Organic Earfood

Stefan Bauer – vibes, Bernie Senensky - organ, Greg Pilo – drums

Bernie Senensky is a Canadian pianist and organist legend. His main influences are Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. He has played and/or recorded with Chet Baker, George Coleman, Peter Appleyard, Art Farmer& the Jazz Messengers, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Bob Moses, Art Blakey, Maynard Ferguson's Big Band, Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, Joe Williams,Phil Woods, Dizzy Gillespie, Terry Gibbs, Sonny Stitt, Red Rodney, Herb Ellis, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Watson, Buddy DeFranco, Ed Bickert, Dave Liebman, Cecil McBee, Pat LaBarbera, Don Alias, Eddie Henderson, Chris Potterand many others. Drummer Elvin Jones said about Senensky: "One of the best pianists I've played with in my career." Bill Evans said, "I could just sit there and listen to him all day."

Stefan Bauer
For decades now Bauer could be heard in venues between Abidjan – Zürich. He is part of Germany’s jazz scene as well as NY’s where he has been living for the past 18 years. Recent activities of note were a (second) tour of several African countries, live concerts and broadcast productions with the WDR Big Band (under Vince Mendoza and Ansgar Striepens), a concert tour that paired him up with marimba players in a number of Central American countries, concerts around NY and recent concert tours of Ontario and of Germany in support of his new CD VOYAGE WEST with his international ensemble of he same name (with Tammy Scheffer – voice, Chris Bacas – sax, Bauer, Jim Vivian – bass, Yonga Sun – drums). "Bauer is a player of no uncertain gifts, strong in the technique and introspective feeling, whose instincts suggest a Euro-Canadian jazz connection. Hot, thoughtful sounds from the North." Josef Woodard, Jazziz

This trio is rounded off by the experienced and inspired drummer Greg Pilo who has been a mainstay of Toronto’s club and recording scene for more than three decades. He played with the George McFetridge Trio during the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert Series, as a member of saxophonist Pat LaBarbera’s Quartet (George McFetridge on piano, Steve Wallace on bass), in various projects with bassist and producer George Koller, not least on his own CD „About Time“, on legendary guitarist Tiziji Muñoz’s recording “SPACE OF FIRE”, to name just a few of his numerous co-operations. He also has been the weekly host and drummer of the vastly successful “Tuesday Jazz” series at the ‘Salty Dog’ and could be heard with the best musicians of Toronto’s jazz scene, among other with Kirk MacDonald, Allison Young, Kevin Turcotte, Reg Schwager, Colleen Allen, Mike Murley, Neil Swainson, Jim Vivian, Lorne Lofsky, Perry White, Rob Piltch, Ted Quinlan and many others.

A comment regarding the upcoming CD ORGANIC EARFOOD by well-known New York organist Brian Charette:
"Bernie Senensky's new album, "Organic Earfood", is a beautifully recorded organ session without the crash and bash of most recordings in the genre. The album has a thoughtful, spooky vibe with clever arrangements of standard and original tunes. 'My Favorite Things' has great harmonic substitutions and a subtle 5/4 treatment. Senensky has great tones with twisty Middle Eastern inflections and counterpoint that gives his solos an other worldly feel. Cole Porters, 'It's Alright with Me' starts with an optimistic intro that surprises the listener with a slick change of key before the statement of the melody. The bridge has an interesting pedal point which has great contrast with the swinging A section. Vibist, Stefan Baur's playing is lyrical in a way that perfectly highlights the passing harmony. The album also has hard swinging original tunes. This is a very thought provoking modern jazz Trio with great solos and a very cohesive group concept.“

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