CAPRI Records Ltd.

Tenor saxophone legend Ernie Krivda & award winning producer Michael Seifert pay tribute to fellow Cleveland icon Harvey Pekar with a collection of music that brings an original and electric spirit to the swinging jazz of an old school.

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Ernie Krivda is one of the best jazz tenor sax men in the world...
− Harvey Pekar
[Krivda] packs a wealth of musical ideas into the hard-yet-wide sound that is Krivda's trademark...
− Grego Applegate
Krivda's tone sets him apart from other saxophonists...
− Ben Franklin
It's great....up to the minute and right on time....Krivda brings originality to his band...
− John Poses
Once you hear his gorgeous tone and the astonishing fluidity of his improvisations, you have to agree with Pekar...
− Wilbert Sostre
Krivda is an underrated Colossus, a mean swinger, a jubilantly, unabashedly, exultantly, old-school, tell-a-story type of improvisor.
− Kim Heron
Its hard to imagine Pekar not being excited with this tribute by his hometown's hard swinging tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda...
− Aaron Cohen
[Krivda] celebrates the jazz sound that rose in that long industrial stretch between Buffalo and Chicago.
− David Dupont
An extraordinarily outstanding jazz music CD.......Ernie Krivda is the real deal.
− C.J. Bond
A great disc....some American MUSICAL Splendor in Pekar's honor...Krivda, a unique player, that isn't like anyone else...
− Jeff Simon
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What People Are Saying About Blues for Pekar

“It’s great….up to the minute and right on time….Krivda brings originality to his band…”

– John Poses (Columbia Daily Tribune)

“..his (Krivda’s) melodicism, unceasing output of original ideas, and impeccable sense of swing should win over plenty of listeners…a sensitive balladeer.”

– Chris Robinson (Downbeat Magazine)

“Krivda plays himself and he plays with great authority and swinging imagination.  His ballad treatment of More Than You Know packs a wealth of musical ideas into the hard-yet-wide sound that is Krivda’s trademark.”

– Grego Applegate Edwards (Gapplegate Music Review)

“Every so often something truly spiritual comes to me to review, that will move both your spirit and your artistic sensibilities. Jazz sax man Ernie Krivda contains this musical power in his playing……What a gift.”

– George Carroll (Night Life Exchange)

“A great disc….some American MUSICAL Splendor in Pekar’s honor…Krivda….a unique player…that isn’t like anyone else…”

– Jeff Simon (Buffalo News)

“The most distinctive saxophone sound in the business….celebrates the jazz sound that rose in that long industrial stretch between Buffalo and Chicago…”

– David Dupont (Sentinel-Tribune, Bowling Green, OH)

“Ernie Krivda is an underrated Colossus,a mean swinger,a jubilantly,unabashedly, exultantly, old-school; tell-a-story type of improvisor.”

– Kim Heron (The Detroit Metro Times)

“This disc is a honey…a dynamic record that celebrates continuity by breathing new life into the jazz tradition…Key to that is Krivda’s stamina….endless creativity…”

– Carlo Wolf  (Ohio Authority)

“This album has great musicality running through its veins…..Highly recommended.”

– The Borderland Music Watch

“…An extraordinarily outstanding jazz music CD…….Ernie Krivda is the real deal.”

– C.J.Bond (Jazz Music)

“Its CD’s like Blues for Pekar that keep jazz vital and exciting…”

– Dan McClenaghan (All About Jazz)

“It’s hard to imagine Pekar not being excited with this tribute by his hometown’s hard swinging tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda….A strong date…with the sort of aggression and warmth Pekar would loudly have applauded.”

– Aaron Cohen (Downbeat Editors Choice, July 2011)

“Once you hear his gorgeous tone and the astonishing fluidity of his improvisations,you have to agree with Harvey Pekar when he said “Krivda is one of the best tenor saxophonists in the world.”

– Wilbert Sostre (Jazz Times)

“The new release (Blues for Pekar) is especially attractive and likely to have a wide apeal to fabs of all that is good in today’s jazz.”

– Bruce Crowthers Reviews (Swing2bop.com)

“Beside being a comic book legend,Harvey Pekar was a first rate judge of jazz talent. Ernie Krivda is the real thing.”

– Jeff Krow (Audiophile Audition)

“Krivda swings mightily through a set that skip,sing,and warmly sway to the pulsating beat of the rust belt in its mid 20th century heyday, captured to wonderful old-school effect by engineer/producer Michael Seifert.”

– Matt Marshall (All Thats Jazz)

“Ernie Krivda is one of the best jazz tenormen in the world jazz critic Harvey Pekar once stated.If you need further proof Krivda deseves praise buy his album Blues for Pekar.”

– Charles Latimer (I Dig Jazz)

About Ernie

“No doubt about it, Ernie Krivda is one of the originals of the tenor saxophone” wrote Bill Donaldson for Cadence Magazine about the legendary jazz musician whose 6th decade on the music scene is already filled with a new burst accomplishment with across the board critical acclaim for his 2011 CD Blues for Pekar. The Capri Records release was dedicated to the late Cleveland author and jazz commentator Harvey Pekar who had proclaimed Krivda as “one of the best jazz tenor men in the world.” This recording came right on the heels of two other highly acclaimed CD’s, Live at The Dirty Dog and November Man (both on CIMP). These recordings continue a period of intense activity, achievement and recognition. In 2009 Ernie Krivda received the Cleveland Arts Prize award for lifetime achievement in music. The banner year ended with Krivda being awarded a CPAC (Community Partnership of Arts and Culture) Fellowship worth twenty thousand dollars. In a career that spans over 50 years, Krivda has earned the respect of his peers and the accolades of critics. His very personal and distinctive improvisational style, along with his unique compositions, has been documented on over 30 recordings under his name and many others as a guest artist. In the last decade and into this one, he has set a most prolific pace with eleven releases since 2003 and more to come.

Ernie Krivda was born in Cleveland, began his music studies at age 6, and attended The Cleveland Institute of Music before going on the road. Since that time he has shared the stage with some of the great names in jazz. He was mentored by musicians such as Cannonball Adderley, played in Quincy Jones orchestra and performed with artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Jackie Wilson. Krivda has made his home in Cleveland for most of his life but his music takes him across the United States, and into the concert halls of Europe and Japan. He also is a highly respected teacher and clinician who mentored many young jazz musicians working on the world jazz scene.

In the past few years Ernie has performed at Jazz Festivals in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Villach Austria, Chicago and Washington DC. At another festival appearance he recorded his newest CD “Live at the Tri-C Jazz Fest” (on Cadence Jazz Records). In 2005 that same Tri-C Jazz Festival presented Krivda with its “Jazz Legends Award”, as they echoed the sentiments of so many in the jazz world that proclaim that “Ernie Krivda is the real thing.”

About the CPAC Fellowship

Ernie Krivda was a winner of a Creative Workforce Fellowship of $20,000. The fellowship was funded through the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture using Cuyahoga County tobacco tax revenue. The Fellowship provided the initial investment for the Blues for Pekar project.

It put to work local and regional musicians, video/audio technicians, recording studios, public relations people and visual artists. It is a showcase for Krivda’s long-standing belief in the quality of the contributions of regional jazz musicians in the music’s history and in its present.

Behind the Scenes: Making of Blues for Pekar

Jazz sax legend Ernie Krivda narrates this video piece, which is dedicated to the life and memory of famous music critic, media personality, and longtime friend, American Splendor’s Harvey Pekar.

About The Band