Steve Rochinski is a Professor in the Harmony Department at Berklee College of Music. An accomplished guitarist, recording artist, and internationally known performer and clinician, Steve has received numerous grants and awards including a 1993 Jazz Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for private study with Tal Farlow.
Before coming to Berklee, Steve toured for many years, and in his travels has worked with the Candoli Brothers, Tal Farlow, Attila Zoller, Jimmy Raney, Tim Hagans, Pat Harbison, Gary Foster, Hank Marr, Brad Goode, Scott Lee, Joe Hunt, Chuck Redd, Richard Evans, and Tony Tillman. In 1995, Steve released his critically acclaimed debut CD Until Further Notice (LineOut Music/North Country Dist.). He currently records for Jardis Records, Germany's leading jazz guitar label. His releases include A Bird in the Hand (JRCD9922) and Otherwise (JRCD20033) (www.jardis.de).
He is the author of the award-winning The Jazz Style of Tal Farlow: The Elements of Bebop Guitar and The Motivic Basis for Jazz Guitar Improvisation (Hal Leonard Corp.). In November 2001, Steve's life and career was featured in the 7th anniversary issue of the internationally renowned magazine for jazz guitar fans, Just Jazz Guitar (No. 29, November 2001). Steve will be profiled in the next edition of the book The Jazz Guitar: Its Evolution, Players, and Personalities Since 1900 by Maurice Summerfield (Ashley Mark Publishing) and the 2005 Edition of Who's Who in America (Marquis Publishing).
AMG Review by Alex Henderson:
Although not well known nationally, Steve Rochinski is someone who has commanded respect on the Boston jazz scene. Forming a quartet with pianist Tony Germain, bassist Barry Smith, and drummer John Ramsay, Rochinski emphasizes his own compositions on Until Further Notice..., his first album as a leader. Because Rochinski studied guitar with Tal Farlow, some jazz enthusiasts might expect his playing to be more Farlow-ish. But Rochinski isn't as accessible or as lyrical a guitarist as Farlow. He's much more angular, and complex originals like "A Simple Derivative" and "Spleetus and the Yope-Yope Man" reflect his admiration for Thelonious Monk as well as the underrated piano master Herbie Nichols. Because Rochinski's playing and writing are as angular and intellectual as they are, listeners may not be able to fully absorb Until Further Notice... on the first listen. But those with a taste for the cerebral will find that this decent CD has a way of growing on them.
Back cover liner notes:
Let us establish one fact - Jazz is an attitude, period. I have often argued that of all of the avenues available for musicians to study and develop their craft, the attitude is the one element that cannot be taught. It is the voice of the artist; that intangible quality that surrounds the heart of the music. Steve Rochinski supports this argument masterfully in his compositions and performance.
I had the good fortune to meet Steve during the fall of 1986. I was very impressed with his originality. From the compositions, to the playing, to even the titles of the songs, everything stood out and quietly demanded attention. When Steve asked me to help him produce the material contained in this recording, it was a chance to help him create a recording environment where his only concern was to play the music. It was also an opportunity for me to expose my ears to some of the most original music I have heard in quite some time. The past, the present, and future state of the art is in good hands. This is where the music stands - until further notice ...
Richard Evans, Boston, October 1994