Eric Olsen, piano
Jim Donica, bass
Chris Bowman, drums
Mike Lee, saxes
Urban Survival is a collaborative jazz group that aims at an inspirational and transformative musical experience. Urban Survival plays on the very edge of creativity and improvisational freedom, drawing the listener into the creative process through mood and atmosphere. Featuring unique musical forays into jazz standards by composers like Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart, jazz arrangements of Norwegian folk songs and works by classical composers like Chopin and Sibelius, and daring original compositions by Eric Olsen. Urban Survival has something for everyone!
Urban Survival is very active in the New York City music scene. The band has performed to capacity crowds at world-famous venues such as Manhattan?s Knitting Factory and Birdland. The group also tours nationally, performing in concert venues, clubs, and at festivals. Pianist Eric Olsen has worked with a wide variety of jazz and classical musicians, including Billy Hart, Mike Clark, Eliot Zigmund, George Garzone, Kevin Maynor, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Amiri Baraka. Bassist Jim Donica has worked with Maynard Ferguson, David Brecker, Joe Strummer, Bruce Barth, Peter Erskine, and Vinnie Colaiuta. Drummer Chris Bowman has worked with Paul Bley, Annette Peacock, Percy Jones, Jane Ira Bloom, Ratzo Harris, Larry Rivers, and Frank Kimbrough.
?Urban Survival will appeal to different jazz listeners for different reasons. Excellent solo performances.?
?Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com
?The players on this album are, without question, top notch artists and one would, without hesitation, recommend this CD.?–John Gilbert, ejazznews.com
?Highlights of the album include a savvy cover of ?Eleanor Rigby,? which takes full advantage of the group’s arranging skills, musical craftsmanship, and fluid interplay; the extended ?Tabula Rasa?; and the ballad ?Soliloquy,? on which both pianist Olsen and consummate bassist Donica shine.??Franz A. Matzner, All About Jazz.com