Erik Telford grew up in Steinbeck country in a sleepy town called Pacific Grove, located on the central coast of California. As a teenager he was closely associated with the Monterey Jazz Festival and as a senior in high school, he became the first recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship given by the Monterey Jazz Festival to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee, Erik studied jazz composition and trumpet with Greg Hopkins, classical composition with Dennis Leclaire and Vuk Kulenovic and orchestral conducting with George Monseur and David Callahan. He graduated from Berklee in 2001 with a degree in film scoring. Erik has performed as a leader or sideman on four continents with artists such as Bill Berry, George Bohannan, Maria Schneider, Joshua Redman, James Williams, Elias Haslanger, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, and Louie Bellson. He has been an artist at the Monterey, Montreux, North Sea, Melbourne, and Yokohama Honmoku jazz festivals. Kinetic is Erik Telford’s debut solo album and contains all original material that was written over a 10-year period. Kinetic is influenced mainly by the jazz and fusion music of the late 60s and early to mid 70s. It also employs more modern recording techniques such as the liberal use of effects on acoustic instruments. It was recorded “live” in the studio in 2008. Erik now resides in Austin, Texas, where he is an active member of the music scene
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Kinetic represents everything that is right with
contemporary jazz... Telford announces himself as a
vehemently original voice. --Steve Greenlee, The Boston
Rather than attempt to re-create Davis’ “Aghartha,”...Telford
brings his own twist to
the tale on “Kinetic,” by blending straight-up
funk workouts with sparse, lyrical ballads
and tunes that blend well-arranged horn
charts with a loose, swanky “jam-band” feel. --Jeff Miers, The
Wow! I'm truly blown away by this CD.
Wonderful tunes and slamming horn charts.
And the playing! Erik's such a beautiful trumpeter/soloist