ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT

 

OFFICIAL RELEASE

NOVEMBER 1, 2017

Möbius was recorded live in the studio on December 26th and 27th, 2016
with an all-star group of internationally-known musicians:

pete levin - electric piano, clavinet, organ
alex foster - saxophones
chris pasin - trumpet
jeff ciampa - guitar
tony levin - bass
lenny white - drums
nanny assis - percussion

special appearances by
kal david - guitar
rob paparozzi - harmonica & jaw harp
erik lawrence - baritone sax
jerry marotta - drums
 

RECORDING MöBIUS
PROMO VIDEO

A collage of still photos with a medley of pieces from the album.

 

 

 electronic press kit

contact information 

Möbius press release
"Announcing the release of Pete's 11th"
radio one-sheet
view and download
pete's bio
"In a diverse music career spanning several ...."
band bios
alex foster, chris pasin, jeff ciampa,
tony levin, lenny white, nanny assis
pete's discography - (partial)
pete has played on a lot of stuff!
Möbius - making of the album
Möbius cd package graphics
photos
Möbius reviews
None yet; the album isn't released yet
Möbius - quotes
"
It is a well solid release that made my ears go up ..."
Möbius band back line & stage setup
 

U.S. booking agent:
Leonardo Pavkovic
Moonjune Music
32 Union Square East, Suite 206
New York, NY 10003
email:
noanoamusic @ moonjune (dot) com
(917) 403-0104

european agent:
Roger Salem
Salem Machine Promotions
Lugano, Switzerland
+0041 79 468 4208
email: deegish @ yahoo (dot) com

public relations:
Scott Thompson
New York, NY
email: scott @ scottthompsonpr (dot) com
www.scottthompsonpr.com
(203) 400-1818

radio promotion:
Neil Sapper
email: neal @ newworldnjazz (dot) com
www.newworldnjazz.com

(510) 260-0004

european tour support:
Simon Perks
Hire Backline

Zurich, Switzerland
+0041 71 370 0184
+0041 76 296 5300

Pete Levin
email: pete @ petelevin (dot) com

 
Pete & Band

In a diverse music career spanning several decades, keyboardist/arranger Pete Levin has performed and recorded with hundreds of Jazz and Pop artists - including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Robbie Robertson and John Scofield - receiving critical accolades for his work during a 15 year association with the legendary Gil Evans, and his 8 year stint with jazz icon Jimmy Giuffre.

Since the 70s, Pete has been part of New York's jazz, pop, and electronic music scene. In 1974 he got a call to play French horn with legendary jazz arranger Gil Evans, and Gil made him a regular. As an experiment, Pete brought a Moog synthesizer to an Evans gig. Gil loved it and Pete's role was permanently changed, beginning the transformation of the band into the electronic/acoustic hybrid sound that won 2 Grammy awards. Among the first to explore synthesizers during the 70s, Pete became a sought-after sideman for studio and live gigs. As an arranger and musician he worked on dozens of film scores, hundreds of jazz and pop records, and countless TV and radio commercials. Over the years, interspersed with Gil Evans, Paul Simon, Annie Lennox and  Jimmy Giuffre tours, Pete has done arranging and electronic music for feature films including MISSING IN ACTION, THE COLOR OF MONEY and STAR TREK. He composed the orchestral score for the independent film ZELIMO, composed an original music score for a stage production of THE DYBBUK, did the official band/chorus arrangement of the U.S. Infantry song and composed the anthem for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit, performing it in the U.N. General Assembly. But his favorite collaboration was “THE CLAMS” with his brother, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Steve Gadd, a Spike Jones tribute band that produced the top-40 hit single "CLOSE TO YOU" that’s now a cult classic.

In 1989 Pete released his first solo jazz album, "PARTY IN THE BASEMENT", for Gramavision Records. This was followed by "SOLITARY MAN", two unique jazz Christmas CDs with drummer Danny Gottlieb, and through the 90s, a series of electronic music albums for Alternate Mode Reords. In 2006, Pete revisited his first love, the Hammond Organ, releasing 5 organ trio albums, beginning with "DEACON BLUES" for Motema, and culminating with “JUMP!” in 2010. In 2017, Pete recorded “MöBIUS,” a self-released album in coordination with IYouWe Records, bringing together a 7-piece all-star band.

