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""Lucid Grace...""

"…it's the arresting, quirky singer — Annie Sellick's catchy, smart-as-a-fox alto — that steals the show…. On Low Standards, Bergeson and vibist Steve Shapiro lead their low-key band through Latinized classics and lush, leisurely originals with lucid grace…. When they back Sellick on shorter alternating tracks, they ease into overdrive for her insinuating smears and hints of Diana Krall and savvy Carmen McRae snap." - Downbeat Magazine, October 2005

""Warm & Tasteful...""

"With Steve Shapiro at the helm playing vibes, producing, and arranging, the accompaniment he gets from guitarist Pat Bergeson, Annie Sellick on vocals, Scott Kreitzer on tenor saxophone, Doug Weiss on bass, and Jeff Williams on drums is not only warm and tasteful, but is filled with the kind of retro-cool in-the-pocket grooves that will have listeners poised for more of Shapiro's triple-threat musicality. Sellick's icy-cool voice and soft-chic approach has that late-night feel that blends conservative with sexy on "You Don't Know What Love Is." She's definitely someone to stay tuned to. Shapiro's solo on this song is filled with musical diplomacy as he articulates his bandmates' visions with style and passion. "Four On Six" is an awesome vehicle for bassist Doug Weiss and saxophonist Scott Kreitzer. This rarely heard Wes Montgomery gem is definitely a winner. Low Standards should boost Shapiro's profile as an accomplished vibraphonist, and will definitely make him a favorite with jazz critics because of his ability to bring well-known jazz standards into a different realm of musical dialogue. This CD is definitely saying something and has the perfect late-night ambience for just chillin', or getting something started with that special person."
— Paula Edelstein
- All Music Guide


"... puts you right in th' mood… It's not just the great recording/production on the album that will make it a (real) KEEPER, it's also the fact that all the players understand how important it is to have "the groove" together!…"End Of The Road" would have served ever so well as the theme for "Twin Peaks"! A really GREAT jazz album that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from us."
— Improvijazzation Nation, April 2005 - Improvijazzation Nation, April 2005

"The Jazz Thing"

"vibraphonist steve shapiro--probably known to the "jazz-thing" reader from steely dan's "two against nature"--has also worked together in the past with nashville guitarist pat bergeson. in "low standards" they have finally said adieu to all excited modernism, and given themselves up to time travel to the cocktail jazz of the 50s. this starts with the cover--which looks like a lounge sampler--and continues with the choice of songs--wes montgomery, duke ellington, henry mancini--up to the feather-light sound itself. only the musicians are from today: over simple drums and bass accompaniment, the young singer annie sellick lifts her soft voice and the tenor saxophonist scott krietzer adds accents. the entirety that emits from the speakers is so perfect and so quieting that the question about the "why", which sometimes rears its head, is generally silent."
- (Germany)

""Diversity pays dividends.""

Welcome to Low Standards. That comment was not meant to be quizzical. It just goes to show that Steve Shapiro and Pat Bergeson have a sense of humour that blessed them when coming up with a name for their record. That is the only part of the package that is “low”, the music travels a well-described path made all the more definitive by the musicians and the arrangements. The quartet which is rounded off by Doug Weiss on bass and Jeff Williams on drums, features singer Annie Sellick and tenor saxophonist Scott Kreitzer, who help extend the parameters. Sellick has a supple, pliant expression and Kreitzer has the ability to dig deep and come up with some impassioned permutations. Besides originals, the band picks on Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Wes Montgomery and even Jackson Browne. And while there is a mellow air that wafts across nicely enough, there is a stronger wind that carries the moment as it does on “Four on Six.” Shapiro on vibraphone and Weiss on bass set up the tempo, Kreitzer essays a hard métier diving in and pushing the momentum. Shapiro adds the glow which Bergeson carries with a buoyant crispness. An impressive ballad steps up on “Please Be Early,” the mood warm and earthy, while “Small Wonders” shimmers with its bossa beat. When it comes time for “Love Killing Lies,” Sellick infers a poignant sadness. And she has a way with standards, never decrying from their innate sensitivity. Diversity pays dividends. By Jerry D'Souza -


"On this very fine mixed set of standards and originals, vibraphonist Steve Shapiro and guitarist Pat Bergeson lead a quartet that also includes bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Jeff Williams (with guest appearances by saxophonist Scott Kreitzer and the smolderingly sexy singer Annie Sellick). There's something pleasingly retro about this group's sound -- there's nothing loungey about them, but something will make you think of cocktails anyway. Not sure how that works. Recommended." - Rick Anderson, CD HotList, June 2005
- CD Hotlist

""Unpretentious, straightahead combo...""

Steve Shapiro has been on the scene for 20 years playing vibes and marimba, composing, arranging, accumulating TV scoring credits and keeping a low profile as sideman with top names in jazz and pop. With guitarist Pat Bergeson as coproducer, Shapiro has issued his third album as leader, Low Standards (Sons of Sound). This is unpretentious, straightahead combo swing. Shapiro sculpts his solos well; his best efforts come on "Days of Wine and Roses" and Wes Montgomery's "Four On Six." But his frequent four-mallet comping doesn't go unappreciated, and neither does the firm, melodic walking of bassist Doug Weiss.

