CAPRI Records Ltd.

“Capri Records has released a new recording by the critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist and composer, Ernie Krivda. Requiem For a Jazz Lady presents six originals and one classic standard that reflect his memories of an era in Cleveland jazz history and the life and times that gave birth to it. Krivda has also penned in the liner notes, a narrative (complete with pictures), of his life as a young musician and his introduction to the jazz life, its drama, the players, and the haunting echoes of an era that shaped him…”

(Requiem for a Jazz Lady) combines passion, grit, and sensitivity throughout this CD...
− Scott AlbinAmazon review (February 2016)
Tenor titan Ernie unmistakable sound, an immensely forceful saxophone style, a singular talent...
− Michael JacksonDownBeat Magazine (December 2015)
You could pick any track on this album (Requiem For A Jazz Lady) and be impressed by Krivda's strong yet supple tone, as unique a tenor saxophone voice as there is on the scene today...
− Brian ZimmermanDownbeat Magazine, Editors Pick
["Requiem For A Jazz Lady" is] a profound reflection on that young lost life...
− Bruce CrowtherMostly Jazz build a new history using the past as a foundation is the greatest triumph of Krivda's album...
− Chuck YarboroughThe Cleveland Plain Dealer
Krivda and his crew give us a tasty Cleveland spin...high octane and darkly urban underbelly in tone, this is cut from the true vine...smokingly hot..." [on "Requiem for a Jazz Lady"]
− Chris SpectorMidwest Record
Krivda has a very distinctive sound...tough, strong, emotive and very personal...["Requiem For A Jazz Lady" is] in its entirety an impressive work...
− Bruce LindsayAll That Jazz
A superb Tenor Saxophone Swinger...
− Jeff SimonBuffalo News
...["Requiem for a Jazz Lady" is] a beautiful mixture of joy and sorrow...
− LanceBeBop Spoken Here
...such a unique personal tenor voice...
− Joe Lovano
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  1. The Remarkable Mr. Black(E. Krivda, BMI)6:45
  2. I'll Close My Eyes(Buddy Kaye/Billy Reid, ASCAP)8:39
  3. Questions(E. Krivda, BMI)7:10
  4. Emerald(E. Krivda, BMI)8:15
  5. Great Lakes Gumbo(E. Krivda, BMI)5:41
  6. Little Face(E. Krivda, BMI)7:39
  7. Requiem for a Jazz Lady(E. Krivda, BMI)6:26

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About Ernie Krivda

The journey in music that began under his musician father Lou’s influence from almost birth to his tutelage at age 6 has taken him from polka bands in his early teens, classes at The Cleveland Institute of Music, the bands of Cleveland greats Eddie Bachus and Bill DeArango in the jazz clubs of Cleveland, to a life in music that includes the mentorship of Cannonball Adderley, tours with Quincy Jones, performances with musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Phil Woods, Sarah Vaughn, Buddy DeFranco, Groove Holmes, Terry Gibbs, John Faddis, The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, David Sanborn, Jackie Wilson, 30 albums under his name and concerts, festivals, and jazz clubs with his own groups all over the world.

The musical journey goes on with this new recording on Capri Records and touring that will give audiences an opportunity to hear “the sound that sets him apart” (Applegate Music Review), and the musician that the venerable Jazz Journal (of the UK) calls “both classic and brand new” …The Legend Continues…!

Album Credits

May 21, 2014
The Tommy LiPuma Center for the Creative Arts
Metro Campus, Cuyahoga Community College

Executive Producer
Tom Burns

Ernie Krivda

James Metzendorf
Steven Johnson

Assistant Engineers
Andrew Veres
Eric Koltnow

David Preiser

Marketing: Ron Watt, Sr.
Design: Kelly Carleton
Cover Photo: Don Krejci
Model: Simone Rene Dugay

Ernie Krivda (tenor saxophone)
Lafayette Carthon (piano)
Marion Hayden (bass)
Renell Gonsalves (drums)

Special thanks to Paulius Nasvytis for allowing us to use the classic atmosphere of his Velvet Tango Room night club as the location for the cover photo.

About The Band

Lafayette Carthon, piano

Lafayette Carthon is a producer and award-winning keyboardist who has done music for numerous Grammy Award Winning Artists, including Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Marvin Winans, Mary J. Blige, R-Kelly, Donnie McClurkin, and many others.

Marion Hayden, bass

Born in Detroit, MI, Marion Hayden is one of the nation’s finest proponents of the acoustic bass. She creates a rich, dark tone and a very advanced rhythmic concept. Classically trained, she honed he skills in private studies at the prestigious University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the many jam sessions in Detroit’s various jazz clubs. An accomplished composer and educator, Hayden is bass instructor in the jazz department of Tri-C College, Cleveland Ohio, and is on faculty at the U of M School of Music. She has performed or recorded with such luminaries as Marcus Belgrave, Roy Brooks, Kirk Lightsey, Ralph Peterson, Kenny Burrell, Regina Carter and James Carter. Hayden’s mainstay on the Detroit scene is her band Straight Ahead, an all female ensemble that plays frequently around the Detroit-Metro Area.

Renell Gonsalves, drums

Renell Gonsalves was born in Detroit, raised in Chicago and began playing drums in 1963. After spending time at Tennessee State University and playing in the marching band, he moved to New York and mostly listened to all of his idols including Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Candy Finch, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey and many others. Renell is the son of the great Duke Ellington tenor saxophone soloist, Paul Gonsalves.