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Eye to Eye

by Steve Torok

Jazz meets funk meets Star Wars meets elephants, featuring creative high energy arrangements and virtuosic improvisations.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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1. Sister Sadie
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2. Summertime
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3. Nature Boy
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4. Ommetaphobia
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5. Ben
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6. Blue Skies
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7. The Haunting
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8. Star Wars Suite: Main Theme Mambo
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9. Star Wars Suite: Imperial Funk
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10. Star Wars Suite: Cantina Swing
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11. Gita
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12. Nature Boy (Live) [With Elephant Percussion]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Southern California saxophonist, arranger, composer Steve Torok has performed with Stevie Wonder, Usher, The Temptations, Four Tops, Sheila E, O'Jays, Brian Bromberg, Pete Escovedo, Dan Siegel, Taj Mahal, and many others. His saxophone playing or arrangements have been featured on numerous national recordings including the hit TV shows The Voice and American Idol. Notable jazz artists including funky trombonist Fred Wesley, saxophonists Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, and Kenny G, vocalist Carmen Bradford, and klezmer violinist Yale Strom have performed his arrangements.

Eye to Eye, co-produced by Dan Siegel, represents an eclectic array of Steve’s works: original tunes, arrangements of standards, jazz arrangements of Star Wars music (created for Lucasfilm, Ltd. and premiered at Star Wars Celebration III), and music with elephant percussion. See below for a note from Steve regarding both the Star Wars and Elephant music. The recording features some of the best Los Angeles studio musicians. See below for full credits.

Steve is a professor at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA where he chairs the department, teaches saxophone, improvisation, music theory, and history, and directs both MOJO (MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra) and the Jazz Collective. MOJO was awarded a 2015 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Outstanding Large Jazz Ensemble. Steve was also selected as a clinician and ensemble director for the 2015 Jazz Education Network Conference in San Diego. Past teaching positions include the University of Southern California, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Mount San Jacinto College.

Steve holds a BFA in saxophone performance from Carnegie Mellon University, an MM in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California, and has achieved ABD status in the music education doctoral program at Boston University.

A note from Steve Torok:

Regarding the Star Wars music: Through a series of interesting circumstances, and thanks to former student
and excellent bassist Tim Raether and Mary Franklin of Lucasfilm, Ltd., I was offered the opportunity to
reimagine famous Star Wars melodies as jazz pieces. This was a challenge I was happy to embrace and
greatly enjoyed. The three arrangements recorded here were originally premiered at Star Wars Celebration III
in Indianapolis (April, 2005) by the MSJC Menifee Jazz Ensemble. Thanks to the members of that 2005 band
for being the first to so excellently present these works to the Galaxy.

Regarding the elephant music: Each Saturday for a year my collaborator and beautiful wife Lori and I worked
closely with Ruby and Gita, two elephants at the Los Angeles Zoo. This was not a circus act but done entirely
as enrichment for the animals (and us). We did not teach tricks but instead allowed them to explore the
percussion instruments we adapted. The elephants were stimulated and physically drawn to the vibrations
of the music. The project was inspired by Lori’s obsession with elephant painting, her discovery of the Thai
Elephant Orchestra, and an early morning “voice” that told her to propose an elephant music project to the
zoo. I honestly don’t know how to convey the great joy and sense of interspecies connection I felt creating
music with Ruby and Gita. I am supremely grateful to have played jazz with these wonderful non-human
collaborators. Some of the music recorded live at the zoo is presented here for your consideration. A portion
of each CD sold and “Nature Boy - Live (with elephant percussion)” downloaded will be donated to the PAWS
Elephant Sanctuary.

Album Credits:

Rhythm and horn arrangements by Steve Torok

Musicians:
Tenor Sax: Steve Torok
Acoustic and Rhodes Piano: Llew Matthews
Acoustic Piano and Synth: Dan Siegel
Electric and Acoustic Bass: Reggie Hamilton
Drum Set: Rayford Griffin
Electric Guitar: Carmen Grillo
Acoustic Guitar (The Haunting): Allen Hinds
Vocals: Yvette Cason
Percussion: Lenny Castro (Main Theme Mambo, Ben, The Haunting, Nature Boy)
Congas: Nelson Guzman (Blue Skies, Summertime, Ommetaphobia, Imperial Funk)
Rain Stick: Lori Craig Torok (The Haunting)

Horn Section (Summertime, Ommetaphobia, Blue Skies, Main Theme Mambo, Imperial Funk)
Alto and Tenor Sax: Steve Torok
Trumpet 1: Dan Fornero
Trumpet 2: Brandon Shaw
Trombone: Jacques Voyemant

Horn Section (Cantina Swing)
Alto and Tenor Sax:
Steve Torok
Trumpet: Harry Kim
Trombone: Jacques Voyemant

Production:
Produced by Steve Torok and Dan Siegel for Key of Z Music
Recorded at Private Island Trax, Los Angeles (Engineer: Rocky Grisez)
Overdubs recorded at Big Surprise Music, Encino (Engineer: Carmen Grillo) and The Den, Irvine (Engineer: Dan Siegel)
Mixed by Tom McCauley (Mixworks, Sherman Oaks)
Mastered by Chris Bellman (Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood)
Photography by Linda Wolfe
Elephant photography by Lori Craig Torok
Graphic Design by Mike Esperanza

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