On this highly personal album, composer/pianist Ezra Weiss explores the theme of happiness with a wide range of songs, styles, and instrumentation. He is joined by some of New York's top young musicians, plus greats Billy Hart and Antonio Hart. Personnel: Ezra Weiss, piano, rhodes Kevin Louis, trumpet Antonio Hart, alto saxophone Kelly Roberge, tenor saxophone Andy Hunter, trombone Andrae Murchison, trombone Heidi Krenn, voice Samantha Grabler, voice Elif Caglar, voice Corcoran Holt, bass Jason Brown, drums Billy Hart, drums All music arranged by Ezra Weiss Ezra Weiss was born in 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. He studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and Queens College. Previous recordings include Persephone and The Five A.M. Strut. Weiss has toured the U.S. and received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times. 'Weiss is representative of a postmodern generation of young composers for the small jazz ensemble (Ryan Cohan, John Hollenbeck, Anthony Wilson are others) that is interested in going beyond the head-solos-head format to more elaborately developed forms.' -Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes 'Don't be fooled. He's only playing a few notes, but boy they're the right ones.' -Neil Tesser and Mark Ruffin, Listen Here! Radio.
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