Peter Ponzol & Art Resnick
Each Hit Music is excited to be releasing Conversations
How Conversations happened
Peter: "A friend invited me to her loft in NYC for a party, 'bring a horn there is going to be a great pianist there'. We played a few standards and I sensed that we had the right connections. I asked Art if he liked to play free. So I booked time in a studio that had a great piano and only a few days later we recorded. I was in a sound booth and could barely even see Art.. The music is exactly as we recorded. Nothing was discussed. The pieces flowed and ended by themselves. The communication is on another level and I have never experienced anything like it again. People swear that most is composed. We added the titles later."
Peter Ponzol and Art Resnick
Peter is a well-known American jazz saxophonist. He grew up in the Philadelphia area and had the good fortune to study with some of the teachers of the great players such as John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Hank Mobley and many other greats.
Peter spent time in Miami, and San Francisco before settling in NYC in the 70's, where he was a very active jazz and studio player. After receiving a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Performance Grant in 1977 he recorded his first solo album, Prism, and began playing in Europe. He received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service in 1980 to come to Germany as a visiting artist. He moved to Germany in 1981 where he remained until returning to the US in 1993. While in Germany he was often a guest with the Radio Frankfurt Jazz Ensemble and played in many European Jazz clubs and festivals.
Some of the many people Peter has played with include; Monty Alexander, Ira Sullivan, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Elvin Jones, Doug Carn, Pharoah Sanders, Paul Bley, John Taylor, Art Resnick, Richie Havens, Airto, Ken Werner, Jeff Baxter and Larry Young.
Peter has also made a name for himself as a maker of high end saxophone mouthpieces and designer of saxophones for Buffet Crampon, Keilwerth and Antigua.
Art Resnick was a professional jazz pianist and composer who has toured and recorded with some of the best known jazz dignitaries in the world. He has performed and recorded with Freddy Hubbard, Nat Adderly, Benny Golson, James Moody, Eddie Harris, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Gary Bartz, Bobby Shew, Peter Ponzol, Richie Cole and many more. His work is on 13 recordings, two of these as leader. Art toured all over Europe, Australia, and the US playing major clubs in New York, LA, Paris, Lisbon and Sydney Australia to name a few.
His first album, Jungleopolis is available on all platforms, as well as the Art Resnick Trio recordings. His second solo album, A Gift was released on vinyl only.