Jeremy Steig

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Jeremy Steig
Born (1942-09-23) September 23, 1942 (age 71)
Origin Greenwich Village, New York
Genres Jazz
Jazz-rock
Instruments Flute
Years active 1963–present

Jeremy Steig (born September 23, 1942) is an American jazz flutist.[1]

Biography[edit]

Steig is the son of New Yorker cartoonist William Steig and Liza (Mead) Steig, head of the fine arts department at Lesley College and a sister of Margaret Mead. Steig himself has worked as an artist and graphic designer.

At age 19 Steig was involved in a motorcycle accident which left him paralyzed on one side. For some years afterward, he played the flute with the help of a special mouthpiece.

After a start in mainstream jazz, with albums with Bill Evans and Denny Zeitlin, Steig became an early force in the jazz-rock fusion experiments of the late 1960s and early 70s, including the short lived band Jeremy and the Satyrs, featuring Warren Bernhardt, Eddie Gomez and Adrian Guillary. Steig's album Energy, later re-released with additional material under different titles, featured keyboard player Jan Hammer and bassist Eddie Gomez, and was recorded at Electric Lady Studios under the hand of sometime Jimi Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer. Additionally, Steig played flute on the seminal Peter Walker record "Rainy Day Raga", providing an atmospheric color essential to the records fusion of Eastern Indian and Americana Folk traditions.

Steig addressed the tonal color restrictions of the instrument by the use of "modern" acoustic techniques (voice multiphonics and overtones similar to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, key percussion) electronic effects, and by using the entire battery of flute-family instruments, from piccolo to bass flute (including the obscure Sousa-era alto piccolo), often over-dubbed and multi-tracked together.

His song "Howlin' For Judy" from his 1970 album Legwork is the main source of the sample on the 1994 Beastie Boys' single "Sure Shot".

Steig performs the role of "The Pied Piper," exclusively on flute, in the film Shrek Forever After, based on the character created by his father.

He lives in Japan with his wife Asako.

Discography[edit]

  • 1963: Flute Fever (Columbia Records; with Denny Zeitlin)
  • 1968: Jeremy & The Satyrs (Reprise/Warner Bros. Records)
  • 1969: What’s New (Verve Records; with Bill Evans Trio)
  • 1969: Jazz Wave, Ltd. - On Tour [live] (Blue Note Records; various artists) 2LP
  • 1969: This Is Jeremy Steig (Solid State Records)
  • 1970: Legwork (Solid State)
  • 1970: Wayfaring Stranger (Blue Note)
  • 1970: Energy (Capitol Records; with Jan Hammer, Eddie Gomez, Gene Perla, Don Alias) note: re-released wholly or partially on CD as Fusion and Something Else, with different combinations of extra tracks.
  • 1971: An Open Heart - Warriors Of The Rainbow (Akashic Records; with Fantazzi & Friends) note: a limited edition-private pressing release.
  • 1971: Portrait (United Artists Records) 2LP compilation of albums: This Is Jeremy Steig, Legwork and Wayfaring Stranger.
  • 1972: Fusion (Groove Merchant Records) 2LP; reissue of Energy, with second album (=7 tracks) of previously unreleased material.
  • 1973: Mama Kuku [live] (MPS/BASF Records; with Association P.C.)
  • 1974: Flute Summit - Jamming At Donaueschingen Music Festival (Atlantic Records; with James Moody, Sahib Shihab, Chris Hinze)
  • 1974: Monium (Columbia)
  • 1975: Temple Of Birth (Columbia)
  • 1976: Leaving (Trio Records [Japanese import]; later issued on Storyville Records; with Richard Beirach)
  • 1976: Outlaws [live] (Inner City Records; later issued on Enja Records; with Eddie Gomez)
  • 1977: Firefly (CTI Records)
  • 1978: Lend Me Your Ears (CMP [Creative Music Productions] Records; with Eddie Gomez, Joe Chambers)
  • 1979: Music For Flute & Double-Bass (CMP; with Eddie Gomez)
  • 1980: Rain Forest (CMP; with Eddie Gomez)
  • 1987: Something Else (Denon Records [Japanese import]) CD reissue of Energy, with extra tracks.
  • 1992: Jigsaw (Triloka Records)
  • 2002: What's New at F (Tokuma Records [Japanese import]; with Eddie Gomez Quartet)
  • 2003: Jam (Steig-Gomez Records; with Eddie Gomez)
  • 2004: Improvised (Moonbeams Records)
  • 2005: Flute On The Edge (Steig Music Company)
  • 2007: Pterodactyl (Steig Music Company)
  • 2008: Howlin' For Judy (Blue Note; "Rare Grooves" series) CD compilation of albums: Legwork and Wayfaring Stranger.

As sideman[edit]

With Walter Bishop, Jr. Trio

With Tommy Bolin

  • From The Archives - Vol. 1 (Rhino Records, 1996) a collection of "grade-A" previously unreleased "rock-jazz-fusion" material.
  • From The Archives - Volume 2 (Zebra Records, 1998) another collection of previously unreleased material; even better than the first volume.

With Hank Crawford

  • Hank Crawford's Back (Kudu/CTI Records, 1976)
  • Tico Rico (Kudu/CTI, 1977)

With Art Farmer

With Urbie Green

With Idris Muhammad

With Lalo Schifrin

With Johnny Winter

  • Still Alive and Well (Columbia, 1973)
  • Saints & Sinners (Columbia, 1974) note: Jeremy plays on "Dirty", a previously unreleased instrumental track recorded for but left-off the original album release; it is included on the CD reissue.

With Paul Winter Sextet

  • Jazz Meets The Folk Song (Columbia, 1964)

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