Michael Zilber and John Stowell - "Live Beauty" CD Released Spring 2015

John Stowell-Mike Zilber Quartet, Live Beauty, released on Origin Records spring 2015.

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In This Moment

Nice profile in The Mercury News


Talking about the newest release from the Stowell-Zilber collaboration, it starts with "Michael Zilber and John Stowell might be making their best music yet", and goes on from there.

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Wayne Shorter tweeted about my Weather Wayne band!

Some reviews of Live Beauty

I have been so heartened and grateful by the response to the new release, Live Beauty. The # and positivity of the reviews has been overwhelming, including from all major jazz publications, including a wonderful 4 star review in downbeat from Bill Milkowski. 

“One of the best CDs of 2015.” 

“Zilber's flames flare, pulling the rhythm team into more fervid territory, inciting spirited interplay all around. This is inspired post-bop jazz.” — 4 starred review by Dan Mclenaghan, All About Jazz

“Fueled by the remarkably empathetic Bay Area rhythm tandem of bassist John Shifflet and drummer Jason Lewis, Stowell and Zilber take their time and follow their muse quite freely throughout this intimate concert.” — 4 starred review by Bill Milkowski, Downbeat

" ...Zilber is one of the best players and composers around anywhere: Period!" — NEA Jazz Master David Liebman

Listen to excerpts from the album:


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In the Park »

Recorded live at Berkeley's California Jazz Conservatory in 2012 at the end of a two-week tour, “Live Beauty” captures the lithe and dynamic Bay-Area quartet that John Stowell and Michael Zilber have co-led for the past 7 years. It well represents the effortless empathy and telepathy these four musicians have developed during that time.

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