BILLY CHILDS

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Billy Childs was born in Los Angeles on March 8th, 1957. Having demonstrated an aptitude for piano as early as age six, Childs developed rapidly, and at age sixteen entered the USC-sponsored Community School of the Performing Arts, studying theory with Marienne Uszler and piano with John Weisenfluh. In 1975, he entered USC as a composition major, graduating four years later with a bachelor of music in composition under the tutelage of Robert Linn.

Since then Mr. Childs has received a number of orchestral commissions from, among others: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Kronos Quartet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the American Brass Quintet, and the Dorian Wind Quintet.

After apprenticing with Freddie Hubbard and J.J. Johnson in the late seventies and early eighties, Childs’ solo jazz recording career began in 1988,
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BILLY CHILDS Midland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midland
Fusion 1985
BILLY CHILDS Take For Example This album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Take For Example This
Post Bop 1988
BILLY CHILDS Twilight Is Upon Us album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Twilight Is Upon Us
Fusion 1989
BILLY CHILDS His April Touch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
His April Touch
Post Bop 1991
BILLY CHILDS Portrait Of A Player album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Portrait Of A Player
Post Bop 1993
BILLY CHILDS Upclose Volume 14 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Upclose Volume 14
Post Bop 1993
BILLY CHILDS I've Known Rivers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I've Known Rivers
Fusion 1995
BILLY CHILDS The Child Within album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Child Within
Post Bop 1996
BILLY CHILDS Skim Coat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Skim Coat
Post Bop 1999
BILLY CHILDS Bedtime Stories : A Tribute to Herbie Hancock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bedtime Stories : A Tribute to Herbie Hancock
Post Bop 2000
BILLY CHILDS Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music, Vol. 1
Third Stream 2005
BILLY CHILDS Autumn - Lyric Vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Autumn - Lyric Vol.2
Third Stream 2010
BILLY CHILDS Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2014
BILLY CHILDS Rebirth album cover 4.41 | 2 ratings
Rebirth
Post Bop 2017

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BILLY CHILDS Rebirth

Album · 2017 · Post Bop
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Since his first recordings of the 1980s, Billy Childs has developed into a individual and notable composer. An accomplished symphonic writer, he has also created a career’s worth of jazz originals that speak volumes for themselves.

Recently signing onto Mack Avenue’s roster, this marks his debut with the label. His album Rebirth, finds Childs reaching back to the start of his almost astoundingly varied musical career.

“Tightrope” features a immediate recognition of Child’s innate love of classical music. While Childs devotees will recognize three tunes from his Windham Hill tenure of the 1980s: “Stay,” “Backwards Bop” and “Starry Night.” All are featured with a freshened recasting to reflect his continued journey as an exploratory artist. While his compositions and orchestrations have taken Childs into a realm that transcends jazz venues, still in nature Childs is the total sum of his experiences all rooted in jazz.

The rhythmic expression of “Backwards Bop” and “Dance of Shiva” tap into his jazz pedigree developed by J.J. Johnson and Freddie Hubbard as a young member in their groups for his musical upbringing. Childs expands “When Eric Harland’s drums not only push the ensemble along, but fire back at the players in challenging ways, it’s not hard to imagine the creative tension of the Hubbard and Johnson performances.”

"The Starry Night" sets up with a dreamy piano foray, while Steve Wilson’s soprano sax blasts off into the stratosphere like an exploding star of sound. His solo is divinely keen and Childs and Wilson set the tone for a profound journey, as exhibited in "The Windmills Of Your Mind" an intense composition filled with deep colors and textures While Horace Silver’s “Peace” settles the listener into a duo take of piano and saxophone, for a serene moment.

What is so unique about Rebirth is it allows the listener to see the full picture of Childs abilities, whether attracted by his composing, his arranging or his sheer command on piano, the listener is treated to a Rebirth. A long look at a continued journey, and one that is taking a turn towards all of his talents in one release. Truly his tour de force in his immense discography.

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