There is a distinguished lineage of post-bop pianists who collaborated with the legendary Miles Davis: Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Joe Zawinul. Add to that list of superb artists Robert Irving III, who served as Miles’ last pianist/keyboardist and who proved to be his longest collaborator and musical director. After nearly twenty years since his last outing as a leader, Irving returns with his remarkable new recording, New Momentum, a largely acoustic piano trio CD that is the premiere album for the new label Sonic Portraits. Irving the composer of Davis' Grammy nominated comeback classic, "The Man With The Horn", went on to produce Davis' last two Columbia Records projects, "Decoy", which won the Downbeat Magazine readers poll as "Album of the Year" and "You're Under Arrest" which included the Grammy classic, "Human Nature" and "After Time".
In 1989 Irving released Midnight Dream, as his recording artist debut for the Verve Forecast label. The following year he produced Terri Lyne Carrington's "Real Life Story" to garner yet another Grammy nomination as a producer. With the March 2007 release of New Momentum on the Sonic Portraits Entertainment label, Irving returns to the scene as a recording artist as he reunites with Carrington as Co-Producer of the new CD which features bassist, Buster Williams a fellow Miles Davis alum.
Irving came to the Miles Davis collaboration as a musical storyteller… evolving over the decades into an accomplished acoustic jazz pianist thru application and interpretation of conceptual lessons learned from Miles … eventually incorporating it all into an evolved acoustic piano technique which is on display on New Momentum.