Stranger
I have heard many versions of this 19th-century American folk elegy, from Johnny Cash to Charlie Haden. The melody is simply stated before Andy Scott’s arrangement takes the strings to a more complex harmonic world — eventually returning to earth.

Waly Waly
A couple of years ago a friend asked me to play at his daughter’s church wedding. When I found out that there was to be a string quartet playing as well, I asked Andy Scott if he would write an arrangement for the five of us. It was received enthusiastically by the congregation! This proved to be the spark that kindled this entire project.

The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men
One of my favourite tunes. It first came to my attention played by the Keith Jarrett Trio. Subsequently, I have enjoyed versions by Kurt Elling and Boz Scaggs, but the true inspiration came from hearing it superbly played by Ernie Watts on his 2009 album Four Plus Four.

Father O’Shea
I first heard this tune played by Charlie Haden on plucked double bass with his quartet and a string orchestra under the title “The Left Hand Of God,” also the title of a 1955 film with music by Victor Young. On investigating, I found that the tune is, in fact, a musical portrait of Humphrey Bogart’s character in the film, Jim Carmody, masquerading as a priest, Father O’Shea.

John Helliwell
Wunderschöne und gefühlvolle Melodien verschmelzen zu einer mehrdimensionalen Klangwelt, wenn Volksweisen, Jazz- und Popstandards von diesen Weltklasse-Musikern - angeführt vom legendären Meister selbst - neu erfunden und auf ein inspirierendes Niveau gehoben werden.
Ever Open Door, ein Album, welches die vielfältigen musikalischen Einflüsse John Helliwells widerspiegelt. Der Supertramp Saxophon Frontmann mit Kompositionen von Peter Gabriel, Richard Davies, Andy Scott, Paolo Fresu und vielen anderen.
Vollständig arrangiert von Andy Scott mit Ausnahme von The Lads In Their Hundreds, von John Helliwell.


Artist(s)

John Helliwell (saxophone)

John Anthony Helliwell (born 15 February 1945) is an English musician and the saxophonist and occasional keyboardist, woodwind player, and background vocalist for the rock band Supertramp. He also served as an MC during the band's concerts, talking and making jokes to the audience between songs. Helliwell played with The Alan Bown Set, replacing Dave Green when he joined in January 1966, before joining Supertramp in 1973 along with bassist Dougie Thomson, who convinced Helliwell to make the move. In 2004, Helliwell formed the band Crème Anglaise with Mark Hart, who had joined Supertramp in 1985. This group recorded their eponymous debut album in 2005. In 1987 Helliwell played on Pink Floyd's album A Momentary Lapse of Reason; his name was misspelled...
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John Anthony Helliwell (born 15 February 1945) is an English musician and the saxophonist and occasional keyboardist, woodwind player, and background vocalist for the rock band Supertramp. He also served as an MC during the band's concerts, talking and making jokes to the audience between songs.
Helliwell played with The Alan Bown Set, replacing Dave Green when he joined in January 1966, before joining Supertramp in 1973 along with bassist Dougie Thomson, who convinced Helliwell to make the move. In 2004, Helliwell formed the band Crème Anglaise with Mark Hart, who had joined Supertramp in 1985. This group recorded their eponymous debut album in 2005.
In 1987 Helliwell played on Pink Floyd's album A Momentary Lapse of Reason; his name was misspelled as "Halliwell". This was after Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour had played on Supertramp's album Brother Where You Bound. Helliwell also played on French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman's 1985 album Positif, and clarinet on Sara Hickman's 1990 album Shortstop.
During a professional lull in the 1990s, Helliwell began studying for a music degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, but he discontinued his studies to join Supertramp on tour when Some Things Never Change was released. In 2004 he contributed saxophone work on the Simon Apple album River to the Sea.
Helliwell contributed clarinet to The Pineapple Thief's song "Fend For Yourself" from their Your Wilderness album which was released in 2016.
Helliwell fronts the Super Big Tramp Band, which has a jazz big band line-up of trumpets, trombones, saxophones and rhythm section. It plays versions of Supertramp tunes, arranged by members of the band, with no vocals, but with Helliwell as the chief soloist. The band first played in Manchester in June 2013. In 2019 the band played at the Manchester Jazz Festival in May and was scheduled to play in Hull and Hamburg later in the year.
In October 2020, Helliwell released Ever Open Door, a CD album of ballads with Helliwell on saxophone and clarinet, with a string quartet and Hammond organ.


