Luther Quintet debuts CD on MPBN

Aug 14, 2012
The Tom Luther Quintet features, from left, Noah Fishman, Tom Luther, Jacob Forbes, Mike Whitehead and Gideon Forbes.

Bangor — The Tom Luther Quintet is releasing an MP3 album titled "Everything Is Blue" Friday, Aug. 24, to be available online at CD Baby, I-Tunes and through tomlutherpiano.com. The Midcoast-based jazz quintet will launch the album release that day with a live performance on "Friday Night Jazz with Rich Tozier,” broadcast on the radio stations of Maine Public Broadcasting and streamed at MPBN.net, beginning at 9 p.m.

Limited seating is available at the Bangor studio; anyone interested in attending should call or send email ahead; visit MPBN.net for more information.

"There is a lot of cool communication and exploration that gives this band a great jumping-off point. We enjoy using group improvisations, and you can hear that on this recording. The band is really talking to one another throughout," said Luther, who lives in Union.

The album is the first for the Belfast-based group and features the compositions of pianist Luther and performances by Mike Whitehead (trumpet/flugelhorn), Gideon Forbes (tenor saxophone), Bruce Boege (soprano saxophone), Noah Fishman (acoustic and electric bass) and Jacob Forbes (drums). The album was recorded at Limin Music in Northport, engineered and mastered by Boege.

“I felt a little bad having Brucie do double duty, but he is such a trooper and a great spirit that he made it look easy, and gave us a great sound," said Luther.

Luther and Whitehead are the band's veterans, having been with the group from its inception in 2009. A trio of talented and hard-working young lions are featured on the recording. Jacob and Gideon Forbes are graduates of Cony High School in Augusta currently studying at University of Southern Maine. Fishman is a graduate of Belfast Area High School and will attend Princeton University in the fall.

It's been really fun working with these guys," said Luther. “They are very smart musicians and very bold, and that creates a really great dynamic and pushes the music in new directions every time we play."

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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