Two Shades of Nude (2010)

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Released September 21, 2010
Fresh off his world tour as lead trombonist and arranger for Eddie Palmieri's La Perfecta II, Doug Beavers presents his nonet on this, his debut recording, along with special guests Dafnis Prieto and Alex Sipiagin. Featuring a veritable who's who of New York City musicians, Two Shades of Nude breaks down the current barriers in jazz with blistering new compositions and fresh takes on classics by the masters, including Herbie Hancock's "Tell Me A Bedtime Story," and "Blues on the Corner" by McCoy Tyner.

"A new star is emerging with trombone in his heart and Salsa Dura in his soul." Jesse "Chuy" Varela, Latin Beat Magazine.


Produced by Doug Beavers
Recorded and Mixed by Michael Marciano
at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
March 15-16, 2007
Mastered by Paul Stubblebine
Design and layout by John Bishop


Jazz Society of Oregon (Kyle O'Brien)
Trombonist Beavers is known for being a member of the Mingus Big Band and also for his association with Eddie Palmieri. On his second disc as a leader and composer, Beavers leads eight other fine musicians through a disc of originals and tightly arranged covers. It's a small, modern jazz big band that tackles the music with verve. The title track s ...

Audiophile Audition (Tim Taylor)
Trombonist Doug Beavers produced the album and is the leader of this nine piece band of New York musicians. Beavers played with the Mingus Big Band and Eddie Palmieri establishing a good reputation amongst the musical community there. Beavers indicated he enjoys arranging and leading this type of group with his arrangements. He comes with an imp ...

All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
Trombonist Doug Beavers delivers a mix of tasty originals and potent arrangements of familiar jazz works in his second Origin release. Rich horn charts and robust solos highlight his interpretation of Herbie Hancock's "Tell Me a Bedtime Story," with the use of electric piano and electric bass lightening the sound just a bit. He reharmonized Clare F ...

JazzTimes (Bill Milkowski)
"A former Mingus Big Band member and Eddie Palmieri sideman, trombonist-composer-arranger Doug Beavers assembled a fine New York crew for his second outing as leader. There are several fine originals here: the exhilarating title track; "Lapse," a beautiful ballad feature for pianist Henry Hey; the brooding, suitelike "Brink"; and the dynamic "Scur ...

Jazz Junction Review (Ric Erben)
Trombonist Doug Beavers has released an outstanding album that features spirited arrangements and soloing upon original compositions as well as music from other jazz composers. In Phil Woods parlance, this is a "little big band" as the instrumentation achieves a rich tonal pallet, sounding both tight and loose at the same time. Beavers has played i ...

Jazz Scan (Ric Bang)
Several years ago, trombonist/composter/arranger Doug Beavers released his excellent debut album: Jazz, Baby, a compilation of children's tunes, rearranged in a big band jazz format. Two Shades Of Nude, his sophomore release, illustrates how far he has advanced in the interim. Beavers' instrumental skills continue to be exceptional, and his tal ...



Doug Beavers - trombone, arrangements
Marc Mommaas - tenor sax
Jon Irabagon - tenor sax, clarinet
Kenny Rampton - lead trumpet & flugelhorn
Alex Sipiagin - solo trumpet & flugelhorn
Max Seigel - bass trombone
Henry Hey - piano, fender rhodes
Boris Koslov - acoustic bass, electric bass
Tony Moreno - drums
Dafnis Prieto - drums (on "Tell me a Bedtime Story")