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James can be heard on dozens of CD’s as both a performer on Acoustic/Electric Guitar and Banjo, or employing his creative skills as a Composer/Arranger.
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
Gil Evans Centennial Project: Newly-discovered works of Gil Evans dir. by Ryan Truesdell, Artist Share Records (2012) Multiple Grammy Award nominee; winner of Jazz Journalist Association Jazz Awards – Record of the Year and Large Ensemble of the Year; http://gilevansproject.com/ Acoustic and Electric Guitar.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY AS COMPOSER-ARRANGER-CONDUCTOR
James Chirillo – Sultry Serenade (2000) Nagel-Heyer Records
Selected by Dan Morgenstern as a 2000 Critics’ Picks – Jazz Times; and as one of C. Michael Bailey‘s Top Ten List of Jazz Releases for 2000 – allaboutjazz.com Composer, Arranger, Acoustic and Electric Guitar.
Gotham Wind Symphony– New Year New Music(2009) ArtistShare http://www.artistshare.com/v4/Projects/Experience/36/216/1 Featured Composer: March – to the memory of Bill Finegan
Note: contrary to the liner notes on the recording, the Homage Concerto was completed in April of 1996, and was never in any way dedicated to, or associated with, Benny Goodman. I wrote the three movements in homage to three composer/arrangers whose work had a profound impact upon my musical outlook, and whose music I find constantly rewarding and which I love to play. The first movement was inspired by Eddie Sauter (particularly his writing for the post-WWII Ray McKinley Orchestra), the second mvt by John Carisi, and the third by Billy Strayhorn.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY AS PERFORMER
Bob Wilber/Dick Hyman – A Perfect Match (1998) Arbors Records
Selected as a Meilleurs disques chroniques en 1998 – The Hot Club of France; as one of the Golden Dozen for 1998 – Radio DRS Switzerland; and as a 1998 Critics’ Picks – Jazz Times.