So Glad to Be Here

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Produced by S. Hardy & L. Pintchik
Executive Producer: Mark Conese
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by A.T. Michael MacDonald with Mark Conese at Ambient Recording Co., Stamford, CT 44.1kHz mastered by A.T. Michael MacDonald
at AlgoRhythms, New York

Album Design: Pressley Jacobs: a design partnership
Cover Photography: Dick Duane
Other Photography: Scott Hardy and A.T. Michael MacDonald

Compositions by Leslie Pintchik & Scott Hardy published by Pintch Hard! Publishing (ASCAP)

Released 2003 on Ambient Records

Warmth, humor and mystery flavor this mix of original compositions and jazz standards, in a recording that features powerful group interplay and lean textures.

Pianist Leslie Pintchik and bassist Scott Hardy have a musical partnership that spans two decades, and together they have built a library of rich original material. The legendary bassist Red Mitchell - with whom they worked at Bradley's in Manhattan - called their music "miraculous... in tune in all ways." On "So Glad to Be Here", Leslie and Scott are joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, whose highly unusual kit (which includes hand drums, bells, cymbals, etc.) adds a dramatic array of colors to the music. In the liner notes for the CD, James Gavin wrote "Whether composing or playing, she favors delicacy and thoughtfulness over grandstanding, color over volume, spaciousness over clutter.... "So Glad to Be Here", her debut CD, offers a wonderfully intimate hour of jazz, created with the help of two musicians - bassist Scott Hardy and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi - whose work is as graceful and lyrical as Leslie's... (an) album of jazz that speaks to the mind as well as the heart."

"So Glad To Be Here" was recorded, mixed and mastered in DSD with a Sony Sonoma Workstation at Ambient Recording Studio in Stamford, CT. by engineer A. T. Michael MacDonald, with Mark Conese.

"... Pintchik's music is fresh, full of light and instantly invigorating.... 'So Glad To Be Here' is simply a joyous release.... Pintchik and Takeishi express such playfulness in their musical conversations... that their elation is contagious." (4 stars)
— Downbeat Magazine (review of "So Glad To Be Here" by Ken Micallef)

"... superb playing by all three musicians.... Leslie Pintchik's brilliant debut aptly displays her enormous gifts as a composer, arranger and pianist."
— All Music Guide (review of "So Glad To Be Here" by Ken Dryden)