MP3 Ed Littman - Splatt
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13 MP3 Songs in this album (67:05) !
Related styles: AVANT GARDE: Free Improvisation, ROCK: Surf Rock
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Ed Littman was born in New York City and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, the youngest of three children. Both parents are professional artists and opened Ed up to a world of creativity at a young age. Early on, Ed had been exposed to classical music, and at the age of 12, Ed heard Elvis Presley and fell in love with the Rock and Roll beat. Soon after, his parents Wally & Rosemary bought him his first album, The Beatles, "Revolver" which started an infatuation with that group and led to exposure to such artists as Chicago, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix.
In junior high school, Ed started playing trumpet in the school orchestra. But it was when he picked up the guitar at age 16, that he knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. His first teacher, Van Morretti, taught him how to read music and understand Jazz Harmony and used chord melodies on standard tunes. Ed's love of Blues and Rock had him checking out the likes of the British guitar gods Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and Southern Rock heros such as the Allman Brothers and The Charlie Daniels Band. Soon he was jamming with local musicians who introduced him to Jazz Fusion and artists such as John McLaughlin, Bill Bruford and Alan Holdsworth.
After graduating high school in 1980, Ed went to New Jersey's Bergen Community College, where he immersed himself in music classes. He then continued to pursue music at Boston's Berklee College Of Music where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. While continuing to live and study in Boston, he exposed himself to all styles of Jazz and had begun to develop his unique style of playing and writing. Ed was very influenced by his Harmony classes with Associate Professor, Donny Nolan as well as other teachers like Al Difino and Jon Damien.
Upon graduating in 1986, Ed started and joined numerous Boston bands such as "Salsa Nova (Latin Jazz and Bossa Nova standards) and the Top 40 group "FM" which toured extensively throughout New England. In 1989, he worked with young people in presenting "Discovering The Blues", an American musical discovery series that took a 45-minute journey from the roots of the Blues to current-day sounds. This program was presented to over 4,000 children in the New England area.
Finding a desire to develop more as a Jazz improviser, Ed sought out to study with Bruce Bartlett, a local Boston guitar great. It gave him a stronger discipline and sense of improvisation that led him closer to his own style. And in 1990, Ed started to study with world-renowned Jazz improvisation teacher Charlie Banacos. He studied ear training techniques, bitonal pendulums, rhythm sprays, odd-time signatures, composition and the transcribing of solos by John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett to name a few.
The Ed Littman Group played live on Boston's WBRS-FM 100.1, and a local release of "Funkadilly" was in regular rotation in Boston's WERS Radio, 88.9 FM. Ed has also written and produced jingles for local New England restaurants and businesses including Copycop, CitySide Restaurants and the Joy Of Movement Dance Studios.
In 1991, Ed released the "Sounds Of Colors". This project was an inspired combination of New Age relaxation and meditation music. The same year, tunes such as "Fire, "Champagne", and "Slight Return" were used in part with other unreleased compositions in a sound track for the movie "The Space Between", produced by After Wednesday Productions, Inc.
Ed has written music for a film by Oliveri Films, Inc., "The Irreversible Year" which premiered at the Angelika 57 Theater in New York City. Some educational products he published and released include "The Blues and Country Jam-A-Long Course" as well as the "Advanced Jam-A-Long Course".
Since moving to New York City in 1994, Ed has performed and recorded with some top improvisers such as bassist Dwayne Burno, drummers Ian Froman and Tommy Campbell as well as French jazz vocalist, Elene Dee. He has played hundred of of Jazz, Funk, Blues and Country gigs as a side man in the local New York City scene.
Ed is currently working with notable vocalist Dori Levine, a jazz stylist whose approach to singing standards and free jazz is unique and breathtaking. Her CD, "Kookoo"", was released on New Artist Records in 1999. Ed is also in the guitar chair for Brilliant Coroners, a six piece group led by trumpeter John McDonough, that plays unique and original arrangements of the great Thelonius Monk. Brilliant Coroners is featured at the 1999 Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival and has had a long stint on Friday nights at the Knitting Factory in New York City.
Recently, Ed has started up "Yeahman Records". A label that debuted Littman's first CD, "My Window", featuring Mark Egan on bass and Danny Gottlieb on drums. Critics have said, "Very impressive" " Great stuff" "Great interaction... Littman has nothing but his own style".
Ed's most current original project is Splatt. Splatt is a unique combination of talented improvisers that have truly found a spiritual telepathy. The band presents compositions of both Littman and bassist Danny Zanker with collaboration from John Bollinger on drums. The flow and build of improvisation along with well though-out and soulful compositions leads the music to be eclectic and exciting. It's a mind and toe tapping experience that audiences are raving about!
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