TRIPLICATE, a progressive jazz trio, is seen on several stages throughout the Twin Cities. They have been an opening act for popular jazz and R&B artists including Spyro Gyra, at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, and 'the most recorded drummer in the world,' Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, at the Cedar Cultural Centre. TRIPLICATE is Joel Shapira on guitar, Bruce 'Pooch' Heine on bass and Dave Stanoch on drumset. TRIPLICATE became a band more by accident than design. Their repertoire was formed from casual jam sessions and a desire to stretch, burn and play nice melodies. Tight arrangements range from works by composers like Charles Mingus, John McLaughlin and Miles Davis, to a growing body of original compositions, that all are given the 'Triplicate Treatment'-blending modern attitude and hard hitting traditional energy with a soft spot for dark melodies to produce funky music that rocks and swings hard. In the fall of 1998, TRIPLICATE was featured in the Jazz Is Cool music education series sponsored by The American Federation of Musicians Union Local #30-73, and The Twin Cities Jazz Society, performing concerts and clinics at various Twin Cities high schools. They have been featured on the television programs KARE-11 Today and Twin Cities Public Television's NewsNight Minnesota. In early 2001, TRIPLICATE released their self-titled debut CD with a sold out concert at The Dakota in St. Paul. It is currently in regular rotation on KBEM 88.5 FM and is also receiving air play on KFAI 90.3/106.7 FM, Minnesota Public Radio's The Jazz Image, and WCCO 830 AM. In May 2001, TRIPLICATE was nominated for two 2001 Minnesota Music Awards in the Best Jazz Band and Best Jazz Recording categories. ABOUT THE CD: TRIPLICATE is a trio strongly grounded in the American jazz tradition of forward thinking musical virtuosity, hard swinging energy, and stereotype-defying dignity that personified the pioneers of be-bop and hard-bop who set the standard for all that followed. Not content to merely be a 'retro/traditionalist' type of group, TRIPLICATE is well versed in a variety of other American and international musical styles. This self-titled recording contains 11 songs, three original pieces and eight others composed by some of the greatest names in jazz that point right to the heart of TRIPLICATE and their roots. This is illustrated by the bluesy hard bop of Webb City and Blues for Buhaina; the James Brown/New Orleans-influenced funky R&B of Nostalgia in Times Square and Crescent City Strut; the dark ballad Lament; the avant-garde jazz-rock of Tones for Elvin Jones and Third Wind; and the Afro-Cuban/Brazilian dimensions of You Don't Know What Love Is. Those, along with the other tracks, create the flavorful mix that pour out of this recording. After five years together, as a busy and dedicated ensemble, TRIPICATE has captivated audiences of diverse tastes and ages with their energy, sensitivity and well-honed sense of musical interplay. The members of TRIPICATE are satisfied that they've produced a recording that captures the excitement and depth of their live shows as well as their cohesive versatility. Released on the independent Rhythmelodic Records label, TRIPLICATE was engineered by Matthew Zimmerman at Wild Sound studio in Minneapolis and produced by Bruce 'Pooch' Heine, Joel Shapira, and Dave Stanoch. REVIEW: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Sunday, January 14, 2001 Local Artists Produce Impressive Releases by Bob Protzman 'Triplicate,' Triplicate, Rhythmelodic * * * 1/2 (out of a possible 4 stars) The past year was perhaps the most productive and rewarding in some time for jazz recordings by Twin Cities musicians. Add to those these fine recent releases from the trio Triplicate (Joel Shapira, guitar; Bruce 'Pooch' Heine, bass; Dave Stanoch, drums) and the duo of valve trombonist Brad Bellows and guitarist Dean Granros. Triplicate is deceptively excellent. A band for some five years (you can hear it in their in-sync and interactive playing), it's members have varied and extensive resumes as students, players and teachers, evident in the choice of material, incorporation of various idioms, and high level of musicianship. There's an appealing deliberateness, spareness and relaxed feeling with Triplicate, reflected in some pieces played at a slower-than-usual tempo and the breathing room in the group's ensemble arrangements, as well as in solos by each player. Speaking of solos, there's a maturity here, too, with no flashy passages, superficial energy, or showy displays--just direct, un-complicated playing that reaches the listener on many levels. You'll hear Thelonious Monk's 'Bemsha Swing,' an Afro-Cuban, Brazilian reading of the standard 'You Don't Know What Love Is.' Bud Powell's hard-swinging 'Webb City,' Charles Mingus's 'Nostalgia in Times Square,' a John McLaughlin composition interpolated with something from the rock group Led Zeppelin, a funky Nawlins 'Crescent City Strut,' J.J. Johnson's haunting 'Lament,' a jazz-rock piece by Stanoch, and a multi-metered tune from Heine.