Seek out a better experience, upgrade to a full membership! (Learn more)
 News Jazz 28/02/2018

OKB Trio - The Ing Is In The Swing

OKB Trio - The Ing Is In The Swing

Video news

Our news in your mail

* indicates required
News frequency *


New York, NY (Top40 Charts) "…Brian Woodruff's OKB Trio. Featuring drummer Brian Woodruff, pianist Oscar Perez and bassist Kuriko Tsugawa, this group mixes rhythmic acrobatics with an uncanny ability to swing through the Great American Songbook or dance delicately through Brazilian and Latin standards." - brownstoner.com

The OKB Trio was born at a jam session Woodruff ran at Blackbird's in Astoria, Queens that gave him the privilege of playing with different musicians each week. On June 20th, 2010 he hit pay-dirt. He brought pianist Oscar Perez, bassist Kuriko Tsugawa, and himself together for the first time that Sunday and the chemistry was immediate. All three musicians arrived early and were set up and ready to go well before downbeat, so they made a toast, had a drink together, and proceeded to swing their butts off for the remainder of the evening. Woodruff explains "We didn't program anything super-difficult, but there were a few simple originals and some standards you haven't heard very often." At the end of the gig, Tsugawa said "I always want to play with THIS trio," and we all agreed.

Woodruff and Perez talked about the difficulties they experienced in featuring their own playing while leading larger groups that play elaborately arranged originals, so they decided that OKB would play simpler material, so they could focus on the groove and expressing themselves more freely on their instruments. As Woodruff proudly boasts, "We always keep the 'ing' in the swing." While they are dedicated to swinging, Perez and Woodruff do have a tendency to jump off of buildings and set

Perez, Tsugawa, and Woodruff are proud of two important firsts The Ing… represents:

1) The first music ever recorded at Chris Benham's thriving new studio, Big Orange Sheep, built by their dear friends Mr. Benham, and Kevin Thomas, with assistance from many members of their musical community, including Perez, who helped choose the piano, Woodruff, who spent a day laying electrical wire, and Daisuke Abe, art director for this CD, a board member of the Queens Jazz OverGround , and Tsugawa's husband. The studio was under construction as OKB was planning to record, but as they were pressuring Benham to open, the impending birth of Abe and Tsugawa's daughter bought needed time. The trio started recording on March 5th, 2015, the very morning Big Orange Sheep was open for business!

2) The first recording for QJOG Records. Founded in 2012 by Amanda Monaco, Josh Deutsch, Mark Wade, and Brian Woodruff, the Queens Jazz OverGround grew largely out of the success of the Blackbird's Session, where OKB was born. The trio is proud to have been an integral part of so many of the initial successes that helped put Queens on the jazz map. More than a piano trio, the OKB Trio considers their collective mindset, heartfelt kinship, and sense of community a cornerstone of their artistry. The ING is in the swing, but it's also evident in the "harmony" of the ensemble.

Track Names and Times and Composer:
1. The Welcome Song (4:15) - Brian Woodruff
2. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (9:09) - Fred Ahlert/Joe Young
3. Hi-Heel Sneakers (7:31) - Robert Higginbotham
4. Milena (6:08) - Kuriko Tsugawa
5. El Padrino (4:34) - Oscar Perez
6. Please Send Me Someone to Love (7:05) - Percy Mayfield
7. I Remember You (4:54) - Victor Schertzinger/Johnny Mercer, arr. Perez
8. Pirouette en Dedans (6:01) - Brian Woodruff
9. Safe Passage (7:33) - Oscar Perez
10. March 3rd (6:10) - Kuriko Tsugawa
11. Tristeza (6:37) - Norman Gimbel/Niltinho/Harold Lobo

Label Name: Queens Jazz OverGround
Street Date: April 6th, 2018

Players:
Oscar Perez, piano
Kuriko Tsugawa, bass (Koo-ri-koh Soo-gow-ah)
Brian Woodruff, drums






Most read news of the week
"Oscar Peterson Plays" Collects For First Time Famed Jazz Pianist's Historic Sessions On Comprehensive 5-Disc Collection
Southern Hip-Hop/Rock Group I4NI Release Video For "No Sleep" Featuring Guitarist JR Swartz (Ex-Motograter)
A Watch Owned By Elvis Presley Is To Be Sold At Auction For An Estimated $75,000
Drake Leads Billboard Hot 100 With 'God's Plan' For 5th Week, Drawing Monstrous 101.7 Million US Streams
My Music: Doo Wop Generations Premieres March 3, 2018 On PBS
UK Music Fan Tips Off California's Decent Criminal To Kendrick Lamar Vinyl Snafu
Nino Tempo's 'Purveyor Of Balladry: The Best Of Nino Temp On Atlantic' Coming From Omnivore On April 13, 2018
Mary J. Blige, Common, Andra Day, Miguel, Sufjan Stevens Among 2018 Oscar Academy Awards Performers
Prince Amine Setting The World On Fire With "Fuego"
Celine Joshua Joins Universal Music Group As General Manager, Commercial, Content And Artist Strategy
Wayback Burgers Announces Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Partnership With Jungle Crumble Milkshake, Free Wayback Classic Burger Coupons
Acclaimed Virtuoso Pianist Jan Jiracek Von Arnim Concludes Exclusive 'Night In Vienna' US Tour
33rd Stellar Gospel Music Awards Television Special All Star Line-Up Kirk Franklin, Snoop Dogg, Mary Mary & More Taping On March 24, 2018
New Documentary Write On! To Explore Writers Who Shaped Hip-Hop Culture
Brazilian/American Rock Band Added Color New EP 'Mr. Industry'




© 2001-2018
top40-charts.com (S4)
about | advertise | site map
contact | privacy
Page gen. in 0.0101030 secs // 4 () queries in 0.0090858936309814 secs
Top40-Charts.com
Members Area
Register or login with just your e-mail address

A validation link will be sent to your e-mail. The link will expire in 15'.
Latest charts