In addition to touring with the Levin Brothers, a jazz quartet co-led by bassist Tony Levin, the MöBIUS band will begin touring in late 2017.

Between 1964 and 2017, Pete has recorded and/or performed live with artists and ensembles including …

Michael Allman, Aztec Two Step, Joe Beck, Jeff Berlin, Marc Black, Terrance Blanchard, Carla Bley, Blood Sweat & Tears, Broadside Brass Bed Band, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Hiram Bullock, Butterfield Blues Band, Donald Byrd, Don Byron, Jay Chattaway, Tommy Chong, The Clams, John Clark, Jimmy Cobb, Judy Collins, Commander Cody, Gene Cornish, Albert Cummings, David Darling, Kal David, Bettye Davis, Miles Davis, Robbie Dupree, Don Elliott, Gil Evans, Fania All-Stars, Rachelle Farelle, Bryan Ferry, Letizia Gambi, Jimmy Giuffre, Leila Gobi, Government Mule, Gregory Hines, Freddie Hubbard, Kathy Ingraham, Howard Johnson, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, Mamadou Kelly, Annie Lennox, Tony Levin, Levin Brothers, Rod MacDonald, Al MacDowell, Mike Mainieri, Melissa Manchester, Chuck Mangione, Liza Minnelli, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Ola Onabule, Rob Paparozzi, Jaco Pastorius, Simon Phillips, Lorenza Ponce, Genya Ravan, Nicki Richards, Robbie Robertson, Teri Roiger, Ali Ryerson, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Lew Soloff, Vaneese Thomas, John Tropea, Joe Lynn Turner, Michal Urbaniak, Jimmy Vivino, Joe Louis Walker, Jim Weider, Peter Welker, Lenny White & Vanessa Williams

http://www.petelevin.com

 

 

Saxophonist Alex Foster has been a part of many of the world’s most influential sounds to date. Best known in recent years for his work as the alto saxophonist in the house band of Saturday Night Live, he has also shared the stage with numerous world-class performers in varying genres. Alex is the musical director of the Mingus Big Band, Orchestra, and Dynasty and is currently completing his latest solo album. He has been heard on recordings and has performed alongside greats such as Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Charles Mingus, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones, Hank Jones, Tito Puente, Michael Brecker and Duke Ellington. In the pop rock music scene he has recorded and/or performed with Arethra Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Paul Simon, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Eddie Van Halen, Diana Ross, the Village People, Sister Sledge and Al Green. His versatility as an artist is not only present in the jazz and pop music scene, but is also prominent in the classical realm as well, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the National Symphony.

http://www.alexfostermusic.com/ 

Trumpeter Chris Pasin’s career goes from his study at New England Conservatory, to touring with a variety of artists, to the upper Hudson Valley music and recording scene, where he currently resides. After working with George Russell's New York band, he spent several years in the jazz trumpet chair with the Buddy Rich band, touring the US, and the world. Performances with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, and Ray Charles also took place during this period. A decade in New York City included five years playing with the Toshiko Akiyoshi / Lew Tabackin band, Brother Jack McDuff, several major salsa bands, and a host of New York – based musicians. This culminated in Chris’s first CD “Detour Ahead” with Steve Slagle, Benny Green, Rufus Reid, and Dannie Richmond in 1987.
Chris continues to write music and generate a range of musical projects, from his last CD “Random Acts of Kindness” to the recent band “Ornettiquette,” featuring music of and inspired by Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. He’s been a member of Lee Shaw’s quintet, the popular all-star band Reelin’ in the Years, curated a successful weekly jazz performance series. Chris is an in-demand studio trumpet player, working regularly with a host of artists encompassing a range of genres. Soon he'll release his new holiday album, "Baby, it's Cold Outside."

http://chrispasin.com

Contemporary Jazz Guitarist Jeff Ciampa has recorded and toured with some of the most demanding practitioners, including Harry Belafonte, Jon Lucien, Dave Matthews, Mark Egan, Bill Evans, Al MacDowell, Ornette Coleman and Lew Soloff . His fluid melodic style, steeped in the jazz tradition, continues to inspire fellow musicians and listeners worldwide. Jeff studied at the esteemed Berklee School of Music in Boston under the tutelage of guitarist extraordinaire, Pat Metheny. Several years later, he found himself fronting a trio with the sidemen who accompanied Metheny on many of his seminal recordings, bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb. Later, Jeff found himself touring with Caribbean icon, singer/actor Harry Belafonte and subsequently with popular jazz vocalist, Jon Lucien. After a lengthy stint with Belafonte and Lucien, Jeff befriended long time Ornette Coleman bassist Al McDowell, with whom he recorded three critically acclaimed sessions for Gramavision Records.
Jeff has recorded two solo albums on the Wavetone label, Signs of Life and House of Mirrors, featuring Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb. The popular trio has performed at major jazz festivals, including the JVC in New York City, the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, and the St. Kitt’s Jazz Festival.

