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Machaut Man and a Superman Hat was an amazingly enjoyable project to put together knowing that this band was going to tear through these tunes. Being at the recording was an opportunity to see these players in their element, especially at Systems Two, a studio that feels like a second home.

The compositions on this album were collected over several years, a few older originals and others written recently specifically for this recording. As a composer, you appreciate it when professional musicians are willing to spend time working on something you’ve written; you know that they’ve dedicated years to be able to play well, but the five guys on this recording play jazz at the highest level, and their collective playing is gorgeous.

Dave Lisik


released October 10, 2014

The Music of Dave Lisik

Alex Sipiagin (trumpet and flugelhorn)
Donny McCaslin (tenor and soprano saxophones)
Dave Kikoski (acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes)
Boris Kozlov (bass)
Donald Edwards (drums)

Produced by Dave Lisik
Recorded by Mike Marciano on November 14-15, 2012 at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, New York
Mixed by Dave Lisik in New York City and Wellington, New Zealand
Mastered by Steve Garden in Auckland, New Zealand

All compositions by Dave Lisik, (Galloping Cow Music, ASCAP), except Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael

This recording was made possible with support from Victoria University of Wellington and Prof. Neil Quigley

Thanks very much to Alex, Donny, Dave, Boris and Donald; Victoria University of Wellington, Neil Quigley, Deborah Willis; Steve Garden; Systems Two, Mike Marciano; Tasha Fernandez; Scott Yanow, Chad Anderson; Sarah Taylor and Jorge Sosa; University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press, Rodger Fox, Jack Cooper, Jim Richens, Bob Washut, Randy Grabowski, Dennis Gowen, Ron Paley, Gary Pollard, Mark Waldera, Mark Snyder: Sound Wizard, Dave Monette, and Lorne and Susan Lisik.


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Dave Lisik Wellington, New Zealand

Canadian composer and trumpeter, Dr. David Lisik teaches jazz composition, arranging, theory and pedagogy at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is co-author of the award-winning book, 50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Photograph by Nick Granville
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