Stryker- Slagle Band
Guitarist Dave Stryker and Saxophonist Steve Slagle have been developing a group sound for over 20 years. They were recently voted “Rising Star Acoustic Group” in the 2004 Downbeat Critics Poll. Recent gigs have included a packed week at the Jazz Bakery in LA (where the LA Times called them “first-rate jazz talents”), an SRO show at the 2002 Monterey Jazz Festival, and a tour of Japan. The group’s most recent recording “Live At The Jazz Standard” (ZOHO), has received great reviews in Downbeat (4 stars) and JazzTimes.
Dave and Steve consider this band their main focus after years as sidemen with many of the greats. Dave spent over 13 years with Stanley Turrentine, and also worked with Jack McDuff and Kevin Mahogany. He has 19 CD’s out as a leader, (many featuring Slagle), and has been a sideman on over 40 others. Stryker was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in both the Critics and Readers Poll of Downbeat Magazine in 2001 and 2004, and Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls Dave “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”
Saxophonist Steve Slagle also has released 10 CD’s as a leader, and performed as a sideman on countless others. He has played with Charlie Haden, Milton Nascimento, Ray Barretto, and Carla Bley to name a few. Steve was musical director of the Mingus Big Band for many years, and currently plays with Joe Lovano's Nonet. Jazz Times says “Slagle ranks in the upper echelon of alto sax players on the scene today.”
"Live at the Jazz Standard is a field report from one of today’s most inspired two-man teams." David Adler - JazzTimes
"The co-leaders, having played together for nearly two decades, have achieved an empathy that results in several passages of remarkable collective improvisation."
Will Smith - Downbeat
“The quartet’s precise interplay, honed over a period of ten years and four recordings is as cohesive as it is adventurous.” Mike Joyce = Washington Post
“Get ready for a tag team of jazz heavyweights, a pair of soulmates who bring some of the hippest sounds the Big Apple has to offer.” Tom Surowicz - Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Both these understated New Yorkers are obviously interested in the meat of the music rather than distracting ornament….Slagle’s incisive alto and soprano tone is perfectly matched by Stryker’s lean guitar.”
John Corbett = Chicago Reader