http://www.jeffciampa.com

 

Tony Levin is an American musician and composer, specializing in electric bass, Chapman Stick and upright bass. Levin is best known for his work with progressive rock pioneers King Crimson and Peter Gabriel. He was also a member of instrumental-prog rock/jazz fusion group Liquid Tension Experiment; the King Crimson-related bands Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, ProjeKct One and ProjeKct Four; and currently leads his own band, Stick Men, and co-leads a jazz quartet with his brother Pete, The Levin Brothers.
A prolific session musician since the 1970s, Levin has played on 500 albums, including those of Cher, Asia, Alice Cooper, John Lennon,[2] Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Buddy Rich, The Roches, Todd Rundgren, Seal, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Warren Zevon, Kevin Parent, Laurie Anderson, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Gibonni, and Jean-Pierre Ferland. Additionally, he has toured with artists including Paul Simon (with whom Levin appeared in Simon's 1980 film One-Trick Pony), Gary Burton, James Taylor, Herbie Mann, Judy Collins, Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, Tim Finn, Richie Sambora, Ivano Fossati and Claudio Baglioni.
Levin helped to popularize the Chapman Stick and the NS upright bass. In 2011, Levin ranked second (behind John Paul Jones) in The "20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists" in Paste magazine

http://www.tonylevin.com

One of the great innovators of the modern drum set, Lenny White's sonic fingerprints are all over modern jazz and funk. Not many drummers can claim a first gig with Jackie McLean and a Top 10 R&B hit ten years later. The soulful edge and innovative approach he brought to Miles Davis' classic Bitches Brew and Chick Corea's Return to Forever defined the sound of fusion; his influence has only grown since then, producing for stars like Chaka Khan and Nancy Wilson and earning a reputation as one of the most respected bandleaders and producers in any genre. Best known as the drummer in the recently reunited Return To Forever, Lenny White is much more. Along with fellow drummers Tony Williams and Billy Cobham, Lenny is rightly considered one of the founding fathers of Fusion Jazz. Distinguishing himself even more, Lenny moved on to lead bands and projects that covered the entire musical spectrum. As with many drummers, Lenny White's career is often overshadowed by the artist/leaders of the bands of which he is a part, but as did Art Blakey, Tony Williams, and Billy Cobham, Lenny has also made important contributions as a skilled composer and arranger who has led a number of his own bands. He has written and produced more than 20 albums of his own.

http://www.lennywhite.com/

Brazilian Best Male Performer in the United States by Brazilian Press Award. Singer, percussionist, song-writer and Bahia native Nanny Assis, is a hard talent to define. He started his career as a drummer and percussionist, but has developed into a brilliant multiform musician. His evolution as an artist has revealed him to also be an awesome singer and composer.
Singer, drummer, percussionist, song-writer and Bahia native Nanny Assis, has played with such artists as Vinicius Cantauria, Eumeir Deodato. He is a master of Brazilian Jazz, Afro-Brazilian music and other popular and folkloric sounds from his homeland.   Nanny has performed in venues such as Palais Montcalm Quebec City, B.B.King, Blue Note NYC, Bimhuis Amsterdan, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Joe's Pub, Vortex Jazz Club London, Sunset Paris, Regattabar, Dakota Jazz Club, London's BBC, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Blue Note in Milan, Rome Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Fregey Theatre in Belgium, TCA in Brazil, and Chiasso Festival in Switzerland.

http://www.nannyassis.com/

The son of a Swedish Mother and an American artist, Ira was born in Stockholm, Sweden and grew up in Southern France and Cologne Germany. He moved to the U.S. to attend Berklee College of Music. From there, his resumé tells the story. Over the years, Ira has worked with such well-known figures as Cab Calloway, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Nat Adderly, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo and Sting. He was musical director for vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and toured with her internationally from 2002 until 2009.
One night he’s on the stage at Carnegie Hall playing in a tribute to African-American culture. The next morning he is on a plane to Europe to collaborate on a recording or heading to Japan for a jazz festival. As comfortable playing Jamaican rhythms as he is accompanying a gospel choir or performing in a Jazz trio, this professional bass player has built an international reputation for versatility.

http://http://www.iracoleman.com/

 
 
Between 1964 and 2017 Pete has recorded and/or performed live with artists & groups, including ...