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John Ellis (hammond b3)

Ashok Klouda (cello)

Rakhi Singh (violin)

Simmy Singh (violin)

Ruth Gibson (viola)

Composer(s)

Paolo Fresu

The band of the country and major international prizes, the Sardinian countryside and disks, the discovery of jazz and the many collaborations, the love for the little things and Paris. There were few people really able to put together such a primer of elements and turn it into an incredibly fast growth style.  Paolo Fresu he succeeded just in a country like Italy where - for too long - the jazz culture was known as Shakespeare or the paintings of Matisse, where Louis Armstrong was little more than a freak of insane showcases Sanremo and Miles Davis discovered 'black' and very good after years of maximum creativity. The 'magic' is immense naturalness of a man who, like few others, managed to carry the...
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The band of the country and major international prizes, the Sardinian countryside and disks, the discovery of jazz and the many collaborations, the love for the little things and Paris. There were few people really able to put together such a primer of elements and turn it into an incredibly fast growth style. Paolo Fresu he succeeded just in a country like Italy where - for too long - the jazz culture was known as Shakespeare or the paintings of Matisse, where Louis Armstrong was little more than a freak of insane showcases Sanremo and Miles Davis discovered "black" and very good after years of maximum creativity. The "magic" is immense naturalness of a man who, like few others, managed to carry the deeper meaning of his magical land precisely in the most precious and freedom of the arts. At this point in his long and successful career, no longer need to enumerate recordings, prizes and various experiences that imposed at the international level and that they systematically and ecumenically love his music: in the sound of his trumpet is the sap that gave prestige to the new wave of European jazz, the depth of a thought not only music, generosity wants it "naturally" in the right place at the right time but, above all, the enormous and inexhaustible passion that sustains forever. This Paul is - as usual - whirling, worthy omnivorous artist and creative that everyone recognizes in him. Today (apart from a surprising literary side which resulted in the publication of some interesting editorial work) made ​​of its historic quintet is about to round the mark of 3 decades of full cooperation and mutual respect, but is also one of the quartet " Devil ", which rescues fully about the successes of the celebrated" Angel "who imposed European Paolo attention some five years ago. They grow then the important contemporary realities: the duet with Uri Caine, collaboration with Carla Bley and Steve Swallow and the lucky meeting with Ralph Towner that was the bridge at the entrance of Paul's name in the entourage of the celebrated and noble label ECM, which then published the beautiful work Mystical Mediterranean with Daniele Di Bonaventura and the choir A Filetta course, I am only a few of these. Its present more current sees active, more foreign things in perspective, in a trio with Richard Galliano and Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren ("Mare Nostrum") and several new adventures with new names entourage important contemporary jazz such as Omar Sosa, Gianluca Petrella, and - again - with Manu Katché, Eivind Aarset, Dave Douglas. Interesting are the projects with some great names of the literary and theatrical Italian (Ascanio Celestini, Lella Costa, Stefano Benni, Milena Vukotic) over, finally, a new series of small but important partnerships with the music "intelligent" fringes popular Italian. Music for the cinema and "special projects" as its unique "just" play that has paralyzed 3,000 spectators at the Auditorium of Rome or an enchanted theater Metastasio in Prato close the circle with the little big and crazy adventure that led him to celebrate in 2011 its 50th anniversary with 50 concerts, in 50 consecutive days with 50 formations and different projects of the day in 50 masterpieces landscape of his native Sardinia. It would certainly be a mistake to forget the winks to the world "Classic "that could soon surprises with ad hoc jobs when they may be involved string quartets looking ahead and great heroes Avantgarde music or, finally, the beautiful new work of" promotion "cha Paul is carrying out against many Young Lions entourage contemporary jazz through the possibilities offered their thanks to his new label Tǔk Music built specifically to look forward to.
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John Helliwell (saxophone)

