Album Remarks & Appraisals:
On her debut Big Round Records release, Chat Chill Highline, composer Christina Rusnak presents works arranged for big band and large jazz ensemble, illustrating manners in which we interact with others and our environments such as conversing, observing and absorbing. Composed during the rising popularity of internet chatrooms, Chat reflects on the energy and the sounds of movement, the multitude of voices, and the interweaving of conversations created in virtual and real social gatherings. Chill captures the cool ambience of a jazz lounge with an air of relaxation, mixed with lively sections of swinging rhythms and solos, while HighLine emphasizes the expansiveness which outdoor spaces can provide for reflection, contemplation and wandering. In the hands of a controlled yet nimble large jazz ensemble, Rusnak’s works form their own atmospheres by threading intricate dialogues and phrases among the instruments.
Personnel: Matt Hornbeck (guitar); Ken Fisher, Dan Kaneyuki, Alex Budman (saxophone); Anthony Bonsera, Brian Swartz (trumpet); Paul Young (trombone); Max Haymer (piano); Jake Reed (drums).
Audio Mixer: Andy Happel.
Liner Note Author: Christina Rusnak.
Recording information: Studio City Sound, Studio City, CA (04/21/2014).
Editor: Andy Happel.
Arranger: Dave Richards.