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Piano Warrior

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Art of Life Records is proud to welcome pianist Steve Blanco to its roster of recording artists. Joining Steve on his Trio's latest release, "Piano Warrior", are drummer Sunny Jain and bassist Adam Roberts. "Piano Warrior" features the Trio's Jazz arrangement of Pink Floyd's classic song "Us and Them" from "The Dark Side of the Moon" album in addition to an Jazz arrangement of Led Zeppelin's-"Black Dog" as well as nine original compositions. The Steve Blanco Trio's-"Piano Warrior" CD release contains 10 tracks with over 75 minutes of music. "Piano Warrior Reprise" is a Bonus Track available as an MP3 Digital Download only. All tracks have been digitally recorded, mixed and mastered using 24-bit digital technology. Art of Life Records AL1035-2.

About the Artist

Jazz pianist, composer and filmmaker Steve Blanco has been forging ahead with self-made creative works for over a decade. The son of a French-speaking Moroccan belly dancer (mother) and film editor with a love of music and art (father), Blanco was exposed to artistic expressions from many different cultures. Growing up he learned the trumpet then drums and didn't arrive at the piano until age 23.

Blanco was recently selected to serve as a music composition grant panelist for the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Blanco has released three critically acclaimed CDs, produced a music video (directed by Blanco) and currently leads a piano trio with Adam Roberts and Sunny Jain, but performs regularly in solo and duo settings. The trio has performed in many venues including: Domaine, Detour Jazz Club, Williamsburg Jazz Festival, Rockwood Music Hall, Watercolor Cafe, Caffe Vivaldi, The Museum of American Folk Art, The Pierre Hotel, World Yacht, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and a multitude of other establishments.

Blanco has recently released a duo CD with guitarist Jeremy Wilms and contributes to the Munich-based Orkaan Orkestra led by composer and bassist Juergen Reiter.

In addition to performing music on a professional level, Blanco has directed several short films including: Missing You, 140 Decibels, Autumn, The Masterpiece (official selection New York International Film Festival), The Filth (official selection San Francisco Short Film Festival), ETR, and most recently, Bicycle (official selection Harlem International Film Festival). Blanco has also written the complete score for several of these films. He has served as writer, editor and cinematographer either altogether or in combinations on each of these films. He has been producer on all.

Blanco accredits his father as a major influence in bringing to the surface an array of emotional experiences stemming from creative masterpieces in music, cinema, art, writings, and philosophy that he would have otherwise not been exposed to as a young child.

From his childhood music has always been a driving force and ever present in his existence. After teaching himself for a few years Blanco privately studied piano before receiving a B.F.A. from Purchase Conservatory in New York. Blanco is the CoFounder of Insomnia Creations with Louis Cuffari and James Bartolozzi, and a contributing editor for ic magazine.

Blanco currently resides and performs regularly in New York City.

1. Sadness & the Madness
2. Us and Them (by Pink Floyd)
3. A.V.S.
4. Piano Warrior
5. Laughing Planet
6. Brother Song 2
7. Underground
8. 5 3 5
9. Black Dog (by Led Zeppelin)
10. Final Voyage

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Art Of Life Records
  • ASIN: B001LLH8TI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Lazar on April 2, 2013
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I bought the MP3 version after hearing a very creative interpretation of "Us and Them" on Pandora. If you like EST or The Bad Plus, you should love this record. Full of unusual changes, melody, lots of variety: contemporary trio jazz at its best. Highly recommended.
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I don't know much about the Steve Blanco Trio. I bought this after hearing their rather enjoyable version of Pink Floyd's Us and Them, and was surprised to also find a cover of Led Zeppelin's Black Dog. After those, I was challenged by the rest of the album, which is more serious jazz than I'm used to listening to....And the more I've heard it (a couple dozen times now), the more I like it. I want more!
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Piano Trio cohesive/intuitive perfection. Combative, yet gentle and tender at the same time. The initial sound samples gave me enough clues as to how this music would be. AAAAA +++++.
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