Dan Tepfer, piano; Jeremy Stratton, bass; George Schuller, drums
Recorded at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ (Feb & Aug 2008)
All compositions by George Schuller except where noted.
Life’s Little Dramas (FSNT 368) is the new trio release from Brooklyn drummer, composer, arranger George Schuller, leader of Circle Wide, and a long time veteran of the New York Jazz Scene. Featuring the young and “brilliant” pianist Dan Tepfer and the imaginative and venerable bassist Jeremy Stratton, Schuller set out to document several of his own compositions and arrangements, along with a couple of standards resulting in a rich display of restless creativity and thoughtful re-examinations.
“The excuse was that I had written and arranged a few tunes back in the day…nothing too profound, but good enough for a call back. Dusted them off, realigned the dots, tweaked some voicings, and found a couple of like-minded musicians with huge ears and a keen sense of invention. That’s all that one could ask for…an immense amount of gratitude to Dan & Jeremy.” George Schuller
Recent Quotes from Reviews of Life’s Little Dramas
"Life's Little Dramas is music that invites the listener in and does not let go until the final note. The interplay, the melodies, the dynamic rhythm section and the excellent work of Dan Tepfer will bring you back again and again.” - Richard Kamins / Step Tempest Blog
“Life's Little Dramas is compelling, diverse, and filled with energy on multiple levels. It's not drummers record. It's a composer's record. And this composer has delivered a superb document of post bop skill and brought out the best in his trio. I'm hoping these guys get a chance to record again because Life's Little Dramas is a real treat from start to finish.” - Stephan Moore / Jazz Wrap
“Filled with understated musical wit, [Life’s Little Dramas] is one of the most satisfying trio albums in recent memory” - Hot House Magazine
"Never a bender to trends or rigid ideology, [George Schuller] plays in the moment and looks to the future. At the same time, he's aware of the past as something to build on in new ways." - Owen McNally / Hartford Courant