Gary Anderson, Michael Allman, Ron Aprea, Nikki Armstrong, Jennifer Aylmer, Aztec Two Step, Larry Baeder, Rene Bailey, Dave Bargeron, Joe Beck, Jeff Berlin, Pat Bianco, Marc Black, Terrance Blanchard, Carla Bley, Rosalinde Block, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Blues Farm, GI Blythe, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dean Bowman, Beki Brindle, Broadside Brass Bed Band, Hugh Brodie, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Hiram Bullock, Butterfield Blues Band, Donald Byrd, Don Byron, Rennie Cantine, Rondi Charleston, Hillary Chase, Jay Chattaway, Tommy Chong, Jeff Ciampa, The City Boys All-Stars, The Clams, John Clark, Jay Clayton, Jimmy Cobb, D.A. Cole, Judy Collins, Willie Colon, Commander Cody, Gene Cornish, Murali Coryell, Cray & Dempsey, Albert Cummings, David Darling, Kal David, Betty Davis, Miles Davis, Andrea Dawn, Debbie Deane, Mike DeMicco, Angela Deniro, Kenwood Dennard, Jacque DeShetler, Danny Draher, Robbie Dupree, Bill Edwards, Mark Egan, Don Elliott, Doug Elliott, Ryan Endris, Jimmy Eppard, Joey Eppard, Eric Erickson, Gil Evans, Miles Evans, Fania All-Stars, Rachelle Farelle, Five Satins, 52nd Street, Bryan Ferry, Matt Finck, Alex Foster, Peter Furlan, Letizia Gambi, Chrissy Gardner, Don Gardner, Jimmy Giuffre, Leila Gobi, Danny Gottlieb, Government Mule, Sarah Greene, Janice Hardgrove, Nicole Hart, Richie Hart, Jonas Helborg, Joan Henry, Kurt Henry, Deborah Henson-Conant, Jana Herzen, Gregory Hines, Erin Hobson, Clint Holmes, Nick Holmes, Helen Hooke, Lillie Howard, Freddie Hubbard, Nick Humez, Chris Hunter, Kathy Ingraham, Howard Johnson, Meg Johnson, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, Raven Kane, Toshihiko Kankawa, Randy Kaye, Mamadou Kelly, Roman Klun, Charlie Kniceley, La La, Wayne Lammers, Arnie Lawrence, Erik Lawrence, Annie Lennox, Ray LeVier, Tony Levin, Levin Brothers, PJ Lorenz, Ken Lovelett, Charles Lyonhart, Betty MacDonald, Rod MacDonald, Al MacDowell, Machan, Peter Mack, Mike Mainieri, David Malachowski, Tom Malone, Melissa Manchester, Chuck Mangione, Gap Mangione, Manhattan Project, Lou Marini, Keith Marks, Janet Marlowe, Lee Marvin, Cynthia McCorkindale, Bucky Milam, Liza Minnelli, Charles Mingus, Chris Mitchell, Tommy Mitchell, Monday Night Band, Sam Morrison, Gerry Mulligan, Amina Claudine Myers, Bob Nieske, Olivia Newton-John, New York Mary, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Alwin Nikolais, Odd Couple Quintet, Eileen O'Hare, Shunzo Ohno,  Ola Onabule, Ted Orr & Blue Food, Jeff Oster, Rob Paparozzi, Jon Paris, Gil Parris, Vincent Pasternak, Jaco Pastorius, Pamela Pentony, Roxy Perry, Eric Person, Scott Petito, Vito Petroccitto, Simon Phillips, Pieces Of A Dream, Monika Piotrowska, Lorenza Ponce, Kitt Potter, Jim Pugh/Dave Taylor, Tony Purrone, Python Soup, Genya Ravan, Baron Raymonde, Billy Reed, Athena Reich, The Retro Rockets, Nicki Richards, Amy Rogell, Robbie Robertson, Teri Roiger, Jonny Rosch, Andy Rothstein, Katrin Roush, Steve Rowell, Raphael Rudd, Bobby Rydell, Ali Ryerson, Emily Saaen, Salt 'N Pepa, David Sanborn, Dario Saraceno, Ellie Sarty, Steve Satten, Sari Schorr, Steve Schultz, John Scofield, Mark Sganga, Marlene Shaw, Wayne Shorter, Siegel/Syracuse Duo, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Marilyn Sokol, Lew Soloff, Melvyn Sparks, Spirited, Straight Ahead, Roseann Sureda, Gani Tamir, Peter Thomakos, Vaneese Thomas, Artie Traum, Happy Traum, John Tropea, Barbara Truex, Elijah Tucker, Joe Lynn Turner, Uncle Funk, Michal Urbaniak, Michael Veitch, Jimmy Vivino, Lou Volpe, Filippo Voltaggio, Voyceboxing, Joe Louis Walker, Corbett Wall, Lynette Washington, Ernie Watts, Jim Weider, Peter Welker, Westchester All-Stars, Wet Paint, Lenny White, White Flag, Vanessa Williams, Curtis Winchester, Deborah Winters, Woodstock All-Stars, Gary Wofsey, Chris Zaloom, Ling Zhang, Zuice

