Although the name may not be familiar to you yet, you may recognize the Washington DC-based members as sought after musicians. WPG Trio is a collaboration of exceptional performers drummer Blues Webb, keyboardist Benjie Porecki and bassist Gary Grainger. According to The Washington Post, they are "one of the Washington area's tightest and best jazz bands" as evidenced on their exciting debut release for Severn Records, Small-Medium-Large.
Here, the trio combines the stylings of today’s R&B and Jazz with classic low-down Funk resulting in a sound so infectious it’s guaranteed to have listeners dancing, tapping their feet and doing the "head-bob." Herbie Hancock’s "Watermelon Man", the ever-popular "Misty" and the unexpected, surprise rendition of "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" are just a few examples of how this trio makes a standard its own.
Porecki is featured on two self-penned numbers including the Stevie Wonder inspired "A Place To Go," and Blues turns in a winning performance on the moving "Everything Must Change." Further highlights include "Little Wing," featuring special guest Dawn Robinson, and the single made popular by Sting, "It’s Probably Me" with Gary taking a turn at the microphone. As the disc unfolds, each new track delves deeper into the performer’s talents, showcasing their virtuosity and versatility from soulful and jazzy to down right funky.
Andre "Blues" Webb is a first-class drummer and vocalist whose technical skill is matched only by his entertaining stage presence. He has enjoyed a career that has taken him all over the world, including stints with Bee Bee & Cee Cee Winans, Gladys Knight, Billy Preston, Najee and many other notables. Most recent activities include touring with the Ken Navarro Group.
Benjie Porecki has been charming audiences with his soulful, energetic keyboard playing for years. In 1996 he released his self-produced Going On Through then followed that up two years later with his debut recording for Severn Records, Servin' It Up, which received excellent reviews in JazzTimes, Jazziz, Blues Access and Blues Revue magazines. Benjie’s current activity includes touring with Smooth Jazz band Pieces Of A Dream.
Gary Grainger has been called one of the most tasteful bass players on the scene today. His seamless approach to virtually any style of music has led to work with John Scofield, Dennis Chambers and Nancy Wilson. Co-founder of GBM Records, Gary’s debut release with brother Greg, Grainger Phase I, received critical acclaim and successful airplay. When not performing with the WPG Trio, you can hear Gary with Maysa, Ken Navarro and Less Traveled.
To hear sound samples from Small-Medium-Large or to learn more about WPG Trio log on to their website.