Ed Neumeister

Ed’s sophisticated music, with influences from Jazz, Classic and World Music, is highly engaging with surprising twists and turns of rhythmic and harmonic fancifulness. Below are audio and video examples of various performances with different ensembles.

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Solo Improvisation for Trombone, Voice & Plunger

2006

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3 For The Road (Coming Soon)

2020

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Electro-acoustic soundscapes #1

2011

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The Mohican and the Great Spirit

1997

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Olympic Quintet for winds

12 November 2012

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String Quartet #1

1 October 2011

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Suite for Piano Quartet and Improvising Soloist

2007

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Suite Ellington

07 August 2016

Billy Drewes – Alto Sax & Clarinet, Jim Rotondi – Trumpet & Flugelhorn,
Ed Neumeister – Trombone, Fritz Pauer – Piano, Peter Herbert – Contra Bass,
Jeff Ballard – Drums

1. Caravan (Juan Tizol) 10:01
2. Come Sunday (Duke Ellington) 10:48

The Queens Suite (Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn)
3. Sunset and the Mocking Bird    04:05
4. Lightning Bugs and Frogs    04:47
5. Le Sucrier Velours    04:49
6. The Single Pedal of a Rose    04:39
7. Northern Lights    03:07
8. Apes and Peacocks    05:11

From Far East Suite (Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn)
9. DEPK    07:53

Arranged and Produced by Ed Neumeister
In memory of Fritz Pauer

Celebrating the 100th birthday of the great Billy Strayhorn, composer, arranger, trombonist, Ed Neumeister, releases his latest album with a collection of his arrangements of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s lessor known masterpieces arranged for jazz sextet. Included in the collection is the complete Queens Suite, Come Sunday from Black Brown & Beige, DEPK from the Far East Suite, and the Juan Tizol classic Caravan.

Featuring some of the finest interpreters of creative music today. Ed Neumeister, who played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for over fifteen years, takes the Ellington/Strayhorn evolution as inspiration and adds his personal touch to the arrangements that allows the players to contribute with their own unique voices resulting in a modern creative reading of these half-century old classics.

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Buenos Aires Jazz Festival November 2014

01 January 2015

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Explorations 1–11,

2006

Explorations is a series of group imporvisations. Everytime we were in the studio we would record several “totally improvised” pieces with little or no direction from me. The only direction was for who would start the piece. We would take turns starting the piece and sometime start together with no predetermination. The pieces are all complete and unedited. Enjoy!

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Reflection

2006

Reflection is the latest recording from the Ed Neumeister Quartet and features the great Austrian pianist Fritz Pauer and New York stalwarts Drew Gress and John Hollenbeck on bass and drums. We have been together for more than seven years, so this is a “band”.

On Sale now at the Ed Neumeister Store

Trombonist Ed Neumeister is new to me, but he's a veteran, back from an expatriot stint. With this disc he's crafted a marvelous, understated democratic quartet sound.
Dan McClenaghan's Top Ten for 2006

It’s no mystery that players get to know each other by playing together, so when the vibe is great from the first note you can imagine how it feels to be playing together over years. All of the music on the CD is original with Drew, Fritz and John contributing one piece each. What’s amazing is that I asked each of them to contribute a piece for the CD. We hadn’t yet played what I recently wrote and I didn’t describe a vibe or mood that I was looking for, but all three pieces fit the CD perfectly. The pieces by Drew, Fritz and John are spread out evenly on the CD and they act as great supporting contrasts to my pieces. The CD was recorded while on tour in Europe, November 2004 and February 2005.

The term reflection has several possible meanings. It can mean Mirror Image, a technique frequently used in music and is incorporated here in the tune Reflection where the 2nd half is a mirror of the 1st half. Watch out Bach. Reflection can also mean Indication (sign or signal). And, reflection can mean consideration or contemplation. Take your pick. Another working concept of this CD is transparency, which means clearness, simplicity or intelligibility. All cool concepts in music and life.

Enjoy,
Ed Neumeister

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New Standards

2005

A musicians’ musician, Neumeister has it all – tone, range, multiple sounds and a virtuosity that makes him as formidable a classical player as he is in jazz. Neumeister has performed with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Duke Ellington Orchestra (under the direction of Mercer Ellington) for almost two decades and developed a reputation as one who “re-does standards” after receiving a Grammy nomination for his arrangement of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" from the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra CD Too You.

