Mike Stern - guitar
George Colligan - piano / keyboards
Jeremy Allen - bass
Matt Jorgensen - drums
One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career that has encompassed musical partnerships with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers and Joe Henderson, as well as 16 recordings as a leader (six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards). An electrifying soloist whose blistering chops combine rock-fusion firepower with sophisticated jazz harmonies and his inherently bluesy string bending prowess, Stern has the ability to instantly elevate the proceedings on any gig or session he plays by channeling the spirits of his own personal guitar heroes Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Albert King.
Born in Boston on January 10, 1953, Stern grew up in Washington, DC, then returned to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. He got his first big break with Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1976 at age 23. After touring and recording for two years with the popular rock band he was recruited by drummer Billy Cobham for a stint in his powerhouse fusion band Glass Menagerie from 1979 to early 1981. Stern was subsequently recruited by Miles Davis and was part of the jazz legend's celebrated comeback band (with bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Al Foster, percussionist Mino Cinelu and saxophonist Bill Evans), making his public debut with Miles on June 27, 1981 at the KIX nightclub in Boston, a performance documented on the 1982 live album We Want Miles. During his three-year period with Miles, Stern appeared on two other recordings with the jazz maestro – 1981's Man with the Horn and 1983's Star People. He later toured with Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth Band from 1983 through 1985 then returned to Miles' lineup for a second tour of duty that lasted close to a year.
Hal Galper - piano
Jeff Johnson - bass
John Bishop - drums
In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of today's most surprising and satisfying pianists. Galper's 21st century series of trio albums for Origin Records incorporates his development of 'Rubato' playing as a means of melding melodic lyricism with the rhythmic excitement and "sound of surprise" of the bebop tradition, deepening the jazz experience for musicians and listeners alike.
"...the high level of integration and communication the trio displays is rare and quite thrilling to experience." - Downbeat.
"He has also found two like-minded musical brothers in bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop, versatile and sophisticated players who can keep up with his 'Rubato' concept, one of playing loose and free with tempo and harmony - even structure - twisting the familiar forms like a rubber band, then pulling them back and letting them fly free." - All About Jazz.
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