Published since 2001
Elliott enjoys music with energy, chops and tension; whether it be from the mainstream or the outermost fringe.
While Neumeister is clearly front and center, the session gels. This is in large part due to the creative yet solid NYC rhythm section of bassist Drew Gress and drummer John Hollenbeck, who, along with Pauer, propel things forward while keeping them focused. Ellington's "Take the A-Train" sounds fresh by virtue of Neumeister's coloration and the new course the band charts for this well-ridden route. Likewise, the oft-interpreted Kurt Weill piece "Speak Low" maintains its enchanting melodic mystery and vocal nature, primarily through Pauer's direction, as each band member uses it as a vehicle for personal expression. With New Standards , Neumeister has released a session that breaks down the trombone's stereotype by highlighting its breadth and diverse tonal capabilities within the framework of a cohesive group sound.
Track Listing: 1. Take the "A" Train 4:55; 2. Picks & Pans 7:42; 3. Spring Street 9:51; 4. The Peacocks 8:19; 5. A Walk in the Woods 10:39; 6. Speak Low 7:18.
Personnel: Ed Neumeister - trombone/producer, Fritz Pauer - piano, John Hollenbeck - drums/percussion, Drew Gress - double bass.
Record Label: MeisteroMusic Records
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