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“All in all, this recording is a beautifully performed, lovingly produced collection of work by these two fine New York based musicians… you won’t be disappointed… There’s no doubt Espina and Sturm have a broad knowledge of their instruments and are both fine composers, but they also share a combined spiritual depth with us with their ‘One World’.”
– Cindy McLeod, jazzreview.com

Jody Espina & Rolf Sturm

Saxophonist Jody Espina and guitarist Rolf Sturm have played together since the early 1990’s, performing in many different ensembles. They’ve toured North America with the Illuminati big band and performed in the NYC area with Feed The Meter and The Walter Thompson Orchestra. In 1997 Jody Espina was asked to create a soundtrack for a presentation on homelessness. He collaborated with Rolf to record a three tune medley for the occasion. It is included on “One World” simply entitled “Trilogy”. This musical experience was so strong that it lead to further collaborations by the duo. During many informal playing sessions, they had the wherewithal to “let the tape roll”. After a period of time, more than enough material for a CD had been amassed. “ONE WORLD” is a collection of songs and spontaneous improvisations that cover a lot of ground.

One World

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“… exciting and present… delivered in a clean, genuine format that stimulates the listener to get the imagination and heart involved.”

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ABOUT JODY

Saxophonist Jody Espina is a multi-instrumentalist and president/designer of JodyJazz Saxophone & Clarinet Mouthpieces. He has performed with Mel Torme, Patti Page, the Charlie Persip Superband, Eddy Arnold, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Don Alias, Lew Solof, Illuminati, the Walter Thompson Orchestra, and many others. He has worked as a regular substitute on Broadway and he frequently records for TV, films, and CDs. Every year, Jody travels all over the world performing and giving saxophone clinics.

“…with “When Camels Dream,” a free, spontaneous and highly creative work featuring Espina’s lush bass clarinet over Sturm’s guitar-synthesizer, and “Fly Jam,” a funky, quirky guitar-synthesizer solo excerpt, they offer two fine examples of their highly creative approach and truly step out.”

ABOUT ROLF

Guitarist Rolf Sturm has performed with and/or appeared on recordings featuring Loudon Wainwright, Anthony Braxton, Tony Trischka, Billy Martin, Bob Mintzer, Roswell Rudd, John Medeski, Illuminati, Eddy Arnold, Glen Velez, the Walter Thompson Orchestra, Ethan Iverson, and others. He records and tours with vocalist Jenna Mammina and he leads the NYC area band Almost Oslo. He has performed on soundtracks for film and television. His music has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and All Songs Considered. His solo guitar recording, “Balance”, was awarded 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine.

“All in all, this recording is a beautifully performed, lovingly produced collection of work by these two fine New York based musicians… you won’t be disappointed… There’s no doubt Espina and Sturm have a broad knowledge of their instruments and are both fine composers, but they also share a combined spiritual depth with us with their ‘One World’.”

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