Mike Mainieri is keeping busy as usual. His group L'Image (Mainieri, vibes;Warren Bernhardt, keyboards; David Spinozza, guitar; Tony Levin, bass and Chapman stick; Steve Gadd, drums) has reunited and returned from a Japanese tour (September 5-12) to promote their new CD, L'Image 2.0 . Their return to New York landed them at Iridium Jazz Club from September 24-27. Before Mainieri returned to New York, though, he held a workshop at Nagoya Music College on September 13th.
Mainieri has also just released a new title on his record label, NYC Records. He has teamed up with popular Dutch guitarist, Marnix Busstra on the new CD entitled "Twelve Pieces." Mike Mainieri/Marnix Busstra Quartet has garnered stellar reviews:
“You need guts to play really beautifully, and to create an ambience in which every note counts and every subtlety comes across. The Mike Mainieri/Marnix Busstra Quartet made the audience realize that one hardly ever gets to hear music played that way – for hours on end.” -Koen Schouten (de Volkskrant)
“Mainieri proves himself to be the perfect musician for Busstra’s intimate, imaginative compositions. Busstra, clearly influenced by John Scofield, demonstrates not only thathe’s an inspired, gifted improviser, but that it would have been a real shame if these twelve pieces wouldn’t have been heard by the rest of the world.” -HP/ De Tijd
This fall, Mr. Mainieri has the pleasure of playing vibraphone and marimba on Belgian sensation Maurane's newest CD, arranged by Gil Goldstein.
NYC Records's next release will be an album Mainieri recorded with the late (alto) saxophonist Charlie Mariano and bassist, Dieter Ilg, which is due out next year.
Amid his busy schedule, Mike Mainieri and Steps Ahead have been invited to Lincoln Center's 70th birthday season. They will be performing with an all star band in March of 2010 with the Yellow Jackets. Stay tuned for line-up and exact date. Mike will also be releasing a new album with his Scandinavian band, Mike Mainieri and Northern Lights with a tour to follow.