Jazz Life – Live @ Cleopatra’s Needle, NYC The Steve Elmer Trio
Steve Elmer, Piano/Composer ; Hide Tanaka, Bass ; Shingo Okudaira, Drums
The Steve Elmer Trio began playing together in 2005. Our first CD was recorded in 2006 and is called I Used To Be Anonymous. In 2007 we made a 2,500 mile tour of Japan. We recorded Fire Down Below, our second CD, in 2008. Jazz Life is our first live recording.
All of our CDs feature original Steve Elmer compositions and swinging straight ahead jazz solos. We like to call this approach classic jazz: play the melody, improvise, tell a story, and make it swing.
FIRE DOWN BELOW:
This trio swings at all tempos. Their joy is palpable.
Jazz Improv Magazine
Recorded in 2008.
Taking a rest for April.
"If You've Got A Gig, Life Is Good"
(Steve Elmer Interview)
Review: "Forget the big names; Fire Down Below, the new album by pianist and composer Steve Elmer and his excellet trio, will knock your socks off. Monkishly playful in terms of style (especially in GA's Jambalaya), Elmer is unfailingly compelling when he solos. His band is also first rate. Hide Tanaka contributes a beautiful arco bass solo on Constant Lee, and Shingo Okudaira is a powerful driver on drums throughout. Ultimately what may be most impressive about Elmer is his compositional skill; these are great tunes and they just keep coming. The title cut is an absolute knock-out with a wonderfully catchy head, and then it's off to the races. With lightning speed and absolute harmonic precision, Elmer makes Big Brown seem like a turtle. When he slows down to a gorgeous ballad like Lasting Love, he is is equally impressive in his subtlety. And, most importantly, he is totally unpredictable. If you've never heard of Steve Elmer it's your loss."
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