Center of the Wheel
- Artist: The Bernstein Bard Trio
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/12/2009
The group, Steve Bernstein (mandolin), Mark Bernstein (guitar), and Robert Bard (bass) is a sound to experience. Deep...rich...shimmering, their music speaks to the ear of the heart. The romance of tango, the lilt of mazurka, the elegance of swing, the many shades of waltz...a cool bossa nova, a fiery samba, the passion of the blues-this trio can swing, rock, bop and stop on a dime!.... Unrestrained by boundaries of style, The Bernstein-Bard Trio crafts every piece into something uniquely original and beautiful. Whether performing standards by Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Django Reinhart, George Gershwin...; Latin or Tango by Jobim, Bonfa, Bizet...; traditional and popular melodies from around the world; the music of John Lennon, Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia..; their own original compositions...BB Trio interpret it all with style and grace. BBTrio's second album, 'Center of the Wheel' is a continuation from their 1st album featuring a variety of grooves and styles. You will hear a tango from bassist Robert Bard, more swing from Duke, and George Shearing, a Beatle tune, a sweet version of 'Time After Time' by Cyndi Lauper, a samba by Bonfa, Duane Allman's 'Little Martha,' and more! The album ends with Steve Bernstein's 'Center of the Wheel/Tranquility' which includes some inspired 'in the moment' improvisation ala Grateful Dead. Check out the Utube video of Center of the Wheel! Special thanks to Brian Melick (percussion), Michael Snow (violin), Peter Davis (clarinet), Tim Whalen (Conga), and Amy McTear (Quartz crystal singing bowls).