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Big Tent (Jerome Kitzke / Steve Rust / Harvey Sorgen): I Am Waiting (Not Two)

The New York trio of pianist Jerome Kitzke, bassist Steve Rust on electric and acoustic, and drummer/percussionist Harvey Sorgen, alternate consummately clever approaches to collective playing with Kitzke's humorously ironic and insightful reading of four poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti from his book "A Coney Island of the Mind", in honor of his 100th birthday.

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UPC: 5906395187492

Label: Not Two
Catalog ID: MW989-2
Squidco Product Code: 28031

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Area 52 Studios, in Saugerties, New York, in September, 2018, by Dave Cook.


Jerome Kitzke-piano, vocals, readings

Steve Rust-electric bass, acoustic bass

Harvey Sorgen-drums, percussion

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"Jerome Kitzke (born 1955) is a composer who grew up along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and moved to New York City in 1984. In 1992 Kitzke formed his performing group Mad Coyote. His music has also been performed by the Milwaukee Symphony, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Essential Music, Present Music, Earplay, Zeitgeist, Guy Klucevsek, Margaret Leng Tan, ETHEL and Kathleen Supové. Kitzke has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, and BMI. In 2004 and 2006 he visited the Randolph School in Wappingers Falls, New York to compose music for their shows. He even put music to Allen Ginsberg's poem Green Automobile, which was included on his most recent album The Paha Sapa Give-Back (Innova Recordings, 2014). He is a quarter Persian."

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"Steve Rust grew up in a musical household in the beautiful Hudson Valley, where eclecticism and diversity were encouraged. This upbringing is evident in the range he exhibits, both as a composer and performer. His "on the job" training when first learning to play caused Steve's ears and focus to develop rapidly, resulting in the ability to hear and perform unfamiliar material quickly, and adeptly.

Equally at home on stage, in the pit, or in the studio, Steve's talent, skill, dedication, and professionalism are evident in his familiarity with, and confidence in playing any genre and style, and in the ability to fit seamlessly into any situation. From Beatles to Bach, traditional to avant-garde, jazz, rock, folk - Steve has the ability, skill sets, experience, and attitude to play anything with passion and conviction.

Steve has over 20 recordings as a leader or co-leader, and has composed for stage, screen, and collaboration with visual artists.

With past releases, Pulsar, Bottom Feeder, and Soundpainting Sextet, Steve showcases his formidable skills as composer and bassist.

Steve was co-founder of these seminal groups and is featured composer on their recordings

Arc quartet; Outlet;Mallards;Sorgen Rust Stevens Trio

He has composed works for dance and theater, and is currently writing a methodology for teaching improvisational technique."

-Steve Rust Website (

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"In sound, motion and to lays the groundwork for truth. All that I am becomes a part of my own way of communication. In striving for a lifestyle unfettered by my own limitations, I am eternally grateful to have created honest music with some of the greatest artists of our time. It's almost like I have to pinch myself sometimes to not forget how fortunate I am to have the love of my family, and the spirit to be open to what may appear to be right in front of me!!

Just a very few of the artists I have had the great fortune to record and/or perform with include:

Hot Tuna, Ahmad Jamal, Ted Dunbar, Michelle Shocked, Paul Simon, Dewey Redman, Frank Kimbrough, Dave Douglas, David Sancious, Mark Feldman, Karl Berger, Joe Mcphee, Julius Hemphill , Connie Bauer, Pete Levin, John Lindberg, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hildago, Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Herbert, Cameron Brown, Steve Swell, Neil Rolnick, Anthony Braxton, Carter Jefferson, John Stubblefield, Bruce Hornsby, Brenda Buffalino, Jay Anderson, Istvan Grenesco, Honi Coles, Daunik Lazro, Todd Reynolds, Derrick Trucks, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Roswell Rudd, Phil Lesh, David Torn, Levon Helm, The Memphis Pilgrims, Bill Frisell, Fonda/Stevens group, Herb Robertson, Carlos Santana, Omar Tamez, Remi Alvarez, Dry Jack, Art Lande, John d'Earth, Bob Weir, Greg Allman, Marcel Monroe, The Mallards, Sorgen-Rust-Windbiel trio, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Samuels, Drew Gress, Tony Levin, Garth Hudson, Jimmy Vivino, amongst many, many others.

