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Miles Ahead

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Miles Ahead suspends time and takes their audiences into the land of the groove, rhythmic magic recreating atmospheres to engulf you in the true jazz experience.

Miles Ahead, a hot, adventuresome quintet, plays Jazz. Not smooth jazz, not fusion jazz, not new jazz, not acid jazz, just Jazz. Leading with great original compositions, they follow up with a mixed bag of jazz favorites. Touching and embracing influences from all the great jazz styles, the group bobs and weaves musically like a great cat on the prowl. Creating something new and fresh yet firmly in the jazz tradition.

Miles Ahead takes their name and their desire to push the boundaries of musical excellence from the legendary Miles Davis. However, this band is no weak homage or cliche ridden cover group. The group doesn't even have a trumpet player. The musicians are bright new voices, creating new music, extending new vistas in jazz.

The talented members of the award-winning group perform with a grace and power that enrapt their audience. Taking their listeners with them as they explore the many lush and vibrant landscapes that define the worlds of jazz; Miles Ahead creates and experience that touches all lovers of this great music.

Noah Peterson plays Sax. Gordon Neal Herman plays Piano. Jay Stapleton plays Guitar. James Ormond plays Bass. Rick Maier plays Drums. Together their interplay creates performances, which are always superb and always unique.

All of the band memebrs are also composers. It is rare when a group can list five great performers; it is truly special when they have five writers creating such delightfully original music. Their live performance features a balance of structure and improvisation that touches every audience.

Their debut release, Milepost 1, is receiving airplay on jazz radio stations nationwide. Their CD features six of the bands original compostions. Their songs have been a natural fit for jazz programming as they nicely spice up radio waves with music that fits right in with the best jazz has to offer.

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Live at the Zebra Cocktail Lounge

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A modern jazz quintet rocks Bozeman, MT on Nov 9th, 2001.

These original songs were performed live at the Zebra Cocktail Lounge in Bozeman, MT on Nov 9th, 2001. We were about half-way through a tour from Portland to Montana and this fine venue happened to have some recording equipment on hand. The house was packed, we had a great time and there was much dancing. I hope you enjoy a taste of Miles Ahead at it's best.

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The Studio Sessions

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Original, modern, modal jazz for the discerning jazz listener.

This is an archived release of studio material for a never release album of original Miles Ahead material. We had decided to not release any further material from the band. But as time moved on we thought we should put out these final tracks. This EP is for all of our fans that came to our shows and continue to listen to our music. You are the best! We hope you enjoy these final hidden gems from Miles Ahead.

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Miles Ahead ahead was a modal jazz quintet in Portland, OR.   They toured the Pacific Northwest playing clubs, festivals, and parties.  The band featured original compositions from all of the members.  Touching and embracing influences from all the great Jazz styles, the group bobs and weaves musically like a great cat on the prowl.  A popular attraction at festivals and concert halls throughout their native Northwest, the popular Portland, Oregon based group are making new fans around the globe as they devote more time to touring.  Miles Ahead has shared stages with such legendary performers as Maria Muldar, Chuck Manigone, Diane Schurr, Bobby Shew and Bud Shank.

This is a hoot! So break out the sangria and unwind. These guys are fun, they have a natural charm and seem genuinely happy to be playing. Now, that counts for something under any circumstance.
-Charles Winkoor, Cadence Magazine

Miles Ahead shows some versatility and spark. Compared to the many groups, which take fusion over the edge, these guys retain a sense of tradition.
- Oregon Jazz Society

 

This quintet has the kind of solid interplay that brings to mind an update of the fabled West Coast sound of Brubeck - but with a contemporary bite.
-Bill Smith, Willamette Week

Sax: Noah Peterson                    
Guitar: Jay Stapleton
Keys: Gordon Neal Herman                        
Bass: James Ormond                  
Drums: Rick Maier

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