Ted Piltzecker and his sextet present a lively, inventive and engaging set of tunes and some excellent playing in Steppe Forward. Bruce Lindsay of All About Jazz called it an "upbeat, joyous and uplifting album from beginning to end...an accessible album with a warmth and humanity throughout. He calls Piltzecker and his fellow musicians "talented and stylish, capable of swinging or of creating a more emotive and reflective atmosphere. Lindsay says Piltzecker's tunes are a delight, and the band brings out their full potential."
Ted Piltzecker performs vibes, piano and percussion on the album and faculty member Rogerio Boccato performs percussion. Purchase graduates Sam Dillon plays saxophones, Nick Llerandi plays guitars, Jerad Lippi is on drums, and Mike Kujawski and Harvie S. play bass. Purchase graduate Jonathan Jetter was the engineer.
Vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker, a former member of pianist George Shearing's Quintet has performed at jazz and percussion festivals and in clubs throughout the United States and around the globe. He directed the jazz program at the Aspen Music festival and his diverse musical interests have included tours with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensembles, TV shows with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen, appearances at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and with organist Dorothy Papadakos, and chamber music concerts with classical cellist Yehuda Hanani, violinist Ruben Gonzales, bandoneonist Hector Del Curto, and gadulka player (Bulgarian violin) Nikolay Kolev.
As a composer, Piltzecker has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New york State Council on the Arts, The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Lincoln Center Institute and the ASCP Foundation. His works have been aired on National Public Radio's Performance Today and the Canadian Broadcasting Company''s Arts National and have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Ensemble at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.