Music

Michael Zilber has led many bands featuring some of the best in jazz. You can listen to and buy all of his recordings right here.  The latest is Originals for the Originals, released in February 2017.

East West - Music for Big Bands

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=3103710254 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] Buy East West – Music for Big Bands » EAST WEST: A beautifully packaged double CD, Music For Big Bands is the saxophonist/composer’s latest  on Origin Records, released November 15, 2019. Tackling an ambitious, once-in-a-lifetime project with two all-star big band recording sessions – one in New York, the other […]

Originals for the Originals

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=3945496811 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] A tribute to saxophone giants by one of California’s leading saxophonists Michael Zilber (“One of the best players and composers anywhere, period” – David Liebman, “Soulful, Flawless” – AllAboutJazz), this ORIGIN CD, Originals for the ORIGINALS, is written in homage to John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, […]

Basement Blues

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=2716286484 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] Basement Blues is the 3rd collaboration by Zilber and Stowell, released in August 2016. The quartet, with bassist John Shifflett and drummer Jason Lewis, has worked together for a decade now, and Jazz Times reviewer DAN MCCLENAGHAN describes Zilber as a “soulful, flawless” player and raves that […]

Crossroads: Brooklyn to Berkeley

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=1397872976 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] Crossroads: Brooklyn to Berkeley features the first release of all original compositions by Zilber since 2000’s Two Coasts, the Independent Music Awards Jazz Record of the Year finalist. For Michael, who has co-led a band with drumming superstar Steve Smith since 1995, this represents a real change […]

Dave Liebman And Mike Zilber - Live At The Jazzschool

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=3305365050 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] Recorded live at The Jazzschool in Berkeley, this disc brings together a great band co-led by Michael Zilber and his mentor, jazz legend Dave Liebman. The band also features Paul Nagel on piano, John Shifflett on bass, and Scott Amendola on drums. From Andrew Gilbert’s liner notes: […]

Live Beauty

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=3161837607 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] 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 […]

Reimagined, Vol. 1: Jazz Standards

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=2118559350 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] This is the CD released on Blue Jay Records by the Steve Smith–Michael Zilber quartet, featuring Paul Nagel on piano and John Shifflett on bass. 8-time Grammy-winner Michael Brecker says “An inspired and burning CD by Mike Zilber, Steve Smith and friends. Mike has chosen some familiar jazz standards […]

Shot Through With Beauty

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=4254806185 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] Master musicians guitarist John Stowell and saxophonist Michael Zilber team with the Bay Area’s first-call rhythm team of bassist John Shifflet and drummer Jason Lewis, crafting a unique and dynamic recording of modern jazz that transcends the whole. Telepathic exchanges are in abundance as the group tackles […]

Stranger in Brooklyn

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=259643541 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] Michael’s second recording for Owl/EMI, was named one of the 30 best recordings of all time by jazzfusion.com. Produced by and featuring jazz master Dave Liebman, Stranger also showcased Zilber’s working New York band of James Genus (Brecker Brothers), Rachel Z (Wayne Shorter), and Tommy Igoe and was […]

The Billy Collins Project: Eleven On Turning Ten

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=630097130 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] The Billy Collins Project has been a true labor of love for me. It features eleven poems by Billy Collins, America’s most beloved and widely known poet (and its former poet laureate), set to music for voice, sax, piano, bass, and drums. Back in 2002, as my […]

The Heretic

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=2939693409 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] Michael’s first recording, for OWL/EMI, features Pat Metheny Sideman Danny Gottlieb on drums, along with Wayne Shorter’s keyboardist Gil Goldstein. The Title cut from The Heretic became the theme song for a national French Television program. Buy The Heretic »

Two Coasts

[bandcamp width=100% height=373 album=3321888010 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 artwork=small] This recording, which was a finalist for The INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS Jazz Record of the year, has work from three of Zilber’s favorite NYC musicians, James Genus, Rodney Holmes (Brecker Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Santana) and Rachel Z, as well as the first ever recorded duets between Zilber […]