AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Christopher Dean Sullivan
pianist/vocalist Mala Waldron
vibraphonist Jay Hoggard
drummer Bobby Sanabria
“Christopher Dean Sullivan makes a strong case for his essential presence in the ensemble with, yes,
some ostinatos but also with an openly free interactive melodic sense that goes perfectly well with the wide-ranging ideas expressed by his bandmates.”
~ Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music Review
Bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan
Recipient of various New York State Congress, Senate Proclamation,
Assembly and Municipality Arts awards, as well as the recipient of the New York State Council of the Arts Champion for the Arts Award.
He has shared the stage in performance, and/or recorded, with Archie Schepp, Sheila Jordan, Yusef Lateef, Odean Pope,
Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Jordan, just to name a few.
....”Sophisticated Lady receives a swinging treatment, calling forth a sweet bass solo from Sullivan”
~ Philip van Vleck, BILLBOARD critics’ choice
Chris has been working and touring his own ensemble projects over the past few years.
In this project he brings with him some of his music friends and colleagues:
“Her voice and delivery have an earnestness and sincerity,
while her touch on piano is confident ... Impressive.” - George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly,
“Jay Hoggard has long ranked with the greatest vibraphone innovators.
Jay’s music is positive, spiritual, uplifting, and happy.
He masterfully draws on traditional and contemporary musical vocabulary to develop new directions for the vibraphone.” – ALL About Jazz
multi-Grammy nominee drummer Bobby Sanabria:
“Bobby Sanabria is equally adept at the swinging big band sounds of drummers Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson
along with another boyhood hero, fusion pioneer Billy Cobham and timbale titan Tito Puente.” – Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
“An extra twist is that this new music is largely acoustic rather than electro-acoustic and the richness of the textures,
especially Sullivan’s swooning double bass, is such that the music doesn’t feel at all flimsy.”
~ Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise (UK)
The Passion of the Performance is The Joy that Lies Within the Inner Sight of that Which Initiates the Feeling of the Surrounding Vibration,
Derived From the Silence of Those that Listen…ya digg