The Gordon Neal Herman Trio

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The Gordon Neal Herman Trio was formed in 2001 as an outgrowth of the jazz quintet Miles Ahead with bassist Jim Ormand and drummer Rick Maier. In 2004, Jerrold Fentress replaced Jim. The trio performed for the Portland Park Bureau (2008) and plays regularly at the Beaverton Farmers Market and Big River Restaurant in Corvallis. Along the way, we have played at a variety of places including a foot spa store that featured live music along with beverages and foot spa soaks.

Here are several excerpts of some music we have been recording in Rick's Aloha Court Studio. Airegin is the classic Sonny Rollins composition that Jerrold brought to the trio. Herbie Hancock's Dolphin Dance is a piece that I have played for years. The first version of Miles Davis Nardis that I heard was done by the Tony Rice Unit, a new grass band of the early 80s.

Blue Rondo a la Turk is one of Dave Brubeck's signature tunes. Charles Lloyd's Forest Flower comes from the mid sixties and is a piece I fell in love with in the early 70s. This arrangement of the french romantic composer Garbielle Faure's composition Pavane is loosely based on the version that Claus Ogermann did for Bill Evans in 1965.

North of Memphis, composed by Jay Stapleton the 2nd guitarist with Miles Ahead, has become a mainstay of the trio's repertoire. Sidewalk Cafe Rendezvous was incidental music I wrote for a play and Rebbecca's Song was written for a friend's birthday.

The Gordon Neal Herman Trio
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