The Eric Ekstrand Ensemble
The Eric Ekstrand Ensemble released "Spiked Heel Stomp" in 1998. It has sold approximately 12,000 copies. This is their follow-up CD. Comparisons: If you like swing music along the lines of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick, Jr., Michael Buble, etc. you'll love the Eric Ekstrand Ensemble's "Standard Delivery".
The musicians on the CD are all seasoned veterans of the L.A. music scene the youngest being bassist Billy Brockmann who at 30 years old has already established himself in the jazz, pop and symphonic world in Los Angeles. Drummer Frank Wilson got his swinging reputation from working with jump master Joe Liggins to English blues legend, John Mayall to the king of the jazz Hammond B3 organ, Jimmy Smith and many others. Trombonist Ken Tussing, sax player Mark Rowland and trumpeter Jeff Kaye worked for many years with the Ray Charles Orchestra on the road and in recordings. Sax and flute player John Stephens has played with Count Basie, Benny Carter, Gerald Wilson and Marvin Gaye. Trumpeter Lee Thornberg has graced the bandstands for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Chicago, Tower of Power the band on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The entire personell (all 3 bands) Eric Ekstrand; piano, vocal, arranger, Mark Rowland; alto sax, tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet, flute, Dean Roubicek; tenor sax, clarinet, Dave Victorino; baritone sax, flute, John Stephens; alto sax, flute, Jeff Kaye; trumpet, Danny Bryan; trumpet, flugelhorn, Lee Thornburg; trumpet, flugelhorn, Corey Gemme; trumpet, Ken Tussing; trombone, flugelbone, Paul Nowell; trombone, Bob Schuster; guitar, Billy Brockmann; bass, Frank Wilson; drums.
This is a joint venture between Loungesaurus Rex and Perseverance Records.