Eddie Gomez and Mark Kramer: Elegantly Emotional Jazz for July


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Fans may have missed their workshop at the Blue Note in June. But, in July there will be multiple opportunities in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia to sample the sounds (and silence) of master bassist Eddie Gómez with pianist Mark Kramer: an increasingly compelling “phenomenon” on the music/jazz scene today.

On the evenings of July 15, 16, 17 Eddie and Mark bring their “charged quiet" to the well-appointed Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, New York (1650 Broadway at the corner of 49th Street Friday and Saturday at 8:00, 10:00 and 11:30 Eddie Gómez, featuring Mark Kramer” (and joined by drummer Gene Jackson), will headline each of the sets and also introduce three upcoming artist groups on the TWINZ label. The Gomez-Kramer collaboration's previous two appearances at the club this year ("Jazz Fiddler on the Roof" w/Lennie White) and “Three Bass Hit", w/ White, Richard Davis and Avashai Cohen", were sold out.

The following week, Eddie Gómez and Mark Kramer will be appearing for a one time only limited seating class/ performance in the Mallory Room at Rutger’s University, Camden at 6 pm on Thursday, July 21st.

Finally, on Friday evening, July 22nd at 5:45 pm (for two shows) they are scheduled to perform at the well attended concert series in the great hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on the Benjamin Franklin Parway in Philadelphia, Pennslvania.

All venues are equipped with 7-9 foot grand pianos (Steinway or Bosendorfer).

Julliard trained bassist Eddie Gómez has been at the forefront of jazz for decades. As the longest tenured bassist with pianist Bill Evans’ Trio, Eddie ensured that the double bass would be a compelling, emotionally moving lead voice in jazz. His distinctively melodic improvisations on masterpieces such as “You Must Believe in Spring”, remains today as a standard for artistry in the genre. His later creative contributions to various recordings by Chick Corea and others set the stage again for a cutting edge role for acoustic bass in improvised music.

Pianist Mark Kramer, recording unlikely material for jazz on Telarc, Lightyear, Stash, Mythic, and TWINZ Record labels, was formally trained from childhood as a violinist by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mark switched to saxophone, bass, then piano in his late teens and found his way to performing with the Brecker Brothers, Charles Famborough, Stanley Clark, Eric Gravatt and so many others before embarking on two full time high profile careers: one of which was musician by night.

Eddie Gómez and Mark Kramer, introduced by Michael Brecker, have been playing and composing regularly together for close to 15 years. Most recently they have developed a deeply self-contained duo sound which has attracted accolades. Their discography together now stands at 8 productions, three of which are their most recent duo works awaiting release. Eddie and Mark both share an advanced technical mastery on their respective instruments; in their pure jazz work, lightning quick call and response is evident. Yet, reviewers comment that it is their shared reverence for a spacious and majestic feeling, punctuated by spectacular interactive bursts of high energy, which permeates their fresh work together.

Their joint recorded works are available through TWINZ RECORDS at TWINZRECORDS.COM, also MYTHIC RECORDS at www.thejazzmall.com, and through many retail outlets.

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