Primary Instrument: Band/ensemble/orchestra
TRP plays lively jazz, blues, funk & classical music. Mesmerising to watch, this unique quartet combines flute, cello, guitar & drums. Gorgeous compositions weave elements from around the world into up-tempo, high energy jazz and haunting sounds that flow from calypso to waltz feels. This very polished jazz quartet has evolved to become one of the most unique quartets in the world. Recently signed to In the Groove Records, TRP's new CD, This Just In, is available through Allegro Corporation.
The Reese Project (TRP), a compelling, mesmerizing quartet of masterful musicians, performs real jazz, including standards & their own originals. They have created a new jazz sound: East Coast Cool. They're appealing to see & hear (listen for Tom's trademark Yeah!) and have played to sold out venues & multiple standing ovations. The unique instrumentation of the group & their outside of the box approach has critics raving with their fresh approach to traditional jazz. A must see, The Reese Project will leave you wanting more & more East Coast Cool.
Tom Reese (flute), writes most of the band's material. In performance, his highly-charged, soaring flute lines carve new sounds out of traditional forms. Laurie Haines Reese (cello), adds a unique flavor to the band with the electric cello. Her shredding sound and acoustic bass lines compliment the creative edge in the original works as well as the standards. Bobby Brewer (guitar), sends the band stomping & growling into the aether. Aaron Walker (drums), captures the motion in the rhythms and drives the sound.
With a nod to past masters, the original jazz created within this group of musicians steps in a new direction, while staying squarely within the boundaries of real jazz. It's definitely music for fresh ears. Performing jazz standards, funk, blues & originals, The Reese Project includes something for everyone -- from Bach to the Beatles. They have played to packed houses throughout the US & Canada (even in a major snow storm!).
Their influences include Miles, Coltrane, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, Yo Yo Ma, Modeski Martin & Wood, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, David Grisman, Stephane Grapelli, Turtle Island & Kronos String Quartets, and classic rock bands.
This Just In, The Reese Project's 2008 CD on In the Groove records, is available internationally through Allegro Corporation (www.allegro-music.com). Produced by Grammy award winning Jack Kreisberg, this CD is their best yet. New compositions by Tom Reese, Bobby Brewer & Aaron Walker nestle between standards and the sounds of unusual instrumentation. Pre-Release Edition already sits at #1 on InnerVisions top 25 album picks for 2007, Dave Butler, Innervisions Syndicated Radio Show.
Band members have worked with Les Brown, Petula Clark, Stanley Clarke, Norm Crosby, Jay Daversa, Gloria Estefan, Larry Gatlin, Robert Gordon, Charlie Grace, John Guerin, Phil Harris, Roger Kelloway, Tom Larsen, Jerry Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Henry Mancini, Chuck Mangione, Shelly Manne, Valery Pomoronov, Jerry Reed, Jeanne C. Riley, Chita Rivera, Bobby Rydell, Ira Sullivan, BJ Thomas, Rufus Thomas, & others.
I caught three fabulous acts Sunday at the Lancaster Jazz Festival. The headliner, Kurt Elling, kept the listeners there, but for my tastes, the second act, The Reese Project, stole the show. This unique combination with a soloing cello playing bass lines, amazing soloist Tom Reese making the flute viable as a jazz instrument & soaring vocals by veteran vocalist Ron Smith proved that unique instrumentation equals great jazz (Logan McKinney, New Waves in Radio).
Eastern Standard Time
In the Groove
Tracks: Just Friends; Black Orpheus; Heads-Up & Gone; Blue Dali; Meditation; Out of Nowhere; Somethin's Brewin'; When Sunny Gets Blue; Eastern Standard Time; Moment in Blue; Alone Together; Altoid Junkie.
Personnel: Tom Reese: flute, alto flute, Lakota indian flute, pennywhistle. Laurie Haines Reese: cello. Bobby Brewer: guitar. Aaron Walker: drums. Johnny "Bravo" Acevedo: percussion.
This Just In
In the Groove
Tracks: On the Flipside; King Duncan's Groove; Stella by Streetlight; I'm an Old cow Hand; Almost Wednesday; Boorish Moors; Esta Solo En; Blue Man; Like...Monk-like; Risie Patate; St. Anne's Reel; Ijiki; Shaken, Not Stirred.
Personnel: Tom Reese: flute, alto flute, Lakota indian flute, pennywhistle. Laurie Haines Reese: cello. Bobby Brewer: guitar. Aaron Walker: drums. Kirk Reese: keyboard.
2002 & 2006
Tracks: Levi's Blues; Autumn Samba; Blue Tuesday; Fall Blues; Loose Goose Blues; Blue Etude; Duncan's Waltz; Blues for Mr. "B"; Cookin' with Emeril; Blue Dali.
Personnel: Tom Reese: flute. Kirk Reese: keyboards. Jake Thro: keyboards. Laurie Haines Reese: cello. Bobby Brewer: guitar. Johnny DeFrancesco: guitar. Paul Klinefelter: bass. Glenn Ferracone: drums. Aaron Walker: drums. Jesse Yawn: vocal. Jeff Stabley: percussion. Johannes Dietrich: violin & viola.
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Mount Joy, PA
We have several options for clinics. We will work with your students in a school setting for one hour, up to a week or more, on improvisation on all instruments. We work with several blues formats, modal playing, and introduce improvising over chord changes. All clinics are geared to the level of the students, from beginning to advanced.