Ole Cool! coverBarry Green and pianist/arranger James Hart met in 1991 and together created a fresh approach to music that crosses over from jazz to classics and classics to jazz. Their touring concert collaborations have included repertoire for vocal jazz ensemble in concerts throughout the US and Europe. Their quartet often includes Barry’s son Adam, currently a percussion major at the Eastman School of Music.

Barry began to work in Spain in 1992 for The Stage ’92 Chamber Music program sponsored by Fundacio “La Caixa”. Subsequently, visits have included collaborations with Spanish musicians and the gifted composer Enric Palomar resulting in several concert tours and teaching engagments in Spain.

Enric Palomar, the multi-talented Spanish composer/pianist has composed music for chamber ensembles, orchestras and film. After Barry Green heard his Trio for Piano and Two Clarinets, he immediately commisioned Palomar to write several chamber works which would feature solo bass. Two of these works receive their recording debut on this CD.

James L. Hart is a classically trained pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor who’s twenty-eight year career has spanned both Europe and the U.S. His eclectic approach to music has given his career much variety. In Munich, Germany he worked at the Bavarian State Opera and taught at the Conservatory of Music. He was also a studio musician performing numerous film and television scores and records. After eight years in Munich, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his careerand also composed film and televsion scores. In 1991, Jim moved to Cincinnati and has been scoring cammercials and performing as a pianist in classical and jazz concerts both in the U.S. and Europe. “Barry Green and I were a collaboration ready to happen. When I first met Barry and heard him play, I knew immediately he was a musician who pushed the envelope of possibilities and bass performance. He has inspired me to compose and arrange in a new and exciting way.”

The Music The Musicians
Tarab (suite) July 94…Enric Palomar1. Conto primera

2. Sevillana

3. Conto Segundo
4. FinaleConcerto in F major Jan 92…Antonio Vivaldi
1. Introduction-Allegro

2. Largetto

3. Allegro

Homenje (Homage) May 95…Enric Palomar

Suite No. 1 in G Jan 92…J.S. Bach

1. Prelude
2. Minuet I
3. Minuet II
4. Gigue

The Musicians
Barry Green, Double Bass
James L. Hart, Pianist/Composer
Steve Flora, Jazz Bass
Adam Green, Drums,vibraphone
Marc Wolfley, Drums
Olvido Lanza, Violin
Eulalia Valls, Piano
Pepe Rodriguez, Bass
Rover Blaver, Percussion