Point In Time – Drori Mondlak’s release on Lilypad Music (LPM 619) is dedicated to the creative spirit that unleashes the imagination when musicians come together with the presence of heart and mind to afford each other that individual freedom to explore.
The musicians featured on this CD, have been collaborating on projects, performing and recording together for over ten years. This recording showcases these four virtuoso musicians coming together once again to create their unique group sound on Point In Time.
For this project Drori decided to record at the legendary Avatar studio in New York City and chose James Farber – one of the great recording engineers to capture the music in the most natural way – live to two track. All musicians were situated in one room in a great acoustical setting that allowed for the greatest interaction between them and the blending of their instruments. James captured the natural beauty of the sound of these instrumentalists.
Seven out of eight compositions were written specifically for this recording date and these musicians in mind. The emphasis was on writing strong melodies surrounded with harmonic complexity. The idea was to write tunes that would tell a story and move the spirit and to play them with a spirit of adventure and abandon.
Jazz greats like Joe Williams, Ernestine Anderson, Frank Foster, Don Friedman and Barbara Dennerlein have employed Drori Mondlak for his exceptional skills as a creative accompanist and soloist. A presence on the New York City jazz scene since the mid 1980s, he has now made Cologne, Germany his second home, in order to participate more fully in the European creative music scene. Drori's touch, subtlety, feel and interactive approach to the music have brought him international critical acclaim on stages worldwide as well as performing and recording opportunities with many musicians, including: John Hicks, Bill Charlap, Chris Potter, Lew Tabackin, Lynne Arriale, Bucky Pizzarelli, Fritz Pauer, Tony Lakatos, Paul Heller and many more.
Voted Top Five Alto Saxophonist in the 2004 Downbeat Readers Poll, Karolina has obtained critical acclaim for her phenomenal musicianship since arriving in New York City from her native Austria. The first female member of the renowned, Grammy winning WDR (West German Radio) Big Band based in Cologne, Karolina has been commuting between the USA and Germany, quickly becoming a force on the international jazz scene. In the WDR Big Band, she has had the opportunity to perform with guest artists such as McCoy Tyner, Joe Zawinul and Joe Lovano, John Sofield.
CARY DENIGRIS has been called "one of the most incredible guitarists on the jazz scene today with an astonishing facility and depth of soul to match" (Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine). With over a decade of critically acclaimed recordings and performances under his belt, DeNigris continues to hone his unique sound and writing style. Emerging in the late '80s as a featured member of the Chico Hamilton Quartet, he continues to receive rave reviews in the US and abroad, both as a composer and player.
STEVE LASPINA has been a prominent bassist on the New York and international scene for over twenty years. During that time, he has played and recorded with many great musicians in jazz history. He was a regular band member, toured and recorded with saxophonists Benny Carter, Stan Getz and Phil Woods, vocalists Joe Williams and Mark Murphy, trumpeters Clark Terry, Chet Baker and guitarist Pat Martino. He has spent the last decade traveling around the world and recording with the legendary guitarist Jim Hall.
Performing their original compositions, KLARO! blends the romanticism of European classical and folk music and fuses it with
the rhythmic fire and swing of the American jazz tradition together with the harmonic sophistication of contemporary improvised music.
The group is co-led by two critically acclaimed international artists - alto saxophonist KAROLINA STRASSMAYER, and drummer Drori Mondlak....more