in Tones debut release "Subaro" is the result
of a three year collaboration between two New York based
artists: percussionist, composer, producer, Daniel Moreno
and saxophonist, composer, producer Mike Ellis who along
with the generous help of sound man Sharif produced
and co-lead a two year series of Thursday night concert/multi-media
events(2002-2004) at the New York underground haven
"56 Walker Street"* with top Modern Jazz,
World, Urban-Afrobeat, West African, and Latino musicians
as well as a host of dancers, action painters and video
The culmination of this series of approximately one
hundred concerts was an invitation by the "Mercado
Cultural"** in Salvador do Bahia for Moreno to
showcase a group of his choice featuring himself and
Cheick Tidiane Seck, to which he responded by bringing
a group comprised of regular participants in the "Speak
in Tones" series as well as musicians from Mali
and Bahia. This presentation was followed by a recording
co-produced for AlphaPocket Records by Mike Ellis and
Daniel Moreno, also in Salvador.
Besides the artists present on the CD some of the regulars
included: Bruce Cox, Jojo Kwo, Phoenix Rivera, Fred
"Catfish" Alias, Jun Saito: drums, Brian Carrott:
vibes, Adam Holzman, Alan Palmer, Marc Cary, Cynthia
Hilts: keyboards, Curtis Lundy, Taurus Mateen, Carlo
Derosa : bass, Duane Eubanks, Kenny Davis, Greg Glasman:
trumpet, Josh Roseman, Noah Bless: trombone, Frank Lowe,
J.D. Allen, Avram Fefer: tenor saxophone, Gino Sitson,
J.D. Walters, Imani Izuri, Lavida, Kyra: vocals..some
surprise guests included Roswell Rudd, Vincent Chancey,
George Braith, David Gilmore, Chiqui Ortiz, Francis
M'Bappe, Brice Wassy and many more.
* This underground venue is no longer, but Speak in
Tones still performs regularly; check out www.speakintones.com.
It is also important to note the “Speak in Tones”
series was preceded by the "Walker Street Jam"
series (1998-2001) produced by Daniel Moreno.
**In particular we owe a big THANK YOU to Bira Reis
without whom nothing would have been possible on the
Brazilian side of this saga.