TRP (The Reese Project) is a modern day ensemble with an eclectic repertoire of original Jazz, Funk, Rock, Blues, Classical and World music with the unique instrumentation of flute & cello with a jazz rhythm section. This team of outstanding musicians brings a wide array of backgrounds & talents to the stage, captivating & engaging audiences everywhere. Since 1992 TRP has performed their magical sound throughout the US and Canada. TRP's compositions and arrangements weave elements from around the world into up-tempo, high energy music with haunting sounds that flow from calypso to waltz feels.
Look for a new recording, tentatively titled, "Push Push Pull," a tribute to flute great Herbie Mann, to be released in Summer '13 on VectorDisc Records.
In addition to their Original Scores for Silent Films, they play events ranging from Concerts, Festivals, Corporate Events, Private Events, Clinics & Workshops at Schools and Universities.
Their influences include JS Bach, Claude Bolling, The Beatles, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, David Grisman, Stephane Grapelli, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, Modeski Martin & Wood, The Kronos String Quartet and Yo Yo Ma. Members of TRP have performed or recorded with Al Grey, Bert Denis Trio, BJ Thomas, Bobby Dey, Cecil Bridgewater, Cedar Walton, Chuck Mangione, Connie Francis, Diane Shurr, Gloria Estefan, Henry Mancini, Ira Sullivan, Jerry Vale, John Blake, Johnny Coles, Melissa Manchester, Nat Adderly, Nick Brignola, Peaches, Robin Gibb, Sal Nestico, Steve Giordano, Steve Turre, Tim Warfield, Valery Ponomarev, Vic Damone, Eddie Gomez, & Mark Kramer and others.
"TRP is a special group, offering well-played, joyous jazz that refreshingly and intelligently taps into several other musical genres. Three hearty cheers for their 'Evening in Vermont' album." Frank-John Hadley, longtime Downbeat critic 2-25-12
"Miles Davis and Danny Elfman? The Beatles and Stephen Foster? The connection is The Reese Project ... a mash-up of Stephen Foster and television cartoon dad Homer Simpson; a genre splicing of The Beatles with Miles Davis; and use an exotic electric cello as a string instrument and in place of a bass, not a typical configuration in any idiom." Audiophile Audition, Doug Simpson, 10/17/11
"A refreshingly different form of jazz/folksong/ blues/and even classical music. Whatever they choose to play the sound is full of dash, class, style, and a sense of having a very good time. Every song takes on an original flavor and while most of the tunes are upbeat, there is enough variation to satisfy the most finicky musical taste. The feeling is that this TRP jams well and that while most of the tunes seem to have the arrangements by Tom and LH Reese, this sampler is a group effort - full of energy and enthusiasm and tasty playing." Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA), Hall of Fame Reviewer, Amazon.com, 9/11/11
"...great jazz players... Tom Reese's flute on this one is among the best I've heard ... The lively "Kitchen Girl" demonstrates a diversity not often found in today's jazz world... superb energy, & pianist Kirk Reese just KICKS on this one! I give TRP my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an "EQ" (energy quotient) rating of 4.98." Rotcod Zzaj (Tongduchon, Korea), 11/2/11Rhombus has also released Tom & Kirk's Duo CD: Connected as well as re-releasing Blue Etude (the original version).
Eastern Standard Time (In the Groove) 2010
TRP's 8th release, produced by Grammy award winner Jack Kreisberg, includes 12 originals & standards featuring the unique sound of flute, cello, electric guitar, percussion & drums.
"The Reese Project is a one-of-a kind jazz group; Tom Reese ... plays a mean flute and, on occasion, pennywhistle. His wife, Laurie Haines Reese is a remarkable acoustic and electric cello player. She can slap it like a bass or use a bow and play it like a fiddle, though with a bluesy feel." Barry Bassis, Town & Village, Arts Beat, NYC, 9/22/11
Jazz & Classical Crossover: Husband & wife team Tom & Laurie Reese with TRP (The Reese Project) present a concert featuring two masterpieces by French pianist & composer Claude Bolling. The concerts include Suite #1 for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio & Suite for Cello & Jazz Piano Trio, along with music from jazz standards to JS Bach. These very popular suites were on the best seller lists for many years. Musicians include Tom Reese (flutes), Laurie Haines Reese (cello), Tish Brown (piano), Keith Mohler (bass) and Dave Young (drums).New video of "Bach, Bolling & Bop!" containing clips of the Bolling Suites for Flute & for Cello & Jazz Piano Trio, plus excerpts of PBS video with Kirk Reese & TRP at the 2010 Chaddsford Win ery Jazz Festival.