The Erick Storckman Septet is a free-wheeling four-horn ensemble that hails from the tradition of the classic ensembles of the 50'2 and 60's, while being unafraid to incorporate the many different musical influences and styles of the members of the group. Listeners will hear elements of Dixieland, Gospel, R&B, Salsa, and Pop in the group sound, as well as Contemporary Jazz. The group features the compositions of veteran NYC trombonist Erick Storckman, who New Jersey jazz fans may be familiar with as a featured composer and soloist with Diane Moser's Composers Big Band, and who Ska-fans may remember from his years as the trombonist and horn-arranger for The Toasters. Erick is joined on the bandstand by Rob Henke on trumpet (Diane Moser's CBB, Dr. Nerve, Illuminati, Ray Barretto, Walter Thomson, Spirit Of Life Ensemble), Marty Fogel on tenor Sax and clarinet (Don Cherry, Gerry Mulligan, Diane Moser's CBB), Tom Colao on alto sax (Hubert Laws, Chuck Mangione, Slide Hampton, Diane Moser's CBB), pianist Mitch Schechter (Vinnie Cutro, Aaron Alexander, Pete Furlan), bassist Mike Carino (Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Sandy Sasso), and drummer Scott Neumann (Anthony Cox, Makoto Ozone Brother Jack McDuff, Diane Moser's CBB). The following are excerpts from some reviews of the debut album by the Erick Storckman Septet, 'Scrapbook', released in 2000: "Jazz trombonist/composer Erick Storckman is the kind of artist who can fall too easily between the cracks in a 21st century musical landscape divided up between Wynton Marsalis-school classicists and unrelentingly avant-garde free jazzers. SCRAPBOOK stands as proof that contemporary jazz composition is far from a lost art. Storckman is equally adept at penning a spare, elegant ballad ("The Golden Boy"), a churning, bluesy burner ("Purify"), or a hard-bopper ("This Thing Called Madness")." "It doesn't hurt that Storckman surrounds himself with a stellar group of New York jazzers. Trumpeter Rob Henke's light-hearted fluidity, sax man Mary Fogel's marriage of intellect and burn passion, and drummer Barbara Allen's commitment to swinging with smarts all aid Storckman's cause greatly. His ace in the hole is his ability as a singer and lyricist, as displayed on the album's (three) vocal tunes, most effectively on the poignant ballad "Ghosts". SCRAPBOOK provides a candid snapshot of the artist in motion, standing still just long enough for you to catch a glimpse of his muse at work." Muze.com "His trombone playing is impressive as is his mellifluous tone." "(Scrapbook) makes an emotional connection on a personally revealing level, and has a dash of hot sauce put in for good measure." Audiophile Voice "Storckman's tone and control on the trombone are delicious, smooth and velvety...... His lyric style on the ballad "Barbara" is particularly beautiful, somewhat reminiscent of Urbie Green, while the plunger-mute solos on the light-hearted shuffle "Barefoot Dance" fairly brim with good humor. His compositional prowess is impressive; his tunes have grace, balance and flow, and his melodies are frequently hummable......(Scrapbook shows) not only promise, but also a considerable amount of delivery. I'm looking forward to hearing more of Erick Storckman, especially his horn, composing and arranging." 52nd St Jazz "Breathtaking balladry" The New York Times.
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