Steve GroverUMA Music faculty member and jazz composer/drummer Steve Grover was recently awarded a 2014 Arts Visibility Grant from the Maine Arts Commission to support the release of his new CD “Haiku”. The Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by The National Endowment For The Arts.

UMA's Steve Grover's new CD release

Featuring a stellar quartet of respected contemporary jazz artists, “Haiku” is the latest in a series of recordings that feature Grover’s own original compositions. In celebration of the new CD, Grover assembled Christine Correa, vocalist; Andrew Rathbun, saxophone; Frank Carlberg, piano; Sean Farias, bass; and Grover on drums for two recent performances: the first was at Bowdoin College on February 28, and another the following evening March 1 at The Portland Conservatory Of Music, sponsored by Dimensions In Jazz.  All of the musicians except Correa and Farias appear on the new CD. The program at each concert featured a generous selection of compositions from “Haiku”, as well as a portion of the song cycle “Blackbird Suite”, which won The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz/BMI Jazz Composers Competition in 1994.

In the liner notes to the CD, Grover cites the inspiration of the writers William Carlos Williams and Jack Kerouac, and goes on to say that “The music on this CD is an attempt to occupy a space between musical structures involving the use of language, and a freer musical language of the moment”.

Reviewing the CD for The Portland Phoenix, Sam Pfiefle writes, “It warrants your full attention…he deserves all the accolades, for the pieces he puts together as well as the musicians out of whom he coaxes great things…perhaps what Grover does best in his compositions is create moments where you can’t imagine anything else going on in the world but that particular instrument being played at that particular time.”

For more information about the CD Haiku by The Steve Grover Quartet, contact Steve at stevegrover@roadrunner.com

For the complete “Haiku” review, go to http://portland.thephoenix.com/music/157548-short-and-sweet/

Steve also got a mention in the Portland Press Herald!