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Christian Howes’ 14th studio album (4th with Resonance Records), “American Spirit” celebrates diverse American voices and perspectives on America, ranging from straight ahead and modern jazz to Americana, gospel and R’n’B.
This album will be MAILED to you at the address listed with your Paypal profile. Your bonus downloadable chart will be sent via email immediately upon purchase.
Christian Howes’ latest release on Resonance Records. Featuring Richard Galliano, “the heir apparent to Astor Piazzola,” Howes takes another unexpected turn, this time into the realm of Latin music, exploring styles from Argentina, Cuba, Spain, and Brazil. Also features Lewis Nash, Scott Colley, and Josh Nelson.
Out of the Blue (Hardcopy Only) – Christian Howes (2010)
Christian’s 2010 release. Blues master guitarist Robben Ford meets virtuoso jazz violinist at the crossroads! The follow-up to the Resonance recording, Heartfelt. Also features acclaimed pianist Tamir Hendelman and drummer Joel Rosenblatt.
Song For My Daughter (Download Only) – Christian Howes (2005)
Song For My Daughter album, featuring Christian Howes, Bobby Floyd, Matt Perko, Jim Ed Cobbs, Dwayne Dolphin, Frederico Lechner, and Tony McClung!
Klazyc (Download Only)
All Star group Klazyc, featuring Christian Howes, Federico Lechner, and Pablo Martin, play classical melodies treated with a modern twist on jazz improvisation. Hear melodies of Mozart, Bach, and others spun into new jazz compositions.
Ten Yard (Download Only) – Christian Howes (1998)
1. ‘S I Am
2. ‘Trane’s Maiden
3. Laughing Tango
4. Sock’s Groove
5. Ten Yard
6. Vito’s Melody
7. Ode to Sco’
8. Song For Tony
9. Laughing Song
10. Here’s That Rainy Day
Jazz On Sale (Download Only) – Christian Howes (2002)
1. Amorr Case Imposible
2. Blue Monk (Part 1)
3. A Child is Born
4. Blue in Green
5. When She’s Like Water
6. Jazz on Sale
7. Very Early
8. Falling Grace
9. Blue Monk (Part 2)
Jazz Fiddle REVOLUTION (Download Only) – Christian Howes and Billy Contreras (2004)
2. The Way You Look Tonight
4. Maria, Maria
5. Merchants Groove
6. Untitled blues jam
7. Fugue in G Minor for solo violin
8. It Never Entered My Mind
9. Traditional Fiddle Tune
10. The Oracle
Heartfelt (Hardcopy Only) – Christian Howes (2008)
Self-described post-bop violinist Christian Howes may shy away from comparisons to Stéphane Grappelli or Joe Venuti, but the young violinist certainly shares those artists’ melodic and lyrical gifts. On his newest outing, Heartfelt, Howes performs ten tracks with a healthy bent in the direction of mainstream accessibility, emphasizing romanticism, conventional performances, and arrangements with a pop sensibility.
Christian Howes Plays Yamaha the Silent Electric Violin (Download Only) – Christian Howes
1. On Green Dolphin Street
2. Ode to Billie Joe
3. Felonious Thunk
4. Jazz for Sale
5. Honeysuckle Rose
7. Bernie’s Tune
8. We’ll be Together Again
Christian Howes & The Horatio Icasto Quartet: Live in Madrid (DVD) (2008)
Among the selections included in this network quality production are Jazz classics such as “Nuages” and “I’ve Got Rhythm” and stunning originals such as “Song For My Daughter” and the scintillating “Waltz For Katherine.” Featuring the Horacio Icasto Quartet (Horatio Icasto, Piano; Santiago Reyes, Guitar; Victor Merlo, Bass; and Noah Shaye, Drums), this program is guaranteed to entertain Jazz aficionados and music fans alike.
1. I’ve Found a New Baby 2. Pent Up House 3. Waltz for Katherine 4. Song for My Daughter 5. Madrid Blues 6. Nuages 7. Adios Nonino 8. I’ve Got Rhythm 9. Conejitrami
PLUS! This DVD includes a picture gallery, alternative endings, instant access to songs and solos, and more! DVD will be mailed to you.
Jazz Fiddle EVOLUTION (Download Only) – Christian Howes and Billy Contreras (2009)
1. Walking on Broadway
2. By the Bay
3. Detective H
4. Sweet Soul Music
8. Riggs in the City
Download this bundle of 9 complete scores by composer Michael Jefry Stevens.
-12 Chatham Road
-In the Garden
-Today This Moment
-What About the Future?
(intermediate) Billy adapted this tune for a swing arrangement, and he takes an amazing solo. The cello alternates between walking quarter notes and playing in a two feel. The accompaniment violin/viola should be sensitive to the cello by sometimes chopping and sometimes playing legato or syncopated double stops, but always being careful to keep the groove and leave space for the soloist.
(Advanced difficulty) Get your groove on! Billy plays an amazing intro alone on this tune, showing just how funky the violin can be. Cello can try alternating pizzicato and arco and seeing what’s comfortable. Don’t be thrown off by the notated “chopping” parts in this arrangement. You might be better off simply listening to the recording and emulating the chopping as you hear it.
From the European acoustic trio’s second album, Klazyc (2004). This is another flashy, and sometimes wacky, piece to add for an encore to your set. Audiences always love it because it’s so familiar and sounds very virtuosic. The version recorded on “Klazyc” should be self-explanatory. Instead of a “free” piano solo at the end, we’ve made some motific suggestions for a “free” string quartet solo. (Please note, this arrangement is formatted for string quartet, but could be easily adapted by you for trio).
(Intermediate) This is a fun, modal tune, in 6/4 meter with straight (not swung) rhythms. The main vamp in d minor should be comfortable for everyone in the group to solo over, while more advanced soloists will want to play over the form. Billy uses a great off-beat-based, double stop accompaniment style, and the melody lies easily on violin. Watch the temptation to use too much vibrato!
It Never Entered My Mind (Download)
(Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate) This ballad features a simple ostinato bass line in the cello, legato double stop accompaniment in the second violin (which can also be divided between viola/violin or 2nd violin/3rd violin), and a simple melody which can be interpreted by the 1st violin very broadly. This also works well with a freely improvised cello solo as an intro to the tune.
Bobby’s Bad Chart (Download)
A fully transcribed chart of Christian Howes’ “Bobby’s Bad.” Arranged by Dominic Marino.
Out Of The Blue Chart (Download)
A full transcription of Christian Howes’ “Out Of The Blue.” Arranged by Dominic Marino.
This arrangement of “Spain,” the Chick Corea jazz standard, was arranged by James Anderson. The arrangement is for jazz violin and full orchestra.
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