The Mark Kramer Jazz Duo
Mark Kramer - piano
Eddie Gomez - bass
Even to untrained ears, it is obvious while listening to the set of duets on TROUBLED TIMES that Mark Kramer and Eddie Gomez have played together a countless number of times through the years. Their intuitive musical communication, which resuLts in consistently exciting interplay, is never short of brilliant, and often close to miraculous. Scott Yanow
Mark Kramer was born and raised in Philadelphia and has been a musician since the age of five, starting on classical violin before becoming a jazz pianist. He played with such local contemporaries as Michael and Randy Brecker and Stanley Clarke, has regularly led his own trios, and developed his own approach to jazz improvisation. Along the way he has quite a few major accomplishments including being the only pianist to record an entire classical symphony (note-for-note) with his trio, recording the complete scores for eight Broadway shows (a record for a jazz group), and turning the music of the Rolling Stones into jazz (on the CD Stonejazz). As an arranger, composer producer and engineer, he has made an important if often-unheralded contribution to music, but it is as a pianist that he is most significant.
Eddie Gómez was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in New York, and was a bassist from the age of 11. After graduating from Julliard in 1963, he became greatly in-demand, a situation that remains unchanged. Gómez is most famous for being a member of the Bill Evans Trio during 1966-77 but he has also performed with virtually every top jazz and studio musician through the years, from Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and Chick Corea.