UPDATED JAN. 5, 2012

HELLO EVERYONE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
LIVE AT THE JAZZ CORNER MY NEW C.D. WITH ROSSANO AND NICKI HAS BEEN RELEASED. AVAILABLE AT
WWW.ARBORSRECORDS.COM​

WE ARE APPEARING (AND SELLING C.D'S) AT THE JAZZ CORNER IN HILTON HEAD, S.C., THIS COMING JAN. 6 & 7, 2012. FOR DETAILS, GO TO WWW.JAZZCORNER.COM

WE ARE ALSO PLAYING A COUPLE OF CONCERTS HERE IN FLORIDA.
JAN. 9 FOR THE PORT CHARLOTTE JAZZ SOCIETY AND JAN. 10 FOR THE GAINESVILLE FRIENDS OF JAZZ. FIND THEIR WEBSITES ON MY SCHEDULE PAGE.
WE WILL ALSO BE APPEARING AT THE ARBORS INVITATIONAL JAZZ PARTY ON JAN. 13-15
IN CLEARWATER, FL. AND THE SAN DIEGO JAZZ PARTY, FEB. 24-26, 2012.

AS ALWAYS, THANKS TO MY GOOD FRIENDS IN THE MIXING BOOTH, CHARLIE BERTINI & VEIT RENN AND MASTERING GURU, BOB KATZ, ALLOWED ME INTO THEIR INNER SANCTUM TO EXPERIENCE THE MYSTERY OF POST PRODUCTION. MY HEAD IS STILL SPINNING!
YOURS WILL BE ALSO WHEN YOU PUT THE HEADPHONES ON TO LISTEN. IT IS JUST LIKE SITTING IN THE JAZZ CORNER, EATING, DRINKING, LAUGHING, CHEERING AND APPLAUDING THE MASTERY OF THE TRIO. ALSO A HUGE THANKS TO MAT AND RACHEL DOMBER AT ARBORS RECORDS AND BOB AND LOIS MASTELLER OF THE JAZZ CORNER FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE.

CHECK MY SCHEDULE TO SEE WHERE ELSE I'LL BE APPEARING IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

EDDIE

New Information  as of  Sept. 3, 2008

"Bridging The Gap" is now released and available for purchase.

This c.d. on the Arbors Jazz label features the talents of Eddie, Rossanno Sportiello on piano, Nicki Parrott on bass along with guest artists Harry Allen on tenor sax and John Allred on trombone.

You will hear some great jazz standards such as "Falling In Love With Love", I'm Old Fashioned", "The More I See You" and "More Than You Know" plus some classic songs from the 60's and 70's. Included are Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed", Burt Bacharach & Hal David's "One Less Bell To Answer" featuring the vocal talents of Nicki and Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" and more.

My great friend and really great drummer, Danny Gottlieb, wrote the liner notes.

Please go to the contact page on this website and either e-mail or call me to order you copy.
You can also contact me on FaceBook, Eddie Metz.

Thanks,
Eddie

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Review by Bert Whyatt for Jazz Journal International (Sept. 2009)

​I'm much impressed by the high standard of musicianship displayed throughout this album. The drumming, if a hint too busy for me occasionally in the faster pieces, is quite astounding. It could be too easy to say that Eddie's playing drives everyone else but that would be nonsense because everybody is a swinger.

Elsewhere in JJ in recent times I've been reading in reviews of Rossano's playing so now I can listen to what he does with the piano and, gracious, my colleagues were right all the way. Much of the time I'm really quite astounded. The studio must have been rocking during "Littler Girl" and I note note-writer Danny Gottlieb's reference to Ralph Sutton as an influence. Yes, I hear that, of course, but he's an individual for sure. Lovely, as an example, on the opening "Falling In Love With Love" and from there I must go on to note that much of the repitoire is of pop songs from quite a few years back.

Not quite that far back, it seems, is "One Less Bell To Answer" and I keep going there for Nicki's vocal. Moving is the word and that goes for the obbligati from Harry's tenor and John's trombone. Another in this vien next time, please! From all of which you can take it that this is very much a recommended set for all bnut the hidebound of collectors. If this is 21st century jazz then we're in a good world.

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Review by Bill Falconer of JazzReview.com

​In Bridging the Gap, drummer Eddie Metz Jr. builds a bridge from the comfort zone of some mainstream groups and their audiences to a recognition that beautiful melodies and well-crafted tunes did not end with those greats whose songs are included in the Great American Songbook. His musical partners are pianist Rosanno Sportiello and one of my favorite bassists, Nicki Parrott, and it's to his credit that your reaction won't be "Listen to that drummer! " but "What a rhythm section!" Just check out "NER Blues," their salute to Basie who always had the best.

