The Melz / Prigodich / Erskine Group (MPEG) features bass virtuoso Damian Erskine (nephew of the great Peter Erskine), drum wizard Reinhardt Melz, and Mike Prigodich on keyboards.
what people are saying
"I knew this guy was up to something; what a great disc! Beautifully written and played with passion and intensity by an excellent band. This is one of those CDs that you want to hear again as soon as it's finished. Bravo Mike!" -- George Whitty (Brecker Brothers)
"Watch out for this guy! Mike is terribly brave, adventurous, playful, and adept. As his compositions and playing demonstrate, Mr. Prigodich is a rising talent following his creative muse fearlessly to wherever it takes him. Kudos Mr. P!" -- David Goldblatt (Tribal Tech)
"Prigodich speaks a musical language all his own, one born of a voice that elevates his instrument far beyond its realm into one where mystery and magic meet." -- All About Jazz
"Prigodich is an excellent keyboardist, but it's his writing that really stands out. There is a liveliness and emotional connection to much of this music that makes it immediately endearing. His band is tight and funky, with an ability to groove that puts many better-known fusion outfits to shame." -- All About Jazz
"What do Chick Corea and Spinal Tap have in common? That would be Portland keyboardist Mike Prigodich." -- Audiophile Audition
?"The album's intriguing melodies, odd time signatures, and ear-bending harmonies make it a stand-out album in the world of fusion." -- No Treble
"A tour de force that would certainly get the respect of Prigodich's muse Chick Corea. In the tradition of The Yellowjackets, The Brecker Brothers, Hiromi and others, the 11 tracks on A STITCH IN TIME cover a vast fusion landscape of complex proportions that'll have you wondering how an artist like Mike Prigodich could ever consider sitting on the sidelines. The entire project is an incredibly satisfying ride." -- Inside MusiCast
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CD Release Date: July 26th, 2011
Over the past two years Mike Prigodich's jazz-fusion compositions have begun attracting attention from many well-known national artists. For him, becoming a cancer patient in 2008 was the big wake-up call that got him to start writing new music, construct a band, start booking gigs, and pursue his dream of becoming a professional jazz musician. Mike went on to raise over $10,000 on in 2010 to fund this project which features Damian Erskine, Reinhardt Melz, John Nastos, Brandon Woody, Rafael Trujillo, Patrick Lamb, Tim Jensen, and Paul Mazzio. Emmy award-winning David Mathew also was on board to produce the project. "A Stitch in Time" is a breakout album for Prigodich, who says; "This album is a literally a dream come true and something I've wanted to do since childhood, but it took the life-changing event of a cancer diagnosis to give me the motivation I needed to make it happen. It was a great honor and pleasure to work with these incredible musicians and hear my compositions come to life. I look forward to creating more great music in the years to come." Prigodich currently resides in Portland, Oregon and enjoys playing with some of the finest musicians in town who are up to the task of performing his extremely challenging, but accessible compositions. Check out "A Stitch in Time" from Mike Prigodich. A lesson in compositional brilliance coupled with top musicianship alongside one very inspirational story. ENJOY!