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by Michael P. Gladstone
Pianist Mike Wofford has been a mainstay of the West Coast jazz scene for many decades and has been recording since 1966. Based out of San Diego, the location for this recording, he has been heard on many recordings as member of groups led by Shelly Manne and His Men, Shorty Rogers and James Moody. In 1979 he was chosen to be the pianist/musical director for Sarah Vaughan. Later, Wofford worked with Ella Fitzgerald, appearing on her final album and ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Mike Wofford played for fifteen years at the Athenaeum jazz concert series in San Diego, right from its initiation in 1989. Came the time to release its first recording and the spotlight, appropriately enough, shone on Wofford. He set his sights on New York and beckoned Peter Washington and Victor Lewis to join him.
The trio setting offers a snug home for jazz and if the musicians have empathy, they can raise a song to a high level ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
My perspective, speaking as a reviewer with access to large amounts of music, may not be that of the average fan, but 2004 seems to be shaping up as the year of outstanding piano trio work by higher profile players like Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau, as well as by a slew of lesser-known but no less talented artists like Randy Halberstadt ( Parallel Tracks, Origin Records), Satoko Fuji ( Illusion Suite, NatSat Records), and now Mike Wofford, with Live ...read more