This new release by The Martin Eagle Trio features original compositions of extraordinary variety, but all characterized by Martin’s unique harmonic sense and melodic lyricism.
After growing up in New York, living in Los Angeles, and a lengthy digression to become a clinical Psychologist, Martin Eagle moved to the NC Triangle in 1985. While Martin began playing piano as soon as he could reach the keys - around age two - he is almost completely self-taught. "I was the kind of piano student who would not practice, show up a half hour late for a lesson and leave my music at home. It didn't take too much of that for the teachers to throw me out."
Despite this lack of formal training he has played with major artists like Don Ellis and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, shared a rhythm section with Ornette Coleman, and has garnered praise from musicians as diverse as Claus Ogermann, Marian McPartland and Steve Swallow. Martin has performed at such legendary venues as the original Birdland, The Lighthouse and Carnegie Recital Hall. His compositions have been recorded by artists in many genres and his recordings have received national air play and rave reviews.
Peter Innocenti is a graduate of the famed jazz program at William Paterson college of New Jersey and has studied bass privately with Ron Naspo and Rufus Reid. A staple of the New York City music scene for over 25 years he has worked with Eddie Allen; Sarah Jane Cion; Bobbby Watson; and many other New York musicians. In 2005 Peter moved to North Carolina where he has been performing with many of the areas best musicians. Peter and Martin met, as so often happens, when Martin sat in on one of Peter=s gigs at a local club. It was an instant meeting of the minds and Peter has now been a member of the Martin Eagle Trio for almost two years.
Joe Izzo started out on piano at the age of six and switched to drums at 12. He studied percussion at Western Connecticut State University meanwhile playing in numerous rock and jazz bands in and around New York City. Since relocating to the Triangle in 1996, Joe has drummed for virtually every major jazz artist in the area. He has a degree in jazz studies from North Carolina Central University. Joe and Martin have known each other for several years and played together in a variety of contexts.