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Dedicated To You

by The Steve Schneck Quartet

The Steve Schneck Quartet (trumpet/flugelhorn, guitar, bass and drums) features jazz standards and tunes from the bebop and swing eras, with an emphasis on musical interaction and creativity.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Here's That Rainy Day
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2. Mahogany Blues
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3. Soul Eyes
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4. Out of Nowhere
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5. The Nearness of You
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6. Body and Soul
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7. You're a Lucky Guy
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8. Moonlight in Vermont
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Steve Schneck has been playing the trumpet and flugelhorn for 40 years. Before attending college, he studied at the Juilliard, Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music and was a trumpet instuctor at Camp Encore/Coda in Maine. Steve was also a member and the Director of the Cornell University Jazz Ensemble and played with the New York University Jazz Ensemble while attending law school. After moving to Chicago, Steve immediately fell in love with the rich and inviting jazz scene, sitting in regularly with musicians including those with whom his Quartet (initially a Quintet) was formed. During the past few years, Steve created and has been the Director of the Hawthorne Scholastic Academy (elementary school) Jazz Band.

Since its inception in 1990, the Steve Schneck Quartet has been performing at numerous jazz clubs and other venues. In 1994, Lake Shore Jazz of Chicago released the Quartet's first CD, "Together Again." In his liner notes for "Together Again," jazz critic and author Neil Tesser wrote that the recording's "most obvious virtue is the undistracted pleasure [Schneck] takes in formulating his related and lyrically transparent solos.... Schneck's rich, round tone remains his calling card: big and pure but none-the-less malleable, and well suited for his carefully well-ordered solo constructions. "Recordame" presents a perfect example of Schneck's easy going logic, influenced by the clarity of Clifford Brown but perhaps more reminiscent of Chet Baker's ardent simplicity. But there's no percentage in focusing on any one solo here, since each one shows the same degree of uncluttered melodiicism."

"Dedicated To You" is the Steve Schneck Quartet's second CD, released in January 2012. Neil Tesser's liner notes for "Dedicated To You" state that Schneck has “continu[ed] to hone his musical mastery of the trumpet and its larger and mellower cousin, the flugelhorn. And now, he has indeed made another disc, long overdue for ... those who take pleasure in pure and lovely melody, and who treasure the deceptively simple art of carving lapidary gems from the raw materials supplied by the endlessly generous Great American Songbook.”

All of the other members of the Steve Schneck Quartet are highly accomplished musicians, recording and performing throughout Chicago and beyond. Among other things, Scott Mason (bass) and Neal Alger (guitar) are on the faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University; Dave Onderdonk (guitar) teaches at the Interlochen summer Jazz Studies Program and at the Elmhurst Music Academy; and Charlie Braugham (drums) and Rusty Jones (drums) are among the most widely sought after jazz drummers in Chicago.

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Haleh Alberg

Beautiful Dedication
A great collection. From soulful and romantic melodies to spunky rhythms, there are a lot of beautiful and fun surprises. Steve and his band have created such amazing music, you never want the tracks to end.
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James MacDonald

Memories of Italy
I first met Steve in an idyllic farmhouse in central Italy where he played us an impromptu after-dinner (muted) medley on an Umbrian terrace under the stars, while drinking limoncello - quite an achievement.
This collection is beautiful, evocative and melodious. I particularly liked the sense of intimacy in The Nearness of You (they could be playing for you at your table) and Moonlight in Vermont.
Great music, great memories.
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Cindy

Heart and Soul in a Trumpet
I didn't know such soulful melodies could come from a trumpet. This CD makes whatever you are doing - from household tasks to drinking Dom Perignon - feel meaningful and contemplative. I highly recommend it for setting up that special romantic mood. ;)
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Laurie Brown

Outstanding Jazz Moods
These eight "classics" should delight dedicated jazz fans and make enthusiasts of classical chamber music listeners as well. The sound quality and balance are exceptional, with all instrumentalists feeling the moods and working beautifully together. This album should be in every music-lover's collection.
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Stuart W. Stein

I look forward to hearing this quartet live in Chicago
Steve Schneck and the musicians in his quartet make music that is totally professional, highly creative and very beautiful. I can close my eyes and imagine that I am in a sophisticated lounge anywhere in the world listening to the renowned Steve Schneck quartet play for a discerning audience of jazz aficionados.
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