ARTIST YEAR RECORDING
Pete Levin 2017 MöBIUS
  2013 PETE LEVIN BAND: LIVE AT THE IRIDIUM (Iridium Live 008)
  2010 JUMP! (Pete Levin Music PLM1010b)
  2009 PETE LEVIN TRIO: LIVE IN FOGGIA  (Pete Levin Music  PLM009)
  2008 CERTIFIED ORGANIC  (Pete Levin Music  PLM008)
  2007 DEACON BLUES (Motéma)
  2006 ICARUS  (Pete Levin Music  PLM006)
  2002 RHYTHM OF THE SPIRIT (Alternate Mode JP10047)
  2001 MASTERS IN THIS HALL 2001  (Pete Levin Music  PLM2001)
  2001 ZELIMO SOUNDTRACK ALBUM  (Pete Levin Music  PLM2001z)
  2000 CRYSTALS (Alternate Mode JP10033)
  1998 HARMONY (Alternate Mode JP10015)
  1996 MUSIC FOR THE DYBBUK (Pete Levin Music PLM170) 1974/1996
  1991 A SOLITARY MAN (Gramavision R2-79457)
  1990 MASTERS IN THIS HALL: New Age Of Christmas II (Gramavision)
  1989 PARTY IN THE BASEMENT (Gramavision R2-79456)
Pete Levin &
The Monday Night Band
2017 LIVE AT THE CUTTING ROOM
Pete Levin & Tony Levin 2017 CHRISTMAS FOR WOUNDED VETERANS 6 (Bill Edwards)
  2014 THE LEVIN BROTHERS (Lazy Bones)
  1976 THE CLAMS: "CLOSE TO YOU" (CTI)
Pete Levin & Ali Ryerson 2013 MEDITATIONS 2013: EXPLORATIONS (PLM2013)
  2001 MEDITATIONS (Alternate Mode JP10038)
Pete Levin &  Danny Gottlieb 1989 THE NEW AGE OF CHRISTMAS (Atlantic 7-82054-2)
Pete Levin & Wayne Lammers 2004 GOP PARTY MONSTERS (Para 2001)
Pete Levin & Bill Comeau 1974 LITTLE DEAD SURFER GIRL (Poison Ring PRR-717) (single)
  1973 GRIZZLY BEAR HUNT (Poison Ring)
  1972 SOME BEAUTIFUL DAY (Avante Garde)

