Promise of A Tree

by Trevor Anderies

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The Acorn 09:45
In the Acorn, there is a promise of a tree. Beneath the ground, it pushes itself where nothing is given takes life and nutrients others see nothing by dirt and mud. We are seeds. The Dirt is our lungs and blood. Grow out, into. Let me whisper in your tonight Rain drops blow winds will know For what it needs is the light Sunlight giving life to the plant For the plant will grow so lovely in the muddy swamps For what it needs is the light We are seeds The dirt is our lungs The dirt is our blood The dirt is how we grow out and into Underneath the ground We know life and death for years untold.
A nocturne for the blues played on a broken heartstring It's wailing out the news my baby is gone from me Dark shadows in the rain, a telephone that won't ring Just memories remain of lovers that used to be I miss the laughs and the fun, my spot in the sun When I was one, one and only The music and lights, those wonderful nights The morning is the time we'd kiss The laughs and the fun, my days in the sun They're over and done and I'm lonely Don't ask me to hid the heartbreak inside The gleaming spark is gone, the light went dark This nocturne for the blues took all and left me nothing Nothing by the blues till baby comes back to me
Lullaby 07:18
Searching for new land All the work we had now is gone Moving West Looking for a better life, desperate for a change. Pioneers passing through the rapids tide Voyages, struggles full of promises Life in a new land All we have is faith in our hands Forceful storms Fighting for our very lives Dreaming of the calm So they travel Through the snow Kids in tow Over mountains in the cold Facing fears Trailing tears All in search of gold.
Shenandoah 06:36
Oh Shenandoah I long to see you Away you rolling river Oh Shenandoah I long to see you Away I'm bound away 'Cross the wide Missouri Oh Shenandoah I love your daughter Away you rolling river Oh Shenandoah I love your daughter Away I'm bound away 'Cross the wide Missouri Been seven long years since I've last seen you Away you rolling river Seven years since I've last seen you Away I'm bound away 'Cross the wide Missouri


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The creative winds of original music are once again blowing from Los Angeles. Composer, Drummer, and Producer Trevor Anderies has solidly established his identity as a bandleader by consistently presenting creative and innovative ideas. PROMISE OF A TREE brilliantly reveals the results of his many dedicated years of study and composing. At the same time, he has performed various nationwide and international tours, with highly respected and successful collaborations in Germany, Italy, France, and a most significant stay in Ghana to study with world class master drummers.

As a producer, Trevor displays some excellent arranging skills by creating works that reveal his fresh melodious inventions, along with deep rhythmical sensitivity. I was totally mesmerized by the opening mood, melody and poetry of "The Acorn." These pieces flow in a magical sequence — one that naturally takes you on a fascinating musical journey. Along the way, you'll hear a piece by composer Earl Hagen, with lyrics by jazz vocalist Mel Torme: the 1940's classic, "Harlem Nocturne." Later, when Alina pours her entire heart in the MOST beautiful rendition of "Shenandoah," the journey slowly comes to a calm and peaceful close. In my opinion, Trevor, Alina, Andrew, Greg, and Emilio have created these masterful sound paintings with a clear view into the future of modern American music.

In times past, there were several local Los Angeles clubs that presented the work of young musicians. The main one that comes to my memory is the World Stage, which was founded by a major jazz icon, drummer Billy Higgins. Fast forward to the present, and the most creative music in LA can now be heard in Little Tokyo at the Blue Whale. This is the musical home for serious listeners; any night of the week you can hear the work of future masters in process. I've gone there many times to hear outstanding groups lead by Trevor. Each time, it was fresh and filled with innovation, especially this latest group with unique vocalist Alina Roitstein. Her warm and captivating voice beautifully sets the tone, and brings Trevor's music to life. This project presents a perfect blend of the world music influences that resonate within the hearts and minds of these youthful giants of creative music.

Listen and enjoy the journey!

—Bennie Maupin, Altadena, CA, May 9, 2015


released June 30, 2015

Trevor Anderies - Drums
Alina Roitstein - Voice
Gregory Uhlmann - Guitar
Emilio Terranova - Bass
Andrew Conrad - Tenor Sax / Clarinet

Recorded at King Size North, September 13-14, 2014
Engineered and Mixed by John Baffa
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering

Compositions by Trevor Anderies (ASCAP)
Except "Harlem Nocturne" (Earle Hagen)
and "Shenandoah" (Traditional)
Words on "The Acorn" by Laura Lee Bahr / Trevor Anderies
Liner Notes by Bennie Maupin
This compilation © 2015 Trevor Anderies (ASCAP)
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