Mercator Nick Manson
, John Patitucci, Ian Froman, Andy Suzuki
Recorded in NYC on St. Patrick's Day, 2008, the improvisational music included within Mercator has little to do with luck, and everything to do with musicality, patience and soulful virtuosity.
Mercator is the result of four journeyman jazz musicians' willingness to allow seven newly penned compositions; never before performed or rehearsed, take them across a broad, emotional, sonic spectrum, without any imposed limitations.
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Three of Mercator's compositions are dedicated to the recently departed Roby Duke. The musical tour de force that was Roby had an incredible impact upon Nick, John and Andy's quest as composers and artists who strive for excellence. John Patitucci's Roby" is homage to the heart and soul of friendship which Roby extended to so many aspiring musicians and adoring fans during his lifetime. Andy Suzuki's Red Door" pays tribute to the ferocity with which Roby was capable of displaying towards musical and philosophical ideals worthy of attainment. And Nick's composition, Mercator," addresses the intellectual and reflective side of Roby Duke, which was guarded and shared with only small number of Roby's most trusted confidants.
The remaining four compositions within Mercator will excite the imagination as well with incredible free, improvisational cadenzas played by John and Ian, as well as solos by Nick and Andy that are wonderfully weaved into the tapestry of each intriguing tune.
Mercator is a recorded documentation of undoubtedly must have" moments in emotionally and keenly executed improvisational music.