PETE LEVIN TRIO
“JUMP!” is Pete’s 3rd CD7 release in the organ trio format. His current trio from the album – with Lenny White and Dave Stryker – has been touring the U.S. and Europe through the spring of 2011.
“The New York artist has a serious keyboard resume (playing with the likes of Gil Evans, John Scofield) so you’d expect him to lay down some real grease and gravy.” ~ Downbeat Magazine
In a diverse music career spanning several decades, keyboardist/arranger Pete has performed and recorded with hundreds of Jazz and Pop artists – including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Robbie Robertson and John Scofield – receiving critical accolades for his work during a 15 year association with the legendary Gil Evans, and his 8 year stint with jazz icon Jimmy Giuffre. In 1990 he released his first solo album, ?Party in the Basement,? for Gramavision, followed by ?A Solitary Man? and ?Masters In This Hall? in 1991. Following four CDs for Alternate Mode Productions during the ’90s, Pete returned to the cutting edge as a band leader with ?Deacon Blues? and “Certified Organic” while also returning to his first love, the Hammond Organ.
Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Downbeat Readers poll, and a Rising Star in the 2001,2004, 2006 and 2007 Downbeat Critics Poll. His approach combining the jazz burn to a soulful blues feeling is communicating to new fans wherever he plays. Dave Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York City in 1980. He played in organist Jack McDuff’s group during 1984-85, an invaluable experience, paying his dues night after night with the soulful jazz organist. Stanley Turrentine asked Stryker to join his quintet. For 10 years he played with the legendary saxophonist at festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world, and is featured on two Turrentine CD’s. His time with the tenor legend helped Stryker realize the importance of having his own sound. Dave continues to record and perform with The Stryker / Slagle Band as well as his other projects: The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, and The Blue to the Bone Band.
One of the great innovators of the modern drum set, Lenny White’s sonic fingerprints are all over modern jazz and funk. Not many drummers can claim a first gig with Jackie McLean and a Top 10 R&B hit ten years later. The soulful edge and innovative approach he brought to Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew and Chick Corea’s Return to Forever defined the sound of fusion; his influence has only grown since then, producing for stars like Chaka Khan and Nancy Wilson and earning a reputation as one of the most respected bandleaders and producers in any genre. Best known as the drummer in the recently reunited Return To Forever, Lenny White is much more. Along with fellow drummers Tony Williams and Billy Cobham, Lenny is rightly considered one of the founding fathers of Fusion Jazz. Distinguishing himself even more, Lenny moved on to lead bands and projects that covered the entire musical spectrum. As with many drummers, Lenny White’s career is often overshadowed by the artist/leaders of the bands of which he is a part, but as did Art Blakey, Tony Williams, and Billy Cobham, Lenny has also made important contributions as a skilled composer and arranger who has led a number of his own bands. He has written and produced more than 20 albums of his own.
PETE LEVIN TRIO