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Ezra Weiss

A gifted acoustic pianist, composer, bandleader, and arranger, Ezra Weiss is a perfect exemplory case of what jazz critics prefer to describe mainly because a “Young Lion” — that’s, a improviser who began playing straight-ahead jazz instead of fusion, avant-garde jazz, crossover jazz, or electric jazz-funk. The hard bop/post-bop pianist surfaced within the ’90s, but his affects are individuals who became well-known in ’40s, ’50s, or ’60s. Horace Metallic, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, and Kenny Barron are one of the pianists who’ve affected Weiss’ piano playing, and his organizing/bandleading design owes too much to Artwork Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. Obviously, Weiss is an enormous lover of the traditional Blue Notice recordings from the ’50s and ’60s — he appears like he lives and breathes traditional Blue Notice — and several from the jazzmen who’ve affected him like a soloist, composer, or arranger involve some kind of Blue Notice connection. Blakey and Metallic, in fact, documented for Blue Notice extensively in the past, and Walton was among Blakey’s many Jazz Messengers. Given birth to in Phoenix, AZ, in the past due ’70s, Weiss relocated to Ohio within the ’90s and went to Oberlin Conservatory (where he gained a Bachelor of Music level in jazz structure in 2001). From then on, he resided in Portland, OR, and became quite mixed up in northwestern city’s jazz picture; in Portland, he offers led his personal quartet and sextet (a Jazz Messengers-style hard bop/post-bop group). Portland can be where Weiss offers led the music group Blues Connotation, which includes recorded an recording entitled Preview. In 2002 (the entire year he received ASCAP’s Small Jazz Composer Honor), a 23-year-old Weiss journeyed to NEW YORK and documented his debut recording, The Five A.M. Strut, which discovered the youthful pianist leading a sextet and playing his personal compositions specifically. Boasting Antonio Hart on alto sax and veteran participant Billy Hart on drums, The Five A.M. Strut premiered within the Umoja label in 2003; Weiss co-produced the Compact disc with acoustic bassist Leon Lee Dorsey.

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