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MP3 Steve Herberman - Action:Reaction

Inventive and swinging modern jazz featuring tight-knit arrangements of original compositions by guitarist Steve Herberman. The interplay between the trio of bassist Drew Gress, drummer Mark Ferber and guitarist Steve Herberman is engaging and evocative.

9 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Acid Jazz, JAZZ: Bebop

This Steve Herberman CD (Action: Reaction) is everything its title suggests and is truly something out of the ordinary. His compositions put a smile on your face and they feel “at home” right from the first listening. Each one has a mind of its own; all of this a major achievement for an album of original music.

Steve’s improvising is uniquely fresh with melodic ideas that twist and turn and perk your interest with occasional elements of humor as well. There is a constant groove in his solo lines. He shows prowess harmonically and linearly with an abundance of chops and with an exceptional clarity to it all. His fellow players Drew Gress and Mark Ferber are also brilliant soloists and display the same kind of ingenuity, creativity, freshness and response at all times. The trio maintains a general “cooking” quality throughout the entire recording.

-Jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini

"His talent has such an energetic flare, with his own voice, that he cannot help become a major force in jazz," writes Jude Hibler of 20th Century Guitar magazine.

Jazz guitarist Jimmy Bruno states "Steve Herberman is one of the freshest new jazz voices on the scene today."

Steve is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music where he studied with Gary Burton, John LaPorta, and Bill Leavitt. He adopted the seven-string guitar in 1993. Steve Herberman has performed at Birdland in NYC, Spazio in Los Angeles, the NAMM shows in Anaheim and Nashville, Blues Alley, The Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, the Kennedy Center and the East Coast Jazz Festival all in and around DC. He has performed with bassists Buster Williams, Keter Betts, Drew Gress, Steve LaSpina, Luther Hughes, Victor Dvoskin and Steve Novosel. Saxophonists Buck Hill and Gary Bartz. Trumpeters Terell Stafford and Tom Williams. Pianists Larry Willis and Timothy Murphy. Drummers Mark Ferber, Jeff Hirshfield, Steve Williams, Mike Smith and Chuck Redd. Steve has appeared many times with guitarist John Pisano, and has worked with guitarists Ben Monder, Howard Alden, and John Stowell.
Steve Herberman has taught at Towson University near Baltimore since 1999 as an adjunct faculty member. At Towson he directs several jazz ensembles, teaches private guitar lessons and performs in the faculty jazz ensemble featuring original compositions of new music. Steve has taken his workshops to various schools; most recently Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has written instructional material for Downbeat magazine and equipment reviews for Jazz Times as well as an ongoing monthly column for Modern https://www.tradebit.com. He is on the faculty of the Levine School of Music in MD/DC. Steve performed at the First World Guitar Congress in Baltimore and moderated symposiums with panelists and guitar greats Jim Hall, John Scofield, Ralph Towner, Jimmy Bruno, Howard Alden, Eric Johnson and Martin Taylor.
In 2001 Steve released his first CD as a leader titled Thought Lines featuring a jazz quartet playing a program divided between Herberman originals and jazz standards. Jazz guitarist Jim Hall calls it "a terrific CD." The All Music Guide gives Thought Lines a four star rating. It has received numerous national airplay on "Jazz After Hours" hosted by Jim Wilke and NPR''s Morning Edition.

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