What People Say About 'FAR HORIZONS' ' ... command of his instrument and self-assurance are evident ... along with an appreciation for melody and an ability to swing. Far Horizons is an exciting debut for a gifted pianist and his accomplished young trio.' --Ken Borgers KKJZ Radio Long Beach, CA 'Pianist Hagen explores a menu of standards and originals with lyrical elegance on Resurgent Music's Far Horizons. Gary Foster's alto sax is heard to perfection on several selections.' --'Our Town' George Fendel Portland, OR 'Far Horizons features a perfect mixture of standards, jazz classics, and originals. Gary Foster is one of the undersung masters of the alto saxophone and he adds immeasurably to this date.' --Peter Coppach WDCB Radio Chicago Ill. 'Gerard Hagen Trio - Far Horizons some of my favorite tunes here - played beautifully, and when you add in Gary Foster, it's all very, very nice.' --Jack Simpson 'Jazz on the Beach' WFIT Radio Florida 'Gerard Hagen has got a very solid thing going, and having Gary Foster along never hurt anyone.' --Lenny Mazel KCME Radio Colorado Springs Gerard Hagen Far Horizons 'Wow, where do these guys come from whom I have never heard of before? This CD is a keeper! Hagen is truly talented and gifted so that one wishes to hear (no, make that listen) multiple times. The trio all have big ears for one another and it plays out just like that. With Gary Foster on alto, as a special guest shot, the validity on this session is increased even more so. I SHOULD CARE and I HEAR A RHAPSODY most aired on my shows.' --Bruce Tater KETR Radio Texas 'While Gerard Hagen is a well known giant on the west coast, it was a pleasure to introduce him to my audience on Swingin' With Friends at WORD. He has been well received with requests for repeat plays on such tunes as IN WALKED BUD and I HEAR A RHAPSODY. Gar r Foster is outstanding on YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC. A trio that can swing, like this is always a good bet for a great musical evening, keep up the good work. It's groups like this that keep jazz alive.' --Larry Routt WOBO Radio Cincinnati 'I was previously exposed to this CD by friend Gary Foster and am delighted with the entire production. Anybody Gary endorses turns out to be the very best. This is a beautiful production. --Larry Atkins KTXK Radio Texas 'Gerard Hagen Trio swings great and [has a] great feeling for ballads. Can't go wrong with the great Gary Poster.' --Ginney Coleman KCUR Radio Kansas City 'An excellent modern mainstream pianist, Gerard Hagen makes his debut as a leader on this trio/quartet set. Bassist Domenic Genova and drummer Jerry Kalaf give Hagen stimulating support, and altoist Gary Foster is in top form during his guest appearances, sounding a lot like Lee Konitz. Hagen, who is influenced by Bill Evans and Tommy Flanagan but mostly sounds like himself, performs seven standards that he reinvents with subtlety, one song by Halaf and two of his own originals. The thoughtful music swings, and although Hagen has impressive technique, he uses it to serve the music rather than the other way around. Overall this is an excellent outing.' -~Scott Yanow, All Music Guide Pianist Gerard Hagen along with bassist Domenic Genova, and drummer Jerry Kalaf, have been playing since 1997 as The Gerard Hagen Trio. Critics and jazz fans alike credit him and his trio for their elegant lyricism, their polished sound, and their ability to connect with each other and with the audience. They are a trio of, says LA Jazz Scene magazine, 'consummate musicians,' who have just released their second CD in their four years of performing and recording together. The Gerard Hagen Trio's first CD, FAR HORIZONS, came out in 1997 and critics heralded it as 'an exciting debut for a gifted pianist and his accomplished young trio' (Ken Borgers of KJZZ in Long Beach).
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