Composer-Trombonist-Author-Cartoonist-Educator, Clinician for Edwards Instruments
(Steve Wiest plays the Edwards custom T302 "Excalibur" trombone and the Griego-Wiest SW Mouthpiece exclusively)
Liner Notes for "Steve Wiest and Phröntrange: The High Road"
Pioneer(def): one who bravely ventures where no one has gone before.
Steve Wiest is a pioneer. He is fearless. He is a visionary who dares to throw convention to the wind. His music screaming from the very depths of his being, with no rules! This body of work does not seek approval by would-be critics. It emanates, unfettered and joyously, from Steve's heart and soul. Oh, and he has that sly grin! His humor and wit are so evident here, as well as a strong supporting cast. He has enlisted the very best to accompany him on this adventure. We're talking SERIOUS chops across the board!
So..., fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!
P.S.- How cool is it to have your wife and son join you on a performance! - I can relate. And this guy, who's bestowed on me more accolades than I could ever possibly deserve, PLAYS HIS ASS OFF! —Jimmy Pankow: trombonist and composer with Chicago and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 2017 Songwriter's Hall of Fame Inductee.
...just great playing, conception, and writing...yeah Fusion Lives! :) I like that stuff. Cool effects on the bone.
Jazz Great Randy Brecker on "The High Road"
You don't encounter a lot of trombone-centric fusion dates these days. But then again, you also don't encounter too many musicians like Steve Wiest, the unabashedly enthusiastic veteran trombonist fronting this project. He's a true polymath, respected as a performer, educator, science fiction author, cartoonist, and composer-arranger. But he also clearly knows how to let rip and have a good time. That much is made clear on this powerful date.
...Wiest's dead serious skills are counterbalanced here with his good-natured personality. He proves to be a commanding soloist, ably traversing the tricky ground that he himself laid out on these hip and incendiary charts, but his strong statements are often spiked with levity. It's that willingness to don the mask of the warrior and the garb of the humorist that makes for such an appealing mix on this album.
Dan Bilawski: All-About-Jazz review on "The High Road."
"Trombone insiders have known Steve Wiest since his six-year stint with Maynard Ferguson during the 1980s. The jazz ed community recognizes him as a sought-after clinician and the former Director of the One O'Clock Lab Band and now Co-Chair of Jazz Studies at the University of Denver. And now the wider jazz audience has the chance to get acquainted with this gifted trombonist-composer-arranger through this exciting new big band release."
Bob Bernotas (a review of "Excalibur" The Steve Wiest Big Band)
"On his debut album as a leader (Excalibur, The Steve Wiest Big Band), he demonstrates his mastery of his instrument as well as his virtuosity and expansive imagination as a composer and arranger. Although the writing is sophisticated, it's always tuneful and inviting."-Jazz Times
Review of Steve Wiest's sci-fi novel "The Dover Stone"
"I wholeheartedly recommend The Dover Stone to anyone whose interest is piqued. The book is impossible to classify, a testament to Wiest’s imagination and creativity. Science-fiction fans are a natural audience, but the appeal of The Dover Stone transcends genre. Jazz fans will adore the allusions to the greats. Groovy pop culture references abound. Everyone who reads the book will want a copy of the book’s musical companion. I had a thrill reading it, and greatly look forward to Wiest’s next adventure!"
Review on Amazon: Stephanie L. Carta