(Just the last 3 years - it goes back way farther than this.)
ARTIST YEAR RECORDING
Rene Bailey 2017 GOOD OLD SONGS
Ryan Endris
& Collegium Mundi Novi
2017 ANTONIO JUANAS: SELECTED CHORAL WORKS (Centaur)
The Levin Brothers 2017 CHRISTMAS FOR WOUNDED VETERANS 6 (Bill Edwards)
Pete Rose 2017 NOT MY PRESIDENT
Ken Lovelett & Weather Station 2017 C STORM
Kurt Henry 2017 FLAMING JUNE
D. A. Cole 2017 COMING HOME TO COUNTRY
Kathy Ingraham 2017 COOL NIGHT (Pierdon)
Mark Egan 2017 DADE ... IN THE SHADE 2 (Wavetone)
Teri Roiger 2016 IT'S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE (Dot Time Records)
Miles & Noah Evans Project 2016 THE MEANING OF THE BLUES
Gene Cornish 2016 SANTA, YOU'RE THE MAN (video)
Bill Edwards
& Westchester All-Stars
2016 CHRISTMAS FOR WOUNDED VETERANS 5 (Bill Edwards)
Vaneese Thomas 2016 THIS IS JESUS
Roseann Sureda 2016 IT'S CALLED LOVE
Hillary Chase 2016 FIND MY WAY
Beki Brindle 2016 ALL KINDS OF BEKI  (Random Chance)
Chrissy Gardner 2016 WAXWING
Spirited: Joan Henry 2016 UPRISING
Letizia Gambi 2016 BLUE MONDAY
Henry Romatowsky 2016 20-20
Ling Zhang 2015 BIG CITY BLUES
Steve Rowell 2015 ROB THAT STAGE
Kathy Ingraham 2015 ELECTRIC GRAPES
Nick Holmes 2015 SONAR
Vincent Pasternack 2015 BARCELONA NOTEBOOK
Mamadou Kelly 2015 DJAMILA (Clermont Music)
Ken Lovelett 2015 WHALEDANCE (Sonart)
Marc Black 2015 SING FOR THE SILENCED
Kathy Ingraham 2015 WE THREE KINGS OF COOL
Beki Brindle 2015 YOUNG WOMAN'S BLUES
Bill Edwards
& Westchester All-Stars
2015 CHRISTMAS FOR WOUNDED VETERANS 4 (Bill Edwards)
Mamadou Kelly 2015 BAUDI (Clermont Music)
John Clark 2015 THE ODD COUPLE QUINTET + 1 (Composers Concordance)
Michael Veitch 2015 THE VEITCH BOYS
Marc Black 2015 FRIDAY THE 13TH: LIVE AT BEARSVILLE THEATER

 

Möbius Reviews

Music From The Other Side Of The Room
Zachary Nathanson
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pete Levin - Möbius

Pete Levin has been around performing and recording music along as a sought-after musician by recording both in the Jazz and Pop world from Paul Simon, The Brubeck Brothers, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, Annie Lennox, Judy Collins, and the late great Miles Davis. This year, he’s released his ninth studio album entitled, Möbius. The album was recorded live in the studio for two days as Pete captures the spirit and essence of Gil Evans.

Now I first became aware of Pete Levin after he and his younger brother Tony did the Levin Brothers album which was released three years ago on the Lazy Bones Recordings label and I was completely blown away how much the two brothers work well together not just as band members, but as a family by working one-on-one. Now with Möbius, Pete wrote eight original compositions and there are two covers which include one by Thelonious Monk and Tony Williams.

Not only Pete and Tony Levin are on the album, but it’s almost the who’s who that are on the album. You have guitarists Jeff Ciampa an Kal David (John Mayall), drummers Lenny White (Chick Corea) and Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, and Security Project), Erik Lawrence on Baritone Sax, Alex Foster on Tenor & Sorpano Sax, and Chris Pasin on Trumpet to name a few.

What Pete does on here, is to take his keyboards into unbelievable territories. Levin’s music is like walking on a different triangular section of the Rubik’s cube and it’s almost a trip to see where he, Tony and his band members go into those various sections of the doors that are ready to be opened with six highlights on here that are enduring and mind-blowing.

The opener, Promises begins with the Electric Piano going into a stereophonic mode going left and right then getting into the styles of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters-era meets Steely Dan’s Aja-era. The horn and sax section go into a workout mode plus some funk-rock rhythm guitars while Tony Levin channels a different perspective of the riff on Chameleon.

Pete then goes into the Rhodes city laying down some improvisational sun rising textures that makes it an excellent piece to start things off. Before the take of Monk’s I Mean You, Pete wishes Thelonious a happy 100th birthday and gives him his regard and saying “Hi!” to Gil for him. There is this walking dance mid-beat tempo between the Clavinet and the Electric Keyboard before the Horns and Guitar do a melody that rises up and down.

