Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Tony Lustig Quintet - Taking Flight (2016)

Critics, Listings, Features
Tony Lustig 
Taking Flight


“Tony is an exceptional talent. He has a big, beautiful sound 
with just the right amount of edge.” 
-Joe Temperley Baritone Saxophone, Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra

“The world is ready for Tony Lustig. He’s the baritone 
saxophonist I’ve been waiting for all my life.”
-Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson Alto Saxophone 

“Tony is one of the most talented, dedicated, and hardest working people I have ever had the opportunity to work with. When he picks up his horn you know it’s Tony Lustig. With his strong character, integrity, and determination 
the sky is the limit to what he can achieve.”
-Rodney Whitaker Bass, Director of Jazz Studies
Michigan State University


Originally hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Tony Lustig is a dynamic saxophonist who believes strongly in warmth and groove. Taking Flight is a manifestation of those beliefs. Tony began playing violin in grade school. Learning to play the saxophone was almost an accident. Being as there wasn’t a strings program in his school, Tony needed to find an alternate means of expression. His parents offered an alto saxophone left in a dusty corner, abandoned by his older sister. As soon as the horn met his lips he felt that was it – that is what he had been looking for. He spent his childhood years playing around Detroit where he had the opportunity to play with and learn from such Detroit greats as: Marcus Belgrave and Rodney Whitaker. These experiences would lead Tony to further his quest for musical knowledge at both Michigan State University and the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

Upon making New York City his home, Tony has performed with some of the biggest names in the country - appearing with: Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Christian McBride Big Band, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Birdland Big Band, George Gee Swing Orchestra, Patti Austin Big Band, Cab Calloway Orchestra, even Gloria Gaynor, amongst others. His playing has brought him all across the United States, France, England, Japan, Colombia, Brazil, Panama, and elsewhere. Tony is a fiery character who attacks his music fiercely and passionately. He writes with the intention of stirring the soul. His melodies are memorable and his sound is moving. He strives to inspire all who listen and bring a smile to everyone he meets.


I believe in creating music that people of all musical interests and backgrounds would enjoy listening to. For this album, it was my goal to write 8 incredibly different tunes that represent what jazz music means, while still making it enjoyable for someone who has never listened to jazz before. I wanted this album to feel good above all else. The players for the band were easy to decide on because they are all incredible musicians who believe in the same thing - creating music at the highest level possible while still keeping the mainstream ear interested. I believe bridging the gap between musical styles is very possible, and this album is the first step in my journey to make that happen. I believe in inclusion, warmth, and groove. This project is the manifestation of those beliefs.

Track Time & Times
Change is Comin’ 5:49
Fraytown 8:47
Prometheus 8:33
For Wayne 5:56
Taking Flight 6:22
Serving it Up 6:18
On the Wings of Icarus 9:46
Burnin’ Grease 4:31
All compositions by Tony Lustig 

Player and instrument:
Tony Lustig – bari sax, bass clarinet
Mike Dease – trombone
Samora Pinderhughes – piano
Ben Williams – bass
Ulysses Owens – drums