Danny Gottlieb gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Metz's performance from a drummer's perspective in his incisive liner notes and Metz describes the influences which led him to this project. His father's record collection ranged from Satchmo to Sinatra. There were drummers from George Wettling to Buddy. And at six he heard the Beatles. He took up drums at nine and since then has practiced, played and appreciated good music without regard to category. He seems to have worked with everyone, including Basie, Woody, Chick Corea - and Disney World.

The trio's set includes a number of standards. "More Than You Know" is played at ballad tempo while "The More I See You," " I'm Old Fashioned," and "Falling in Love With Love" represent relaxed swing at its best. Trading fours as they go, they swing "Love" all the way to jazz waltz. With "Little Girl" and Sportiello's stride they remind us to never forget Ralph Sutton. Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" is just beautiful (both the tune and performance) and exemplifies why generational gaps should be bridged.

Guests Harry Allen and John Allred turn the group into a little big band. Allen's gentle tenor sound brings out the spiritual quality of Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)" while Gino Vannelli's " Crazy Life," a seventies hit, introduces Allred with his strong trombone solo. Paul Keller's light-hearted "Huggin' Higgins" salutes pianist Eddie Higgins, featuring Sportiello and spirited exchanges by the horns. John Katalenic's intricate arrangement of Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" provides bridging opportunities for Metz and the band while Nicky Parrott's poignant voice brings a sense of loss to Bachrach's "One Less Bell to Answer" that singers often miss. The session ends with the ensemble and another rousing Katalenic arrangement - Eddie Metz Sr,'s "Gotta Get a Hold of Myself."

Listening to the Oscar Peterson and Vince Guaraldi Trios taught Metz the value of swinging hard while playing soft. It's not easy but that's what the Eddie Metz Jr. trio does, They prove that if the music is good, categories just don't matter.

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Review by Tony Augarde for MusicWeb International

​The Swinging Jazz Party at Blackpool is sadly a thing of the past, thanks largely to lack of support from the Great (?) British Public. It is a pity, as the Party was a jovial annual event which introduced me to many artists I had never heard in person before. They included the three musicians featured on this delectable CD. I have already reviewed a fine Arbors Jazz album by two of them: pianist Rossano Sportiello and singing bassist Nicki Parrott (http://www.musicweb-international.com/jazz/2007/Parrott_arcd19335.htm) which illustrated the pair's musical togetherness. Drummer Ed Metz Jr. was also a welcome regular at the Swinging Jazz Party: a drummer for all seasons, who accompanied every kind of musician with equal empathy.

The trio might be described as cosmopolitan, because Ed Metz is American, Rossano Sportiello is Italian, and Nicki Parrott comes from Australia. And their repertoire is wide-ranging: from Stevie Wonder's Overjoyed via Steely Dan's Bodhisattva to Gino Vannelli's Crazy Life, alongside a healthy number of jazz standards. As you might expect, the three make beautiful music together - right from the opening Falling in Love with Love, which has an easy bounce. Sportiello's delicate fingering is a delight, as is Nicki Parrott's firm double bass which comes through solidly, with the sort of full sound that one associates with Ray Brown. For a drummer-led group, the drums are recorded somewhat low down in the mix: the only query I have about this recording. But you can hear how well Metz handles the complex rhythms of Bodhisattva.

For variety, the trio is joined on several numbers by two other graduates from the Blackpool School of Jazz: Harry Allen with his smooth, Getzian tenor sax, and John Allred, whose fluent trombone is a distinct asset. Sample how the two men interweave in Huggin' Higgins - a tribute to pianist Eddie Higgins. Harry Allen is also worth hearing for his breathy interpretation of the very slow Count Your Blessings.

I am particularly glad to hear Stevie Wonder's Overjoyed performed by the trio, as this song is not often heard but deserves to be widely known for its memorable grace. NER Blues is an Ed Metz original, with Rossano Sportiello doing a very lifelike impersonation of Count Basie. I had to turn up the volume to hear the drum solos, which reinforces my belief that the drums are recorded too low.

Bacharach & David's One Less Bell to Answer is the only chance we get to hear Nicki Parrott's alluring voice. She is a much better vocalist than many of the upcoming self-proclaimed "jazz singers". Harry Allen and John Allred add sympathetic solos and accompaniment. Little Girl pays homage to pianist Ralph Sutton, with Sportiello appropriately going into stride mode. The concluding Gotta Get a Hold of Myself was written by Ed Metz Jr.'s father and includes a typically unshowy but brilliant drum solo.

The album got its title from the fact that Ed Metz feels he is bridging the gaps between the different kinds of music he heard when he was growing up. As he suggests in his sleeve-note, the gaps are illusory: it is all "good music".

The Eddie Metz Trio