Marvin Stamm, trumpet & flugelhorn; Ed Soph, drums; Bill Mays, piano; Rufus Reid, bass;
Special guest, John Abercrombie, guitar. (tracks 3, 4, 7, 8)
A second outing for The Stamm/Soph Project, Live at Birdland, produced with co-partner
drummer Ed Soph, showcases Marvin Stamm’s working quartet. This CD features long-time
band-mates pianist Bill Mays and bassist Rufus Reid with special guest guitarist John
Abercrombie. Stamm says, “Working with these musicians always produces very special
moments. None of us takes these events for granted or looks upon them as just another gig.
Each of us really comes to play!” John Abercrombie, an extraordinarily sensitive and gifted
musician, joins the quartet on four of the eight tracks. Among the tracks are originals by
Stamm, Mays, and Reid as well as one each by saxophonist Ted Nash and pianist Lars Jansson.
Stamm says, “For me, performing with this group is a pinnacle of sorts because these are the
guys with whom I want to play; they are my choice!”