Tony then walks fast as the sax’s do a solo improvisation to give Monk the appreciation he deserves. When you listen to I’m Falling, at first you think it sounds like a film score that this almost a nod to the golden-era of the 1970s Blaxploitation films as you can imagine Richard “Shaft” Roundtree walking into the next building and following the crime scene for the next batch of clues which he would consider his last case before retiring.

But then, the mood changes into a lukewarm evening for the sax going into a pin-drop momentum as Pasin’s trumpet sets the blare by giving a Miles-sque surrounding in the nighttime sky before dawn approaches. Then, the 10-minute title track starts with the synth notes going up and down the stairs.

Tony brings his upright bass and gives Pete a helping hand. The Rhodes, Sax, and Trumpet along with the guitars going into some essence of Allan Holdsworth and Richard Pinhas’ exercise. Instruments do a thunderous roar as they take part in the melody before Percussionist Nanny Assis creates this intense/dramatic duel between him and the drummers.

While Pete and the band members rise up, up, and up before the guitar does a little bit of feedback, Tony comes into play through the strings and go around, under, and in. The last few seconds come to a dooming end from the synth and it hits a “BLLAARP!” note. Their tribute to Tony Williams with his cover of There Comes a Time, Pete goes back into the driver’s seat of the electric piano and works out more of his magical moments to give a nod up to Tony Williams up in heaven.

I imagine there’s more walking alleyways that Pete gives the band heading into those halls for another adventure with a bluesy twist. But it’s the guitar and Tony’s bass sharing the same alleyway near the last two minutes on the melody share structure as it ends with him and Pete closing shop. But it’s Way Down Yonder where Pete brings everybody into a circle.

Everyone gets ready to drive down into the highway one last time to drive off into the sunset as they are back in 1972 of Herbie Hancock's golden-era, but with an interesting twist of the harmonica and jaw harp style done by Rob Paparozzi. Pete heads into the Organ and plays some Blues/Soul style on the instrument as if the recording was done inside a church and laying down the gospel.

Pasin meanwhile goes into a plunger trumpet mode and bringing to mind of the late ‘30s style of swing at the end. Not only it’s a closing number, but it shows that Pete and his teammates are having a whole lot of fun. While as I’ve mentioned this album was recorded in only two days, Möbius is not only Pete Levin’s finest, but he brings the entire house down.

It is a well solid release that made my ears go up of how much accomplishment this is on as they jammed, relaxed, and creating wonders to see what Pete Levin will think of next.

Music From The Other Side Of The Room
Zachary Nathanson
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pete Levin - Möbius

Pete Levin has been around performing and recording music along as a sought-after musician by recording both in the Jazz and Pop world from Paul Simon, The Brubeck Brothers, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, Annie Lennox, Judy Collins, and the late great Miles Davis. This year, he’s released his ninth studio album entitled, Möbius. The album was recorded live in the studio for two days as Pete captures the spirit and essence of Gil Evans.

Now I first became aware of Pete Levin after he and his younger brother Tony did the Levin Brothers album which was released three years ago on the Lazy Bones Recordings label and I was completely blown away how much the two brothers work well together not just as band members, but as a family by working one-on-one. Now with Möbius, Pete wrote eight original compositions and there are two covers which include one by Thelonious Monk and Tony Williams.

Not only Pete and Tony Levin are on the album, but it’s almost the who’s who that are on the album. You have guitarists Jeff Ciampa an Kal David (John Mayall), drummers Lenny White (Chick Corea) and Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, and Security Project), Erik Lawrence on Baritone Sax, Alex Foster on Tenor & Sorpano Sax, and Chris Pasin on Trumpet to name a few.

What Pete does on here, is to take his keyboards into unbelievable territories. Levin’s music is like walking on a different triangular section of the Rubik’s cube and it’s almost a trip to see where he, Tony and his band members go into those various sections of the doors that are ready to be opened with six highlights on here that are enduring and mind-blowing.

The opener, Promises begins with the Electric Piano going into a stereophonic mode going left and right then getting into the styles of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters-era meets Steely Dan’s Aja-era. The horn and sax section go into a workout mode plus some funk-rock rhythm guitars while Tony Levin channels a different perspective of the riff on Chameleon.

Pete then goes into the Rhodes city laying down some improvisational sun rising textures that makes it an excellent piece to start things off. Before the take of Monk’s I Mean You, Pete wishes Thelonious a happy 100th birthday and gives him his regard and saying “Hi!” to Gil for him. There is this walking dance mid-beat tempo between the Clavinet and the Electric Keyboard before the Horns and Guitar do a melody that rises up and down.

