April 12, 2012
SO IS THE DAY: Now Available!!! With nine freshly-minted originals and three equally intriguing interpretations of well-known pieces, Bria Skonberg’s debut for Random Act Records, is a superb effort.
Joining Skonberg in the frontline are two of her staunchest supporters: saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist Victor Goines, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (who has employed Skonberg in the brass section of his big band and small ensembles on several occasions).
The rhythm section features pianist Jeff Lashway, bassist Kelly Friesen, and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.; on several tracks, they are joined by percussionist Roland Guerrero and guitarist Randy Johnston. Special guests include trombonist Michael Dease (on “Gymnopedie”) and John Pizzarelli, who sings and plays with Bria on “I Wish I Hadn’t Forgotten.” Scott Elias (Random Act Records Founder/President and So Is The Day’s producer), also plays organ on the upbeat “Penny In Your Pocket.”