OXYGEN Midwest CD release tour!
Andy's Jazz Club
11 East Hubbard Street
Thursday, October 2nd, 9:00 p.m.
Cover Charge - $10.00
Trio's Restaurant and Jazz Club
Tuesday, September 30th at 8:00 p.m.
129 N. Michigan Street
Cover Charge - $10.00
5377 North College Ave.
Wednesday, October 1st, 7 & 9:00pm.
Cover Charge - $12.00
The newest CD OXYGEN" co-produced by well known pianist, Fred Hersch, is a brilliant showcase of the talents of pianist/composer, Dan Tepfer. Mr. Tepfer is winner of the 2007 Association Cole Porter Fellowship, while also winning 2006 Montreux Jazz Piano Competition in 2006. Dan has performed with such well known artists as Lee Konitz (just coming off a tour of Japan together, in a bass-less-trio, which was recorded for release in 2009), Bob Brookmeyer, Chris Potter, Charles McPherson. Joining Dan are Peruvian bassist, Jorge Roeder, who recently won 1st place in the 2007 International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition, while also being a member of the Kenny Werner Trio (known also for his work outside the jazz world with Broadway Star, Betty Buckley). Drummer Richie Barshay is a past member of the Herbie Hancock Quartet and recently recorded with jazz giant Chick Corea. Over the last five years, the trio have traveled worldwide through Europe, Japan, Peru and the U.S.A.
OXYGEN is both explosive and introspective; it's food for the brain and the heart. Originals such as Equivalence" and Oxygen" stretch rhythmic and harmonic complexity to the cutting edge, yet they seem to effortlessly flow. The album's two ballads, Sweet Talk" and Not for Sissies", come across as muted cries, an exploration of bleak emotional territory. Yet it's the album's covers that most reveal the trio's unbridled creativity. You will never have heard John Coltrane's Moment's Notice" or Michael Jackson's Billie Jean" played like this before.
Debut recording, Before the Storm, Voted one of the best ten albums of the year by Cadence Magazine. Look for the new recording in 2009 on the CAMjazz label (US distribution by Sunnyside Records).
What the critics have said:
An impressive CD by the brilliant young pianist Dan Tepfer"
- The Boston Globe
Stimulating and brilliantly performed... The Dan Tepfer Trio supplied up-to-date jazz, richly varied in rhythm and harmony, and virtuosically dispatched. [The trio's performance] was the high point of the concert."
- Dallas Morning News
A discovery...Dan Tepfer embodies a resolutely fresh approach to the piano, somewhere between classical music and jazz."
- La Terrace (Paris, France)
Tepfer's fresh, open-minded approach scorns conventional boundaries. Like such modern masters as Brad Mehldau and Fred Hersch, he pays no attention to that overrated, yet intellectually porous wall between jazz and classical music. Variety abounds; harmonic sophistication and a feel for form are everywhere. Instead of grappling with Giant Steps" as if it were a death-defying athletic contest, Tepfer reconstructs it into a new substantial piece of modern piano music".
- Hartford Courant
Dan Tepfer is a rising continental player with his fingers in all the right placesyou'll hear snippets of wistful post-bop flourish (a la Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett) mingle with angularity, harmonically challenging hints of Martial Solal, Bobby Few and even Don Pullen, at times. Raised in France by an Oregon family, Tepfer manifests not only a delicious instinct for daring pan-Latin undulation but a true gift for lyrical texture and contour...Tepfer is one to keep an eye on."
- The Oregonian
Dan Tepfer, with his unique creativity and individual spirit, just might be a phoenix on a mission to transform the jazz world. The Dan Tepfer Trio had it all together with the kind of trust and adventure in the air that solidifies a great jazz performance...their music was refreshingly different."