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Metro Music

1997

Ed Neumeister Quintet – With Billy Drewes: saxes & clarinet, Kenny Werner & Jim McNeely: piano, Dennis Irwin: bass, Mike Clark & Jamey Haddad: drums

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Collage

2001

The New York Trombone Quartet, when history was made.

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Wake Up Call

2017

All compositions by Ed Neumeister (MeisteroMusic BMI)

"Wake Up Call"

NeuHat Ensemble:
Reeds: Mark Gross , Billy Drewes , Dick Oatts , Rich Perry, Adam Kolker
Trumpets: Tony Kadleck, Ron Tooley, Dave Ballou, Jon Owens
Trombones: Keith O’Quinn, Larry Farrell, Marshall Gilkes, David Taylor
Rhythm Section: David Berkman - piano, Hans Glawischnig - double bass, Steve Cardenas - guitar,
John Riley - drums, John Hollenbeck - percussion.
Tonmeister: Michael Patterson
Musician Contractor: Keith O’Quinn

On Sale now at the Ed Neumeister Store.

The title track, Wake Up Call, is signifying the state of our society at the present time. When will we as a society wake up to the injustices to our fellow brothers and sisters on the precious planet and to our dear Mother Nature?

Even though I am deeply concerned about the ongoing wars and carnage of man against man and against the planet that we call home, pitting the haves against the have-nots. While the powerful consolidate “power” the rest of us are expanding our consciousness, to a place where we can understand and accept the ego for it is and use it for positive purposes. Understanding that we are all truly equal in all regards. While it seems sometimes that humanity is following the path of madness, without consideration to our children and their children, we can hope that what’s right will truly prevail over greed, corruption and evil.

The piece Wake Up Call is positive in nature as I am an optimist and feel that the human consciousness is evolving, albeit slowly, and that some day we will be living in peace and prosperity without violent conflict against our fellow citizens or Mother Nature. Too much to ask?

Mother Nature is a great, unending, source of inspiration for me.

The music on this CD reflects a lifetime in music and the on-gong quest to create music at the highest levels with my musical colleagues around the globe.

The NeuHat Ensemble is comprised of some of the best musicians anywhere and I am honored that they agreed to participate in this project. Amazing musicians all. I am proud of the result and look forward to the next project, whatever that might be.

Until then, Enjoy!
Ed Neumeister

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KUG Expanded 30 piece Jazz Orchestra

12 September 2014

KUG (University of the Performing Arts, Graz Austria Expanded (30 piece) Jazz Orchestra) performing live in concert May 6 & 7 2014 at Mumuth, György-Ligeti-Saal, Graz Austria

Composed & Directed by Ed Neumeister

Wake Up Call “the madness of humanity” is a response to the continuing polluting and poisoning of the planet we live on. Hopefully, we (humanity) will wake up before it is too late. I: Mother Earth Sings the Blues II: Exploration, searching for a solution III: Redemption, it's not too late.... yet

Suite for Expanded Jazz Orchestra has it’s inspiration from Mother Nature. The more I observe nature, the more I see how beautiful she is. Organic shapes have a flow and symmetry without being symmetrical. The sections in this piece reflect my observations of the shapes and colors of nature integrated thru my musical vision.

Signals #1 begins in the desert with impressionistic shapes enhanced by bursts of colors and wind, leading into Birds of Prey where the winds and strings represent the two or three Birds of Prey as they glide effortlessly above the earth. The rest of the orchestra represents the constant activity on the ground below, ebbing and flowing in intensity.

Chamber Sips gives the full orchestra a break as first the Wind Quintet then the String Quartet represent small communities of animals working to survive and thrive.

Joshua Tree is not actually a tree but a large cactus in the Mohave desert in California. The shape of the cactus is usually with three primary structures on top. They represent the three-note motif that Joshua Tree is based on. It starts with a sand storm in the desert before clearing into a stark, beautiful but rugged landscape.


