In Spiritu I
'Brilliant' -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer 'Stunning' -- Victory Music 'A Sure Winner' -- Sound Choice * * * * * DAVID PAUL MESLER is a genre-defying artist whose adventurous jazz band plays over 125 dates a year. An award-winning pianist and an Emmy-nominated composer, David uses his classical training and 25 years as a professional jazz musician to explore jazz-classical hybrids in unconventional and dramatic ways. Virtuosic in the extreme, versatile in the extreme, and consistently inspired, David is now considered Northwest piano royalty and has been compared favorably to McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Cecil Taylor, Ahmad Jamal, Thelonius Monk, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, and Bud Powell. IN SPIRITU I is a propulsive free improv session that uses Gregorian chant as the jumping off point. David Paul Mesler is on piano, Doug Miller is on upright bass, and Brian Kirk is on drums. It is Volume I of a three-volume set. * * * * * 'Mesler is amazing' -- Bill Clinton 'Mesler improvises with a difference' -- Earshot Jazz 'Rhapsodic Sturm and Drang' -- Cadence * * * * * PLAYED ON THE SAME BILL AS: Diane Schuur, The Manhattan Transfer, Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Burt Bacharach, Lionel Richie, Debbie Gibson, Skitch Henderson, Philip Glass, Lyle Lovett, Bruce Hornsby, Jackson 5, Sister Sledge, Barry Manilow, Garrison Keillor, Harvey Feirstein, The Capitol Steps * * * * * 'Gorgeous' -- KING-FM 'Great Jazz' -- KPLU-FM 'Northwest All-Star Band' -- KEXP-FM 'Magnificent' -- Benaroya Hall 'Multiple Ovations' -- Town Hall * * * * * PLAYED FOR: Bill Clinton, Al Gore, George Bush, Steven Speilberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Harrison Ford, Julie Harris, Tom Brokaw, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Gene Kelly, Dudley Moore, The Brat Pack (casts of) Saturday Night Live, Good Times, The Jeffersons, Different Strokes, Love American Style, Laugh-In, The Beverly Hillbillies, Gilligan's Island, Bewitched * * * * * 'Energetic' -- The Stranger 'Sexy' -- Bainbridge Review 'Frenzied' -- Victory Music 'Blues-By-Rachmaninov' -- Cadence * * * * * ALBUMS: The Balladeer, Pacific Sailings, In Spiritu I, II, & III, The Beautiful, I Hear America Singing Vol. I, II, III, & IV, The Blue Diary, The Dream Journal Murders, Celebrating Gershwin Vol. I & II, Celebrating Ellington, Just A Lucky So And So, Cloudburst, Reverie, Blue Smoke November Waltz, The Piano Diaries, Moonsongs * * * * * 'Impressive' -- Sound Choice 'Hook-Filled' -- Sound Choice 'Heartily Recommended' -- Heartsong Review 'Heartily Recommended' -- Missing Link 'Critic's Choice' -- The Stranger 'Critic's Choice' -- The Weekly 'Critic's Choice' -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer 'Critic's Choice' -- Seattle Times * * * * * FILMS: The Wrong Guy, Battlefield Earth, Eloise At The Plaza, Eloise At Christmastime, First Daughter, King Arthur, Sea Of Dreams, Finding Home, Dennis The Menace Strikes Again, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, The Grudge 2 (with) John Travolta, Julie Andrews, Forest Whitaker, Michael Keaton, Genevieve Bujold, Loise Fletcher, Sonia Braga, Katie Holmes, Clive Owens, Kids In The Hall (sessions for) Disney, Warner Brothers, MGM, Touchstone, New Line Pictures, Handmade Films, ABC * * * * * 'Zesty' -- The News Tribune 'Graceful' -- Option 'Moody' -- Missing Link 'Romantic' -- The Weekly 'Unmistakable Passion' -- Bainbridge Review * * * * * TELEVISION: Days Of Our Lives, The Miracle Strip, The Seattle-Tacoma Interurban Railway, Pioneers In Aviation, Sun Microsystems, The Day Elvis Met Nixon * * * * * 'Intelligent' -- Heartsong Review 'Sophisticated' -- Victory Music 'Accomplished' -- The New Times 'Beautiful' -- Missing Link * * * * * MAJOR WORKS: (orchestral and choral) The March Macabre, The Breakfast Table, Blue Nocturne, Psalm 23 (songbooks) D.H. Lawrence, Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Ogden Nash, James Thurber (musicals and dance theater) Only A Dream Away, Sometime's It's Magic, Gaping Generations And Gunshot Wounds, Blue Nocturne, The Ballad Of Nomad Blue * * * * * 'Inspired' -- Duplex Planet 'Whimsical' -- Sound Choice 'Sinuous Twining' -- Bainbridge Review 'An Artist To The Bone' -- The Collegian * * * * * WORKS PERFORMED BY: Kronos Quartet, USC Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Bainbridge Chorale, Northwoods Wind Quintet, Seattle Chamber Players, Musicians Accord, Annex Theater, Abbey Theater, Foundation Theater Co-op., Circle X Theater, Hoover Street Music Company, Metropolitan String Quartet, Four Winds Quartet, Ensemble a Corda, Trio Presto, The Dave Mesler Quartet, a variety of performers and ensembles at USC, UCLA, Cal Arts, the University of Redlands, and the University of Washington, and members of the Seattle Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. LIVE PERFORMANCES IN: The United States, Canada, Korea, Japan, and Russia. * * * * * 'Dreamy' -- Victory Music 'Ironic' -- Sound Choice 'Intense' -- The New Times 'Earthy' -- Bainbridge Review * * * * * TEACHER: David is currently on the music faculty of Seattle Central Community College where he teaches piano, voice, and composition. David's students have gone on to pursue music careers in Prague, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Switzerland, Sweden, and in many of the United States. * * * * * 'Evocative' -- Sound Choice 'Autumnal Nostalgia' -- Heartsong Review 'Richly Colored' -- Victory Music 'Excellent' -- Missing Link * * * * * 'Mesler's playing is as much influenced by modern classical composers as by jazz greats.' -- Earshot Jazz 'Mesler uses a variety of musical styles -- jazz, new music, classical -- to express a decidedly romantic theme. His works are fresh, sophisticated, and richly textured.' -- Missing Link 'Mesler is obviously quite an accomplished writer and pianist, but his greatest strength may be his ability to shift styles and moods. He is equally adept at playing intense classically-inspired pieces and then different styles of jazz. True music lovers will be hard pressed to not find something enjoyable.' -- The New Times 'Mesler's piano riffs at times are stunning, played in a frenzied passion. Other times he plunks away on the keys, bemoaning past loves with an appropriately raspy voice. The music commands attention. Powerful.' -- Victory Music 'Blues-by-Rachmaninov . . . Rhapsodic Sturm and Drang . . . It's like watching a Film Noir Movie without getting the drift of it's plot. I was expecting the chandeliers to fall!' -- Cadence.