John Anthony Helliwell (born 15 February 1945) is an English musician and the saxophonist and occasional keyboardist, woodwind player, and background vocalist for the rock band Supertramp. He also served as an MC during the band's concerts, talking and making jokes to the audience between songs. Helliwell played with The Alan Bown Set, replacing Dave Green when he joined in January 1966, before joining Supertramp in 1973 along with bassist Dougie Thomson, who convinced Helliwell to make the move. In 2004, Helliwell formed the band Crème Anglaise with Mark Hart, who had joined Supertramp in 1985. This group recorded their eponymous debut album in 2005. In 1987 Helliwell played on Pink Floyd's album A Momentary Lapse of Reason; his name was misspelled...
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John Anthony Helliwell (born 15 February 1945) is an English musician and the saxophonist and occasional keyboardist, woodwind player, and background vocalist for the rock band Supertramp. He also served as an MC during the band's concerts, talking and making jokes to the audience between songs.
Helliwell played with The Alan Bown Set, replacing Dave Green when he joined in January 1966, before joining Supertramp in 1973 along with bassist Dougie Thomson, who convinced Helliwell to make the move. In 2004, Helliwell formed the band Crème Anglaise with Mark Hart, who had joined Supertramp in 1985. This group recorded their eponymous debut album in 2005.
In 1987 Helliwell played on Pink Floyd's album A Momentary Lapse of Reason; his name was misspelled as "Halliwell". This was after Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour had played on Supertramp's album Brother Where You Bound. Helliwell also played on French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman's 1985 album Positif, and clarinet on Sara Hickman's 1990 album Shortstop.
During a professional lull in the 1990s, Helliwell began studying for a music degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, but he discontinued his studies to join Supertramp on tour when Some Things Never Change was released. In 2004 he contributed saxophone work on the Simon Apple album River to the Sea.
Helliwell contributed clarinet to The Pineapple Thief's song "Fend For Yourself" from their Your Wilderness album which was released in 2016.
Helliwell fronts the Super Big Tramp Band, which has a jazz big band line-up of trumpets, trombones, saxophones and rhythm section. It plays versions of Supertramp tunes, arranged by members of the band, with no vocals, but with Helliwell as the chief soloist. The band first played in Manchester in June 2013. In 2019 the band played at the Manchester Jazz Festival in May and was scheduled to play in Hull and Hamburg later in the year.
In October 2020, Helliwell released Ever Open Door, a CD album of ballads with Helliwell on saxophone and clarinet, with a string quartet and Hammond organ.


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Press

...this stately, prestigious album..
Jazzism, 03-1-2022

This collaboration with fellow Manchester-area artists – creative keyboards guru John Ellis and The Singh String Quartet – presents an interesting range of compositions and arrangements, many by fellow saxophonist (and educator) Andy Scott.
AP-Reviews, 02-10-2020

The music on the album is of a uniformly high standard from beginning to end. A much visited tune of the saxophonist's, the traditional 'Waly Waly' sounds as fresh here  as ever, along with a lovely 'The Ballad Of The Sad Yound Men', one of two live tracks recorded the evening prior to the main studio session for the album. This is a delightful recording that, to coin a phrase, if everyone was listening, can warm up the coldest and most cynical of hearts.
Jazzviews, 02-10-2020

... It is beautiful ... to listen to these melodies, which have been emotionally transformed, it is very relaxing and is certainly ideal for switching off from hectic moments of everyday life...  
musikansich, 02-10-2020

... Even the Supertramp song "If Everyone Was Listening" gains new perspectives in this chamber music version. In general, almost every one of the 14 carefully selected songs, listened to individually, has something to offer....
Jazzthing, 01-9-2020

John Anthony Helliwell it is now looking into classical jazz
radio1.be, 30-6-2020

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01.
If Everyone Was Listening
05:16
(Richard Davies, Roger Hodgson) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
02.
Gather The Spirit
06:26
(Jim Scott) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
03.
Lord Stackhouse
06:15
(Andy Scott) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
04.
Del Soldato In Trincea
04:37
(Paolo Fresu) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
05.
It Seemed That Life Was So Wonderful
06:52
(John Helliwell, Andy Scott) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
06.
Washing Of The Water
04:04
(Peter Gabriel) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
07.
Aquarelle
05:28
(Andy Scott) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
08.
The Lads In Their Hundreds
05:25
(George Butterworth, A. E. Housman) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
09.
Lullaby For Channing
03:27
(Mark Hart) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
10.
Ever Open Door
04:11
(Richard Davies) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
11.
The Wayfaring Stranger
04:21
(Traditional) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
12.
Waly Waly
04:21
(Traditional) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
13.
The Ballad of the Sad Young Men
09:01
(Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
14.
Father O'Shea
03:57
(Victor Young, Victor Young) John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Helliwell, The Singh String Quartet, John Ellis
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