Power of Ten

Earth Tones Recording

Power of Ten released their first CD Earth Tones in November of 2011 to favorable reviews from All About Jazz and the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Jazz Blog Watch in the UK and syndicated in many languages throughout Europe. Here is what the critics have said about Rick Lawn’s Power of Ten10 – Earth Tones:

All About Jazz highlights – “The most striking and pleasurable aspects of Lawn’s arrangements are the beautiful sonorities he creates by combining instruments with different colorations…. The overall sound is a stone’s throw from Maria Schneider’s big band arrangements. The orchestrations are cinematic…”

“Lawn has put together a set of tunes and arrangements in the mainstream post-bop idiom that are consistently listenable with a touch of humor… And the felicitous addition of trumpet master George Rabbai makes this an album to be savored and remembered.”

Jazz Inside Magazine – ” The pride of the Philly jazz scene can be found right here through the “power” of these 1o stellar tracks, essentially penned and arranged by Lawn himself. The pride of the Philly jazz scene can be found right here through the “power” of these ten stellar tracks, essentially penned and arranged by Lawn himself. It’s a nice cross section of modern bop oriented material that puts the spotlight on the big band as a collective instrument in and of itself.It’s a nice cross-section of modern bob oriented material that puts the spotlight on the big band as a collective instrument in and of itself. … Rick Lawn is bringing a classic big band sound into the 21st Century with pristine production values, stellar playing and soul stirring arrangements. “

Philadelphia Inquirer review highlights – “…self-produced recording is a clean, transparent effort that invites more people in the jazz tent. …the set maintains a strong mainstream jazz focus… Much of it exudes a clean aesthetic a la Gil Evans, whose influence can be heard…”

Jazzblogwatch in UK: A recommendation of the highest order. A classy new release from the man behind the ultra rare “Compass Rises” private press on schoolhouse records, Ohio. These guys should be supported and heard. Drop by Rick’s place and find out more … (blog entry now picked up in several other countries in multiple languages)

MediaGuide’s Jazz Week charted Earth Tones for many weeks this past winter and spring with consistent radio play across the US by stations from California to the East Coast including 17 states. Public Radio International’s syndicated NPR program “Jazz After Hours” featured Earth Tones on its playlist as did many NPR affiliates.

Earth Tones features an eclectic collection of original compositions by the band’s leader Rick Lawn, and his reinventions of classic compositions by Carole King (Tapestry), the Beatles (With a Little Help…& Norwegian Wood), French classical composer Paule Maurice and legendary jazz bassist Paul Chambers.

All the members of Power of Ten are on faculty at the School of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The band is therefore very committed to music education and frequently offers clinics, workshops and master classes.

And here is what some noted jazz educators are saying about the band and their recording:

I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying your CD! Wonderful writing and playing. A rare recording that rewards repeated listening. This is the kind of record that people will tell their friends about and create a cult following. An inspiring album!!!
-Dave Morgan, Director of Jazz Studies @Youngstown State, composer and bassist with Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

I finally had a long enough drive to listen to your CD straight through. Wow – it’s a great bit of work! Great charts, great playing, great recording. It’s a fabulous product!
-Jeff Benedict, LA Saxophonist and educator at CAL State LA.

I’m enjoying your new CD and thanks for sending it to me. Great players and great charts—very skillfully written and played.
-Ray Ricker, senior associate dean, noted jazz author/saxophonist @ Eastman School of Music@TundraEnterprise.com

Sweet Basil rehearsed last night and as usual, playing my horn with the band I have now with your charts, is life extending. Keep writing.
-Ernie Bastine, retired university trumpet and jazz professor now runs 10 piece band.

Congratulations on a great CD!  The whole recording is very impressive from the very creative charts to the performances by the band.  I have to say it is one of the most enjoyable big band CDs I’ve listened to in a long time.  I had not yet read the notes when I was listening to “Sigh of the Soul” and it blew me away!  Bravo to you for the whole CD! -Roger Greemberg, Professor Emeritus, University of Northern Colorado and Saxophone Specialist with Eastman Music Company

Radio Play

We are grateful to the following stations coast to coast who have been airing tracks from Earth Tones  for months since its release:

KKJZ – Long Beach, CA

WSHA – Raleigh, NC

WVIA – Scranton, PA

WRTI – Philadelphia, PA

KIOS – Omaha, NE

KSDS – San Diego, CA

WVTF – Virginia Tech

WUCF -University of Central Florida

WWUH – CT

KPLU – Seattle, WA

KUNC – University of Northern Colorado

KUER – University of Utah

WESM – University of Maryland

KZYX – Mendocino, CA

WSCA – New Hampshire

Jim Wilke’s Jazz After Hours syndicated by Public Radio International aired by many stations such as KBIA, WAMC and others.

 

Thanks and apologizes to others who we may have left out and are unaware of!!

 

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1. Play Demo of NEVER TOO LATE

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2. Play Demo of SIGH OF THE SOUL

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3. Play Demo of HOPSCOTCH

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4. Play Demo of Quiet Please!

