The Flippo Jazz Ensemble
has presented original compositions by (Dr.) Dave Flippo, reflecting his wide range of interest and influences and feature his unique, often offbeat arrangements. The band performs both instrumental and vocal programs, featuring Flippo on vocals. The can appear as a quintet, quintet, trio and even duo.
Their newest projects include striking arrangements of rock and pop classics from the 60s onward.
They also recently released a CD of a jazz setting of chapters of the Tao Te Ching.
I. MODERN STANDARDS - from the 60's and 70's-
The band's most recent project involved Flippo's arrangements of a wide variety of contemporary classics including Davie Bowie's "Life on Mars," Jimi Hendrix's "If Six Were Nine and Manic Depression," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning" and others by Lenon-McCartney, Bruce (Cream), Bob Dylan (Tangled up in Blue), Rolling Stones, Sting, Neil Young.
Clips are from their upcoming release "Modern Standards . . . Rearranged." (The band also mixes in "standard" tunes from the jazz repertoire.)
II. TAO TUNES
Eighteen vocal settings of the ancient Tao Te Ching by Dave Flippo built off his 'lyricized' texts, "clothed" in a wide variety of styles . . . swing, bossa, ambient, rock, tango bossa, (contrapuntal) Indian and others.
(Recorded on their CD Tao Tunes on Oppilf Records)
- - FLIPPO ORIGINALS - -
Flippo's compositions find inspiration in a multitude of sources including world music, other contemporary jazz and rock composers and styles and techniques from classical music throughout history.
Present members include: Dave Flippo - piano and vocals, Dan Hesler - saxophone and flute, Donn De Santo - acoustic bass, Heath Chappell - drum set, Aras Biskis - percussion. (Previous members include Steve Hashimoto, Hamid Drake, John McLean and Steve Strunk.)
SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS:
"Jazz Goes the Pop!" - Blends jazz standards with jazz arrangements of contemporary popular music from the 60’s through the present - the music of Lenon/McCartney, Sting, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchel, Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Ceelo Green are mixed with jazz favorites by Gershwin, Porter, Bernstein and Young.
"Tao Tunes" - A very cool way to be exposed to popular, powerful and though-provoking texts of the Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese Taoist book from over 3,000 years ago. These piece approach the texts in a multitude of styles including swing, Latin, ambient, rock, ballad, funk and world scales and plenty of grooves and improvisation.
"Sure, Tao Tunes can be dark and serious in places but it's also playful, joyous and musically enjoyable, and with the original text's sometimes fortuitous rhyming structure, at times it's simply downright good fun." Rob Adams - The Herald Scotland
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