This trio is a true spectacle! Anyone who has experienced Dave Kikoski live will not soon forget this piano phenomenon. And on bass and drums the trio is no less illustrious with Essiet Essiet and Joris Dudli. The high-energy swinging unity of the Dave Kikoski Trio takes the piano trio tradition to an exciting new level!
- DAVE KIKOSKI - PIANO
- ESSIET ESSIET - BASS
- JORIS DUDLI - DRUMS
David Kikoski is one of New York's best-known and most esteemed pianists. For decades, the piano powerhouse has won over critics and audiences alike as a live and studio spectacle. His career began under the aegis of his father and he played his first gigs in his teens before studying at Berklee in the 80s, then moving to New York at the age of 24 to make the scene unsafe. He played with just about every musician of note: Billy Hart, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Steps Ahead, Pat Martino and John Pattitucci are examples. His recordings as a leader were made on the notorious Criss-Cross Jazz label, among others.
Essiet Essiet is a Nigerian-born American bassist who belongs to the first squad of the New York jazz world. He made music from childhood, turning to jazz at 14. His artistic breakthrough came in 1982, when he began working with Abdullah Ibrahim. In 1988 he became a member of one of the most legendary formations in jazz: Art Blay and the Jazz Messengers. In the meantime, he is without a doubt one of the most renowned jazz bassists ever, playing with Benny Golson, Kenny Garrett, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Jackie Mclean, Kenny Barron, Billy Higgins, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Kirkland, Danilo Perez and almost infinitely many other top players.
Joris Dudli is a Swiss jazz drummer who is counted among the most successful of his guild. From the age of seventeen he worked as a studio musician and later became a permanent member of the Vienna Art Orchestra from 1979 to 1985, as well as the Art Farmer Quintet. After moving to the United States, he played and recorded with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians: The Zawinul Syndicate, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Johnny Griffin, Mulgrew Miller, Clifford Jordan, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Harold Mabern, Sonny Fortune and many more.