When Music Calls

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"Influenced by Ben Webster, John Coltrane and Stanley Turrentine and mentored by Warne Marsh and Eddie Daniels, Schwartz has strong tenor sax credentials. He gigged in the Harvard Jazz Band (he attended the university from 1985-89 and graduated magna cum laude), holding the solo tenor sax chair after Don Braden and before Joshua Redman. Early in his career, he performed in groups with Redman, guitarist Peter Bernstein and pianist/organist Larry Goldings and in recent years has done sideman duties with Smith Dobson, Mark Levine and Kitty Margolis. He's also led his own bands that have performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joining Schwartz on this date is a solid group of improvisers with whom he has worked extensively: pianist Paul Nagel, bassist John Shifflett, drummer Jason Lewis and on three tracks percussionist Josh Jones. "I have the utmost admiration for these guys. I love the quality of interaction we had. Just like on a gig, unpredictable things happened in the studio that confirmed to me we were onto something." Schwartz also enlisted the services of Bud Spangler, whose friendship and wisdom as producer proved invaluable.

There are several highlights on When Music Calls. "Dénouement" is a melodic beauty flavored with Brazilian musical influences. "Tidepool," played in 6/8 time with an Afro-Cuban sensibility, features an infectious bass line hook and ebullient, angular tenor sax blowing. "Rabbit Days" catches a cool and swinging groove and concludes serendipitously with the band agreeing on the same final note. And another swing-driven piece "Poketown" captures the essence of classic mainstream jazz. "That title stems from a nickname a friend gave me," says Schwartz. "It has to do with my pace of doing things. Sure, I love uptempo tunes, but I'm not a fiery, scorching, New York-type saxophonist. My playing has more in common with a Dexter Gordon or Wayne Shorter. I think of this tune as a place you can go where life happens at that slower pace."

- from the liner notes by Dan Ouellette (Down Beat, Stereophile, San Francisco Chronicle)