About the album
The compositions of master guitarist John Stowell have taken on a life of their own over the last several years. As fellow artists have become increasingly aware of their intriguing melodic & harmonic movements through recordings with the group Scenes, or from his solo guitar renditions, novel methods for interpreting his works have become an inspired exercise. The 2020 duo release, Rain Painting with bassist/vocalist Dan Dean, set the stage with Textura describing it as "... innovative, original, and musically rewarding." For Violin Memory, trombonist Dave Glenn recalled his many duo performances with Stowell as being like chamber music, inspiring him to arrange nine Stowell originals for string quartet—the themes stated by the quartet as springboards for the duo's renditions. Besides those, Glenn offers 3 of his compositions and a mid-program medley of Stowell tunes arranged for the quartet. “The skillful ingenuity of Dave Glenn’s jazz writing makes an easy transition into his elegant string quartet writing." - composer John David Earnest
Die Kompositionen des Meistergitarristen John Stowell haben in den letzten Jahren ein Eigenleben entwickelt. Da andere Künstler durch Aufnahmen mit der Gruppe Scenes oder durch seine Solo-Gitarren-Interpretationen zunehmend auf die faszinierenden melodischen und harmonischen Bewegungen aufmerksam geworden sind, wurden neue Methoden zur Interpretation seiner Werke zu einer inspirierenden Übung. Die 2020 erschienene Duo-Veröffentlichung Rain Painting mit dem Bassisten/Sänger Dan Dean wurde von Textura als "... innovativ, originell und musikalisch lohnend" beschrieben. Für Violin Memory erinnerte sich der Posaunist Dave Glenn an seine vielen Duo-Auftritte mit Stowell, die er als kammermusikalisch empfand, was ihn dazu inspirierte, neun Stowell-Originale für Streichquartett zu arrangieren - die Themen, die das Quartett vorgab, dienten als Sprungbrett für die Interpretationen des Duos. Außerdem bietet Glenn drei seiner Kompositionen und ein Medley von Stowell-Melodien, die für das Quartett arrangiert wurden, in der Mitte des Programms. "Der gekonnte Einfallsreichtum von Dave Glenns Jazzkompositionen bildet einen leichten Übergang zu seinen eleganten Streichquartettkompositionen". - Komponist John David Earnest
John Stowell began his successful career with guitar lessons in his native Connecticut from guitarist Linc Chamberlind, and from John Mehegan, pianist and respected jazz educator at the Julliard chool of Music and Yale University. Several years later he met noted bassist David Friesen in NYC and launched a critically acclaimed touring and recording association that lasted 7 years, included 6 albums, and performances in Europe, Canada, USA and Australia. During that time, John also moved to Oregon. Paul Horn, John, David Friesen and Robin Horn were invited to perform in the Soviet Union. It was the first time in 40 years that American jazz musicians had been invited to play public performances in Russia, paving the way for many others to follow. John Stowell is an in-demand teacher and clinician of jazz guitar. He has taught at the country's most prestigious schools of music, and frequently is invited to present "Artist in Residence" series.
Dave Glenn is a clinician for Jazz Education Abroad and Professor Emeritus at Whitman College where he was Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Low Brass from 1989-2011. He received a Bachelor of Music from North Texas State University and a Master of Music from the University of Northern Colorado. Dave Glenn spent 11 years as a professional trombonist in New York City where he played for ten years with the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band and toured extensively with Bill Watrous' Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, Diana Ross and Lou Rawls. He plays trombone on the Grammy-award winning recording Walk on the Water by the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band. Dave Glenn has also recorded two jazz CDs of his original compositions and arrangements, "Journeys" and "National Pastime" and a recently released CD, "Violin Memory" with guitarist John Stowell. He has composed five commissioned works for orchestra and numerous commissioned chamber music works. Dave Glenn is an endorsing artist for Conn/Selmer, an Origin Records recording artist and an Executive Board member of Jazz Education Abroad and iJazzMusic.com.