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Hear & Now He Sings Now He Sobs

Hear & Now He Sings Now He Sobs

The newest project from my band Hear & Now!

Steps | What Was

50 years ago this month (December 2018), one of the most iconic exploratory jazz piano trio albums hit the scene. Chick Corea's album "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" featuring his trio of Miroslov Vitous and Roy Haynes was released in December of 1968 and highlighted a plethora of interesting releases that were released in that year. Chick was just 26 years of age in this recording, and it truly is a remarkable work of art.

For me, this album is and was one of the most intriguing musical statements that seamlessly connects improvisation and composition together, blurring the lines between what is and is not, composed. It has followed me throughout my career, popping up in bits and pieces, from a fascination as an undergraduate, to playing "Matrix" on a Juilliard degree recital. During this latest encounter, earlier in 2018, I realized this year marked the albums fiftieth anniversary!  

Earlier this year, my band Hear & Now recorded brand new arrangements of the tunes from Herbie Hancock's "Speak Like a Child" album, a special project for YouTube. And when I learned both "Speak Like a Child" and "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs"  were released in the same year, it seemed fitting for me to delve deeper into this music and present new versions of Chick's tunes as well!

I'm very excited to share these new videos that feature:

Lucas Pino - Tenor Saxophone & Bass Clarinet

Alex Wintz - Guitar

Miki Yamanaka - Piano

Dave Baron - Bass

Jimmy Macbride - Drums

I hope these videos will serve has an inspiration for you to rediscover Chick Corea's original work, and to appreciate the fact that the sign of truly great composition is their longevity and ability to be reinterpreted again and again. 

Please enjoy,

Nick Finzer



Blight of the Fumble Bee (Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan Cover) ft. Lucas Pino | Dynamic Duos Ep 32 - YouTube


First, I need to say a HUGE thank you to Lucas Pino for taking the time to experiment with me on this new duet! This Gerry Mulligan tune “Blight of the Fumble Bee” is featured on “Two of a Mind” featuring Gerry alongside Paul Desmond! A killer record. 


A few years back Lucas and I did a little tour out to Arizona, and played this tune almost every night! It’s always fun to revisit some material you performed in the past and spruce it up again!


It’s a blues in two 6 bar phrases, check it out...


See ya back here next week!


- Nick


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Lullaby for an Old Friend | Hear & Now Live in Studio Ep. 8

Lullaby for an Old Friend | Hear & Now Live in Studio Ep. 8

This week's Wednesday Watch is a throwback to the recording session for the new album "Hear & Now" ! 

I wrote this piece for an old friend of mine who passed away too soon. It's not just about him passing away, but it's a celebration of life. It's a journey through the melancholy, the bittersweet, but ultimately the joy of having great friends.

Please enjoy, and share "Lullaby for an Old Friend" 

Ft. Lucas Pino, Glenn Zaleski, Jimmy Macbride, Dave Baron, Alex Wintz

Check out that killer cup mute at!

See ya next week - Nick

Single is Here! "We, the People"

Happy New Year! Enjoy! 

Like what you heard? Leave a comment, and grab the download:

Today's the day, the release of my latest single "We, the People" 
This song is an embodiment of the spirit of The People. When we stand together, we're stronger than when we're alone. It's about believing in something. Standing for something.

Like, comment, and share! 

Download this track:
from the February 2017 album "Hear & Now" featuring:
Lucas Pino -
Alex Wintz -
Glenn Zaleski -
Dave Baron -
Jimmy Macbride -