I have also written and performed pieces for film and the stage, including a solo percussion piece for the New Day Repertoire Theater's version of "Antigone".

One aspect of my joy has been in the workshops I give around the world in jazz ensembles, improvisation, percussion master classes and audio production. Some of these include:

University of Michigan - Jazz and Improvisation Dept. - Ed Sarath, director Virginia Commonwealth University - Jazz Dept. - Antonio Garcia, Director Schnittpunke Festival - Rudersdorf, Austria - Udo Preis, Director Jazz Initiative Marburg - Marburg, Germany - Roman Kloecker, Director Carre Blue - Poiters, France - Bernard Aimee, Director Onteora Central School District - Boiceville, N.Y. - Steven Murphy, Director Charles City Arts Council - Charles City, Va. - Julie Boyd, Director Naropa Institute - Boulder, Co. - in collaboration with Allan Ginsberg Jackson Field Home for Girls - Emporia, Va. - Donna Waldron, Director Numerous in- store clinics and private lessons throughout the U.S. and Europe. Recipient of New York State "Meet the Composer" and NYSCA grants.

I have also been interviewed in many publications including: Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Down Beat, All About Jazz, Jazz Podium (Germany), and Jazz Halo (Belgium).

Through Dreamland Recording Studio and freelance work, I have had the great pleasure to be involved in many great recording projects as an engineer and editor. One of my favorite projects was to remaster the entire ESP record label. My first instructional DVD " Drumming Made Easy " is currently available worldwide from Homespun Tapes Inc. / Hal Leonard publishing. I also appear on Jack DeJohnette's " Musical Expression On The Drum Set" and Jorma Kaukonen's " The Electric Guitar Of Jorma Kaukonen"

-Harvey Sorgen Website (

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track listing:

1. Declamation 0:28

2. The World Is A Beautiful Place 3:36

3. The Burgeoning 2:30

4. Trio In A Bottle 6:54

5. Sometime During Eternity 3:17

6. To V One 2:14

7. Reclamation 0:24

8. Dog 4:44

9. Chorale And Toccata In H 2:41

10. Symbols Of Beaus And Belles 1:28

11. Aspects Of A Vision 3:48

12. Sweet For The Eternal Spring 6:11

13. I Am Waiting 7:26

14. Blues Afield 5:37
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"[...] American trio Big Tent, with pianist/vocalist Jerome Kitzke, bassist Steve Rust and percussionist Harvey Sorgen add poems by Beat forefather Lawrence Ferlinghetti among the trio's advanced improvisations on I Am Waiting. Kitzkie's low key, tongue-in-check recitation makes clear the contemporary relevance of this sardonic mid-20th Century verse. For instance the exaggerations turned on their head in "I Am Waiting" 'for the rebirth of wonder' including Elvis Presley and Billy Graham changing places, are underlined with swelling bass string pumps and alternating splashing or tinkling piano chords. Meanwhile a Bop fable about Christ, "Sometime during Eternity", uses banjo-like twanging to signal Jesus as "real dead" and stentorian plucks to contrast his teaching with the subsequent ignoring of it by his so-called followers. Without words the trio's improvising is also nuanced. Facing kinetic drum rolls and piano string strums on "Trio in a Bottle", Rust constructs a sequence that vibrates from the bass's scroll to its spike. Kitzke bends tones and patterns in the kinetic exposition that is "Blues Ahead", harmonized with the bassist's stylized pings. Meanwhile ground bass lines and mid-range keyboard swing on "Sweet for the Eternal Spring" give Sorgen space to boisterously roll out sprays of percussion power, advancing the theme rhythmically and finally calming it with paradiddles."-Ken Waxman, JazzWord

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Trio Recordings
Spoken Word
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