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5. Play Demo of TAPESTRY

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6. Play Demo of EASE IT

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7. Play Demo of WITH A LITTLE HELP

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8. Play Demo of RETROSPECT

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9. Play Demo of NO REGRETS

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10. Play Demo of EARTH TONES

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Power of Ten

Power of Ten is a unique little big band comprised of Philadelphia’s most in demand, first call musicians, who also teach at the University of the Arts School of Music. They released their first CD Earth Tones  in 2011 to favorable reviews from All About Jazz, Jazz Inside Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The band performs semi-regularly at Chris’ Jazz Cafe  in Philly and has presented concerts at The Philadelphia Museum of the Art.

 

 

PERSONNEL

The TEN (sometimes 11) That Comprise THE POWER of Ten10

 

Ron Kerber (alto & soprano sax and flute) is one of Philadelphia’s first call musicians, with a career that has crossed genres and styles. He was formerly saxophonist, composer and producer for Blue Note recording artists “Pieces of a Dream”. He has also recorded with Jimmy Bruno, Phil Woods, Gerald Veasley, Jim Ridl, Melody Gardot, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, Lou Rawls and Teddy Pendergrass among others. He has toured with Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart and Diana Ross and performed with Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Ben Folds, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Tony Bennett, Lang Lang, Manhattan Transfer, Randy Brecker, Michael Buble, Jane Monheit, New York Voices, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations and Johnny Mathis to name a few. Ron has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Opera Company of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and The Royal Ballet. He is a member of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and has played in the orchestras of the Forrest, Walnut Street, Prince and Merriam Theaters. Ron’s most recent CD is available at www.dreamboxmedia.com.

Chris Farr (tenor & soprano sax) received his Master’s Degree from the University of the Arts in 1995, where he is now the Chair of the Saxophone Department. Currently, he can found playing on the Philly jazz scene as well as nationally and internationally. Over the past years Chris has recorded, toured and/or performed with Maynard Ferguson, Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Stanley Clarke, Diane Schuur, Jill Scott, Teddy Pendergrass, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean, Jill Scott, The Roots, Carl Thomas, Jaheim, Terell Stafford, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Jimmy Bruno, Lou Rawls, Larry Carlton, Joey DeFrancesco, “Papa” John DeFrancesco & Gerald Veasley.

Rick Lawn (baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet) Grants from the National Endowment of the Arts have supported his work as a composer, and as a member of the Nova Saxophone Quartet he has recorded on the Musical Heritage Society, Crystal and Equilibrium labels. The Sea Breeze record label issued “Unknown Soldiers,” a CD recorded by the Third Coast Jazz Orchestra featuring his compositions and arrangements. Kendor, CL Barnhouse, Walrus, Concept Music, Alfred, Dorn, and UNC Press music among others publish his compositions. Rick’s books entitled The Jazz Ensemble Directors Manual, Jazz Theory and Practice, and Experiencing Jazz have become staples among jazz educators and students. Selmer has sponsored his clinics, performances guest conducting appearances in 12 states. Rick contributes most of the compositions and arrangements to Power of Ten’s book. He has performed with Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Marian McPartland, Chuck Mangione, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Bernadette Peters, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Austin Symphony, Houston Lyric Opera Company and the Rochester Philharmonic to mention a few.

Matt Gallagher (trumpet & flugelhorn) has performed as a lead trumpet player with professional bands in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Wilmington, Delaware. As a member of three local musicians unions, he has performed with several Broadway show pro¬ductions and artists including Randy Brecker, John Fedchock, Robin Eubanks, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, The O’Jays, The Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry Manilow. Matt is currently the lead trumpet player for the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra as well as a member of Chico’s Vibe, one of the region’s top party bands. In addition, Matt is a regular studio trumpet player at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Larry Gold Studio in Philadelphia. Matt has recently recorded for Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, R Kelly, and LL Cool J to name a few.

 

George Rabbai (trumpet & flugelhorn) has toured and recorded with The Woody Herman Jazz Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein and Clark Terry. His beautiful and lyrical trumpet sound can be heard on the soundtrack to Ken Burns’ “Baseball” documentary with his mournful rendition of “Take me out to the Ballgame”. George is an American Civil War historian and has published books and CDs on the origins and development of American military bugle calls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Kapralick (trombone) Randy has played lead trombone for the legendary Motown groups The Four Tops & The Temptations. Throughout his career, Randy has had the chance to perform/record with Tito Puente, Aretha Franklin, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, KC & the Sunshine Band, Frankie Valli, Bill Watrous, and Robert Goulet.

