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Infinite Search

by Max Perkoff

A combination of The John Coltrane Quartet and The Bad Plus.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. New Life
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2. Cookin' For 20
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3. Infinite Search
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4. Waiting
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5. Blues for Dr. King
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6. One Dollar Dance
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7. Just Enough
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8. Sunset In Sienna
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9. Memories of Lady Day
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10. Flowers for Rosa
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11. The Death of Democracy
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12. JJ's Backroom pt. 1
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Album Notes
"Perkoff's tone and facility are of the first order, and he deserves a place among the trombone elite." - John Gilbert, ejazznews.com.

"The Max Perkoff Band is a tight outfit. They lean into each other, read emotion and movement, and come up with a cohesive musicality that evolves in several styles. At the outset they find their reckoning in a bop beat in “New Life.” Perkoff brings his warm tone on the trombone, changing the pulse from a quick friskiness into a hardier testament. Vincent is the one who gets to pick up the thread from Perkoff and he brings in a rich lore of ideas, urged on by Bevan and van Wageningen. The tune is enough to make one salivate for more and the band does not disappoint. Thompson fills “Waiting” with a yearning that magnifies the lyric and as her voice soars, dives, and floats on gossamer—wings capturing every little nuance...Perkoff shows his lyrical side on the piano as well, his notes flowing with gentle, rippling passion." - Jerry D'Souza, allaboutjazz.com

"A fine trombonist with a warm tone, Max Perkoff also
doubles on piano. On Infinite Search he is mostly
heard on trombone with a group also including
guitarist Randy Vincent, bassist Sam Bevan and drummer
Paul Van Wageningen. Singer Cami Thompson guests on
“Waiting.”

The music, which consists exclusively of Perkoff’s
originals, is mostly laidback and quiet, even when
taken at faster tempos. The sparse rhythm section does
a beautiful job of blending in with the fluent
trombonist and there are occasional guitar and bass
solos. Perkoff, who is based in the San Francisco Bay
area, is influenced by J.J. Johnson and is a
chordal-based bop soloist at heart, but his
improvisations are unpredictable and are free of
clichés. He held his own with Roswell Rudd in his
previous record Monk’s Bones, and he excels with his
modern mainstream quartet.

Infinite Search, which is available from
www.maxperkoff.com, should result in Max Perkoff
becoming better known and rated high among modern jazz
trombonists." - Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene

"I first discovered Max Perkoff as a guest star during one of the Monk’s Music Trio performances. The trio features his piano playing father Si, but since my initial discovery I have seen Max play in other ensembles which proved to be different but equally enjoyable.

What I have come to learn about Max is that a key component of his art is a diversity of palette. This is true of his various live concert situations and now too of his albums as well.

His new one is the sixth as a leader and the first to feature a program of all original compositions. The CD is full of stylistic shifts, but manages to encompass various influences seamlessly. The exploration of different genres is not done out of commercial considerations, but from the band’s inherent desire and ability to explore different fabrics of the vast tapestry known as jazz."
- Maxwell Chandler, jazzreview.com

Infinite Search, the brand new CD by The Max Perkoff Band, represents Max Perkoff’s most compelling project to date. That’s saying a lot, for as a trombonist, pianist, composer and bandleader, Max Perkoff is a musician of grace, depth and impressive achievement, with several striking recordings as a leader to his name, and a recent chart-busting collaboration with trombone great Roswell Rudd. Perkoff has impressive bloodlines, as well; he’s the son of pianist Si Perkoff, one of the founding fathers of San Francisco bebop.

A stimulating ride with fascinating surprises around every corner, Infinite Search provides testimony to Perkoff’s range as a trombonist and a pianist and to the skill of his crackling, extremely versatile band. Perkoff’s trombone sound is bright, vital, and full of invention, and his piano work is supple and alive. The Max Perkoff group is an incendiary ensemble of high-test players including guitarist Randy Vincent, bassist Sam Bevan and drummer Paul van Wageningen. The artists interact with an empathetic, group-first sensibility that lends the music an intimate, heartfelt depth. Comprised entirely of originals, Infinite Search also admirably presents Max Perkoff, composer.

