The Bryan Bowman Quintet has just recorded a collection of my own original music! The cd will be likely be released on May 5th, 2015!
Bryan Bowman – Like Minds
Advance copies can be bought at this page for now. CD’s and digital downloads will be available at CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon on or before May 5th.
We recorded on January 31st, 2015 at Fantasy and I am very excited about how this group interpreted the music and the fantastic energy they brought to the studio! The group features Matt Clark on piano, Bob Kenmotsu on saxophone, Ian Carey on trumpet, Doug Miller on bass and myself on drums.
Left to right – Bob Kenmotsu, Ian Carey, Doug Miller, Bryan Bowman and Matt Clark
I chose this group of people because each of them has a strong compositional sense as well as tremendous experience playing a variety of musical styles.
It was a dream come true in a very real way. I had expected to be happy with the performances but what emerged was a group sound that very much surprised me bringing to life these tunes that previously had only been played on my piano at home.
Here’s a track to enjoy before you rush out and buy the CD
I’m playing this week with Mary Stallings Eric Reed and Matt Penman at the opening festivities at SFJAZZ. It’s humbling experience to say the least working with such great musicians and being around so many ridiculously amazing artists. A highlight was meeting and hearing Chick Corea who I have always admired. Also to meet and hear Jeff Ballard and Eric Harland has been a total blast. Between them and Brian Blade I think they are some of the greatest living musicians of the drumming variety. The SF Jazz Collective is a great group and the level of improv and mastery of these people is insane.
There is audio available from the opening night at NPR SFJAZZ Live Broadcast - I played on the opening song with Mary Stallings. Check out Chick throughout the evening! He’s playing better than ever.
Also irony of ironies would have me in the photo in todays issue of the New York Times about SFJAZZ. I thought I might sneak through unnoticed but no luck.
On Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th I’m very happy to be a part of two jazz trio performances with pianist Mark Levine and bassist Greg Daugelli at the Mount Shasta Brewery in the town of Weed, California.
These are two of my favorite musicians on the planet and I’m sure it will be a great weekend of music.
I have known Mark since 1991 and have played with him off and on ever since. he is a very fine musician and literally wrote the book on jazz piano. His Jazz Piano book is published in several languages and has won international acclaim.
Greg Daugelli is a fabulous bass player and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Chico California. I have played with him since the early 80′s and definitely owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his encouragement and inspiration over the years.
Please come to the concert if you are in the area!