From the Vaults, Vol. 2: The NBV Quintet (1980-1983)


[feat. Dave Urban, Steve Eisen, Kelly Sill, & Paul Wertico]
by Howard Levy
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Freewheeling original neo- bop Jazz. Intense, interactive, serious, and humorous. The best of the best of the 1980’s Chicago Jazz scene. Studio and Live recordings.

1. 22 Bars (feat. Dave Urban, Steve Eisen, Kelly Sill & Paul Wertico) 8:14
2. Airborne (feat. Dave Urban, Steve Eisen, Kelly Sill & Paul Wertico) 8:37
3. Moonchild (feat. Dave Urban, Steve Eisen, Kelly Sill & Paul Wertico) 9:11
4. Mello Roast (Live) [feat. Dave Urban, Steve Eisen, Jeff Czech & Paul Wertico] 10:30
5. Salt Lake Blowout (Live) [feat. Dave Urban, Steve Eisen, Jeff Czech & Paul Wertico] 15:05

“I started this band with trumpeter Dave Urban, bassist Curt Bley, and drummer Dave Derge in 1979. We were all part of the flourishing Chicago Jazz scene. NBV stands for “No Bad Vibes”. Either Curt or Dave Urban suggested that as the name, and it stuck. As time went by, I became the leader and added sax player Steve Eisen. Various drummers and bass players passed through the group, each bringing his own special touch to the sound.

The band played regularly at The No Exit Café, The Piano Man, and other Chicago venues between 1980 and 1985.

We mostly played my tunes, but also some standards, Wayne Shorter tunes, etc. I played piano 95% of the time in this band, as the primary focus of the band was the sound of the trumpet and tenor sax with rhythm section.

I rediscovered old cassettes of our music as I was cleaning my attic last year. This gave me the impetus to put out the music that we had played together in the 1980’s in Chicago.” —- Howard Levy

Personnel:
Howard Levy – piano
Dave Urban – trumpet and flugelhorn
Steve Eisen – tenor saxophone
Kelly Sill – bass (tracks 1-3)
Jeff Czech – bass (tracks 4 and 5)
Paul Wertico – drums