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the jazz trumpeter-vocalist of quiet intensity continues his discography with the eagerly-awaited new album, Just a Closer Walk, a unique and soul-felt treatment of spirituals and gospel-flavored material...  

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nate birkey quintet, Just a Closer Walk (2014)

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check out the review in the April, 2015 issue of Down Beat here

 

 

 

nate birkey quintet, christmas  (2008

 

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nate birkey quintet, almost home  (2008)

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 nate birkey quintet, shortest day  

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  nate birkey quintet, the mennonite 

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  nate birkey Quintet, ballads

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     nate birkey quintet, indelibly you

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bio

NYC-based jazz trumpeter, vocalist and bandleader Nate Birkey has built a solid reputation for creating a modernizing �mainstream� musical voice, steeped in subtle swing and expressive lyricism which has earned comparisons to Chet Baker, while making careful, tasteful detours into other rhythms and genres. He steps into some terrain both new and old by offering fresh yet traditional approaches to the realm of gospel music and spirituals on the album Just a Closer Walk with Thee, his latest and seventh album on the Household Ink label.

            Recorded in Santa Barbara, where Birkey lived for several years before heading east, the inspiring all-instrumental song set features the ripe and empathetic work of his �west coast� quintet, with pianist Jamieson Trotter, tenor saxist Tom Buckner, bassist Jim Connolly and drummer  Peter Buck. It�s another strong addition to a fascinating discography and musical adventure in progress for Birkey.

This isn�t the first time Birkey has followed a particular conceptual path on an album: he focused his musical attentions on earlier albums with the deceptively simple, self-descriptive titles, 2001�s Ballads and 2008�s Christmas. Alongside the pulse of personalized �straight ahead� jazz in the foundation of Birkey�s approach, his taste for New Orleans, Latin and other elements in the music can also be heard on his Household Ink debut, 1998�s Indelibly You, as well as The Mennonite (2001), The Shortest Day (2004) and Almost Home (2008).

Just a Closer Walk, similarly, stokes the long tradition of a gospel influence in jazz while adding some twists of Birkey�s own devising. Jazz classics with a gospel pedigree included the opening �Cristo Redentor,� the Duke Pearson tune made famous by trumpeter Donald Byrd on his own spin on the gospel-jazz handshake, and Count Basie�s �The Deacon.� A New Orleans-ian groove percolates on his arrangement of �What a Friend We Have in Jesus,� while a brass chorale effect lends a hushed, spiritualized glow to the 19th century hymn �O Sacred Head, Now Wounded� (one of the favorite hymns of Birkey�s mother back in his childhood home in Colorado: she is a Mennonite, incidentally).

That brief, sanctuary-suitable track segues gracefully into the title hymn, �Just a Closer Walk with Thee,� given a natural jazz cred and improvisatory flex by the quintet. The album closes with a nod to the great African-American spirituals repertoire, �Soon Ah Will Be Done,� by which time we�re true believers in the project�s musical mission, regardless of one�s link to the religious affiliations involved.

Just a Closer Walk is another strong addition to a fascinating discography and musical adventure in progress for Birkey.

HI-147: Nate Birkey, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, 2014

SONGS

1. Cristo Redentor
2. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
3. And Can It Be
4. His Eye Is On the Sparrow
5. If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee
6. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
7. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
8. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
9. The Deacon
10. Soon Ah Will Be Done

Nate Birkey � trumpet
Tom Buckner � saxophone
Jamieson Trotter � piano
Jim Connolly � bass
Peter Buck � drums

 

PRESS CLIPPINGS:

 

"Make way for Nate Birkey, a talented trumpeter / vocalist / composer who has been honing his talents in the Santa Barbara Jazz scene and is now getting the national exposure he deserves. Birkey's latest release, Shortest Day, recorded live in 2004, showcases his considerable gifts and puts him front and center among Jazz' most promising musicians." --Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz - New York

 

