Rocco John Peace And Love
A Tribute To Will Connell
(Unseen Rain UR9932)
Street Date: March 3, 2017
Rocco John Iacovone-alto and soprano saxophones, piano
Ras Moshe Burnett-bells, tenor saxophone
Michael Lytle-bass clarinet
Phil Sirois-double bass
Track 1- Aurora Borealis 23’11
Track 2-Evolutions 16’27
Track 3-What if the moon were made out of Jazz 22’30
All compositions by Rocco John Iacovone ©
Recorded and mixed by -Andrew Marcinkowski
Recorded live at THE STONE, NYC
Mixed and mastered by Jim DeSalvo at Beanstudio, Wayne, NJ
Cover Art & Graphics Denise Iacovone & Qua's Eye Graphix
UPC code: 783583260800
FROM THE COMPOSER:
Will Connell lived his music. One day, on the way home from a gig, Will turned to me and said,” Man, the world has got to hear your music. The world NEEDS to hear your music.” Then he gave me a slot in a residency he was curating at John Zorn’s place, The Stone. That’s how Will was. As we got closer to Christmas week, I emailed him about rehearsal. He didn’t respond. I called him. No response. Very unlike Will. I later received a call from Ras Moshe Burnett telling me Will was in the hospital. A routine procedure had gone wrong. Will was in a coma and passed a few days later.
The residency went on as planned. The air was heavy, but filled with love and respect. The Stone was packed with standing room only for the entire week. This performance was recorded live. Will used to sign his emails, “Peas and Lub” and so this CD, Peace and Love is dedicated with much love to the spirit of Will Connell.
Rocco has built a career that straddles his early influences of “in” versus “out “. Recognizing the rich and vibrant community of New York improvisatory musicians, Rocco started the Improvisational Composers Ensemble (ICE) as an outlet for music that features improvisation as a major compositional element. PEACE AND LOVE is his fourth album as leader/composer and his second on the UR label along with EMBRACE THE CHANGE.
“Rocco John Iacovone draws from a deep well for his musical inspiration, with sources as diverse as Eric Dolphy, JS Bach, Charlie Parker and Nadia Boulanger. “Terrell Holmes, All about Jazz
“Saxophonist Rocco John has studied with Sam Rivers and Lee Konitz and his distinctly apparent ability to both compose and improvise in the Jazz idiom clearly reflects the lessons learned from these masters.” Russ Musto, All About jazz