Bergeson shines on "How Deep Is The Ocean?" and on Shapiro's moody jazz waltz "End of the Road." Tenor player Scott Kreitzer's smoothest moments come while playing over drummer Jeff Williams' tom-tom effects during Ellington's neglected 1954 gem "Reflections in D." Perky vocalist Annie Sellick, an original with her own way of phrasing that allows her tongue-in-cheek personality to emerge, sings "Ocean," "Wine and Roses," and "Everything Happens to Me" over diaphanous backing by just Shapiro and Bergeson. She toys with time and takes risks playing catch-up but never sacrifices enunciation, breaks up vowels a la Anita O'Day and boasts a remarkable range. Shapiro's sharp, but keep your ears on Annie. — Harvey Siders © JazzTimes, June 2005 - JazzTimes Magazine

"FIVE STARS *****"

"what a charming album! it is modest and unpretentious. but vibraphonist steve shapiro and guitarist pat bergeson raise their inconspicuousness to a new level, creating overlayering group sound, in which they perfectly integrate guest singer annie sellick and saxophonist scott kreitzer--not neo-swing or mainstream or folk-jazz. a little bit of each, but most of all a lot of enjoyment for the listener. these standards are anything but low." - FonoForum, Germany, May 2005


"Annie Sellick has the most pleasing standards voice I've heard in a long time, and she alternates with Scott Kreitzer, who does his vocalizing through a tenor sax."
-- Tom Hull - The Village Voice


Vocalist Annie Sellick
L.A. Times, Sunday, May 29, 2005

"Sellick's buoyant singingbrings to mind the question of how Janis Joplin might have sounded had she been born 40 years later and focused on jazz. But there's more than Joplin in Sellick's well-formed style, which also includes traces of Anita O'Day's roughhewn rhythms, Ruth Brown's blues and ? even more ? her own utterly unique musical personality. Recorded live at the Vic, with the solid backing of pianist Gerald Clayton's quartet, Sellick concentrates on standards known and lesser-known ("Honeysuckle Rose," "Baltimore Oriole," "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home"), as well as tunes by Lionel Bart, Jimmy Rowles and others, finding the gold in each. She sings everything with an ineffable, perky enthusiasm. But Sellick's most attractive quality may be the manner in which she has transformed her influences into her own, immediately identifiable style. She's a comer." Annie's latest CD, "A Little Piece of Heaven"(Chalice Music), is available at

MIX MAGAZINE, March 2000
"Steve Shapiro is a legitimate triple-threat musician."


“Steve Shapiro offers us this fine collection of his Marimba and Vibes based jazz. This is some great stuff, if you have an appreciation for Marimba and Vibes (which I do). Steve has a full band backing him up, including horns. Steve has been around the scene for years, and it shows in his talents. My overall impression of this CD is that it maintains enough variety to keep your attention, while also maintaining continuity. I love this disc.” By Tim Hamm, December 2001. - Various Reviews


BACKWARD COMPATIBLE, Apria Records, 2008
LOW STANDARDS, Sons of Sound, 2005
XYLOPHOBIA, Curious Jazz/Sons of Sound, 2001

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New York vibist Steve Shapiro and Nashville guitarist Pat Bergeson have been teaming-up on a regular basis for over 20 years. The pair have a long list of sideman credits including: Alison Krauss, Steely Dan, Bill Frisell, Lyle Lovett, Bill Evans, They Might Be Giants, SpyroGyra, Chet Atkins, and Michael McDonald. Their sound is an original mix of retro and modern -- and with the lush vocals of rising star Annie Sellick, can be cool and natural or upbeat and swinging. The repertoire is influenced by jazz standards, swingsters like George Barnes and Victor Feldman, and songwriters like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor.

Their latest release is entitled BACKWARD COMPATIBLE (Apria Records, 2008), and includes bassists Marc Johnson, Doug Weiss, Tim Ferguson, drummers Clint deGanon, Jochen Rueckert, accordionist Will Barrow, saxophonist Scott Kreitzer, and Sting’s backup singers, Janice Pendarvis and Vaneese Thomas. Pat & Steve's previous recording, LOW STANDARDS (Sons of Sound, 2005), received praise from many critics.

Steve & Pat have been regulars at New York clubs such as The Jazz Standard, Mikell’s, Visiones, The Bitter End, The 55-Bar, and Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. In addition, Annie Sellick has been following her own celebrated career, recently touring throughout the USA and Japan. The LA Times said, “She’s a comer.” And The Village Voice raved, “Annie Sellick has the most pleasing standards voice I’ve heard in a long time.”

"Throughout, the passionate and highly original playing of Shapiro and Bergeson make the music on BACKWARD COMPATIBLE consistently irresistible and exciting."
– Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist & Author

“From the moment you hear Annie Sellick sing the opening lines from Joni Mitchell’s song “Free Man In Paris,” you feel like she is speaking directly to you. As the song progresses, it becomes impossible to escape Sellick’s powers of seduction, and vibraphonist Steve Shapiro and guitarist/harmonica player Pat Bergeson are perfect accomplices during the takeover. Their blend of jazz, country-folk, and a wee bit of swing makes their latest release Backward Compatible an album that you will want to pass onto your children.”

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