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Ten originals from band members, as well as, arrangements of standards by Ellington, Berlin, Monk, and others.
Nicki Denner - Piano
Julian Llanos - Vocals & Güiro
Anton Denner - Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones, Flute, and Bb & Bass Clarinets
Mark Miller - Trombone
Rolando Morales-Matos - Bongo, Bell, Timbales, Congas, Panderos, & Auxillary Percussion
Shai Hayo - Coro, Cua, Maracas, Güiro, & Clave
Willie Martinez - Coro
Jennifer Vincent - Bass
"...it’s beautifully controlled music, with Denner’s exquisite
touch and sense of tempo framing the roughness of Llanos’ singing; her
solos, full of surprises, make you listen."
~~ Descarga.com, by Peter Watrous, 12/4/07
Vinson Valega - drums
Anton Denner - alto saxophone, flute, piccolo
Chris Bacas - tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, arrangements
Terell Stafford - trumpet
Jon Cowherd - piano
Josh Ginsburg - bass
5/26/05 & 5/27/2005 at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ.
Recording, Mixing, and Mastering
Engineer - Frank D. Fagnano
Ten originals from band members, in addition to a beautiful ballad written by James Williams.
"An album of unquestioned elegance, spunk and rich melodies, Awake is an engaging collection of music bound to capture your attention, hold your interest and never, never put you to sleep."
~~ eJazzNews.com, by Edward Blanco, 7/2/07
"Valega's trio brings a dynamic, energetic, and fertile approach" to the music and "is to be commended for the quality, seriousness, and performance on this classy recording."
1998-1999 at Restaurant 147, New York City.
Two originals and six standards, including Stevie Wonder's, "Send One Your Love."
"Swinging and serious piano trio in the tradition of Ahmad Jamal and Herbie Hancock."
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