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Bethlehem, Pa., January 27, 2006—Moravian College artist-lecturers Tony Gairo and Gary Rissmiller and their Jazz Orchestra’s recently-released their debut album, Treacherous. The Sea Breeze Records release was recorded in the Moravian Foy Hall, and features the skillful performances of music department faculty members Gairo, Rissmiller, and bassist Paul Rostock.
Gairo, who instructs jazz saxophone, jazz flute, and jazz history at Moravian, composed all eight tracks on the CD. The big band tunes range from the serious “Deadlines, Distractions and Diversions” and “Portrait of My Wife (in Many Colors)” to the more playful “Between the Pipes” and “Supermarket Sushi.” Additionally, Gairo’s arrangements allow thirteen of the ensemble’s sixteen members to shine as soloists. Gairo himself plays three different kinds of saxophone and the clarinet on the record.
Co-leader Rissmiller has three drum solo parts. He is featured in “Elusivity,” “Portrait of My Wife (in Many Colors),” and “Poke and Hope.” At Moravian, Rissmiller teaches the drum set.
Fellow faculty member Rostock has two bass solos. He lectures Moravian students in bass, jazz theory, bass pedagogy, and bass literature. He is also involved in the college’s annual July Jazz Getaway.
Other album soloists include saxophonist Ryan Harrington, trumpeter David Hull, saxophonist Paul Kendall, trumpeter Sean McAnally, trombonist Larry Toft, saxophonist Cliff Tracy, trumpeter John Vanore, pianist Skip Wilkins, trombonist Matt Wright and the group’s only woman, alto saxophonist Lauren Nicholas.
Individual tracks from the album debuted when the Gairo-Rissmiller Jazz Orchestra were played at Moravian College on October 26, 2005.
The CD is available on www.cduniverse.com where sample tracks can be streamed for review. For more information, contact the Moravian College Music Department at 610-861-1650 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.