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Music from the Heart

by John Nyerges

Original instrumental jazz compositions in various grooves from up-tempo swing to funk to ballads featuring acoustic piano & Fender Rhodes©, trumpet, tenor & alto saxophone, drums & bass, written for special people in my life.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A New Day (feat. Clay Jenkins, Doug Stone, Danny Ziemann & Chris Teal)
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2. Solid as Stone (feat. Clay Jenkins, Doug Stone, Danny Ziemann & Chris Teal)
5:00 $0.99
3. Cool (feat. Alexa Tarantino, Danny Ziemann & Chris Teal)
5:57 $0.99
4. Breckers Blues (feat. Clay Jenkins, Danny Ziemann & Chris Teal)
5:39 $0.99
5. Requiem
3:13 $0.99
6. WGMC Blues (feat. Clay Jenkins, Vince Ercolamento, Danny Ziemann & Chris Teal)
4:45 $0.99
7. Floating (feat. Vince Ercolamento, Danny Ziemann & Chris Teal)
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8. Meditation on a Prayer (feat. Doug Stone, Danny Ziemann & Chris Teal)
5:04 $0.99
9. Monks Blues II (feat. Alexa Tarantino, Danny Ziemann & Chris Teal)
7:46 $0.99
10. The Look in Your Eyes (feat. Doug Stone)
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11. Can You Feel That (feat. Alexa Tarantino, Danny Ziemann & Chris Teal)
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12. Tribute
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Album Notes
This disc contains a mixture of up tempo straight-ahead, funk, ballad, plus duets and solo piano. I played a Steinway and a Fender Rhodes® on this CD.
“A New Day” is an upbeat positive tune that represents hope for tomorrow.
“Solid As Stone” was written for Doug Stone!
“Cool” features the talented young saxophonist Alexa Tarantino. I wrote (an earlier) “Tribute” in the style of Don Grolnick’s “Pools” for my ’08 “Jazz, Pictures & Poems” & Don’s influence shows up again.
“Can You Feel That?” was composed for Alexa & first performed in concert on May 11, 2016 at MCC.
“Brecker’s Blues” is an up tempo tune inspired by Michael Brecker. I wanted to pay homage to him as a writer and let loose playing an extended solo. Clay and Chris are also featured on this tune.
“Requiem” was written for my father-in-law, who was an intelligent, generous, spiritual man with great integrity. He was as good a role model as one could find in the world.
“WGMC Blues” was written for a great local jazz radio station (90.1 FM) that keeps me inspired.
“Floating” is a laid-back funk tune that features Vince and Danny.
“Meditation On A Prayer” – The world seems to want ‘louder-faster’ a lot of the time but here’s where I like to live. Maybe you do too.
“Monk’s Blues II” first recorded on J,P&P in ’08 appears for another time with Alexa, Chris & Danny.
In the J,P&P liner notes I mentioned that a tune I wrote for Kathleen would appear on the next CD…and it does. After all the tunes I composed & recorded for family & musicians, this, written way back in ’97, is finally on disc. Here’s “The Look In Your Eyes”.

On the NEW CD: One of Rochester’s fine jazz pianists, John Nyerges, has just released a tasty album of originals, appropriately titled Music from the Heart. As instrumentalist and small-group leader, he demonstrates an impressive range of musical skill.
The program features an appealing balance of uptempo mainstream jazz and melodic ballads, played by various combinations, from a trio (with bassist Danny Ziemann and drummer Chris Teal), to ensembles with various well arranged combinations of horns, including trumpeter Clay Jenkins, and saxophonists Doug Stone, Vince Ercolamento and Alexa Tarantino.
At its heart, though, the CD spotlights the subtle and richly artistic playing of Nyerges.
I especially enjoyed his stretching out on “Brecker’s Blues,” and the grace and feeling he imparts to “Requiem.” And I also really enjoyed “WGMC Blues,” his roly-poly tribute to 90.1 FM, Rochester’s great jazz station.
It’s clear why Nyerges is the pianist Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra call upon when jazz is on the menu.
------by Jack Garner 10-15-2017 Rochester D&C Arts, 6C

Reviews of my performances at Rochester (RIJF) and Syracuse Jazz Festivals and CD's "Point of View"(1991) and "Jazz, Pictures & Poems" (2008) include:
“…a very tasty, subtle and beautifully played disc of originals. Nyerges combines lyrical grace with aggressive improvisation on his various solos…” and "...impressive debut” and that John is “...an intelligent, lyrical pianist..." - Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
"...a variety of arresting poses” and “...a welcome change of pace..." - Chuck Berg, JazzTimes
"John Nyerges...is a protean pianist..terrific technique and marvelous conceptions..." - Ray Boyce, Syracuse Post-Standard
" ... superb pianist ..." - Jeff Simon, Buffalo Evening News
..."emerges from this as a formidable composer and pianist who deserves wider recognition." - Jerome Wilson, Cadence

I earned a Master in Jazz Performance at Eastman and have played with several orchestras, primarily with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for 25 years, Jeff Tyzik conducting. I freelance and record with many artists in the area and that come to town. I have performed with Joe Henderson, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider, Benny Carter, & Bob Brookmeyer, Wycliffe Gordon, Doc Severinson, Allen Vizzutti, Dee Daniels, Chuck Mangione, Denzal Sinclaire, Jeff Campbell, Rich Thompson, Chris Vadala, Gerry Niewood, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Daniels, The New York Voices, and so many others. . At ESM I studied arranging with Fred Sturm & studied piano with Tony Caramia.



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