Mika Stoltzman marimba
Richard Stoltzman clarinet
Steve Gadd drums
Eddie Gomez bass
Duke Gadd percussion
Hamilton de Holanda 10-string Brazilian mandolin
Described by critics as “beyond category, to use Duke Ellington’s signature compliment” (All About Jazz), Japanese marimba extraordinaire Mika Stoltzman brings her wealth of experience to her latest “Mikarimba” album, Big Round Records’ TAPEREBÁ. Vibrant and bursting with flavor (just like the Brazilian fruit which the album derives its title from), the jazzy TAPEREBÁ features performances by Stoltzman and a circle of legendary fellow artists. With over 25 Grammy Awards shared between the members on this record, a memorable listening experience is practically guaranteed.
TAPEREBÁ brings notable names from around the globe and a spectrum of musical experiences into one collection. Featuring the likes of Stoltzman, her husband and Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and a lineup including the legendary bassist Eddie Gomez, iconic percussionist Steve Gadd and his son Duke, and Brazilian mandolin great Hamilton de Holanda, the album leads audiences through a lighthearted yet technically spellbinding listening experience with just the right amount of flare. Each piece on the album was either written or arranged for Stoltzman, such as the Paul Simon classic 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, arranged by Steve Gadd (who, not to mention, played drums on the original Simon version). From this, to Return to Bahia written specifically for Stoltzman by Bill Douglas, an arrangement of Chick Corea’s Spain, and more, TAPEREBÁ altogether moves listeners through a kaleidoscope of 20th and 21st-century jazz, popular music, and more.
TAPEREBÁ is many things: a collection of works by legends past and present, a celebration of rich and diverse styles, and a group of friends making beautiful music together. However one connects with the music most, TAPEREBÁ is an experience not to be missed.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Taperebá||Hamilton De Holanda, arr. Vittor Santos||Mika Stoltzman, marimba; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Steve Gadd, drums; Eddie Gomez, bass; Duke Gadd, percussion; Hamilton de Holanda, 10-string Brazilian mandolin||8:21|
|02||Return to Bahia||Bill Douglas||Mika Stoltzman, marimba; Steve Gadd, drums; Eddie Gomez, bass; Duke Gadd, percussion; Sybarite5 | Sarah Whitney, violin 1; Monica Davis, violin 2; Angela Pickett, viola; Yves Dharamraj, cello||3:42|
|03||50 Ways to Leave Your Lover||Paul Simon, arr. Steve Gadd||Mika Stoltzman, marimba; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Steve Gadd, drums; Eddie Gomez, bass; Duke Gadd, percussion; Hamilton de Holanda, 10-string Brazilian mandolin||5:00|
|04||Afroblue||Mongo Santamaria, arr. David Matthews||Mika Stoltzman, marimba; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Steve Gadd, drums; Eddie Gomez, bass; Duke Gadd, percussion||6:02|
|05||Spain||Chick Corea, arr. Tim Garland||Mika Stoltzman, marimba; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Steve Gadd, drums; Eddie Gomez, bass; Duke Gadd, percussion; Sybarite5 | Sarah Whitney, violin 1; Monica Davis, violin 2; Angela Pickett, viola; Yves Dharamraj, cello||7:37|
|06||DJ Dog DemoKracy||Julie Spencer, arr. Mika Stoltzman||Mika Stoltzman, marimba; Steve Gadd, drums; Eddie Gomez, bass; Duke Gadd, percussion||4:28|
|07||Rhapsody in Blue||George Gershwin, arr. Kazunori Maruyama||Mika Stoltzman, marimba; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Eddie Gomez, bass; Kazunori Maruyama, piano||9:54|
|08||Letter from Home||Pat Metheny, arr. Peter John Stoltzman||Mika Stoltzman, marimba; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet||5:58|
Recorded July 30 – 31 & August 2, 2018 at Power Station Studios, BerkleeNYC in New York NY
Recording mixed February 8, 9, & 25, 2019 at Germano Studio in New York NY
Producer Steven Epstein
Recording Engineer Todd Whitelock
Assistant Engineer Akihiro Nishimura (Power Station, NYC)
Executive producer Hiroki Suenaga, Eiko Matsumoto
Associate producers Mika Stoltzman, Steve Gadd
Artist studio assistant Mayu Irimajiri
Videographer Mikako Ishii
Photography Lisa Marie Mazzucco, Bill Zules, Mayu Irimajiri
SPECIAL THANKS to Marcos Portinari (Hamilton de Holanda’s manager), Anne Straus, Carol Gadd, and Tomoko Maruyama. A special thank you to Steve Gadd and Eddie Gomez, with whom I’ve been playing for more than ten years, for your participation. This will be the third Mikarimba album with Steve Gadd and Eddie Gomez. Also huge thanks to the beloved Eiko and Hiroki from Japan for their financial support to cover the vast expenses incurred from this recording project, and my dearest husband Richard Stoltzman, who made all this possible. Words cannot express my appreciation. Thank you all. — Mika Stoltzman
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Jacob Smith
VP, Audio Production Jeff LeRoy
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Sara Warner
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.”
Richard Stoltzman's virtuosity' technique' imagination' and communicative power have revolutionized the world of clarinet playing' opening up possibilities for the instrument that no one could have predicted. He was responsible for bringing the clarinet to the forefront as a solo instrument' and is still the world's foremost clarinetist. Stoltzman gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall' and' in 1986' became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize.
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.
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.
Hamilton De Holanda
Hamilton De Holanda started playing at the age of 5 (1981) and today is one of the most acclaimed Brazilian musicians, with a career full of awards. In 2016 he received both the Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album and the Echo Jazz Award in Germany. De Holanda renewed the history of his instrument by adding two extra strings to the mandolin (resulting in 10 strings) and creating a unique technique for it.
DUKE GADD studied with Bob Andressi at the House of Guitars in Rochester from the age of 6 to 8, before studying at the Eastman School of Music with John Beck from 9 to 18. Gadd graduated from L.A. Music Academy in 2003, where he studied with Ralph Humphrey, Joe Pocaro, Tony Anzelaco, Sherman Furguson, Mike Shapiro, Dave Byer, and Mike Packer.
Kazunori Maruyama graduated from the Tokyo Art University Composition Course. He composed soundtracks for TV programs, such as the drama of the NHK continuous television novel “Churasan,” documentaries, animation, films “Harima Yabashi,” opera “Genji Monogatari,” and numerous arrangements for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Milan Scala Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with John Williams’s works, and for Sir James Galway.