"Nate Birkey, he of mysterious charisma, subtle gossamer trumpet lines and understated voice, hunches over the microphone and leans into his phrases, shutting out the world." --Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times

 

�All you have to do is look at his two current CDs, The Mennonite and the vocal driven Ballads, to see his affinity for Chet Baker. On both, the trumpeter strikes a pose musically and physically that is very Chet like. But the sounds are solid, and Birkey definitely deserves a place on the impressive list of trumpeters with a Denver connection.� �Norman Provizer, Rocky Mountain News


nate birkey quintet, christmas  (2008)

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bio

Songs: 1. silent night  2. o tannenbaum  3. have yourself a merry little christmas mp3  4. we three kings  5. christmas time is here mp3  6. what are you doing new year's eve?  7. i'll be home for christmas  8. the christmas waltz mp3  9. hanukkah, oh hanukkah  10. i heard the bells on christmas day mp3

Musicians: Nate Birkey, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals; Jim Ridl, piano; Steve Rudolph, piano; Tony Marino, bass; Marko Marcinko, drums; Vic Juris, guitar

    

nate birkey quintet, almost home  (2008)

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Songs: 1. Bianca  2. All of You  3. Falling  4. I'm Falling in Love Again  5. The Promise  6. Little Boy Lost  7. Tuesdays on the Ridge  8. Sing to Me  9. Cinema Paradiso

Musicians: Nate Birkey, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals; Sal Giorgiano, tenor sax; Jim Ridl, piano; Steve Rudolph, piano; Tony Marino, bass; Marko Marcinko, drums; Vic Juris, guitar

  nate birkey quintet, the mennonite 

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1. The Fool in the Tree (Birkey) 2. Delirio (Birkey) 3. Penelope (Birkey) 4. Before She Goes Away (Birkey) 5. Northern Lights (Roney) 6. Hollow (Trotter) 7. Song Without Words (Birkey) 8. Prohibition (Trotter) 9. The Mennonite (Birkey) 10. What'll I Do? (Berlin)

Personnel: Nate Birkey, trumpet and vocals; Jamieson Trotter, keyboards; Cougar Estrada, drums; Jim Connolly, bass; also with Joe Woodard, guitar

 

  nate birkey Quintet, ballads

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1. I'll Be Seeing You (Fain/Kahal) 2. Nature Boy (Ahbez) 3. For All We Know (Coots/Lewis) 4. Dreaming of Memphis (Birkey) 5. Hi Lili, Hi Lo (Deutsch/Kaper) 6. But Not For Me (Gershwin/Gershwin) 7. I'll Be Around (Wilder) 8. My Ship (Gershwin/Weill) 9. I Will Wait For You (Demy/Gimbel/Legrand) 10. You Don't Know What Love Is (DePaul/Raye)

Personnel: Nate Birkey, trumpet and vocals; Jamieson Trotter, keyboards; Cougar Estrada, drums; Jim Connolly, bass; also with Ruben Estrada, piano and vibraphone; Dan Zimmerman, electric guitar, Joe Woodard, guitar

   

     nate birkey quintet, indelibly you

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"His biggest, boldest, most original statement as a musician yet."

--Steve Libowitz, Santa Barbara News-Press

Personnel:

Nate Birkey, trumpet, vocals; Justin Claveria, tenor sax; Cougar Estrada, drums, percussion; Jim Connolly, bass; Jamieson Trotter, piano

Special guests: Gilles Apap, violin; Chris Symer, bass; Rob Van, piano; Joe Woodard, guitar 

Songs:

1. It Never Entered My Mind (Rogers/Hart) 2. Alone Again (Birkey) soundbite Natalie (Birkey/Woodard) 4. Twilight (Birkey) 5. On to Guadalupe (Birkey)  6. Soft as an Easy Chair (Woodard) sound bite 7. Indelibly You (Birkey/Woodard) 8. Frantic (Birkey) 9. Blue (Birkey) 10. Happy Little Sunbeam (Russ Freeman)  sound bite  11. She Walks In (Woodard/Birkey)

 


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