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by Bruce Eskovitz/Bill Mays

Tenor Saxophonist Dr. Bruce Eskovitz and Pianist Bill Mays team up for an exciting and intimate adventure as they explore these great tunes with grace and elegance.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joy Spring
Bruce Eskovitz/bill Mays: Conversations
5:19 $0.99
2. 'Tis Autumn
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4:29 $0.99
3. Just in the Newk of Time
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5:44 $0.99
4. Invitation
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8:17 $0.99
5. Tease for Two
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4:25 $0.99
6. Like Someone in Love
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7:00 $0.99
7. Blues for Alice
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8. Only Trust Your Heart
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4:42 $0.99
9. My Romance
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5:10 $0.99
10. Prez
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4:03 $0.99
11. I Thought About You
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12. This I Dig of You
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4:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
All Music Guide To Jazz, 2nd Edition 1996 p. 240 One For Newk, KOCH Jazz by Scott Yanow “This is a record that all lovers of bebop have to get, Bruce Eskovitz has a fat tone and a hard driving style...”

Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2000 USC Showcases Area Stalwarts by Don Heckman
“Eskovitz...a veteran tenor saxophonist...performance was improvising in its most fundamental form.”

Los Angeles Times, January 13, 1995 Going On Instinct: Bruce Eskovitz follows his heart to straight-ahead jazz and finds it ‘intriguing and fulfilling.’ by Zan Stewart

L.A. Jazz Scene, August 1995 Bruce Eskovitz at Catalina’s by Myrna Daniels
“Eskovitz began with ‘Movin’ Out’, tearing through the tune with a tough stance that was exhilarating.”

Los Angeles Times, October 26, 1991 Eskovitz: A Good-Time Bar Band and Then Some by Bill Kohlhasse “Eskovitz drew long twisted lines...into a string of Bird calls and bop-fired runs.”

Lawrence Journal World, November 25, 1990 Bruce Eskovitz (Cexton Records) by Chuck Berg “Eskovitz’s arrangements and originals flow with a lyric often gritty grace...”

Music Connection, October 30-November 12, 1989 Bruce Eskovitz at the Overland Cafe by Frankie Nemco “Eskovitz...has chops to no end.”

Jazz Composer/Saxophonist, Dr. Bruce Eskovitz was eleven years old when he fell in love with the sound of the tenor saxophone, and by the age of thirteen had begun his professional playing career. While other Southern California teenagers tuned in to rock n' roll, Bruce hung out with Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Stan Getz records until he could play their sound. By the age of twenty, Bruce was composing music for "The Merv Griffin Show." He remembers handing Plas Johnson and Ray Brown his tunes and was encouraged by their positive reaction.

Today Bruce resides in Culver City, CA and has just finished producing his fifth jazz album, Regions, performed by the Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra (BEJO), an exciting nine-piece ensemble featuring some of the best jazz musicians in Los Angeles. Previous albums include: Bruce Eskovitz/Bill Mays, Conversations (Azica), One for Newk (KOCH Jazz), a tribute to Sonny Rollins which received a 5 star rating in The All Music Guide to Jazz ( One For Newk features some of the most respected musicians in the jazz arena today: Bill Mays on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, Larance Marable on drums, Charlie Shoemake on vibes, and a guest appearance by saxophone great Ernie Watts on the classic "Tenor Madness". Bruce Eskovitz is in demand as a jazz artist on the L.A. jazz club scene where he appears regularly at Catalina Bar and Grill, Jax Bar and Grill, The Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, California 66, Beverly Hills Affaire in the Garden, The Jazz Spot, Lunaria, The Atlas Bar and Grill, St. Mark's Club, and Cava.

Bruce has performed and recorded with many great and diverse artists, including Natalie Cole, Freddie Hubbard, Doc Severinsen, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Webb, Bill Watrous, Elliot Smith, Dwight Yoakum, Jane Monheit, The Fifth Dimension, Rita Moreno, Jack Jones, Bobby Vinton, Shari Lewis, Ernie Watts and many other celebrities. He plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, flutes and clarinets. Some of his other compositional and performance credentials include the Los Angeles productions of "Beatlemania" and "Timbuktu," countless records and jingles, The John Davidson Show, The Danny Gans Show, The Ebony/Jet Celebrity Showcase, the ABC TV show Santa Barbara, Ollie Mitchell's Sunday Band, Frank Capp’s Juggernaut, and "The New American Orchestra."

Bruce holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music from California State University, Northridge, and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California in jazz composition.

Bruce Eskovitz and the Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra (BEJO) are available for jazz festivals, movie/TV soundtracks, records, concerts, club dates, college appearances, and clinics.



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