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One & Only

2019

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Seven Vignettes for Violin & Piano

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Sabah el Nur

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Colloquium for Flute & Piano

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Soliloquy For Bass Clarinet

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Elements for String Quartet

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Solo Music

Soliloquy For Bass Clarinet

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One & Only

2019

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Solo Improvisation for Trombone, Voice & Plunger

2006

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Duo & Trio

3 For The Road (Coming Soon)

2020

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Electro-acoustic soundscapes #1

2011

Read Reviews

The Mohican and the Great Spirit

1997

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Sabah el Nur

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Chamber

Olympic Quintet for winds

12 November 2012

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String Quartet #1

1 October 2011

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Suite for Piano Quartet and Improvising Soloist

2007

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Collage

2001

The New York Trombone Quartet, when history was made.

Read Reviews

Seven Vignettes for Violin & Piano

Read Reviews

Colloquium for Flute & Piano

Read Reviews

Quartet & Quintet

Suite Ellington

07 August 2016

Billy Drewes – Alto Sax & Clarinet, Jim Rotondi – Trumpet & Flugelhorn,
Ed Neumeister – Trombone, Fritz Pauer – Piano, Peter Herbert – Contra Bass,
Jeff Ballard – Drums

1. Caravan (Juan Tizol) 10:01
2. Come Sunday (Duke Ellington) 10:48

The Queens Suite (Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn)
3. Sunset and the Mocking Bird    04:05
4. Lightning Bugs and Frogs    04:47
5. Le Sucrier Velours    04:49
6. The Single Pedal of a Rose    04:39
7. Northern Lights    03:07
8. Apes and Peacocks    05:11

From Far East Suite (Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn)
9. DEPK    07:53

Arranged and Produced by Ed Neumeister
In memory of Fritz Pauer

Celebrating the 100th birthday of the great Billy Strayhorn, composer, arranger, trombonist, Ed Neumeister, releases his latest album with a collection of his arrangements of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s lessor known masterpieces arranged for jazz sextet. Included in the collection is the complete Queens Suite, Come Sunday from Black Brown & Beige, DEPK from the Far East Suite, and the Juan Tizol classic Caravan.

Featuring some of the finest interpreters of creative music today. Ed Neumeister, who played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for over fifteen years, takes the Ellington/Strayhorn evolution as inspiration and adds his personal touch to the arrangements that allows the players to contribute with their own unique voices resulting in a modern creative reading of these half-century old classics.

Read Reviews

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival November 2014

01 January 2015

Read Reviews

Explorations 1–11,

2006

Explorations is a series of group imporvisations. Everytime we were in the studio we would record several “totally improvised” pieces with little or no direction from me. The only direction was for who would start the piece. We would take turns starting the piece and sometime start together with no predetermination. The pieces are all complete and unedited. Enjoy!

On Sale now at the Ed Neumeister Store

Read Reviews

Reflection

2006

Reflection is the latest recording from the Ed Neumeister Quartet and features the great Austrian pianist Fritz Pauer and New York stalwarts Drew Gress and John Hollenbeck on bass and drums. We have been together for more than seven years, so this is a “band”.

On Sale now at the Ed Neumeister Store

Trombonist Ed Neumeister is new to me, but he's a veteran, back from an expatriot stint. With this disc he's crafted a marvelous, understated democratic quartet sound.
Dan McClenaghan's Top Ten for 2006

It’s no mystery that players get to know each other by playing together, so when the vibe is great from the first note you can imagine how it feels to be playing together over years. All of the music on the CD is original with Drew, Fritz and John contributing one piece each. What’s amazing is that I asked each of them to contribute a piece for the CD. We hadn’t yet played what I recently wrote and I didn’t describe a vibe or mood that I was looking for, but all three pieces fit the CD perfectly. The pieces by Drew, Fritz and John are spread out evenly on the CD and they act as great supporting contrasts to my pieces. The CD was recorded while on tour in Europe, November 2004 and February 2005.

The term reflection has several possible meanings. It can mean Mirror Image, a technique frequently used in music and is incorporated here in the tune Reflection where the 2nd half is a mirror of the 1st half. Watch out Bach. Reflection can also mean Indication (sign or signal). And, reflection can mean consideration or contemplation. Take your pick. Another working concept of this CD is transparency, which means clearness, simplicity or intelligibility. All cool concepts in music and life.

