Guitarist and composer Bruce Arnold presents a tightly knit set of tracks based on twentieth century classical structures, that run from upbeat swing to lyrical ballads to rumba clave. In addition, the music is enriched by electronic sounds which create atmosphere and orchestral density. In on the fun and rounding out the trio are Ratzo B. Harris on acoustic bass and Tony Moreno on percussion and drums. Arnold writes, "The more I listened to the works of various masters, the more I felt that the elements they were working with could refresh and expand the possibilities of jazz."
Bruce Arnold has been creating vital and thought provoking work since the release of his first solo CD,"Blue Eleven", which Jazziz Magazine called "a frazzled blast of electro-bop." More kudos followed, with CMJ hailing Arnold as "a remarkable guitarist with a powerful intellectual approach." Bruce Arnold grew up playing rock and blues in his home town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He earned his music degree at The Berklee School in Boston, where he became one of the most highly sought after guitarists in the jazz scene there. After moving to New York City, he created The Bruce Arnold Trio and rekindled his interest in twelve-tone composition. He currently also works with Release The Hounds, a free improv trio with Chris Dahlgren (The Jazz Mandolin Project) and Jay Rosen, and Spooky Actions, an ensemble devoted to standing the work of Webern and Schoenberg on its head. In a more mainstream vein, he is a member of Harvie Swartz's remarkable Jazz-Latin band, Eye Contact, where his feel for Latin forms coupled with his avant-garde sensibilities helps the band to create a singular take on clave. Bruce is also currently performing with Roberta Piket's Alternating Currents with Roberta Piket on piano, Jeff Herchfield Drums and David Ambrosio Bass.
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