Though the Frank-Hailey Eric Zukoski Trio’s last album, "Passing It Around", can still heard on rotation on radio, TV, and multiple compilations, after seven years, this Texas trio was itching to record another. The result, "An Old Sweet Song", named by Jazzlines (NPR) as one of the 10 best jazz records of 2008, is a concept album that features soulful, groove-heavy jazz interpretations of popular compositions not normally associated with the jazz genre, ranging from the likes of Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz to Maria Muldauer’s Midnight At The Oasis.
All About Jazz noted that “Hailey is a cousin of seminal jazz pianist and composer Cedar Walton. But as this CD amply illustrates, Hailey need not invoke the reputation of his well-known relative to gain recognition, revealing he is a fine piano performer in his own right. . . Hopefully this initial outing is the forerunner of more albums in the future."
This wish for the future has now arrived, and the result is an album with broad appeal to not just jazz fans, but fans of popular music of all styles. This broad appeal is boosted by performance and production work from Eric Zukoski, who has backed artists ranging from The Drifters to 1970's soul artist Al Wilson (“Show & Tell”), and whose work as a record producer includes accomplishments in several genres outside of jazz, including having produced what is now the best-selling compilation of Texas music in history ("Don't Mess With Texas Music").
Recent airplay reports show that the Frank Hailey-Eric Zukoski Trio's latest album,"An Old Sweet Song", is currently receiving airplay in all radio markets, including Public Radio International, and great jazz and college radio stations WUCX, WGLT, KSDS, WUCF, KVLU, KJAZZ, WICN, WUNC, KJHK, KIPO, KCUR, WRUW, KXCV, KRNW, KFAM WEFT and others.
"An Old Sweet Song" is available from iTunes and other internet retailers.
Third-party licensing of recording catalogue available from audiosparx.com and pumpaudio.com.
Mechanical and digital licensing of original compositions and copyrighted arrangements available from the Harry Fox Agency.
Eric Zukoski--Upright Bass and Percussion
An Old Sweet Song (2009, Seabreeze Jazz/Allegro Distribution)
The Jazz Scene (compilation CD, UK) (2002, Music Masters, Ltd.)
The Golden Age of The Movies (compilation CD, Australia) (MRA Entertainment, 2002)
Passing It Around (2001, Seabreeze Jazz/Allegro Distribution)