Summer Victory Dance
A Sting-A-Bee-Back Records Production! Featuring the talents of: Sam Goldsmith (vibes, piano) Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax) Jon Evans (bass) Peter Hargreaves (alto sax) Evan Hughes (drums) Josh Jones (drums) Brad McKeague (drums) Stephen Saxon (trumpet) David Starck (piano) Jonathan Stein (bass) Marty Wehner (trombone). I met Sam the summer of 2005 when he was sixteen years old. I was a first time attendee at a remarkable institution called "Jazz Camp West" set in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. During an acoustic concert primarily of camp faculty, I heard a tall lanky teenage kid play an original composition on vibes. I was overwhelmed by the dexterity and taste of the performer, the sophistication of the piece ("Summer Victory Dance"), and the emotional depth of his material. I learned during the year that Sam has a wealth of material equally inspiring. The tracks on this, his debut CD, were recorded over three days during the summer of 2006 and feature a wonderful array of talented performers, some as young as sixteen. A 2006 graduate of Berkeley High School's renowned music program, Sam now attends New York University. It is an honor to have produced this CD, the first jazz project for Sting A Bee Back Records. I know you will enjoy it. ~ Michael Gill.