by Dan Bilawsky
When saxophonist Craig Yaremko was in college at the New School, one of his mentors--the esteemed Jane Ira Bloom--heard him playing with an organ group. Right then and there she said, Craig, your sound was made to play with an organ trio." Now, more than a decade later, Yaremko is proving her right. Yaremko relates that story in the introductory passage of his self-penned liner notes for CYO3, the debut recording from his organ trio. In that ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Saxophonist Craig Yaremko's Sync, immediately brings to mind his other major appearance recently, as the multi-reed player on trumpeter/flugelhornist Nathan Eklund's A Crooked Line (Jazz Excursion, 2007).
While A Crooked Line was a structured attempt to revisit the early 1960s Blue Note period, Sync has some other ideas. The group here is a quartet featuring Eklund once again, along with bassist Bill Moring and drummer Steve Johns.
The liner notes make specific reference to the Ornette ...read more
by Woodrow Wilkins
Chemistry. The term can refer to a number of things. In music, it represents that just-right, often perfect, blend of sounds when musicians complement one another well. Chemistry is what you get on saxophonist Craig Yaremko's Sync.Yaremko is a fixture on the New York jazz scene. His experience has included live performances of classical, rock and pop music, as well as jazz. A short list of his stage and studio comrades includes Randy Brecker, Paquito D'Rivera, Bob Mintzer, ...read more
by Laurel Gross
For those who want an indication of whether their tastes are in sync with an artist's essence, going along for a ride with multi-reedist Craig Yaremko is as straight-ahead as driving on a highway. Yet this is also someone who likes taking the scenic route. These are not detours off the main path but intrinsically threaded into the overall route so this should not upset those who prefer jazz straight-up. But this penchant can extend this leader's appeal to those ...read more