From the Bridge : 9 Views from the Bridge
From the Bridge, the chamber-jazz string trio featuring double-bassist John Davey, classical guitarist Dennis Turechek and violist Amy Merrill have been performing their unique blend of original compositions by bassist Davey and guitarist Turechek as well as the works of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Villa-Lobos, Laurendo Almeida, Peter Schikele throughout the Central New York area since the fall of 1998. Recent concerts include performances at the Ithaca Festival, The West Kortright Center, Cobleskill Concert Series and concerts sponsored through the Catskill Conservatory, and collaborative concerts with jazz cellist Hank Roberts, and world percussionist Brian 'Uduboy' Melick. From performances at the Syracuse JazzFest, 'Original and compelling music reminding us what a wide-open world jazz really is...The Bridge successfully spans many islands of jazz...there was a taste of this and a dash of that... It all added up to a unique and delicious string stew....All the while, the musicians were confident enough to march to their own muse.' Mark Bialczak--Syracuse Post Standard. 'John Davey is a melodic bassist as well as a fine composer,'Tango' is a piece which suits the group well. Davey's nicely conceived solo is followed by a virtuostic display from violist Amy Merrill...The musical content has a lot of value. The ambiance is friendly and intimate, with very listenable results.' Malcolm Creese, Double Bassist Magazine, UK Autumn, 2002.