Rounding out the quartet is drummer Mark Walker (Oregon, Paquito D'Rivera) and bassist David Clark. The music can best be described as contemporary jazz that ranges from delicate lyricism to intense, virtuosic displays played with abandon. The quartet's focus is on group dialogue, improvisation, and spontaneity played with an extreme dynamic range. Depth of Emotion's repertoire consists of Saindon's compositions along with his reharmonized versions of Moon River" and Green Dolphin Street". The CD's lead track, The Last Goodbye", was written by Saindon in honor of legendary jazz educator and trumpeter Herb Pomeroy who recently passed away.
The aspect of this recording that impressed me the most is the incredible uniformity of the compositions; yet within each tune, there are different sets of musical challenges especially in the harmonic realm. The combination of the vibes with the soprano is a lovely texture that I had never before explored. Ed's music is very listenable, and at the same time quite sophisticated."
Coming from the four mallet school," Ed Saindon has developed and continues to refine a pianistic approach to mallet playing which involves a consistent utilization of all four mallets along with a variety of dampening techniques. As a vibist and pianist, he has absorbed and transferred the influences from the piano lineage that stretches from Waller and Tatum up to the present. Originally a drummer, Saindon began playing the vibraphone along with piano while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1972-1976. He is a Professor at Berklee where he has been teaching since 1976. From Down Beat: an original approach to the vibraphone...Saindon has adapted and developed his self-styled pianistic approach."
From Jazz Times: a master of the four mallet technique."
After some time spent with Ten Wheel Drive, one of the early jazz-fusion groups from the 70's, Dave Liebman secured the saxophone/flute position with the group of legendary Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones. Within two years, Liebman reached the zenith of his apprenticeship period when Miles Davis hired him. These years, 1970-74, were filled with tours, recordings and the incredible experience gained by being on the bandstand with two masters of jazz.
World Improvised Music will be sending Depth of Emotion to radio stations, jazz internet sites and the press in the U.S., Japan and Europe as part of a promotional campaign commencing in January 2008.
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