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Rob Levit Trio - Uncertain Path
Guitarist, composer and educator Rob Levit has been described by the Ottawa International Jazz Festival as "...one of the finest young guitarists on today's jazz scene." He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the 2000 Chamber Music America New Works: Creation and Presentation (Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project) Award, the Jazz Composers Alliance/Julius Hemphill Prize, and four consecutive Maryland State Arts Council Individual Arts Awards. Inspired by great composers as diverse as Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Sam Rivers and Pat Metheny, Levit's music integrates world, rock, jazz and classical sources with improvisation to create an exciting fusion of sounds. His band, the Rob Levit Group, has performed at the Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Knitting Factory, and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Levit Produces, records, and releases his own music on the Symbol System label -- a label devoted to fostering collaboration, creativity, and economic self-sufficiency.
Levit was recently awarded the Julius Hemphill Composition Award by the Jazz Composers Alliance, an Individual Artist Award by the Maryland State Arts Council as well as an ASCAP Special Award for his original compositions. He performs regionally at venues like the Knitting Factory (New York), the Texaco Jazz Festival, and Blues Alley (Washington). The Rob Levit Trio, one of the best loved jazz groups in the mid-Atlantic region, is anchored by acoustic bassist Amy Shook, one of the few women acoustic jazz bass virtuoso in the world, and master drummer Frank Russo. Together, they create a seamless mix of jazz, world, classical, and funk grooves that is rapidly vaulting them to national and international status.
“Uncertain path” includes 13 tracks, 10 compositions by Rob Levit, cover versions from Sting “Fields of Gold”, Bob Marley “Waiting in Vain” and Wayne Shorter “Footprints”. “In addition to Levit, the other two members of the trio—Amy Shook on bass and Frank Russo on drums and percussion—are very tasteful and musical players who work seemingly effortlessly together, complimenting each other's sounds in a delightful dance of music making. If guitar was a musical style, Rob Levit would be at the top of it. On the one hand, he is a jazz guitarist who can take a basic melody and turn it outside in to explore its inner beauty or reveal its seamy underbelly.” (All About Jazz)
Rob Levit (guitar)
Amy Shook (bass)
Frank Russo (drums, percussion)
Fields Of Gold
After You (For Elaine)
Safe Returns (In Memoriam 911)
Sophia / Solace
Daily Grind Blues
The Undoing (For Jaya)
Waiting in Vain
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