Tony then walks fast as the sax’s do a solo improvisation to give Monk the appreciation he deserves. When you listen to I’m Falling, at first you think it sounds like a film score that this almost a nod to the golden-era of the 1970s Blaxploitation films as you can imagine Richard “Shaft” Roundtree walking into the next building and following the crime scene for the next batch of clues which he would consider his last case before retiring.

But then, the mood changes into a lukewarm evening for the sax going into a pin-drop momentum as Pasin’s trumpet sets the blare by giving a Miles-sque surrounding in the nighttime sky before dawn approaches. Then, the 10-minute title track starts with the synth notes going up and down the stairs.

Tony brings his upright bass and gives Pete a helping hand. The Rhodes, Sax, and Trumpet along with the guitars going into some essence of Allan Holdsworth and Richard Pinhas’ exercise. Instruments do a thunderous roar as they take part in the melody before Percussionist Nanny Assis creates this intense/dramatic duel between him and the drummers.

While Pete and the band members rise up, up, and up before the guitar does a little bit of feedback, Tony comes into play through the strings and go around, under, and in. The last few seconds come to a dooming end from the synth and it hits a “BLLAARP!” note. Their tribute to Tony Williams with his cover of There Comes a Time, Pete goes back into the driver’s seat of the electric piano and works out more of his magical moments to give a nod up to Tony Williams up in heaven.

I imagine there’s more walking alleyways that Pete gives the band heading into those halls for another adventure with a bluesy twist. But it’s the guitar and Tony’s bass sharing the same alleyway near the last two minutes on the melody share structure as it ends with him and Pete closing shop. But it’s Way Down Yonder where Pete brings everybody into a circle.

Everyone gets ready to drive down into the highway one last time to drive off into the sunset as they are back in 1972 of Herbie Hancock's golden-era, but with an interesting twist of the harmonica and jaw harp style done by Rob Paparozzi. Pete heads into the Organ and plays some Blues/Soul style on the instrument as if the recording was done inside a church and laying down the gospel.

Pasin meanwhile goes into a plunger trumpet mode and bringing to mind of the late ‘30s style of swing at the end. Not only it’s a closing number, but it shows that Pete and his teammates are having a whole lot of fun. While as I’ve mentioned this album was recorded in only two days, Möbius is not only Pete Levin’s finest, but he brings the entire house down.

It is a well solid release that made my ears go up of how much accomplishment this is on as they jammed, relaxed, and creating wonders to see what Pete Levin will think of next.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

2010
"Pushing the envelope of the classic organ trio"

pete levin - organ
dave stryker - guitar
lenny white - drums
manolo badrena - percussion

special appearances by
joe beck - guitar
& danny gottlieb - drums

 

JUMP! news:
17 press reviews for JUMP!
Rudy Lu did a nice review for Albany Jazz of our live gig at the Rosendale Cafe last Saturday, along with great photos.  (Rudy does that!)
Jazz Times reviewer Bill DeMain
put Jump! #3 in his 2010 Top 10 list
Top 10 regional albums of 2010: Kingston, NY Freeman

#4 in CMJ Top 10 Jazz list 11/9/2010
#38 on the JazzWeek chart and climbing  12/14/10
#13 on WEMU Jazz  12/12/10

JUMP! is currently on radio playlists of

WBGO  NY, NY & Newark, NJ
KCRW  Los Angeles, CA
KXJZ  Sacramento, CA
KUOP  Stockton, CA
KSDS Jazz 88.3  San Diego, CA

KFCF Jazz 88.1  Fresno, CA
WXRT  Chicago
WDCB  Chicago
WFDU Teaneck, NJ

WFIT FM  Melbourne, Fl
MOJA Radio  mojaradio.com
WEMU  Ypsilanti, MI
WNMC  Traverse City, MI
KIOS  Omaha, NE
KGNU  Denver, CO
WDET Detroit, MI
WGBH Boston, MA
WKZE Red Hook, NY

Public Radio International: Jim Wilke's "Jazz After Hours"

101.5 Radio Adelaide: Peter Kuller's "Jazz from Down Under"

 JUMP! on youtube

5-minute sampler
(still announced as "coming in September" ... sorry)

 

 


 

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