“U.S.E.—Urbina, Scarano, Eldred—adventurous, fresh, exciting, focused…honest. These are gifted musicians and Sideways Circle is their title for this debut album. It is a provocative title with implications. The trio, in fact, comes at you from multiple perspectives and angles—sideways, forward, backward, up and down, in and out, diagonally. Their music and playing are not constrained by convention; the group dynamic is organic and completely attractive; the beautifully-constructed compositions are heartfelt, ferocious, soothing, in your face, gentle. From the plaintive, yet energetic “Features of a Forgotten Face,” to the pointillistic and hard driving “One Zero Nine,” to the inward-looking “That Story About You,” to the powerful outpouring of “What Did You Think?”—and on everything in between—this band cooks at all temperatures. The music and the playing are original and deep. U.S.E.—Urbina, Scarano, Eldred. They understand the sources, their collective voice is compelling, and they know where they are going. This is a trio of the highest order.”
— Norman David, Philadelphia, April 24, 2019
Andrew Urbina – saxophone
Matt Scarano – drums
Sandy Eldred – bass
Debut album from saxophonist Bogdan Gumenyuk. Featuring entirely original music by the artist. The band is comprised of musicians from Kiev, New York, and Philadelphia.
Bogdan Gumenyuk – Tenor
John Swana – EVI
Luis Perdomo – Piano
Sandy Eldred – Bass
Mark Whitfield II – Drums
O’Beirne has been leading Slowbern (formerly Slowburn) since 2010 and he describes the band as a “community” with a large pool of potential members circulating in and out depending upon availability. Dreams of Daedalus features a cast of musicians who have been there since the beginning – Carl Schultz (tenor saxophone), Felix Manzi (drums),Josh Anderson (trumpet), Sandy Eldred (bass) and Dave Bozenhard (guitar). The band also includes many of O’Beirne’s old professors at UArts in Philadelphia includingJohn Swana and Tony Miceli, both Philly jazz legends. A trumpet hero of O’Beirne’s,Nick Marchione was able to play lead trumpet on the album; Sean Bailey also lent his clarinet acumen to the project doing woodwind overdubs.
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Recorded live at Plays & Players Theatre in Philadelphia, PA.
In 2000, David assembled and debuted the first Philadelphia version of The Eleventet. In mid-2007, he finalized a permanent Philadelphia roster of players, comprised of the cream of that city’s jazz artists and usually including some of the above-mentioned or other prominent musicians. The Eleventet is featured exclusively throughout the year at Plays and Players Theater, one of Philadelphia’s venerable venues for the creative arts. Additionally, the band performs regularly at other notable locales in the region. The Eleventet produces breathtaking ensemble-playing filled with monster solos. David’s original compositions and arrangements propel the listener down unexpected paths and through surprising twists and turns.
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Norman David directs, plays with and composes the music for his ensemble, The Eleventet. For almost 20 years beginning in the early 1980s, David led versions of the Eleventet in Boston, central Maine, and NYC. Among the musicians who have played with the band are George Garzone, Dick Oatts, Tim Hagans, John Fedchock, John Swana, Seamus Blake, Terell Stafford, Joe Magnarelli, Greg Hopkins. Jon Gordon, Ben Schachter, Gary Smulyan, Scott Robinson, Tom Lawton, John Hébert and Tim Horner. Please Call is Norman David & The Eleventet’s second studio album. As of this recording, the ensemble has been on the scene for over thirty-five years. This recording features the current edition of the Eleventet based in Philadelphia, PA.
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Steve Cal – Guitar
Sandy Eldred – Bass
Felix Manzi – Drums
The “Hendrix-esque” Room to Move is Steve Cal’s second album. The sound is raw, but not underproduced and the record has a “live in the studio” sound and feel. This is a breath of fresh air compared to the the current ‘Nashville-esque” sound of some of the major artists today.
Mark Allen – saxophone
Dave Bozenhard – guitar
Rihards Fedotovs – drums
Sandy Eldred – bass
… dedicated themselves to exploring an original body of work and developing a distinctive group identity. The result is this very album.
Each of these remarkable young musicians has contributed creative, well developed, and often complex compositions to this recording. Their music is rich in gooves, textured, odd time signatures, and mixed meters, executed with virtuosic ease. All that and great solos too! What will they think of next?
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