Eric Wollman and Persons of Interest
This trio is dynamic, beautiful and all original. The group has been playing together for last 15 years and has a synergy that only comes with time. Lovers of intense instrumental music will love this band.
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Eric Wollman is a master jazz guitar player and composer. He has performed with many of the top names in jazz including John Handy, Ron McClure, Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely, Benny Maupin, Jerome Richardson and Joe Diorio. He has also toured extensively with Mike Clark and performed with some of the most prominent names in jazz-fusion including Kenwood Dennard, Delmar Brown, Adam Holzman and Zack Danziger.
Jim Donica has been playing professionally on the American and international music scenes for over 20 years. He has worked extensively with some of the world’s finest musical artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Joe Strummer, Ron Affif, Chita Rivera, and The David Becker Tribune. His performance credits include John Handy, Pete Christlieb, Peter Erskine, Tom Brechtlein, Clarence Penn, Cyrus Chestnut, Bruce Barth, Jim McNeeley, Larance Marable, Vinnie Colaiuta and Mike Cain.
Peter Grant attended The Manhattan School of Music. He has performed in venues ranging from concert halls, clubs and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Blue Note and The Mount Fuji Jazz festival in Japan. He has recorded with such artists as Gerry Mulligan, Peggy Lee, New York Voices, and Claire Daly. Peter has also played live with Astrid Gilberto, Peter Cincotti, Ben E. King, and Rodney Jones.
“PERSONS OF INTEREST”
Guitarist Eric Wollman creates some intriguing sounds with his guitar on this trio album with bassist Jim Donica and drummer Peter Grant. Like compatriot Bill Frisell, Wollman appears to be focusing on the texture of tone here and not on chops as his pieces “On The Fence” and “On the Mild Side” express the mood of the entire album of sublime pastoral atmospheres of six stringed affects. Space is a sound as well, as Donica’s “The Ring” and “Quantum Leap” use pauses between both stringed instruments for melodious effect, while the closing “ What?” is the most collaborative, as Grant’s stick work moves the tune forward, while most of the time providing thoughtful support and framework. Impressive textures produced here.
— George Harris
SENSATIONAL INSTRUMENTAL FUSION
This is the fourth trio offering from Eric Wollman and again we are spoiled with a remarkable fusion release! From the first cut we are struck by this amazing artist’s unbelievable musical skill in a highly sophisticated genre. His improvisation is remarkably fluid, his interpretation marvelous, not to mention the beauty of his sound. There’s a strong alchemy among Wollman, Jim Donica on bass and Peter Grant on drums. Each has plenty of room to express all his talents and their interaction is dynamic. The cuts run from high energy to meditative and each draws you into its sound and mood. You just want to listen and listen again, each time hearing something new and nuanced.
A great musical experience, this CD is a magical journey of the highest caliber possible in the world of instrumental fusion! The listener’s satisfaction is total! Kudos for a remarkably strong album from one of the most impressive guitarists I’ve ever heard!
Host, “For the Love of Guitar” Radio Show