Mike Kennedy (guitar) has studied with, among others, Jimmy Bruno, Larry McKenna, Bob DiNardo, Joe Federico, and Allan Slutsky. Mike has been teaching guitar for over 17 years. Over the past few years, Mike has had the opportunity to perform with such renowned Philadelphia jazz musicians as Larry McKenna and John Swana and has also has performed with international pop artists such as Lou Rawls, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters, and Elton John. With a sound based in the bebop tradition, yet with a definite modern presence, Mike collected a series of ten tunes for his first self-produced jazz CD, Quartet No. 1, which was released in late 2002. The album received exceptional reviews that praise both the compositions and the musicians. The CD has had airplay in the Philadelphia area, as well as overseas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Miceli (vibes) has performed throughout Germany, Holland, Belgium and England with Mallet Madness. Closer to home, he performs as a leader or sideman in countless jazz clubs and concert halls including: Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Zanzibar Blue, World Cafe Live, Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, Chris’s Jazz Cafe, the Painted Bride and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recordings include a self-titled compilation CD; Looking East with the Philly 5; On a Sweet Note, Gerald Veasley and the Electric Mingus Project; Band Shapes with French pianist Olivier Hutman; Monkadelphia; Music From the Inside Out, a companion CD for the new documentary showcasing The Philadelphia Orchestra; and three upcoming CD’s: with Concord Jazz recording artist and guitarist, Jimmy Bruno; with Adam Unsworth, French hornist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and a BMG tribute album to Luther Vandross. In addition to leading his own ensembles, Miceli has performed with Dave Liebman, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle and others.

Bassist Kevin MacConnell has enjoyed a busy and varied career since moving to Philadelphia in 1982. He has performed with jazz greats Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, and has performed and recorded with tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. He is equally at home in the classical venues as well, having performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops and numerous small chamber ensembles. Kevin has performed in numerous “pit” ensembles for performances of “Floyd Collins”, “Candide”, “Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues” and “Chasing Nicolette” to name a few. He has also shared the stage with James Naughton and Faith Prince and of course Paula West.
Kevin has worked extensively with tenor saxophonist, Larry McKenna and is featured on Larry’s latest release “Profile” which has received critical acclaim across the U.S. Kevin studied at West Chester State College in the mid-seventies and has studied privately with bassist Domenick Fiore and new york based jazz pianist Sal Mosca (a Lennie Tristano protege’).

 

Tom Lawton studied in Philadelphia with renowned pianist Bernard Peiffer, who had emigrated here from France. After Bernard’s death, Tom began a long association with the late bassist Al Stauffer, who had accompanied Peiffer for several years. Tom and Al were once among Philly’s most visible proponents of free improvisation and were often seen at the Painted Bride and Khyber Pass back when those venues still supported the style. In ensuing years, they were seen playing more subdued (but no less creative) jazz styles at the Fountain Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tom now just subs at the Four Seasons, but can be seen frequently at Chris’ Jazz Cafe. He teaches at Bucks Community College, Temple University and the University of the Arts. Tom is considered by many to be one of Philadelphia’s brightest undiscovered talents. His playing is awe-inspiring and he defines “two handed” piano playing.

 

 

 

 

Erik Johnson has been a performing musician and composer in Philadelphia for the past 20 years. He was a member of the acclaimed Interscope Records act “Huffamoose” during the 1990′s, touring extensively and performing on many television and radio shows including “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” Since 1998, Erik has been focusing on an original rock music project, “The Fractals,” with former members of Huffamoose Jim Stager and Kevin Hanson (The Roots, Jay-Z, many others) as well as returning to his jazz roots. From 1998 through 2003 he was a member of Ben Schachter’s “Trio of Many” during which time he recorded with Tim Hagans, Jef Lee Johnson, Gary Bartz and others. Erik has performed with John Swana, Larry McKenna, George Garzone, Jack Walrath, and many other jazz luminaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Allen (baritone sax, clarinet & bass clarinet) hails from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but has lived and worked in the Philadelphia area for the last six years. Mark currently at the University of the Arts where he teaches saxophone performance and improvisation. He has had the privilege of studying with Joel Frahm, Ben Schachter, Chris Farr, and Ron Kerber. In addition to co-leading several ensembles, Mark is an active member of The Norman David Eleventet, the Captain Black Big Band, and several other Philadelphia/New York ensembles. He has shared the stage and/or recorded with with jazz luminaries such as George Garzone, Marcus Belgrave, Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Oatts, Orrin Evans, Frank Lacy, and Tim Hagans, among others. Mark is also active in the Philadelphia theater scene as a woodwind player, performing on saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and oboe.

 

 

Retrospect (10 piece)

This moody soprano sax feature also features your pianist. It is also available on this site as a full big band chart. Recorded by Power of Ten on their CD Earth Tones, it is predominantly a ballad in 3/4 & 9/8, its haunting and introspective qualities yield to a short double-time chorus that also serves as a surprise intro. Lush harmonies and woodwind/horn counter-lines abound. Sax doubles. Two French horn parts are optional and cued in the saxophones.

Instrumentation:alt dbl fl, tenor dbl sop., bari dbl bass clar., 2-trumpets dbl flugel, trombone, vibes (opt), guitar, piano, bass, drums
Grade Level: Difficult

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Hopscotch (10 piece)

One of my more recent compositions, this one is also available here for full big band for big band (5/4/4/4. This chart is a tour de force for baritone soloist and was written for the emerging talent Mark Allen who is featured on the Power of Ten Earth Tones CD. While the saxophone parts are challenging, brass parts are reasonable as are rhythm except for piano that has some difficult octave unison written solo lines.

Instrumentation: alto, tenor, bari, 2-trumpets, trombone, piano, vibes (opt.), guitar, bass & drums
Grade Level: Difficult

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