Mika Marimba Madness

Live in Concert 2009

Mika (Yoshida) Stoltzman marimba
Steve Gadd drums
Eddie Gomez bass
Peter Stoltzman piano

Release Date: November 15, 2011
Catalog #: Audio BR8920
Catalog #: DVD BR8906
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Jazz
Percussion
Piano

Big Round Records is proud to present MIKA MARIMBA MADNESS: LIVE IN CONCERT 2009, featuring a breathtaking performance from Japan’s virtuoso marimbist Mika (Yoshida) Stoltzman alongside drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Eddie Gomez, and pianist Peter Stoltzman.

Praised for her “quiet strength” (DownBeat) and “high-wire” energy (LA Times), Mika’s playing is tight, expressive, and virtuosic. Mika-along with Gadd and Gomez, who easily live up to their reputations-is able to navigate arrangements of tunes by jazz greats including Chick Corea, Bill Douglas, and Billy Strayhorn with panach.

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Mika Stoltzman

Mika Stoltzman

Marimbist

Mika Stoltzman has been described by The Los Angeles Times as a “high-wire jazz marimbist... an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure,” and a “Japanese Marimba Maestro,” by Time Out New York. All About Jazz raves, “Mika Stoltzman is beyond category, to use Duke Ellington’s signature compliment.”

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Steve Gadd

Steve Gadd

Drummer

Steve Gadd was born in Rochester, NY in 1945. At the age of seven, Gadd began drum lessons. Just four years later, he sat in with Dizzy Gillespie. By the early 1980s, he had recorded and toured internationally with an extensive roster of artists, including Chuck Mangioni, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Herbie Mann, Paul Simon, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Steely Dan, James Brown, Dr. John, and Eric Clapton. Frequent collaborator Chick Corea has called Gadd's drumming "perfect," and the notoriously hard to please Buddy Rich said that "out of all the drummers I've heard, Gadd has the most class behind the drums." Gadd continues to be one of the most sought after session musicians in popular music, performing recently with BB King, Al DiMeola, and James Taylor. When not recording and touring, he resides in Arizona with his wife Carol.

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Eddie Gomez

Eddie Gomez

Bassist

Double bassist Eddie Gomez was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in New York, where he attended Julliard. Upon graduating, Gomez had stints with Rufus Jones, Marian McPartland, and Gerry Mulligan before joining the Bill Evans Trio. Gomez and Evans played together for a total of eleven years, winning two Grammy awards in the process. Additionally, Gomez has performed with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, and Chick Corea. Today, he continues to record, tour, and produce his own music.

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