Promise of A Tree

by Trevor Anderies



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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)
All rights reserved.



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Track Name: The Acorn
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.
Track Name: Harlem Nocturne
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
Track Name: The Search for New Land
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.
Track Name: Shenandoah
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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