Morrie Louden
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  • Brooklyn, NY
  • United States
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Where are you located?
New York
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Record Label, Clinician, Music Director, Composer, Recording Engineer, Recording Studio
Tell us a little about your background...
See below...
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
MakinMusicNY.com
What Instrument do you play?
Bass
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.morrielouden.com

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Kathleen Gorman left a comment for Morrie Louden
"Beautiful and inspiring compositions Morrie! A real pleasure to discover your music here in TJN. Your bass playing is truly outstanding, what a talent you are! Continued success and creativity. All the best, Kathleen Gorman ( pianist-composer )"
Mar 17, 2012
Philip Baumgarten left a comment for Morrie Louden
"Hi Morrie, I found you on youtube and immediatly bought your CD. I love your CD and I love your playing! Really very good, congratulations. Philip Baumgarten"
Nov 10, 2011
Morrie Louden was featured
Oct 24, 2011
Morrie Louden left a comment for Sharon L Barnes
"Hi Sharon, How are you? It's been quite a while but I haven't forgotten about you! I was wondering if you would be interested in writing lyrics to a tune of mine? I'd like to start with a bossa that I had Portuguese lyrics…"
Jul 14, 2011
Morrie Louden left a comment for Kara Johnstad
"Hi Kara, Thanks for checkin in! How's the music biz in Germany? Morrie"
Mar 1, 2010
Tommy Thomas left a comment for Morrie Louden
"Time Piece, state of the art Morrie, Verbatim makes me want to whoop and holler and `````Gypsies Journey an absolute joy. Greetings from Northern Ireland......Tommy Thomas"
Jan 26, 2010
Morrie Louden's 2 photos were featured
Dec 14, 2009
Morrie Louden posted photos
Dec 11, 2009
Morrie Louden commented on Evette Dorham's group New York /New Jersey Jazz Network
"Hello folks - I just had a smashing tour in LA where I presented four of my newest compositions. It was wonderful to hear it come together with a string section. Though I composed the tunes & arrangements for the band, Gil Goldstein did those…"
Dec 11, 2009
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Dec 11, 2009
Morrie Louden commented on Jaijai Jackson's group Let's Create The Jazz Grammy's
"With jazz representing a mere 5% of music sales, you can imagine why it is overlooked. Grassroots efforts to teach jazz to school age children will ensure that the genre has future audiences."
Dec 11, 2009
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I'm sick and tired of seeing that Jazz doesn't get its due at the Grammy's, It's time we all come together and have a strong voice... Who's with me?See More
Dec 11, 2009
Morrie Louden updated their profile
Dec 11, 2009
D*** Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj left a comment for Morrie Louden
"Hi, Morrie... this is ABSOLUTELY full of life - your music, I mean - & I'd love to review what you're doing! Anything you have in need of review, you may want to consider sending my way... my magazine (called IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION)…"
Nov 21, 2009
Heather Rigdon left a comment for Morrie Louden
"Thank you, Morrie. Young and Naive was written with my producer and an artist, Tom Kimmel. Tom and Cliff (my producer) wrote Gravity for Grace, Table for Two's writers were Cliff, Jeff Cohen, and myself.... and Couler--is the great Serge G. We…"
Sep 24, 2009
Morrie Louden left a comment for Heather Rigdon
"Heather, I'm really enjoying your music! Are they all your lyrics? Very cool... Morrie"
Sep 23, 2009

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About me...

Morrie toured the world for many years with pop icons: Engelbert Humperdinck, Barbra Streisand, The 5th Dimension, and Paul Anka, to name just a few. He also performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall. After relocating to New York in 2005, Morrie played in Jazz clubs by night and composed by day. His 2007 release, “Time Piece” featured jazz greats Adam Nussbaum and Gary Novak on drums, Bob Sheppard and Seamus Blake on saxophone, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Edward Simon and Mike Eckroth on piano, Lionel Leouke on guitar, and the sensual voice of Gretchen Parlato. Gil Goldstein did the string and horn arrangements.

Just two weeks after its release, “Time Piece” hit the Jazz Billboard Charts and remained there for eight months, from May thru December of 2007.
“Time Piece” was selected Top Ten Jazz Albums of the Year by writers Ken Franckling, Phillip Booth, Ed Blanco and BradWalseth. “Time Piece” was also included in music publisher Chuck Sher’s Top Ten list.

Morrie’s prized possession is a 300-hundred-year-old Pietro Rogeri contrabass, circa 1713.

Morrie is a featured member of the Music Community at www.MakinMusicNY.com
His Web site is www.morrielouden.com.

Notable Quotes & Reviews:


“I just heard your CD called ‘Time Piece’. It’s a Killer!! Man, that’s some creative and inspiring music you’ve made! And, - - - - you tear the bass UP! “ -
All the best, Chick Corea

“You are a monster on the bass and I can’t begin to describe the amount of excitement and joy I felt hearing you play. Truly I was blown away by your extraordinary musicianship and the unique techniques you developed in communicating your message. It’s strong and wonderful.”
Gary Karr - - World's greatest classical bassist.

