Bob Gluck, pianoMichael Bisio, bassDean Sharp, drums
A show celebrating the release of "Returning" (FMR Records)
Recordings from the show:
Death & the Flower (Jarrett)
Monk's Point (Monk)
Waterway [Intro: Monk's Mood (Monk)]
Compositions by Bob Gluck except where noted.
Some reviews of the CD:
"a brilliant collection of uniquely modern jazz... a passionate and riveting performance with rhythmic support and outstanding solo work... breathes with an edgy creativity." - Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
"Gluck's virtuoso piano work, the tight supportive punctuation of Michael Bisio's bass work and the incredible dynamics of Dean Sharp on drums... Gluck's compositions are expressed with an intensity and sensitivity that is spellbinding. I cannot fully convey the attraction deeply seeded in these pieces that becomes stronger as the composition progresses... They execute the trio format impeccably." - Chuck Vecoli, Jazz Review
"a perfect balance between formal composition and free jazz... virtuosic runs that may recall such avant-garde icons as Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley and Don Pullen... from plaintive introspection to volatile extrapolation..." - Bill Millkowski, Jazz Times
"a production swelling with energy and opening wide new vistas." - Michael Czekus (HFP Portal Zene, Hungary)
Bob Gluck (http://www.electricsongs.com) is a pianist and composer whose work merges intuition with a broad sonic palate. Lyricism and abstraction find a shared home. He has been described as "...a brilliant improviser." (Cadence) and "...an accomplished and passionate pianist in the most elusive tradition of avant-garde masters Cecil Taylor, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, and Don Pullen." (Chronogram) Also released in 2011 was Gluck's 'Something Quiet' with Joe Giardullo (soprano sax) and Christopher Dean Sullivan (bass) hailed by "Jazz Inside" as able to "serenade and surprise just about any listener’s ears... you can hear just what’s essential beyond sheer technique… the merger of feeling and melody, rhythm and sound... a partnership of resonance and vibration delivering to the fullest... enhanced by the sweetest of pulsing rhythms and cascading notes... road signs of timelessness." Named Keyboard magazine's June 2009 "Unsigned Artist of the Month," Bob Gluck is author of the forthcoming "You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band" (University of Chicago Press, July 2012).
Michael Bisio (http://michaelbisio.com/) is a distinctly original bassist and composer whose list of collaborators reads like a who's who of jazz. Bisio has performed regularly with luminaries such as Joe McPhee and Charles Gayle, as well as John Tchai, Marilyn Crispell, Stuart Dempster, Bern Nix, Julian Priester, Joseph Jarman, Andrew Cyrille, and many others. For many years, he was a mainstay of the Seattle jazz and music education scenes. He has performed at the Earshot and Guelph Jazz Festivals, the famed Vision Festival in New York and at Tanglewood and elsewhere. Steven Loewy (All Music Guide) writes: "Bisio's ability to project such a diverse array of timbre and technical skill mark him as one of the leading bassists of his time."
Dean Sharp (http://www.myspace.com/dsharpist) is a prolific creative percussionist, producer and remixer. He has performed and recorded with a strikingly diverse array of creative artists including Moby, Brad Mehldau, Stephen Vitiello, Elliott Sharp, Joe Lovano, Marc Ribot, John Stubblefield, Liz Gorrill (aka Kazzrie Jaxen), jazz legend Hugh Brodie, Tony Levin, Steve Swallow, Carter Burwell, David Arner and Jane Siberry. Sharp has written and recorded with notorious loop-miester David Torn (SPLaTTeRCeLL project), co-lead his own ensembles earmight (w/ Dean Jones, David Hofstra, Russ Johnson and Ken Mcgloin) and trio loCo (w/ Marc Dzuiba and StudioStu) and is the creative catalyst of SONic 150 (with trumpet notebender russ johnson), scribbleScrabbLe (with videographer Thomas Moore), 3:2:1 (with Ken Mcgloin and Russ Johnson) and sanDwich (with percussionist Harvey Sorgen and a changing mysterious third guest). He has played a vital role in the recordings and live performances of such innovative singer/songwriters as Rachael Sage, Greg Brown, Donna Lewis, MIMI (goese), Noe Veneble, Jill Sobule and Todd Sickafoose’s Blood Orange. Music Matters Review declares: "Dean Sharp's drums lend mystery and grace" and The Fairfield County Weekly calls him "capable of quietly extraordinary things," a drummer who "has found a way to make jazz fresh."
extraordinary things," a drummer who "has found a way to make jazz fresh."