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Michael Zilber

San Francisco Bay Area based saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber is described by NEA Jazz Master David Liebman as “one of the best players and composers around anywhere. Period!” The Canadian-born ex-New Yorker has 10 albums to his name as a leader or co-leader. He has also performed or recorded with everyone from Liebman to Miroslav Vitous, Mike Clark, Dizzy Gillespie and Bob Berg, to name just a very few. Zilber co-led a band with drumming great Steve Smith for eight years, releasing the top 20 recording Reimagined: Jazz Standards, Volume 1 in 2003. For the past decade, he has teamed up with guitar virtuoso John Stowell, most recently on 2016’s Basement Blues, which All About Jazz’s Dan McClenaghan calls “as compelling and modernistic and compelling as any group out there,” hailing Zilber as “soulful and flawless”

Album

Mike Drop

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Barshay Fly; Sonny Monk; Passion Dance; You Know I Care; Blackbird; Norwegian Wood; Miyako; Monk's Dream; Falling In Love With Love

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!

Read "Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!" reviewed by Doug Collette


Drummer Mike Clark must've already had some estimable pedigree in the first place to be invited to join Herbie Hancock's seminal funk/fusion ensemble Headhunters back in the Seventies. But the man at the kit only built upon his existing prestige during his tenure with that group and then went on to expand upon his rep with ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Clark & Michael Zilber: Mike Drop

Read "Mike Drop" reviewed by Paul Rauch


A first encounter with saxophonist Michael Zilber in a live setting leaves a very large impression. Enshrouding the marvelous facility and deeply melodic approach to improvisation is “the sound" which allows the listener to receive the music in a soulful way. When that sound and imagination are driven by the post-bop mastery of drummer Mike Clark, ...

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News: Recording

Legendary Drummer Mike Clark and Superlative Saxophonist Michael Zilber Present Collaborative Album 'Mike Drop'

Legendary Drummer Mike Clark and Superlative Saxophonist Michael Zilber Present Collaborative Album 'Mike Drop'

Sunnyside Records is proud to announce the July 16th, 2021 release of Mike Drop, an impressive new album co-led by iconic jazz drumming legend Mike Clark and renowned saxophonist Michael Zilber. The culmination of a decade-long musical relationship, Mike Drop features these two consummate players alongside two top Bay Area stalwarts bassist Peter Barshay and pianist ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Four Quartets

Read "Four Quartets" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Dry the pool, dry concrete, brown edged, And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight, And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly, and said shooby dooby doo—er, well, maybe not according to T. S. Eliot, but those aren't the four quartets we're talking about. Instead, we've got a mix of progressive and nostalgic takes on ...

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East West / Music for Big Bands

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Disc 1 Big Band East: Hen House; Fall; Joshua; Fantasia on Trane; Repressions; The Christmas Song; The Breckerfast Club. Disc 2 Big Band West: Weather Wayne; Over the Rainbow; Shiva for Shifflett; Skylark; Another Prayer While Waiting; Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; St. Paul (Desmond).

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Article: Album Review

Michael Zilber: East West / Music for Big Bands

Read "East West / Music for Big Bands" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On East West, his first-ever big-band enterprise, Canadian-born saxophonist Michael Zilber leads world-class ensembles in New York City and San Francisco, which speaks volumes about his artistry and gravitas. Zilber not only plays saxophone on both bands, he composed eight of the fourteen numbers on this handsome two-CD set and arranged all of them.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Christmas Gifts and Messages, Some From the Grinch

Read "Christmas Gifts and Messages, Some From the Grinch" reviewed by Marc Cohn


If you haven't had your fill of Christmas, click the play button for last Saturday's holiday show. One of our rotating traditions is to program the Duke Ellington version of “The Nutcracker Suite." Our first segment tracks mostly old favorites that we play almost every year. The rest are offered for the first time on the ...

Album

Originals For the Originals

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Breckerfast Club; Leaves (for Michael Brecker); Partly Sonny; Autumn Lieb; Weather Wayne; Pastel Blues (for Wayne Shorter); Hen House; Late Night Trane (in the distance); Lieb Dich; Coltraning Daze; St. Paul (Desmond)


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