Trombonist Conrad Herwig, known for "Latinizing" the classic compositions of jazz greats John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, among others, presents “The Tip of the Sword,“ a vital new release featuring Richie Beirach and Jack DeJohnette.
It is a couragous recording - freely interactive, oftentimes fierce - that focuses on daring improvisation within a trio context. It showcases 7 originals and it couples Herwig with one of jazz's legendary figures (pianist Beirach graced the leader's first recording in 1987), and a pioneering NEA Jazz Master (drummer
DeJohnette, who continues to push the boundaries of jazz and world music expression).
Herwig has long been regarded as an advanced writer, arranger and educator. He is a 3-time Grammy-nominee (on Latin adaptations of Coltrane, Davis and Shorter), and his discography boasts 20 titles as a leader. On "The Tip of the Sword" he breaks free of idiomatic constraints, revisiting an improvisatory approach. It is a progressive document, capturing a trio without safety nets, showcasing an uncommonly
adventurous and free-wheeling spirit.
For further information on Conrad Herwig and "The Tip of the Sword", please visit http://conradherwig.com
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