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Day Dream

by Steve Rudolph, Phil Haynes & Drew Gress

A classic jazz piano trio recording featuring nine romantic renditions of jazz and popular standards by composers Leonard Berstien, Hoagy Carmichael, Victor Young, Bill Evans, Woody Shaw and more.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Some Other Time
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2. Beautiful Love
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3. Viola
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4. Turn Out the Stars
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5. Lover Man
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6. I Get Along Without You Very Well
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7. Theme For Maxine
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8. Day Dream
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9. A Weaver of Dreams
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Album Notes
Steve Rudolph - piano
Phil Haynes - drums
Drew Gress - bass

Recorded March 25 and 26, 2009
Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall,
Sigfried Weis Music Building
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Jon Rosenberg, engineer
Phil Haynes, producer
Steve Rudolph, arranger, graphic design,
cover photo & executive production

Liner Notes by Phil Haynes:
Connections among musicians are often alluded to as the "jazz family tree". When I moved to NYC in 1983, the first bassist I worked with where there was an obvious mutual chemistry was Drew Gress. Since then, we have appeared together on more than 15 CDs, with artists ranging from Ellery Eskelin and Paul Smoker to Mark Feldman, David Kikoski, Hank Roberts, Michelle Rosewoman, and now master pianist Steve Rudolph. After living for 20 years in my beloved Brooklyn, NY "Corner Store", I felt a change in life challenges was in order and moved to Pennsylvania in 2003 to join my wife at Bucknell University. A new young colleague of mine, bassist Joe Michaels, asked me if I knew Steve Rudolph, and I had to admit that we'd never met. Joe mentioned my playing to Steve, who in turn hired me to perform with him at the nearby Hilton Harrisburg - and the rest is fortunately becoming history. Our shared love for timeless jazz standards, sensitive and creative improvisers, collective group interplay, and nuanced live improvisations have resulted in numerous concert collaborations over the past three years. From the very first few moments I played with Steve, Drew Gress entered my mind as the ideal foil for Rudolph's swinging, lyrical and harmonically astute improvisations. Daydream represents our literal introduction to each other as a trio, captured live for Bucknell University's Janet Weis Cabaret Series, March 25, 2009, as well as the "studio session" the following morning at the same Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall. We hope you enjoy our "new family", as the tree of jazz continues to nourish us all.
~Phil Haynes

Steve Rudolph Bio:
As a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Steve Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 45 years of professional music making. Jazz Improv magazine states, “Rudolph is a savvy, swinging, glimmering heavyweight… ...simply outstanding.” The winner of the Jazziz Magazine Piano Competition at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in 2000, he was also awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts. With eleven acclaimed CDs as a leader, he has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings including CDs with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin, Ali Ryerson, Matt Wilson and Vinny Valentino. Released this year (2009) will be a trio recording from a live concert at Bucknell University with drummer Phil Haynes and bassist Drew Gress. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, Bill Goodwin, and Ali Ryerson. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Europe, Russia and the Caribbean. When at home in Harrisburg, Pa., Steve, a Yamaha Artist, can be found performing regularly at the Hilton Harrisburg on his Yamaha Concert Collection C-7 Grand. Steve is presently in his nineteenth year playing six nights a week at the Hilton.

Born in Evansville, Indiana in 1949, Steve studied trumpet and composition under scholarship at Butler University. He switched his main instrumental focus to the piano at age 22 and was hired by Buddy Morrow to perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1977. Since moving to Harrisburg in 1978, he has largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central PA. His devotion to the art of jazz inspired him to found the Central PA Friends of Jazz, now in it’s 30th successful season of monthly concerts, youth band, jazz camp, and annual Central PA Jazz Festival. Steve was the recipient of the 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for dedication to the arts and community service. His detailed recording and touring information may be found at

Phil Haynes Bio:
Percussionist/composer Phil Haynes has been featured on more than 40 releases by American and European record companies. His debut, The Paul Smoker Trio's QB with Anthony Braxton, was named the #1 recording of 1985 by Kevin Whitehead in Coda Magazine. Critics have compared his drumming to masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Ellington, Ives, Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Haynes has 10 recordings as a leader including Continuum with violinist Mark Feldman,the ground breaking ensemble 4 Horns & What?, thetrio recording of standards A Couch in Brooklyn featuring Israeli pianist Micu Narunsky, The Hammond Insurgency with organist Jeff Palmer, Free Country with cellist/vocalist Hank Roberts, and his solo percussion recording Sanctuary.

His new tenor trio, No Fast Food, with bassist Drew Gress and saxophonist Tim Warfield, carries on the great tradition of Sonny Rollins’ Way Out West and Elvin Jones’ Puttin’ It Together recordings. His Pennsylvania based classic piano trio, Adams/Stetz&Haynes, features works by the great pianists of the history of jazz, from Scott Joplin through Keith Jarrett and beyond.

Musicians Haynes has appeared on CD with include: Theo Bleckman, Anthony Braxton, Adam Caine, Tom Chess, Joe Daley, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Ellery Eskelin, Mark Feldman, Ken Filiano, Vinny Golia, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Lindsay Horner, Ed Jackson, David Kikoski, Frank Lacy, Andy Laster, Tony Malaby, Denman Maroney, Micu Narunsky, Jeff Palmer, Hank Roberts, Herb Robertson, Ned Rothenberg, Ted Rosenthal, Rich Rothenberg, Michelle Rosewoman, Steve Salerno, Ed Schuller, Paul Smoker, David Taylor, Gebhard Ullmann, and Tom Varner.

Other musicians Haynes has appeared with in concert include John Abercrombie, Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Bobby Bradford, Don Byron, Marilyn Crispell, Jon English, Michael Formanek, Charles Gayle, Steve Gilmore, Arnold Hammerschlag, Peter Herbert, Ingrid Jensen, David Liebman, Albert Manglesdorf, Ron McClure, Tony Micelli, Ben Monder, Glenn Moore, Paul Plimley, Steve Rudolph, Louis Sclavis, Leni Stern, John Stowell, John Swana, Steve Swell, Greg Tardy, John Tchicai, Thomas Ullrich, J.D. Waters, Tim Warfield, Kenny Wheeler, Andreus Willers, Larry Willis and Andrea Wolper.

Haynes was recently appointed Bucknell University jazz artist in residence, 2007-08, and produces the esteemed Jazz at Bucknell international chamber series.

Drew Gress Bio:
Born: Yardley, Pennsylvania USA 1959
Bassist/composer Drew Gress performs extensively with artists on the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music. His latest project-The Irrational Numbers (Premonition), features DrewԳ original compositions for quintet. Earlier releases include the critically-acclaimed 7 Black Butterflies (2005), Spin & Drift (2001), and Heyday (1997). Future projects include a new quintet project, a solo bass recording, and an electronics projectȳoon to be unveiled.

Drew can also be heard within the ensembles of John Abercrombie, Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Bill Carrothers, Ravi Coltrane, Marc Copland, Mark Feldman, Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, Tony Malaby, and John Surman.
(In an altogether previous musical life, he grounded the performances of Buddy Hackett, Phyllis Diller, Zoot Sims, Cab Calloway, and Pia Zadora). Drew has toured North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and has served as Artist-in-Residence at St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and Chamber Music America, and currently resides in New York.

Drew is an endorsing artist for Thomastik Strings.



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