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New Tricks

Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

New Tricks

Personnel:
Mike Lee: Saxophones
Ted Chubb: Trumpet
Kellen Harrison: Bass
Shawn Baltazor: Drums

Four members of the celebrated Cecil’s Big Band at Cecil’s Jazz Club and Restaurant in West Orange, New Jersey” tenor saxophonist Mike Lee, trumpeter Ted Chubb, bassist Kellen Harrison, and drummer Shawn Baltazor”decided five years ago to get together for jam sessions in the basement of Lee’s house in nearby Montclair. Lee and Chubb brought some original compositions to jam on at the Wednesday afternoon sessions, and the men soon discovered they had a special musical affinity for one another....
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“New Tricks has all of the cohesion and assuredness of a working band “ something not experienced as often as it once was in jazz. New Tricks mirrors the personality of Its leader, Mike Lee, a brilliant saxophonist of the highest level.”

- Christian McBride

“New Tricks conveys a distinct New York sound on its aggressively swinging sophomore effort. The quartet puts a new spin on an old hard-bop formula without crossing over into the avant-garde camp.” -Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

“Mike lee and New Tricks have a real New York sound..very seasoned and swinging..I like this band..”

-George Garzone

“New Tricks is keeping the music alive with a fresh approach ” creative, stretchin’, and groovin’….check them out!”

-Dave Stryker

New Tricks ” “Alternate Side” by Bill Milkowski

Co-led by fellow Cleveland natives Mike Lee on tenor saxophone and Ted Chubb on trumpet, New Tricks conveys a distinct New York sound on its aggressively swinging sophomore effort. With Kellen Harrison on bass and Shawn Baltazor on drums, the quartet puts a new spin on an old hard-bop formula without crossing over into the avant-garde camp. They come out of the gate swaggering on the vibrant title track, on which Lee reflects the influence of his mentor Joe Lovano (particularly in the high register). “Optimistic-Lee,” a metrically tricky form that yields bracing solos by both Chubb and Lee, is Lee’s take on the many tongue-in-cheek song and album titles associated with Lee Konitz and Lee Morgan. “Shellen vs Chee” is an all-out burner that pits the tight rhythm tandem of Harrison and Baltazor (Kellen + Shawn = Shellen) against the two-headed monster of Chee (Chubb + Lee = Chee). Other highlights include Lee’s evocative “Vicenza Days,” written after a dreamy walk around that Italian city, and Chubb’s reflective “Long Road Home.” The self-explanatory “Short Stops” is full of intricate little rumble strips on the freeway to some ferocious swinging.


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New Tricks Records Track Listing: Out of Time; Old Dog; New Tricks; Jackie's Day; Ah Leu Cha; J's Other Bag; After Much Discussion; Josie Moves East; Absence; In His Steps; Amble In; 1919 (Dedicated to Donald Jacobus). Style: Modern Jazz
Personnel:
Mike Lee: Saxophones
Ted Chubb: Trumpet
Kellen Harrison: Bass
Shawn Baltazor: Drums

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