Steve Wiest recently released Out of the New featuring Steve on trombone, Fred Hamilton on guitar, Stefan Karlsson on piano, Lynn Seaton on bass, and Ed Soph on drums.
- Seven Days
- Walk This Way
- Wake Me Up When September Ends
- It’s You I Like
- Defying Gravity In Your Honor
- In Your Honor
“The idea behind this project,” Steve explains, “was to find unusual modern source material – the more unusual the better, I suppose – with the idea that modern pop music and modern rock music, and songs from Broadway and TV, can also be good material for jazz. I then wanted to approach these new tunes in the same way that jazz musicians have been rewriting and recomposing the old standards for years: often going in completely different directions from the original for the sake of creative variation (such as taking “On Green Dolphin Street” which was originally a slow, hypnotic ballad and turning it into an up-tempo exciting samba/straight ahead vehicle). While the Great American Songbook is by no means tapped-out, I had a great time finding new directions and fresh formats with this new material.”