News and Events
Spring 2015 CD Releases.
This spring has seen the release of two new CD’s that I feel very strongly about and am honored to be a part of.
The first is with Maestro Karl Berger on the Tzadik record label.
“Gently Unfamiliar” Features:
Karl Berger – Piano
Joe Fonda – Bass
Harvey Sorgen – Drums
This is a beautiful set featuring Karls "movements" extrapolated in a trio format. Karl's sound on the piano is truly inspiring and like no other……
Irek Wojtczak’s “Folk Five: on the For-Tune record label features:
Irek Wojtczak – Saxophones, Bass Clarinet
Herb Robertson - Trumpet
Michael Jefry Stevens – Piano
Joe Fonda – Bass
Harvey Sorgen – Drums
This record is very close to my heart in that is our collective interpretation of historical Polish folk music. These melodies and rhythms bring back the sounds I heard as a young boy growing up. I thank For-Tune and the Polish Ministry of Culture for making this happen.
New CD by "TRIO 3D" Is now available!!
The new CD by "TRIO 3D" has now shipped and will be abvailable June 1st, 2012. It was my great joy to have recorded with Remi Alvarez and Joe Fonda. I feel that this new record makes an honest statement of what is possible when three musicians "of the heart" get together and play music. We are all very much looking foward to touring behind this recording so watch the site here for more details!! Thanks to all who made this possible and feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to know where you can get this....Basically, all the places you get CD"S!!!
New release by "Rumble Seat"
There are so many great project going on these days, it's hard to keep up sometimes!! With the onset of an early spring here in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York, great energy seems to be coming out in all directions. Of course winter is not over yet and can rear a major storm at any time, I say...Bring it on!!!
This Spring will see the release of a new Trio record "Rumble Seat" which features Herb Robertson, Steve Rust, and myself. It seems like I have been playing with these musicians for longer that I can remember, and it is always an amazing experience.. This new CD features tunes by this collective, along with compositions written by it's members individually...
Herb is a true master and innovator in the worlds of trumpet playing and improvised music and is always a "go to guy" when it comes to pushing the music to unexplored heights. Steve's playing bridges the gap between "open" and "groove" (one in the same for me!). His awareness of sound and texture are the foundation in which all avenues are to be made "open for travel"
This CD to me is a statement as to what can happen sonically when "ego" is left at the door!
Many thanks to Marek at NOTTWO records for making the commitment to this music.
Upcoming new CD by "3D TRIO"
Another project that will see the light of day this Spring is the new CD by "3D Trio". This group consists of the amazing Remi Álvarez, my long time cohort Joe Fonda and myself. This music is muscular and tender at the same time! I first met Remi when Joe and I were at the amazing NONJAZZ festival in Monterrey, Mexico last May. Curated and performing was an amazing musician, Omar Tamez (more on him later!) who brings artists from around the world together for eight days every year. This was truly an amazing experience and so began my association with Remi.
After hearing and "being" with Remi for these days, it did not take long for him to fly to NY and go into the studio with Joe and I.
The result of this turned out to be more than we could have hoped for...Both Joe and Remi came prepared to make "organic, unbiased" music and the results were startling..This CD features compositions collectivly written and improvised. These along with my tune "Beauty in the Fan" (for my most loving wife Donna) comprise the cuts.
Thanks to Manfred at Konnix records for recognizing that this music needs to be heard.
"Sketches of Sound from the Gallery" series
There are quite a few CD's near the release point so keep checking back as when they will be out. My new recordings with players such as Karl Berger, Omar Tamez, Jerome Kitske, and Steve Swell are in motion for release...
Speaking of Karl and Omar... coming up is a great new series entitled "Sketches of Sound from the Gallery" to be held at Photosensualis - Woodstock NY and will take place Friday, March 16th at 8PM....This is a concept I have longed to do for quite a while and this one will feature Karl Berger, Omar Tamez, Steve Rust and myself.. In addition. sketch artists will have their own space in the gallery in which to realize their own personal interpretation of the music. Drawings may be submitted for an upcoming show at a location TBA...Keep watching here for more details...
And of course,,, A very big thank you to Max Micheliov and design4music.org for making this web site happen..."your the greatest, Max!!!"
A Most Happy and Healthy 2013 for all of us...Let Kindness and Graciousness be our guide.... Keep watching for many great projects this year...