Sample Performances

The following tracks are from a live performance March 30, 2014 at the Aqus Cafe:

It Might As Well Be Spring - This lyrical piano / bass interpretation may well be the favorite tune that we play. Originally inspired by a Kenny Drew duo performance, we have made the arrangement very much our own. Bread & Roses selected an earlier version as the soundtrack to their promotional slideshow, featuring Peter Merts' photographs of Bread & Roses performances through the years.

Ripple - A spirited version of the classic Grateful Dead tune. Steve plays tenor, as he actually did back in the day with the Dead, though the tune never sounded quite like this when they played it.

Love for Sale - A latin / swing take on the Cole Porter standard, this crowd-pleaser is typically the closing number for our live shows.

Bunko - An up-beat tune by Lennie Niehaus, this performance inspired a pair of listeners to get up and dance in the middle of the tiny Aqus Cafe.

Blue Moon - Another piano / bass track, the Rogers & Hart classic typically opens our live shows. The arrangement was inspired by Kenny Barron's great performance on his Live at Bradley's CD.

Na Gloria - An obscure gem, this a choro, an early form of Brazilian music that was a precursor to the better known bossa novas and sambas.

Sample tracks from our CD, Happy to Be Here:

Full Circle Waltz - Steve plays flute on this melodic jazz waltz. An original by Dick Bay, the tune very nearly completes a full circle of fifths, hence the title.

Basso Novo - Steve plays soprano sax on his own original tune with a distinctively and infectiously Brazilian beat.

Happy to Be Here - Schuster, Draper & Bay CD cover