Enjoy,
Ed Neumeister

Read Reviews

New Standards

2005

A musicians’ musician, Neumeister has it all – tone, range, multiple sounds and a virtuosity that makes him as formidable a classical player as he is in jazz. Neumeister has performed with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Duke Ellington Orchestra (under the direction of Mercer Ellington) for almost two decades and developed a reputation as one who “re-does standards” after receiving a Grammy nomination for his arrangement of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" from the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra CD Too You.

Read Reviews

Metro Music

1997

Ed Neumeister Quintet – With Billy Drewes: saxes & clarinet, Kenny Werner & Jim McNeely: piano, Dennis Irwin: bass, Mike Clark & Jamey Haddad: drums

On Sale now at the Ed Neumeister Store

Read Reviews

Elements for String Quartet

Read Reviews

Big Band & Orchestra

Wake Up Call

2017

All compositions by Ed Neumeister (MeisteroMusic BMI)

"Wake Up Call"

NeuHat Ensemble:
Reeds: Mark Gross , Billy Drewes , Dick Oatts , Rich Perry, Adam Kolker
Trumpets: Tony Kadleck, Ron Tooley, Dave Ballou, Jon Owens
Trombones: Keith O’Quinn, Larry Farrell, Marshall Gilkes, David Taylor
Rhythm Section: David Berkman - piano, Hans Glawischnig - double bass, Steve Cardenas - guitar,
John Riley - drums, John Hollenbeck - percussion.
Tonmeister: Michael Patterson
Musician Contractor: Keith O’Quinn

On Sale now at the Ed Neumeister Store.

The title track, Wake Up Call, is signifying the state of our society at the present time. When will we as a society wake up to the injustices to our fellow brothers and sisters on the precious planet and to our dear Mother Nature?

Even though I am deeply concerned about the ongoing wars and carnage of man against man and against the planet that we call home, pitting the haves against the have-nots. While the powerful consolidate “power” the rest of us are expanding our consciousness, to a place where we can understand and accept the ego for it is and use it for positive purposes. Understanding that we are all truly equal in all regards. While it seems sometimes that humanity is following the path of madness, without consideration to our children and their children, we can hope that what’s right will truly prevail over greed, corruption and evil.

The piece Wake Up Call is positive in nature as I am an optimist and feel that the human consciousness is evolving, albeit slowly, and that some day we will be living in peace and prosperity without violent conflict against our fellow citizens or Mother Nature. Too much to ask?

Mother Nature is a great, unending, source of inspiration for me.

The music on this CD reflects a lifetime in music and the on-gong quest to create music at the highest levels with my musical colleagues around the globe.

The NeuHat Ensemble is comprised of some of the best musicians anywhere and I am honored that they agreed to participate in this project. Amazing musicians all. I am proud of the result and look forward to the next project, whatever that might be.

Until then, Enjoy!
Ed Neumeister

On Sale at Bandcamp

Read Reviews

KUG Expanded 30 piece Jazz Orchestra

12 September 2014

KUG (University of the Performing Arts, Graz Austria Expanded (30 piece) Jazz Orchestra) performing live in concert May 6 & 7 2014 at Mumuth, György-Ligeti-Saal, Graz Austria

Composed & Directed by Ed Neumeister

Wake Up Call “the madness of humanity” is a response to the continuing polluting and poisoning of the planet we live on. Hopefully, we (humanity) will wake up before it is too late. I: Mother Earth Sings the Blues II: Exploration, searching for a solution III: Redemption, it's not too late.... yet

Suite for Expanded Jazz Orchestra has it’s inspiration from Mother Nature. The more I observe nature, the more I see how beautiful she is. Organic shapes have a flow and symmetry without being symmetrical. The sections in this piece reflect my observations of the shapes and colors of nature integrated thru my musical vision.

Signals #1 begins in the desert with impressionistic shapes enhanced by bursts of colors and wind, leading into Birds of Prey where the winds and strings represent the two or three Birds of Prey as they glide effortlessly above the earth. The rest of the orchestra represents the constant activity on the ground below, ebbing and flowing in intensity.

Chamber Sips gives the full orchestra a break as first the Wind Quintet then the String Quartet represent small communities of animals working to survive and thrive.

Joshua Tree is not actually a tree but a large cactus in the Mohave desert in California. The shape of the cactus is usually with three primary structures on top. They represent the three-note motif that Joshua Tree is based on. It starts with a sand storm in the desert before clearing into a stark, beautiful but rugged landscape.


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