Monday, February 21, 2011

Brian Groder, His "Cartolologia Suite"

Trumpeter, composer, bandleader Brian Groder is happening. We reviewed the album he made with the legendary pianist Burton Greene on these pages (see below). And he has been pursuing his own projects with zeal.

Several weeks ago he premiered his "Cartologia Suite" for mid-sized jazz ensemble in New York City. I was unable to catch it but you get some idea of what was involved by going to his site, clicking on "projects," and then streaming a solo piano rendition of most of the work. There is substance there and we can only hope that the ensemble version of the piece will be recorded in the the near future. Oh and you'll find a stream of his "Suite for Dance" on that page too. It's worth a listen, all of it.

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