Marty Ehrlich, woodwinds/saxopgones
James Weidman, piano
Jerome Harris, bass
Ben Perowsky, drums
What philosophy is that, when melody and rhythm combust, now layered, buoyant there, this against that against this. The philosophy of a groove, from within and without. Marty Ehrlich presents compositions old and new with this dynamic quartet of long time collaborators.
"While best known as a forward-looking artist through associations with top-tier players of the ‘70s avant garde, reed player Marty Ehrlich is a musician well schooled in the entire jazz tradition, as he proved in a rare one-nighter at Smalls (Jan. 13th) fronting his The Philosophy Of The Groove. The versatile quartet of pianist James Weidman, five-string electric bassist Jerome Harris and drummer Ben Perowsky opened their set with Ehrlich’s “Hymn”, a spiritual outing with Capetown cadences featuring the bandleader’s dark-toned alto saxophone. Switching to flute for “Cantarnos” by his former employer, pianist Andrew Hill, Ehrlich soared over the loping Latin-tinged rhythm, utilizing the full range of his instrument, alternating upper and lower register lines accented with dissonant trills." - NYC Jazz Record
As a multi-instrumentalist, passionate about improvisation and interpretation, he has performed with a who’s who of contemporary composers including Muhal Richard Abrams, Ray Anderson, Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Chico Hamilton, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Myra Melford, James Newton and John Zorn. He appears on over 100 recordings with these and other composers.
Ehrlich has performed with the Chicago Symphony, The BBC Symphony, the New York City Opera, Lincoln Center Chamber Society, and other classical ensembles. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Residency at Harvard University, composition grants from Chamber Music America and NYFA,
Clarinetist of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association.