Grammy-Award Winner Jason Miles is back with 'Coast to Coast'


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Producer Jason Miles Assembles All-Star Cast For Coast To Coast

Star-studded Maximum Grooves includes Michael Brecker, Cassandra Reed, Derek Trucks, Herb Alpert

Producer/composer/keyboardist Jason Miles, who scored critical acclaim for his Grammy-winning A Love Affair: The Music Ivan Lins, has assembled an all-star team of musicians -- operating as a session supergroup called Maximum Grooves -- to explore the organic, improvisational potential of groove-based contemporary jazz in Coast To Coast.

The twelve tracks on Coast To Coast are built around the rhythm sections of Miles, drummers Steve Ferrone and Gene Lake, and bassists Will Lee and James Genus. Spicing up the grooves set up by this threesome are a team of high-powered players hailing from one end of the country to the other.

I wanted to concentrate on the rhythm section and make sure that was together, says Miles, and then get people who were great soloists to collaborate with me on melodies, to make sure those were equally as strong as the rhythm section.

The roster of guests says it all:

Gerald Albright (saxophone)
Herb Alpert (trumpet)
Walter Beasley (saxophone)
Jay Beckenstein (saxophone)
Michael Brecker (saxophone)
Dean Brown (guitar)
Buzz Feiten (guitar)
Russ Freeman (guitar)
Jeff Golub (guitar)
Jaared (saxophone)
Jeff Kashiwa (saxophone)
Romero Lubambo (guitar)
Andy Snitzer (saxophone)
Wayman Tisdale (bass)
Derek Trucks (guitar)

The genesis for Coast To Coast dates all the way back to 1974, when Miles first saw keyboardist Don Grolnick and his band -- a lineup that included Joe Beck, David Sanborn, Will Lee and Steve Gadd -- at Mikells, the fabled New York club at 97th and Columbus. I never forgot that night, says Miles, who remembers Grolnicks Cactus as a high point of the performance. It had that special groove that I later realized as all New York City, he recalls. It was the perfect song -- great melody meets great groove.

Following Grolnicks death in 1996, Miles felt that the best way to honor him was to record Cactus, the song that introduced me to a lot of New York players. The track was the starting point for Coast To Coast, a recording that employs contemporary technology to expand on Miles initial affinity for the New York sound of the 70s.

This project is meant to take it one step further, says Miles. We can now mix loops and other groove enhancers to live musicians.

The result is a classic sounding recording with a progressive edge as a team of top-level players find the pocket and dig in for maximum impact.

Jason Miles Maximum Grooves: Coast To Coast (CD-83589) is due at retail on March 23, 2004.

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