Thanks for visiting my Video page.  I hope you dig the tunes and watching some of the great guests who have performed with us such as alto legend Richie Cole, Robert Kyle, Mark Isbell and Angelo Metz.  Use this 'Bruce's Jazz Band Blog' link to post your comments after you check it all out.  We really want to hear from our fans.  Enjoy!
 

Alto Legend Richie Cole sits in with Bruce Baker & The Altered Presence Jazz Band

I had the privilege of having alto sax legend Richie Cole sit in with us to play two of my original tunes at our last show at Alvas Showroom.  He played these originals like he has been playing them for years!  Mark Isbell was also on alto along with myself on piano, Mike on bass and Alex on drums.  The following two short clips are excerpts of Richie Cole's performance.  Cole is at the top of his game composing new tunes, writing fabulous arrangements and swingin' better than ever!  Visit his site to hear his new releases; Richie Cole Alto Madness!
An excerpt from
"Creamsicle Sunday"
Feat. Richie Cole - alto sax

Richie Cole solo -  Swingin!
A moderate yet uplifting "straight ahead" jazz piece.  I plan on recording this tune on our next CD.

Title by Kim Baker
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An excerpt from 
"Bebop Bonanza (and it ain't bebop)"
Feat. Richie Cole - alto sax, Mark Isbell - alto sax, Alex Smith - drums

Richie Cole, Mark Isbell, and Alex Smith solos! 
A moderate tempo jazz piece.  I plan on recording this tune on our next CD. 

Title by Kim Baker 
Bootleg video 

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An excerpt from 
"Love Is Easy (So They Say)"
Feat. Angela Vicente - vocals

A jazz waltz - light and easy feel.
Original title was "Nice and Easy." Lauri understood the reason for the title and the feeling of the song and wrote a beautifully fitting lyric.  Angela's singing and scatting further uplifts this tune to a perfect level. 

Lyric by Lauri Johnson  
Bootleg video  

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"Summer Kiss"
Feat. Robert Kyle - flute

 
This is a Bossa Nova tune inspired by the stylings of Antonio Carlos Jobim.  Flutist (and saxophonist) Robert Kyle nailed the essence of this tune and his solo here is astonishing.
Alex Smith drives this performance - his Latin percussion touch is perfect on this tune - incredible.

Title by Kim Baker

Bootleg video by Dan Baker
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"Kim"
The Bruce Baker Trio

A semi-latin jazz ballad inspired by my wife.

Bootleg video by Dan Baker 
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"Altered Presence"
Feat. Alex Smith - drums
A "straight-ahead" jazz waltz

Bootleg video by Dan Baker
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"Westchester Waltz"
The Bruce Baker Trio
A jazz waltz, singable melody and wide open for interpretation.  Great bass solo as well.

Bootleg video by Dan Baker
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"Sausalito on Sunday with a Swizzle Stick"
Feat. Michael Alvidrez - bass
This is actually a vocal piece, however I wanted to feature bass this evening.  Initially, this was composed with the stylings of the "American Songbook" in mind - and then of course it grew legs of its own.

Title by Kim Baker

Bootleg video by Dan Baker
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"Do You Still Care?"
Feat. Angela Vicente - vocals 

A latin ballad.  Lyric by Jacqulyn Landon
One of my favorites. 

Bootleg video

"Winter's Escape"
The Bruce Baker Trio
A medley of straight, swing, and suspense for a feeling of emergence from Winter to Spring.
One of my favorites.

Title by Kim Baker

Bootleg video by Dan Baker
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