Saturday, 05 June 2021

Waltz for Charlotte

Blue Waltz Visitation Zulu Zali The Masquerade is Over Seven Steps to Heaven Waltz for Charlotte Del Sasser Speak Low Bitter Sweet





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This live recording is of one of the last concerts of the international Albert Mair Trio, recorded live, 25 years ago on January 2, 1996 in the original Porgy & Bess Jazz Club in Vienna. The trio was formed In the mid-nineties…its goal: to accompany Joan Cartwright and other singers. Soon thereafter, an equal musical frame of mind moved the three musicians, Albert Mair (piano), Marc Abrams (bass) and Andy Winter (drums) to perform solely as a trio.

Albert’s preferred formation, a musical dream team. Concerts in Austria, Germany and Switzerland followed. Marc Abrams is a bass player from New York City presently residing in Venice (Italy) who participates in radio and television broadcasts, jazz festivals, concerts and tours in the following countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, Greece and, of course the USA. He has performed with many well-known American soloists (e.g. Chet Baker, Gil Evans, Steve Grossman, Lee Konitz...) as well as European soloists Kenny Weeler, Karl Berger and Heinz Sauer and the list goes on. He met Albert Mair and Andy Winter in the mid-nineties and formed a trio for the purpose of backing featured singers (see above). In the following years they performed solely as a trio. Andy Winter is a drummer from Vienna, Austria now living in NYC, USA and Berlin, Germany. He received his formal education at the Vienna Conservatory and gave concerts early on with greats of the local scene such as Karl Ratzer, Harry Stojka, Wolfgang Puschnig and others. In 1988 he went to New York to study at the New School and has since worked with jazz musicians such as Larry Goldings, Brad Mehldau, Ron Carter, Mark Whitfield, Peter Bernstein, Scott Colley, Chris Potter, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, and others. He and Albert Mair were also sidemen in the Jimmy Woode Trio before they formed the trio formation with Marc Abrams.The Trio is performing loosely, with greatinteraction and lots of space for the soloistic qualities of all three. Fine Standard versions and four originals of the bandleader.

  1. Blue Waltz (Albert Mair)
  2. The Masquerade is Over (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
  3. A Ballad For Her (Albert Mair)
  4. Bitter Sweet (SamJones)
  5. Speak Low (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill)
  6. Del Sasser (Sam Jones)
  7. Visitation (Paul Chambers)
  8. Zulu Zali (Albert Mair)
  9. Seven Steps To Heaven (Miles Davis, Victor Feldman)
  10. Waltz For Charlotte (Albert Mair)

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