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[tab]I was asked to play at the Vienna Jazz Festival as a special guest with whom I was told were some of the best musicians that Austria has produced. It was the Fritz Pauer Trio. I did not know Fritz Pauer or his trio at that time so I asked my agent Ilse Weinmann, who had arranged the engagement, who exactly Fritz Pauer was. She told me he was one of the best pianist / musicians she knew and she knew him from his work with the great saxophonist Johnny Griffin (a Chicago native just like me), who was also a client of hers.
Needless to say I was pleased and excited to meet Fritz but not as much as when it actually happened on the first day of rehearsal at Jazzland Jazz Club in Vienna. Not only was Fritz an incredible musician, he was also one of the nicest and warmest people I’ve ever had the opportunity to meet. We became instant friends. In addition his trio, which consisted of Johannes (Hans) Strasser (bass) and Joris Dudli (drums), were also incredibly talented musicians and wonderful human beings as well.
We bonded instantly and thus began our journey to the recording of this CD. The chemistry was instantaneous and undeniable. We recorded for the radio the first night and I knew I wanted to work more with these guys and to document our future journeys together. This is the first of what I hope will be many more of those documentations.[/tab]