There's often a vibe in live performance that isn't easily captured in the studio, especially when the musicians are highly accomplished jazz veterans performing before an appreciative audience. Trumpeter Marvin Stamm and drummer Ed Soph co-lead this wonderful band, recorded live at Birdland in New York City. Bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Bill Mays complete the quartet, which is augmented on four tunes by guitarist John Abercrombie. Stamm's warm, burnished tone on trumpet and flugelhorn melds wonderfully with the tight rhythm section.
The group chooses a refreshing program of original tunes for this recording. Marvin Stamm composed "Samba du Nancy and the lovely ballad "Two As One. "Samba du Nancy begins with a musical mallet solo by Ed Soph, then lifts off into a high energy, inspired performance that is one of the many highlights of the disc. Bill Mays contributes two beautiful compositions ("In Her Arms," "Gemma's Eyes"), and two Rufus Reid tunes are also featured, including "The Meddler," possibly so named for its offbeat 7/4 time signature in the melody.
An enthusiastic audience, fortunate enough to be present at these dates, provides extra inspiration to this excellent band, which the liner notes tell us is also a group of close friends. This fine release gives us the opportunity (with very good live sound from engineer Jim Anderson) to relive these joyful and creative moments with some of the best players on the jazz scene in one its most famous venues.
Track Listing: Svensson; Samba du Nancy; In Her Arms; Waltz for Mia; Two as One; When She Smiles Upon Your Face; Gemma
Personnel: Marvin Stamm, trumpet, flugelhorn; Ed Soph, drums; Bill Mays, piano; Rufus Reid, bass; John Abercrombie (3, 4, 7, 8), guitar.
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David. He encouraged me to become a songwriter and together as co-writers we have written material for two albums and an EP.
As The Brehms, we try to bring a beautiful ambience to any event, and we feel just as comfortable in situations where we are
background ambience, or pushing the energy in a large scale concert, and everything in between.