North by Northeast: Steve Pouchie


Steve Pouchie - North by Northeast poster

Steve Pouchie - North by Northeast CDWith his latest production, North By Northeast, vibraphonist Steve Pouchie may not be scaling Mount Rushmore or dashing about in a gray suit, evading cops and deadly crop dusters, but he and his players nonetheless generate the same breathtaking brand of excitement and unpredictability that characterizes the motion picture classic made famous by Alfred Hitchcock.

The virtuosic Pouchie, who has performed in many notable New York venues throughout the years, along with his renowned players — especially Grammy nominee Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, who co-produced this album—present, in Pouchie’s words, “the different shades of Latin Jazz….played with the sensitivity and precision, that only a good Latin Jazz band can achieve. Each song is experimental
in one way or another.” — Vicki Solá, Que Viva La Música (89.1 WFDU-FM)

This album, North by Northeast is an infinitely sophisticated recording, full of romantic allusions from literature and film. If it suggests Alfred Hitchcock, it is because it abounds in mystery and magic. — Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

Artist: Steve Pouchie | Title: North by Northeast
Label: Latin Jazz Alive Records, LLC | Release Date: January 6, 2015
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Tracks: 1. North by Northeast 6:00; 2. The Cell 5:38; 3. Frenesi Cha-Cha 6:38; 4. West Side Story Medley 5:35; 5. Tus Ojos 4:38; 6. Tunisia by Day 5:21; 7. My Favorite Things 7:28; 8. A Mis Contrarios 5:07; 9. Cuban Chant 5:29; 10. Triste Y Alegre 5:59

Executive Producer: Steve Pouchie
Co-Producer: Wilson ‘Chembo’ Corniel
Produced and Released by: Latin Jazz Alive Records
Mastered at: DB Studios in Fairview, NJ by Luis Damian Guell.
Recorded at: Sound Vista Recording Studios, Bronx, N.Y. Recorded between 2012 and 2013. Final Mix and mastering completed in June, 2014.

Steve Pouchie and his Latin Jazz Ensemble 3

Musicians: Steve Pouchie – Vibes on all tracks and Marimba on “My Favorite Things; Wilson ‘Chembo’ Corniel – Congas, Bongo, Cowbell and Batás on all tracks Julio Botti – Saxophone on all tracks and Soprano Sax on “My Favorite Things”; Solo Rodriguez – Bass on all Tracks; Diego Lopez – Drums on all tracks and Batá on “My Favorite Things”; Adán Pérez – Keyboards on Tracks 1, 2, 6, and 8; Sam Barrios – Keyboards on Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10; Joe Dejesus – Cuban Flute on Frenesi; Ariel Santiago – Flute on Cuban Chant; Charlie Alletto – Guitars and Tres on “Triste Y Alegre”; Guido Gonzalez – Trumpet on Songs 1 and 4; Andy Hunter – Trombone on songs 1, 3 and 4; Jorge Maldonado – Vocals on Frenesi and Tus Ojos; Román Diaz – Batá and vocals on “My Favorite Things.”

About Steve Pouchie

Steve Pouchie was born to Puerto Rican parents and raised in New York City, where he attended Stuyvesant High School. He received a full scholarship to upstate New York’s Bard College where he met teacher and Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, who inspired him to study music and become a vibraphonist.

Steve became a NYC Music teacher in 1993 working at Walton High School and despite the demands of being an educator, Steve continued to develop musically and in 2002 he released his first album “Vibe Mania.” In 2004 Steve was awarded the distinguished New York Liberty Medal from the honorable Michael Bloomberg, who presented Steve with the medal for his outstanding work as a Music Educator and Arts Coordinator at Walton.

Steve’s second CD “El Puente” (The Bridge) was released in 2010 and has received acclaim as a new definitive musical work for vibraphone. With a style comparable to Cal Tjader and Tito Puente on vibes, Steve has developed a style of playing that is unique and exhilarating to watch and listen to. His new CD, “North by Northeast” (January 2015) presents up tempo danceable Latin Jazz arrangements and compositions and features Grammy nominated Wilson “Chembo” Corniel on congas and percussion.