Drew Gress

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05/07/14    Artist's Choice

Artist’s Choice: Drew Gress on Underrated Bassist/Drummer Tandems

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About Drew Gress

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 Drew’s original compositions for quintet. Earlier releases include the critically-acclaimed 7 Black Butterflies (2005), Spin & Drift (2001), and Heyday (1997). Future projects include a solo bass recording and an electronics project…soon 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, Steve Lehman, 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. He currently resides in New York.

Drew Gress joined the JazzTimes community on May 05, 2009