Ultimately, it’s the stylistic range and downright fearlessness of Perkoff and his bandmates that truly distinguishes Infinite Search. The group combines the provocative exploratory qualities of John Coltrane with the take-no-prisoners brashness of the Bad Plus.

Perkoff refers to the ensemble as “a concert group and party band rolled into one.” In fact, straight-ahead jazz, R&B, free-form improvisation, World and folk music all shine brightly through the band’s musical prism. The key, here, is the successful forging of this eclecticism into a cohesive artistic statement. Perkoff and crew accomplish that goal with aplomb. From the gently probing post-bop dance of the title track to the joyous funk sashay of “Cookin’ for 20,” to the mainstream romp of “New Life,” the band never repeats itself and never strikes a false note. Singer Cami Thompson, with whom Perkoff has been collaborating for more than 14 years, contributes an exquisite vocal on the ballad, “Waiting,” that provides Infinite Search its subtle emotional touchstone.

It’s not hard to understand where Max Perkoff gets his groove from. As previously noted, his father, Si Perkoff, is a lion of San Francisco jazz, for years the house pianist at the legendary Fillmore bebop cauldron, Jimbo’s Bop City. Musicians like Elvin Jones and Thelonious Monk would regularly drop by the Perkoff household. As Perkoff recently told interviewer Maxwell Chandler, “By the time I was old enough to buy my own records I was already a jazzer, in love with Billie Holiday, worshiping Bird, Bud, Diz, Basie, Louis, Duke and everyone else.”

Infinite Search is just the latest in a string of creative successes for Max Perkoff. In 2004, he took part in the aforementioned collaboration with Roswell Rudd. The two trombonists teamed up to join the Monk’s Music Trio, featuring Perkoff’s dad, Si, on the highly acclaimed CD, Monk’s Bones, which reached #10 on the national jazz radio play charts in 2006. Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes said, “If this record doesn't make you grin like a fool, you're a grinch.” And Cory Cunningham of the International Trombone Association Journal added, “With some edgy arrangements and new ideas, Monk's Bones sets itself apart from the pack in any jazz trombone CD collection."

In 2005, Perkoff joined with his father to release Amazing Space, a shimmeringly beautiful trombone/piano duo album. The freshness of the instrumentation and vitality of the playing allowed the two Perkoffs to create new vistas for classics like Charlie Parker’s “Au Privave” and Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child,” and to work wonders with a lovely set of originals.

In addition, Perkoff lends his performance, arranging and direction skills to an array of highly successful jazz/cabaret shows, including an acclaimed tribute to Oscar Brown, Jr. by vocalist Linda Kosut and “Drunk with Love,” singer Terese Genecco’s raucous salute to cabaret legend Francis Faye. The busy Perkoff is also a regular contributor to the bustling San Francisco blues scene, often joining the band of his cousin, renowned San Francisco blues saxman Ben “King” Perkoff.  His sideman gigs on recordings of all kinds are too numerous to mention here, but his latest appearance is on Gerald Beckett’s Flute Vibes on Summit Records (2006), a release that reached #14 on the national jazz radio play list.

It seems clear that Perkoff has, indeed, launched himself upon an Infinite Search. But the scope of the endeavor is only fitting for a musician with the talent, range and ingenuity of Max Perkoff. Infinite Search is available via CDBaby.  For more information about Max Perkoff, including a full performance schedule, please visit www.maxperkoff.com, or contact Max Perkoff at (415) 726-6282 • max@maxperkoff.com.

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Norman Curtis

Infinite Search
About Max Perkoff: my first impression is his spectacular performance on the trombone; technically brilliant, but also sensitive and seductively funky. a “talking trombone.” Then add to this his superb talents as a composer, arranger and pianist. He has an unerring instinct on how a piece of music should be handled. The piano sparkles under his touch. The band is wonderful, very tight.






About Max Perkoff: my first impression was his spectacular performance on the trombone; technically brilliant, but also sensitive and very funky. I call it the “talking trombone.” Then add to this his superb talents as a composer, arranger and pianist. He has an unerring instinct on how a piece of music should be handled. The piano sparkles under his touch.



My first impression is Max's spectacular trombone-technically brilliant, but also sensitive and seductively funky. It's a "talking trombone." Then add to this his superb talents as a composer, arranger and pianist. The piano sparkles. It's a great band, very tight.
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