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Vibraphonist and composer Steve Shapiro has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in jazz and pop, including Steely Dan, Ornette Coleman, Phil Collins, SpyroGyra, Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, Regina Belle, Pat Martino, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, and They Might Be Giants. Shapiro is also an accomplished producer and arranger whose work has appeared in hundreds of television and film projects, many for Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, with credits on an array of productions related to over forty feature film releases. As a performer, Steve has been a pioneer of using audio and midi technology with mallet percussion, and has developed a unique voice inspired by contemporary electric keyboards. He has released six recordings as a leader, and continues to write and perform in New York City.

The recording industry journal MIX Magazine writes, “Steve Shapiro is a legitimate triple-threat musician.” All Music Guide says “Shapiro is an impressive performer, with what is clearly a developed personal voice on his instrument.” And Audiophile Audition remarked that “Shapiro has absorbed the playing of all the master malleteers, from Lionel Hampton to Gary Burton to Joe Locke and beyond, and come up with his own very lyrical and dancing approach.” JazzTimes critic Bill Milkowski has lauded Steve's latest recording with celebrated Nashville guitarist Pat Bergeson as “another winning effort.”

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— “Its a real shame this music isn't more widely known because these guys are doing something both original and fresh. Players of uncommon presence and a distinct voice on their respective instruments, leaders Shapiro and Bergeson are both fine jazz musicians. Beyond that their concept of revitalizing various popular, jazz standard, and obscure musical numbers, plus their own slightly loopy tunes....adds up to a kind of musical genius....Music of very high accomplishment.” (Audiophile Audition)

— “Bergeson and vibist Steve Shapiro lead their
low-key band through Latinized classics and
lush, leisurely originals with lucid grace....
When they back Sellick on shorter alternating
tracks, they ease into overdrive for her insinu-
ating smears and hints of Diana Krall and
savvy Carmen McRae snap.” -Downbeat

— “From the moment you hear Annie Sellick sing the opening lines from Joni Mitchells song Free Man In Paris, you feel like she is speaking directly to you. As the song progresses, it becomes impossible to escape Sellicks powers of seduction, and vibraphonist Steve Shapiro and guitarist/harmonica player Pat Bergeson are perfect accomplices during the takeover

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Try the Veal

Solidtone
2020

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Solomental

Solidtone
2015

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Solomental

Solidtone
2015

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Backward Compatible

Apria Records
2009

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Low Standards

Sons of Sound
2005

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Xylophobia

Curious Jazz
2001

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Hypotenuse

From: Try the Veal
By Steve Shapiro

Early

From: Backward Compatible
By Steve Shapiro

Scary Americans

From: Backward Compatible
By Steve Shapiro

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