Miya Masaoka/Reggie Workman/Gerry Hemingway
Brew is a collective
trio that gave its first performance in New York in 2000. Employing compositions
and improvisations from all three members, Brew dismantles previous paradigms
of the role of drums, bass and seeks to construct a new hierarchical model -
subverting and re-defining the leading line or melodic voice and
assumed role of the instruments. The strong artistic voice of each member renders
this trio unparalleld by working trios today.
Brews unique and original sound is shaped by the legendary bassist
Reggie Workman (with John Coltrane in the 1960s, the Reggie Workman Ensemble, Trio Three) and kotoist Miya Masaoka (projects with Bang On a Can, ROVA, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Fred Frith, George Lewis, Berkeley Symphony) and percussionist Gerry Hemingway (Anthony Braxton Quartet, Gerry Hemingway Quartet & Quintet, BassDrumBone, Marilyn Crispell).
Brew completed a recording culled from a series of performances at the Knitting Factory and also from a studio date entitled "Heat". (excerpts here). We are still in search of a home for this recording. Any suggestions please write gh (at) gerryhemingway (dot) com.
Judging from the enthusiastic response of the audience who packed the hall it seems Brew has some adoring fans. And so they should, these musicians play from the heart, they breathed fire into the music. Subtle textures of string sections and start-stop rhythms, counterpoint melodies and a blending and diverging of musical voices as all three musicians blur the lines of structure and form to ultimately come together harmoniously providing for a sonic performance of exquisite proportions.
19e Guelph Jazz Festival (2012) Paul J. Youngman – September 2012
below from Brew's 2012 performance at the Guelph International Jazz Festival