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Life in East Bumblepuck

by Brian Torff

Contemporary New York City horn band performing original music ranging from funk and jazz to reggae and zydeco.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dominating
7:03 album only
2. Life in East Bumblepuck
6:04 album only
3. House of Dzugu
5:26 album only
4. Zydeco Steps
7:22 album only
5. Gnarly Shred
6:01 album only
6. Earth Mother
6:43 album only
7. Illinois Central
4:25 album only
8. A Night on the Underground Railroad
4:13 album only
9. Workin' On a Bassline
4:04 album only
10. Farewell, Duke of Prunes
5:13 album only
11. Epilogue
1:30 album only


Album Notes

Brian Q. Torff is a renowned bassist and composer, and is currently
Music Program Director at Fairfield University. He is a featured bass
soloist, and currently appears with his seven-piece band,
featuring a horn section, with jazz violinist Randy Sabien, and is the
musical director for the Django Reinhardt New York Festival. Torff
recently performed at Carnegie Hall for Fiddle Fest where he appeared
with Mark O‚Connor, Dave Grusin, and Regina Carter along with Yo Yo Ma,
Itzhak Perlman and Pinchus Zukerman. He performs in jazz festivals
around the U.S., has founded the Fairfield University Summer Jazz
Workshop and has served as co-chair person for the music advisory board
for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Brian Torff‚s professional career began in 1974 when bassist Milt
Hinton offered him the opportunity of touring with Cleo Laine. During
the late 70‚s, Torff recorded and performed with pianists Mary Lou
Williams and Marian McPartland, and toured Australia, New Zealand, and
Hong Kong with violin virtuoso, Stephane Grappelli. He played in
pianist Erroll Garner's last group and worked in the big bands of
Oliver Nelson, and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.
In 1979, Brian Torff joined in a duo with pianist George Shearing. In
the course of their 3 ∏ year collaboration they toured throughout the
U.S., Europe, Brazil, and South Africa and were featured on the NBC
Tonight Show, Mrev Griffin, and their own PBS special from New York‚s
Café Carlyle. They received worldwide acclaim, and were invited to
perform at the White House in 1982 for President Reagan. Their third
album won a Grammy for vocalist Mel Torme.
Brian Torff is a noted composer who has contributed works for records
with George Shearing, Larry Coryell, Union trio, and his own
recordings- Hitchhiker of Karoo, Manhattan Hoe- Down, and Workin‚ On a
Bassline. He has written scores that have been performed by the Boston
Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has
appeared as conductor, composer, and clinician for numerous high school
and college jazz festivals. He is a published writer on music and
musicians, composes for big band, and directs the Summer Jazz Workshop
at Fairfield University. Torff is listed in the Groves Dictionary of
Jazz and has been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune,
Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, and many other music publications.
He currently tours with his own band and with French jazz pianist Florence Melnotte.



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Frank Riccio II

Brian hits it big again!
This CD is certainly a hidden gem. From classic Torff tracks like Earth Mother to tribute songs such as Workin' on a Baseline (tribute to Milt Hinton) and Farewell, Duke of Prunes (tribute to Frank Zappa), the CD highlights Brian and his excellent supporting cast, including a monster on the drums - Grisha Alexiev. I have had the opportunity of knowing Brian since 1992, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that he is a truly talented person. Buy this CD!!!


Bright, beautiful delivery from a master bassist...with band
I am enjoying this disk a lot. Brian Torff has joined with some power horns in offering his usual jazz, which includes some rocking and blues influences here and there while maintaining traditional jazz structures. One (of many) highlights occurs amidst "Zydeco Steps," on which Brian lets fly with some bowed bass, nailing together a host of improvisational quotes that leave one half chuckling, and three-quarters in jaw-dropped awe. I like the mix here, too---the bass is more audible than on Torff's usual, though the balance is clear. And there is some beautiful B3 work (or so it sounds like a B3!) throughout, along with some tight drumming and adventurous, tight horning.


Life in East Bumblepuck
A magnificent CD which is played every day - The sound quality I found to be first class and by the time the last track has finished I was asking for more - so here's helping Brian will honour us with another album shortly.If I have a negative comment it would be that I would have liked there to be some notes about the various tracks/musicians - I was brought up on LP's ! I was privileged enough to see Brian play with George Shearing a couple of times in either the late 70's or early 80's at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Southern England .
To sum up this CD gives you a wonderful experience and insight into Brian's musical talents