"Stein and company succeed in creating highly original music which breaks prescribed notions of a jazz trio." - Jazz Times
"...whisks you up to soar over mountains and holds you down to tickle you." - Roger Piantadosi, Washington Post
"The musical performance was an enchanting
event!" - Performance Coordinator, University of Kentucky
Before he even reached the age of 20, pianist/composer Ira Stein had already signed his first recording contract and released his first album on Windham Hill Records, ELEMENTS (1982). In collaboration with oboist Russel Walder, he went on to record two more albums, TRANSIT (1986) and UNDER THE EYE (1990). The duo toured extensively throughout the United States.
In 1991, Stein formed a new group which features the original combination of piano, cello, and saxophone. The new music is a highly melodic, acoustic mix where jazz meets classical -- a dynamic balance of form and improvisation. The group released CAROUSEL in 1992 on Narada records and then SPUR OF THE MOMENT (1994). Their most recent recording, BACH IMPROVISATIONS, was recorded live in concert at Yoshi's, a well-known jazz club in Oakland, California. This highly original album features lyrical and elegant improvisations on nine Bach Chorales. It was released in 1999 on Stein's own Lost Time Records label.
All three musicians have extensive backgrounds in both jazz and classical music. The result is an exciting blend Stein calls "chamber jazz." On saxophone and flute is Dann Zinn whose professional credits include performances with Freddie Hubbard, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Joe Henderson. He also has received top prizes at major music festivals. On cello is Jobert, an accomplished and versatile musician who has played with such artists as Leontyne Price and Natalie Cole and has appeared with several major symphony orchestras.
In addition to performing, the IRA STEIN TRIO
also enjoys providing a variety of residency activities for the community. They
are currently based in Oakland, California.