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New Accurate Artist: Bob Merrill
Accurate is proud to announce two reissues and an upcoming recording from trumpeter and vocalist Bob Merrill. 

Merrill, who studied as a teenager with Red Rodney and later with Jaki Byard, has had a long career in the music business. In the early 1980s he presented and often accompanied an endless succession of jazz giants at Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club in Cambridge MA, ranging from Illinois Jacquet, Philly Joe Jones and Tommy Flanagan to Don Cherry and Lester Bowie.

In 1986 Merrill returned to his native NYC and opened Hip Pocket Recording Studio, recording artists such as Patti LaBelle, Sting and Art Garfunkel. During this time he produced three CDs for his father-in-law, legendary pianist Joe Bushkin.

Alongside his offstage activities, Merrill has always remained a top caliber trumpet player whose feel for swing-to-bop territory is as joyful and natural as anyone playing today. Plus - in the tradition of jazz trumpeters since Pops himself - Merrill sings. The impeccable time and phrasing that guide his horn playing shine through in his smooth, soulful baritone voice as well. 
CATCH AS CATCH CAN  (AC-5066) New release, Nov 11 2014 
This reissue of 1996 recording date features Merrill fronting a big band and a combo for a set of standards.The impeccable combo includes tenor man Harry Allen, underappreciated great Joe Cohn on guitar, Jeremy Kahn on piano, the late Dennis Irwin on bass and Duffy Jackson at the drums. The big band, appearing on three selections, includes a very young Chris Botti in the trumpet section.

Highlights include Joe Cohn's father Al Cohn's big band arrangement of his own "Nose Cone"; Harry Allen's superb bop-style arrangement of "Secret Love"; Merill's equally boppish take on the "Theme from 'Bewitched'"; and the soloing throughout, hard-swinging and elegant.

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GOT A BRAN' NEW SUIT! (AC-5067) New release, Nov 11 2014
Merrill's 2003 recording keeps together the core of Harry Allen, Joe Cohn and Duffy Jackson, and brings in the wonderful Bill Charlap on piano and Jay Leonhardt at the bass. Howard Alden adds guitar to the title track and Mike LeDonne lays down some organ on two tracks, with John Allred playing trombone on several tracks.

The program here includes Great American Songbook entrants like "Three Little Words" and "Just You, Just Me," but includes newer material by Dave Frishberg, Randy Newman and Jay Leonhardt, plus the iconic "Odd Couple Theme" by Neil Hefti.

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Both Catch and Bran' New Suit were originally released on Merrill's own Boomerang label, but these reissues on Accurate represent their first wide distribution and first digital availability.
Cheerin' Up The Universe (AC-5068) Spring, 2015 

For his next release, Merrill assembled stellar cast of musicians he has worked with in one setting or another since his teen years to play songs that have meant a lot to him over his decades in jazz. John Medeski brings his unique juju to the keyboards, Drew Zingg (w Boz Skaggs, Steely Dan) plays guitar, Nicki Parrott and George Schuller contribute bass and drums. Also Accurate Records honcho Russ Gershon appears on saxes and his Either/Orchestra bandmate Vicente Lebron mans the percussion. The incomparable Roswell Rudd adds his trombone on one track and Matthew Fries plays piano on several tracks.

Recent release: 
Live Snakes

"A microcosm of life from cradle to grave and everything in between…

Mardi Gras on steroids…this my friends is what a musical party is all about!" 

–Brent Black,

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Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (RSE) is a horn-heavy project that grows out of the New Orleans brass band tradition, but incorporates modern sounds from electric, post-bop and avant jazz without ever losing its allegiance to the groove and the collective party spirit of NOLA.  The group’s elastic instrumentation and attitude have paved their way into every kind of venue: parades and clubs, festivals and concert halls.

From the first rhythm laid down by the mighty drum tandem of Phil Neighbors and Kenny Wollesen on the opening track, “Parade” (which Field composed for Sesame Street), Live Snakes makes it clear that these Boston- and NYC-based players are coming for your mind AND your body.  Each subsequent track adds to the story; no two follow quite the same template.  “For Karen,” dedicated to Field’s late wife, the renowned animator Karen Aqua, underlines that the RSE is also tuned in to “spirit” in all its dimensions.

As producer here, saxophonist/composer Field creates a remarkably coherent flow from four separate live performances consisting of compositions written over many years, as band music, soundtrack music and (choreographic) dance music including originals and irresistible collective takes on “Caravan,” “Rock of Ages,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Que Sera Sera.” The album concludes with two remixes created from the wealth of recorded material Field had accumulated. 

The leader’s credits include substantial work with new music/art rockers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Boston’s punk godfather Willie Alexander, Bridgeman/Packer Dance and Accurate recording artist Agachiko.  The long list of sidemen and guests on Live Snakes features Charles Neville (sax; Neville Bros., B.B. King, Allen Toussaint), Wollesen (John Zorn, Sex Mob), Josh Roseman (trombone; Lester Bowie, Don Byron, Dave Douglas), Matt Darriau (sax; Klezmatics), Tom Hall (sax; Club d’Elf,  Your Neighborhood Sax Quartet), Dave Harris(trombone; Debo Band, David Byrne, JCA Big Band) and Blake Newman (bass; David Murray, Duke Robillard, Butch Morris).  The vast accumulated experience of the 15 players brings a high energy yet completely relaxed vibe to the proceedings throughout.

With Live Snakes, their third release, Field and the RSE clear a path into the future for one of the oldest and most fundamental formations in jazz, the brass band.

Accurate Records...

Russ Gershon, founder of the Either/Orchestra, created Accurate Records in 1986 to release the E/O's first LP,
Dial "E."  In 1989, Accurate began releasing CDs by other artists, beginning with the Billy Skinner Double Jazz Quartet and continuing to such future stars as Morphine, Medeski Martin & Wood and the Alloy Orchestra. 

More recent artists have included Club D'Elf, Josh Roseman, the Ghost Train Orchestra and Agachiko.