Home » Jazz Musicians » Stryker Slagle Band

Stryker Slagle Band

After a successful two-night run at the Jazz Standard in NYC in January, The Stryker / Slagle Band headed back up to bassist Jay Anderson's Mountain Rest Studio in New Paltz NY to lay down nine new original tracks as well as a cover of Thelonious Monk's “Ruby My Dear”. This is the third CD by the same quartet: Dave Stryker-guitar, Steve Slagle-sax, Jay Anderson (bass), and Victor Lewis (drums), that released The Scene to critical success in 2008. Their fifth CD as the Stryker / Slagle Band--Keeper captures the live energy and group dynamics of a band that has been honing their sound for over 20 years, always striving to push the music ahead.

Guitarist Dave Stryker and Saxophonist Steve Slagle's last CD The Scene was voted one of the Top CD's of 2008 by: Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times Magazine, Jazz Improv Magazine, National Public Radio, Newark Star Ledger, and WBGO.

Dave Stryker spent over 13 years with Stanley Turrentine, and also worked with Jack McDuff, Kevin Mahogany and Eliane Elias. He has 20 CD's out as a leader, and has been a sideman on over 50 others.

Saxophonist Steve Slagle has released ten CD's as a leader, and performed as a sideman on countless others. He has played with Machito, Ray Barretto, Charlie Haden, Milton Nascimento, Carla Bley, The Mingus Big Band, and Joe Lovano's Nonet.

But it is as a team that Dave and Steve have a forged one of the most exciting groups on the scene today.

Tags

244
Album Review

Stryker Slagle Band: Keeper

Read "Keeper" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Guitarist Dave Stryker is one of the most prolific talents in jazz, with almost two dozen releases as a leader, and stints with artists including Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff. His unique style has garnered him a number of prestigious awards. No less productive is Stryker's long-time co-leader, saxophonist Steve Slagle, who has led his own bands for twenty years and played with a highly impressive roster including Carla Bley, Steve Kuhn and Joe Lovano. Having worked together for the ...

289
Album Review

The Stryker / Slagle Band: The Scene

Read "The Scene" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Feel-good music may be the best way to describe The Scene by The Stryker/Slagle Band. This quarter presents eight original songs and one cover, all in an upbeat mood. Each song, in some way, is dedicated to brother musicians.Guitarist Dave Stryker spent more than 13 years with Stanley Turrentine and has worked with Jack McDuff, Kevin Mahogany and Eliane Elias. Saxophonist Steve Slagle has performed with Ray Barretto, Charlie Haden, Milton Nascimento and The Mingus Big Band among ...

248
Album Review

The Stryker/Slagle band: The Scene

Read "The Scene" reviewed by Elliott Simon


Consummate professionals, guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle continue to raise the bar of instrumental interplay with The Scene. This pair eschews gimmickry for chops and produces some of the best post-bop anywhere. Joe Lovano, himself one of the busiest and best tenor saxophonists around, joins them again, as he did on their previous release, Latest Outlook (Zoho, 2007). Along with this powerful frontline, a rhythm section of bassist Jay Anderson and Victor Lewis on drums ...

226
Album Review

The Stryker/Slagle Band: The Scene

Read "The Scene" reviewed by John Barron


The Scene finds guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle collaborating for their fourth recording as co-leaders. The disc is a clever, soulful set of original progressive jazz featuring bassist Jay Anderson, drummer Victor Lewis and, on four tracks, special guest saxophonist Joe Lovano.

The sly bouncy opener “Skee," a dedication to the late bassist Dennis Irwin, sets the stage with spirited blowing by Slagle, Lovano, and Stryker over a punchy groove by Anderson and Lewis. The swinging title track, ...

173
Album Review

The Stryker/Slagle Band: Latest Outlook

Read "Latest Outlook" reviewed by Nic Jones


The more time passes, the less often truly exceptional documents of the modern mainstream such as this one seem to come along. Guitarist Dave Stryker and alto and soprano sax man Steve Slagle have been working together for some time and there's abundant evidence of that here in their almost symbiotic understanding. Together they make for an exceptional front line and, when they've got the likes of drummer Billy Hart and bassist Jay Anderson supplying the foundation, the result can ...

206
Album Review

The Stryker / Slagle Band: Latest Outlook

Read "Latest Outlook" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


After last year's Live at The Jazz Standard, the Slagle/Stryker band reconvened in the studio to record a batch of new compositions. The general sound of Latest Outlook is completely different from the previous recording--the leaders are the only two musicians to appear this time around, and the quartet is enhanced by the presence of Joe Lovano's tenor saxophone on two tracks. The first impression you get is that they seem to swing harder in the confines ...

140
Album Review

The Stryker / Slagle Band: Latest Outlook

Read "Latest Outlook" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The Stryker/Slagle Band's two previous recordings, The Stryker/Slagle Band and Live at the Jazz Standard, were energetically received, and Latest Outlook promises more of the same.

Presently, guitarist Dave Stryker and reedsman Steve Slagle are employing bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Billy Hart (tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano joins the band on two of the cuts). The music collected here by the two leaders is made up of mostly original compositions that might fall into the category of post-Miles ...

Read more articles
"A superior snapshot of the contemporary center of jazz" John McDonough - 4 Stars in Dec. 2008 Downbeat Magazine

"One of today’s most inspired two-man teams." David Adler / JazzTimes

“In this era of ever-shifting alliances and endless maleable bands, guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle have achieved, for two decades, a contemporary rarity; a band with a distinct, highly developed sound.” George Kanzler JazzTimes 12/08

Photos

Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Keeper

Panorama Records
2010

buy

The Scene

Zoho Music
2008

buy

Latest Outlook

Zoho Music
2007

buy

The Stryker/Slagle...

Khaeon World Music
2003

buy

Bailout

From: Keeper
By Stryker Slagle Band

Videos

Similar

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.