CDs and Recordings
Barry 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.”
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
Tarab (suite) July 94…Enric Palomar1. Conto primera
Concerto in F major Jan 92…Antonio Vivaldi Introduction-Allegro
Homenje (Homage) May 95…Enric Palomar
Suite No. 1 in G Jan 92…J.S. Bach
Live from St. Croix
Barry and Jim met in Cincinnati in 1995 forming the HartIGreen .lazz/Classic duo and quartet initially developing swinging classical arrangements to the music of Bach and Vivaldi.
They have performed concerts throughout out the US and in Europe at conventions, workshops,
schools and concert series. Their music included transcriptions of Claude Bologna, world music and special arrangements with vocal jazz ensemble. Recent programs themes are:
From Soul to Klezmer, Journey into the Mind of the Performer and Hart/Green World Voyage, with special bass commissions from Tony Observe, Larry Dunlop and Enrich Palmer.
Their last CD, “O|e Cool” included a collaboration with Spanish and American colleagues performing some of these commissions. In this CD, Live from St. Croix. Hart and Green perform portions of three new works by Tony Osborne. Green wanted to make this recording ?live’ to capture the spirit of the unique commence tin between Barry and Jim. without visual contact of each other, relying on what they call ‘The Vulcan Mind Meld.’ Instead of looking at each other, they tune into the sound and spirit oft music to help them play. In this state, they feel they have a closer connection to communicate with each other and also to the inspiration in the music. We hope you can hear this natural spontaneity in their music and sense their communication with the audience in this unique concert including the natural ambience of St. Croix, surrounded by water, crickets, birds, pigeons and an enthusiastic audience of patrons hearing their ?first double bass concert!’
“This CD is a truly crowning achievement- wonderful, warm, expressive playing — great sound – a delightful and happy atmosphere — what music is all about. I loved the way Barry played my pieces and lm so honored to be a part of this.”
-Tony Osborne, composer, bassist, Member British Academy of Composers
“The CD Live from St. Croix will warm many hearts with its sumptuous and inspiring music. It is absolutely wonderful. The live setting, including sounds of nature, showcased Bark and-Jim’s virtuosity and creativity. What a great deed these musicians have done. Highly recommend this CD. it is a stunning accomplishment. Something for the ages.”
-David Darling, recording artist solo realist, composer, Director, Music for People
“clearly one of his most expressive and beautiful works. I was especially moved by the insight and tenderness on the Vivaldy Adagio and Danny Boy. As long as l’ve known Barry I think that he has now noticeably blossomed as a performer ha shares his soul with the listener. There is so much to enjoy on this recording -including the interplay between Barry, Jim Hart and Barry’s son, Adam.”
-John Clayton, renowned bassist, arranger, composer, teacher
“…a wonderful program, full of energy great humor& superb musicianship, performed in the ambient and exotic setting of the island of St. Croix…”
-David Hayes, UK bass soloist profession publisher Recital Music
Concerto in F Major, Op. 3 No 9 Vivaldi (1678-1741) Adagio
A Carmen Fantasy Frank Proto (1941- ) Prelude-Aragonaise
Reitba Francois Rabbath (1931- )
Yiddish/Klezmer Fantasy* Tony Osborne (1947- ) Nu’York-De Neue Welt
Jazz Suite Electric Blues
Danny Boy Hart/Green Traditional
BARRY GREEN, a native Californian, served as Principal Bassist oft Cincinnati Symphony for 28 years, and more recently, Principal Bassist of the California Symphony and Sun Valley, idaho Summer Symphony. He is currently directing a young bassist program forth San Francisco Symphony Education Department, and teaching at the U. of California Santa Cruz. Former Executive Director of the international Society of Bassists and founder of the Northern California Bass Club, Barry is active as a bass soloist, recording artist, author and teacher. His books on The Inner Game of Music, The Mastery of Music and bass technique are known throughout the world. Green has studied with the legendary bassist Francois Rabbath. This is Barry’s sixth solo recording representing his creative
JAMES HART is a classically trained pianist, composer, arranger and conductor whose 35-year career has spanned both Europe and the U.S. In Germany he was engaged by the Bavarian State Opera, was a professor of music at the Munich Conservatory and was a studio musician at the acclaimed Bavarian Film Works Studios. Len Los Angeles he continued his career composing film and television scores, Since 1991, he has been scoring commercials, teaching electronic music, jazz and classical piano and voice and music theory at Xavier University, and performing as pianist and conductor in classical and jazz concerts both here and in Europe. Jim is currently the principle pianist and Assisi ant conductor of the Cincinnati Ballet and the leader of his own jazz trio for more than 25 years.
ADAM GREEN, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a member of the United States Air Force Concert Band in Wahington D.C., and is a founding member of the Attacca percussion group. Adam has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Honolulu Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Spelt Festival (italy) and Sun Valley (Idaho) Summer Symphony. Before moving to the Washington D.C. area, Adam received degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Rice University.
TONY OSBORNE was born in Slough, Berkshire. He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Tony is a free-dance classical and jazz bassist and was elected an Associate oft Royal Academy of Music in 2001. Tony has written many works for solo bass, bass ensembles as well as an opera and film scores. Barry performs portions of three bass commissions (Jazz Suite, Klezmer Fantasy, Gershwin Suite). Tony also wrote another piece for Barry with Adam on marimba called ?Green-Stuff’.
FRANK PROTO, bassist composer from Brooklyn New York, played with Barry in the Cincinnati Symphony bass section. Frank was composer in residence for the symphony and composed number of popular and classical works for bass and orchestra. Tony has written several solo pieces and two concertos for Barry plus other works for such diverse artists as Dave Burdock, Doc Severinsen, Cleo Laine, and Eddie Daniels. The Carmen Fantasy was written for Francois Rabbath.
FRANCOIS RABBATH, was born in Syria and currently lives in Paris, Francois. Rabbath is one of the world’s most celebrated virtuoso bassists. His methods, recordings, DVD’s, and workshops have profoundly advanced the technique of the bass. Barry first brought Francois to America in 1978 to teach at the International of Society of Bassists Summer Camp and considers Rabbath to be the greatest influence on his technique and approach to music.