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  • SKU: CM072721
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 875531021639
  • Street Date: 02/18/22
  • PreBook Date: 01/14/22
  • Label: Cellar Live »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 58:46 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2021
  • Box Lot: 150
  • Territory: WORLD EX JP
  • Language: English


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Michael Weiss - Persistence

Persistence is the fantastic new release from one of NYC's most renowned pianists, featuring originals and classic standards.

Michael Weiss - Persistence
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Michael Weiss will celebrate 40 years of living and working in NYC next year; a major milestone in a city full of brilliant jazz pianists. One of the busiest pianists and composers in jazz, Michael was a key member of the Johnny Griffin quartet for over 15 years, and is himself entering the status of jazz legend alongside some of his peers.

A true double threat as a dazzling pianist along with a thoughtful and deep composer, Michael was recognized early on as a bright light in jazz, having won the BMI Thelonious Monk composer competition and place second in the Monk International Jazz Piano competition. With these accolades, it is fitting that Michael and the quartet choose to cover the Monk classic 'Epistrophy' on this fantastic album, his debut for Cellar Music Group.

In addition to the nod to Monk, Michael selects 4 of his original compositions on his Cellar Music Group debut, coupled with some lesser known standards by Jimmy van Heusen and Antonio Carlos Jobim, finished off with the Fats Waller staple, Jitterbug Waltz.

The band for this recording is truly stellar. Eric Alexander is himself one of the great instrumentalists of his generation, and the perfect foil to Michael on this exciting recording. Paul Gill and Pete van Nostrand are veterans of the New York jazz scene and the feeling of joyful swing and near-kinetic interplay are immediately apparent from the first song. Together, this quartet of burning New York jazz veterans bring a sophistication and soul to the recordings that can only be attained from decades of playing in the jazz capital of the world. Persistence is an apropros title for an album of musicians who have never given up on the mastery of their instrument, or this music.

Track Listing

  • Persistence
  • Second Thoughts
  • Apr├Ęs Vous
  • Only the Lonely
  • Jitterbug Waltz
  • Epistrophy
  • Once I Loved
  • Birthday Blues

Sales Points

  • Lisa Reedy is handling a North American-wide radio promotion campaign. Jason Byrne from Red Cat Publicity is handling press.
  • For fans of Monk, and other great jazz pianist/composers
  • A burning quartet date from 4 of New York's best known musicians, led by legendary jazz pianist and composer, Michael Weiss
  • Recorded at the mecca of all jazz recording studios, Rudy Van Gelder's in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Press Quotes

'... as good a demonstration of blues phrasing as can be heard in jazz'

     —Ben Ratliff, New York Times

...Weiss and his bandmates demonstrate that although he doesn't record as a leader often, he makes these outings count.

     —Martin Johnson, Jazz Times

...Simply a smashing, feel good set, music like this keeps the arteries running smoothly. Well done.

     —Chris Spector, Midwest Record review

'Weiss is an excellent pianist who plays bebop and hard-bop lines with elegance and precision. He has a deft touch and swinging rhythmic sense, with the right dollop of funk and soul'

     — Sid Gribetz, Jazz Times


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