Dave Stryker Quartet featuring John Patitucci, Brian Blade, & Julian Shore "As We Are" CD Release @ Birdland July 5-9

Dave Stryker / As We Are

CD Release @

At Birdland July 5-9

Dave Stryker - guitar
Julian Shore - piano
John Patitucci - bass
Brian Blade - drums

*on July 7-9 w String Quartet:
Sara Caswell - violin 1
Monica K.Davis - violin 2
Benni von Gutzeit - viola
Malcolm Parsons - cello

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“Guitarist / composer Dave Stryker possesses golden tone, urgent style, and the kind of heated technique that can blow the roof off any gig. Stryker cut his teeth with organist Jack McDuff and tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, and that grits-n-gravy goodness seemed to mark his music: an urban tale spinner, a sharp stylist able to improve any bandstand, a storyteller in sound of the highest degree. With As We Are, the jazz gods have alighted on the guitarist and elevated his playing, his composing, his soloing, and his music. A beautiful, bittersweet concept album, As We Are includes pianist/ arranger Julian Shore, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade, who convey new-found depth and empathy to Stryker’s compositions. A shimmering string quartet led by Sara Caswell enhances some of the finest compositions of his 30-year career….2022 is a great time to be Dave Stryker. And to be a lover of his music, and the gift that is As We Are." - Ken Micallef / Jazz Times Jan 2022

“It’s my dream project, ” Dave Stryker repeats several times in a conversation about his 34th release as a leader, As We Are, on

which the guitar master addresses one of the few configurations he hasn’t tackled during 40-plus years in the jazz trenches.

Stryker, not predisposed to hyperbole, isn’t exaggerating. How else to describe an opportunity to record a suite of new originals

with a band propelled by all-world bass-drum partners John Patitucci and Brian Blade, fleshed out by harmonically erudite pianist Julian Shore’s bespoke string quartet arrangements that include room for a couple of soaring violin solos by the luminous Sara Caswell? Stimulated by the chance to make music together after long isolation, all members interact with crackling, pent-up


“I always wanted to do something where strings would really be integrated into the music, not a coloring or sweetening that comes

in later, ” Stryker says. Shore rises to the occasion, imparting a lush, fulsome sound to the two violins, viola and cello, creating

sections that offer texture and contrast.

In keeping with the dream project Stryker reached out to two of the greatest musicians alive today - Patitucci and Blade who

happily signed on. Six new Stryker originals, one Shore original and Nick Drake’s River Man are arranged with string quartet by

Shore to create one of the most truly beautiful and exciting recordings in recent times.

Artist: Dave Stryker

Title: As We Are

Label: Strikezone Records 8822

Artist’s Website:

Release Date: January 7, 2022

UPC Code: 195269125202

Track listing, track times:

1 Overture - Dave Stryker / Julian Shore - BMI) 1:10

2 Lanes - Dave Stryker (D. Strike Music - BMI) 6:14

3 River Man - Nick Drake (BMG Rights Management - ASCAP) 9:01

4 Hope - Dave Stryker (D. Strike Music - BMI) 6:24

5 Saudade - Dave Stryker (D. Strike Music - BMI) 5:52

6 One Thing At A Time - Julian Shore (Julian Shore Music - BMI) 7:17

7 As We Were - Dave Stryker (D. Strike Music - BMI) 5:46

8 Dreams Are Real - Dave Stryker (D. Strike Music - BMI) 7:18

9 Soul Friend - Dave Stryker (D. Strike Music - BMI) 6:52

Dave Stryker - guitar

Julian Shore - piano

John Patitucci - bass

Brian Blade - drums

String Quartet:

Sara Caswell - violin 1 (solo, tracks 3 and 9)

Monica K.Davis - violin 2

Benni von Gutzeit - viola

Marika Hughes - cello

Music Arranged by Julian Shore

Produced by Dave Stryker

Executive Producer - Rick Simpson

Engineered and mixed by Chris Sulit at Trading 8s Studio, Paramus NJ June 2, 10, 11, 2021

Mastered by Michael Perez-Cisneros

Photos and Graphic Design by Chris Drukker

Cover photo by Charles F. Scott IV

Liner Notes - Ted Panken
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