“Time Piece is a bonafide classic. A Grammy contender for sure.”

Edward Blanco – All About Jazz.

Morrie Louden lit up jazz radio, hogged the jazz charts for a while, and attracted high praise from jazz legend Chick Corea with the release of his album Time Piece in spring 2007. Louden stunned listeners with his technical virtuosity, melodic improvisations, and composition skills, with tunes encompassing burning post-bop, sensitive ballads, and bossa novas. The disc seemingly came from nowhere, with Louden leading first-call instrumentalists—including saxophonists Bob Sheppard and Seamus Blake, guitarist Lionel Loueke, and drummer Adam Nussbaum—and sultry young singer Gretchen Parlato on one of the year’s best-reviewed jazz CDs. A California native, Louden started creating Time Piece soon after his 2005 arrival in New York, which followed a decade-long casino stint in Las Vegas. There, he had established a successful recording studio, performed in a highly regarded duo, and toured with Barbra Streisand, Engelbert Humperdinck, and other old-school pop stars.
Philip Booth -Bass Player Magazine

Morrie Louden's virtuosity was apparent from the opening piece, a melodically disjunctive original titled "Verbatim." Immediately establishing an irresistibly propulsive groove, he set the stage for a probing set of choruses by Bob Sheppard, following with his own finger- blurring solo.
Don Heckman – LA Times


"There have been many cases of jazz musicians who opt to go west, to go Hollywood for a career in studio work rather than rough it in the competitive and not particularly lucrative trenches of the NYC-centric jazz scene. Bassist-composer Morrie Louden comes from a contrary camp, that of the Californian musician who becomes established out west and finally heeds his jazz-loving heart and relocates to New York."
Josef Woodard, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT

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At 8:39pm on March 17, 2012, Kathleen Gorman said…

Beautiful and inspiring compositions Morrie! A real pleasure to discover your music here in TJN. Your bass playing is truly outstanding, what a talent you are!

Continued success and creativity. All the best,

Kathleen Gorman

( pianist-composer )

At 3:17pm on November 10, 2011, Philip Baumgarten said…

Hi Morrie,

I found you on youtube and immediatly bought your CD. I love your CD and I love your playing! Really very good, congratulations.

Philip Baumgarten

At 2:15pm on January 26, 2010, Tommy Thomas said…
Time Piece, state of the art Morrie, Verbatim makes me want to whoop and holler and `````Gypsies Journey an absolute joy.
Greetings from Northern Ireland......Tommy Thomas
At 7:43am on November 21, 2009, D*** Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj said…
Hi, Morrie... this is ABSOLUTELY full of life - your music, I mean - & I'd love to review what you're doing! Anything you have in need of review, you may want to consider sending my way... my magazine (called IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION) is at http://zzaj.freehostia.com if you'd like to check it out! You can also contact me using zzajunique@hotmail.com
At 7:10am on September 24, 2009, Heather Rigdon said…
Thank you, Morrie. Young and Naive was written with my producer and an artist, Tom Kimmel. Tom and Cliff (my producer) wrote Gravity for Grace, Table for Two's writers were Cliff, Jeff Cohen, and myself.... and Couler--is the great Serge G. We will possibly be signing with a label out of Japan and are anxiously awaiting Oct. 27th where Young and Naive> will be featured on the next Putumayo release. Please stay tuned and I look forward to enjoying your art from afar.

Heather Rigdon
At 2:20pm on September 19, 2009, Frances Coche' said…
You really touch me!!
At 10:50am on September 18, 2009, Tony Bunn said…
Morrie,

Today's listening was my first encounter with your work. Not knowing what to expect, I was indeed pleasantly surprised by the journey on which I was taken (as your "Time Piece" recording now ranks among my favorites). In particular, I found the use of strings in your music to be absolutely beautiful.

Please continue to follow the path that led you to where you are now; it's obviously the correct one :o).

Peace & Strength,
Tony B.
At 1:13am on September 18, 2009, Sharon L Barnes said…
Morrie, I hear you're looking for lyric writers, and I've written professionally for years. I write to melodies or can compose words and melodies to music. Sample of lyrics below:

There is a place between a laugh and cry
Between one’s first embrace, and last good-bye
A corner where the world tells all its greatest stories
Of sweet but lost romances and vanguished glories
And if you haven’t been there, then you haven’t lived
You haven’t lived to tell

I know this place you’ve seen, I know that sigh
I see etched memories traced in your eyes
I’ll hold your hand and you can tell each whispered rhyme
Of missed and stolen chances, each lover’s crime
We’ve all been there, or we haven’t lived
We haven’t lived to tell

Tell, lay it all beside me
Speak, my touch will symphathize
We've all been there before, or haven't lived
We all must live to tell
We all must live to tell
At 9:29pm on September 16, 2009, Leon (Sealey2k) Sealey said…
simply amazing.
At 9:46am on September 16, 2009, Pete Cummings said…
Yo Morrie, missed the hang with you and Stokes last night, hope it went well and I'll be checking you out in the near future though..Keep the spirit of improv strong in your heart..
 
 
 

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