Serving briefly in his twenties as director of operations with the pioneering audio company Soundstream, Schlesinger participated in early digital recording sessions with major orchestras in the United States and Europe, years before CDs hit the market. He spearheaded various bands that have dug deep into the gardens of straight-ahead jazz, jazz fusion, jazz/funk and other nuanced genres. He recorded solo, as half of a duo, in quartet and larger formats and in music-meets-poetry extemporizations with poet Jim Cohn. He opened for James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Buddy Guy and other headliners as accompanist to blues/R&B/jazz diva Hazel Miller. He was even certified to teach the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.
A trio album has been high on Bob’s priority list. With his latest release — Brush Strokes — Bob makes his trio debut decisively and eloquently. On original tunes as well as covers enhanced by insightful new arrangements, Schlesinger delivers not just the realization of his dream but also one of the strongest three-piece efforts of the year.
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