"Remarkable chemistry in this extremely elastic acoustic trio ...startling debut"
- Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
"Honey Ear Trio breaks new ground for the sax-based trio format and moves bravely forward. This is this an important, inspiring record."
- The Daily Freeman
"Building on an established legacy, Honey Ear Trio updates the time honored acoustic instrumentation of the classic saxophone trio... Hart's occasional augmentation of his upright bass with loops and delays adds atmosphere to tunes like "Window Seat Nostalgia." - All About Jazz
Honey Ear Trio is the new incarnation of long time musical cohorts Erik Lawrence, Rene Hart and Allison Miller. Together, these three passionate musicians approach the music with a sense of playfullness and elasticity. Honey Ear Trio creatively fuses the acoustic sound of a traditional saxophone trio with modern electronics derived from Hart's manipulation of his acoustic bass sound. They also explore mixing multiple genres (jazz, rock, soul, folk) while bending, stretching, and decompressing the rhythmic and harmonic characteristics of the music.
Erik, Rene and Allison have performed as a core group in larger ensembles with Steven Bernstein, David Amram, John Medeski and the poet Robert Pinsky. They also draw upon their genre-crossing experience as sidemen and featured artists with Sonny Sharrock, Levon Helm, Marty Ehrlich, Don Braden, James Hunter, Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Martin Medeski and Wood, Bilal, Bob Dylan, Brandi Carlile, Branford Marsalis, Trey Anastasio and Anat Fort. The debut Honey Ear Trio recording, Steampunk Serenade, will be released in 2011.
released March 22, 2011
Recording at Kaleidoscope Sound Studios, Union City, NJ
Recording Engineer: Sal Moramando
Assistant Recording Engineer: Karli Maloney
Produced by Allison Miller, Rene Hart and Erik Lawrence
Mixed by Todd Sickafoose, Brooklyn, NY - www.earycanal.com Mastered by Alan Douches - www.westwestsidemusic.com
Cover design and artwork by: Grady McFerrin - gmillustration.com
Erik Lawrence - Saxophones
Rene Hart, Acoustic Bass, Electronics/Looping
Allison Miller, Drums Percussion
Brooklyn's Honey Ear Trio have their own take on the jazz saxophone trio. As sidemen they've performed with artists ranging
form Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bill McHenry and Branford Marsalis to Pete Seeger, James Hunter and Ani Difranco. As a trio they are creative and explosive, drawing from many genres and combining acoustic sounds w/ subtle electronics....more