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Eddie Gomez: The Call of the Wild

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How to survive in jazz music? One of the people who can answer this question is bassist Eddie Gomez. With his 11 year cooperation he was the longest serving sideman of pianist Bill Evans. After interviewing Evans-bassist Chuck Israels in Holland, I called Gomez a few weeks later in his hometown. Twice there was a connection to his voicemail saying: “Here is Eddie. Please leave your message when you hear the call of the wild" (subsequently a cry of a ...

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Live At Montmartre Series

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Recordings are now being made in Montmartre, the legendary Copenhagen jazz club, which--thanks largely to the efforts of pianist Niels Lan Doky--reopened in 2010. The original Montmartre started in 1959 as a venue for trad, which Scandinavians call “happy jazz." Stan Getz, who lived in the Danish capital from 1958-1961, introduced more modern sounds, followed by other expatriate Americans, including Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon. The club moved to larger premises and from 1976-1989 ...

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Eddie Gomez: Per Sempre

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Taken as a cohesive statement--a one-hour piece of art in a world of downloads and diminishing attention spans--bassist Eddie Gomez's Per Sempre stands out, with the minor and enviable disadvantage of opening with the set's loveliest tune, “Arianna." Good news/good news: the rest of this superb outing is just a notch--a small one--below that level of excellence.Gomez surely learned something from his eleven-year tenure as pianist Bill Evans' bassist. Evans was a master at assembling excellent trios that ...

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Eddie Gomez: Per Sempre

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Bassist Eddie Gomez has never received the attention he deserves as a leader. While that's largely due to the fact that he spends so much time making other people sound better, the reason isn't important; it's an injustice, regardless of the cause. His pliant and flexible bass has been the binding agent and rhythmic-melodic-harmonic go-between responsible for bolstering the work of pianists like Bill Evans, Chick Corea and Hank Jones, drummers like Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd, and countless others ...

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Eddie Gomez: The Playing is Free

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Eddie Gomez is known throughout the world as a consummate bassist, sterling educator and a musician active in a wide variety of musical settings. He has been on the music scene for more than 40 years and has worked with everyone from Bobby Darin to Giuseppi Logan. Gomez moved from Puerto Rico as a child and was playing music from an early age. He came to prominence when Bill Evans asked him to be the bassist for the pianist's trio, ...

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Eddie Gomez: Duo & Trio

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Jeremy Steig & Eddie Gomez Outlaws Enja 2009 Great Jazz Trio Chapter II Test of Time 2009

Eddie Gomez has long been one of the most valuable bassists in jazz, especially after his 11-year stint in the Bill Evans Trio. After leaving Evans in 1975, he was quite active on record dates, including his unusual ...

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Eddie Gomez: Playing Well with Others

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Eddie Gomez & Mark Kramer Art of the Heart Art of Life 2005 Lenny Popkin, Eddie Gomez & Carol Tristano New York Moment Lifeline 2005 John Abercrombie & Eddie Gomez, with Gene Jackson Structures Chesky 2006

If NYC's own, bassist Eddie Gomez, got ...

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Eddie Gomez and Mark Kramer: Art of the Heart

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According to the now elderly, but still valuable Albert McCarthy book Jazz on Record, Eddie Gomez not only took over as bassist in the epoch-making Bill Evans trio, whose musical format was very much the creation of the original bassist, Scott LaFaro (with Evans, and not without Paul Motian's inventive genius on drums). As a brilliant instrumentalist, Gomez was said also to have improved on LaFaro's unique conception of the trio as a unit with three components, not just three ...

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An Evening With Eddie Gomez

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Eddie Gomez An Evening With Eddie Gomez Telling Pictures 2006

Not many jazz fans would associate bassist Eddie Gomez with the likes of Milli Vanilli and Ashlee Simpson, but he had his own “lip syncing" episode during the Grammy Awards back in the 1970s during his famous stint with Bill Evans' trio.

That tidbit of acknowledged stupidity is among the many far-ranging nuggets in the 100-minute DVD An Evening With ...

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Eddie Gomez & Mark Kramer: Art of the Heart

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It doesn't take more than a minute or two of listening to Art of the Heart to hear the influence of pianist Bill Evans. Pianist Mark Kramer applies the same lyrical bent towards this project with ex-Evans bassist Eddie Gomez--one of the three bassists whose careers are indelibly connected to Evans' trios. This combines for a pleasing series of piano/bass duets that will recall the many duet (and, of course, piano trio albums) made during the 1970s.

Recorded ...

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Eddie Gomez And Mark Kramer: Jazz Fiddler On The Roof

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It's the original composer's favorite jazz rendition. It features Eddie Gomez. How can you go wrong?

Well, maybe if your ideal treatment of “Fiddler On The Roof" is Cannonball Adderley's hard bopping tack on sax or a various artists avant-garde compilation that left purists shuddering. But for a largely mellow jazz trio collection that is more embellishment than reinvention, this is the place to be.

Jazz Fiddler On The Roof, featuring twelve pieces from the ...

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Eddie Gomez: Dedication

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The piano trio has always been at the heart of jazz, and this acoustic threesome reminds the listener why. Adhering to the modern mainstream, the trio’s members converse and participate equally in a session that includes light rhythmic drama and expressive ballads. Eddie Gomez worked with pianist Bill Evans for eleven years and the influence is unmistakable; Stefan Karlsson and Jimmy Cobb also share the harmonic & melodic Evans mark.

Gomez, 54, was born in Puerto Rico and grew up ...


40 Years Of The Festival International De Jazz De Montréal

The Montreal Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th edition this year with some outstanding presentations scheduled at various venues around the city. Running from June 27 to July 6, this year's festival includes both indoor and outdoor events, free and ticketed events, with a program that includes Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Brad Mehldau, Kendrick Scott, Richard Galliano, Stacy Kent, Joshua Redman, John Pizzarelli, Keyon Harrold, Gilad Hekselman, Roberto Fonseca, Donny McCaslin and more.

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