Born: 1963 Primary Instrument: Vibraphone
Vibraphonist and composer Steve Shapiro has recorded with such diverse artists as Steely Dan, Ornette Coleman, Phil Collins, Spyro Gyra, Regina Belle and They Might Be Giants. Shapiro is also an accomplished producer and arranger whose work has appeared in hundreds of television and film projects.
In addition to having performed with the likes of Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, and Marc Johnson, Shapiro has also notably collaborated with Nashville guitarist Pat Bergeson (Bill Evans, Chet Atkins, Bill Frisell, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss), with whom he has released three CDs, including BACKWARD COMPATIBLE (Apria Records) in 2009....
-- “Bergeson and vibist Steve Shapiro lead their low-key band through Latinized classics and lush, leisurely originals with lucid grace.... When they back Sellick on shorter alternating tracks, they ease into overdrive for her insinu- ating smears and hints of Diana Krall and savvy Carmen McRae snap.” -Downbeat
-- From the moment you hear Annie Sellick sing the opening lines from Joni Mitchells song Free Man In Paris, you feel like she is speaking directly to you. As the song progresses, it becomes impossible to escape Sellicks powers of seduction, and vibraphonist Steve Shapiro and guitarist/harmonica player Pat Bergeson are perfect accomplices during the takeover. Their blend of jazz, country-folk, and a wee bit of swing makes their latest release Backward Compatible an album that you will want to pass onto your children. (jazzreview.com)
--“Warm and tasteful...fi lled with the kind of retro-cool in-the-pocket grooves that will have listeners poised for more of Shapiro’s triple- threat musicality... This CD is definitely saying something.” -All Music Guide
--FIVE STARS ***** (FonoForum, Germany)
--“Puts you right in th’ mood... It’s not just the great recording/production on the album that will make it a (real) KEEPER, it’s also the fact that all the players understand how important it is to have “the groove” together!... A really GREAT jazz album that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from us.” - Improvijazzation Nation
Xylophobia - Curious/Sons of Sound w/Pat Bergeson, Marc Johnson, Danny Gottlieb, Kevin Hays, Tim Ries, Mike Davis, Jim Hynes, (2002)
Low Standards - Sons of Sound, with Pat Bergeson, Doug Weiss, Scott Kreitzer, Jeff Williams, Annie Sellick, (2005)
Backward Compatible - with Pat Bergeson, Annie Sellick, Marc Johnson, various artists (2008)
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