Free Dive has been performing and recording together since 2003. All the band members contribute original compositions and collaborate on arrangements. The groove-based quintet features Jeff Cressman (trombone), Bryan Dyer (vocals), Cecilia Engelhart (vocals, percussion), Steve Hogan (bass, beatboxing) and Keith Terry (drums, body music). The absence of a chordal instrument gives Free Dive their fresh sound — open, transparent, cinematic, evocative.
Because of the broad musical backgrounds of all the band members, Free Dive explores many different musical styles including Jazz, popular song and Latin American- and African-influenced musics, and incorporates and encourages improvisation.
Free Dive released their eponymous album November 22, 2021, celebrating in concert as a part of Keith Terry’s 70 Orbits at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
FREE DIVE Recorded and mixed by Jeff Cressman at Cressman Music Studio, San Francisco, California
Mastered by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Sound, Oakland, California
Graphic Design: Debbie Berne
Band Photo: Evie Ladin
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Crosspulse is supported in part by
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Oakland Cultural Arts Fund
Walter & Elise Haas Foundation
The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
East Bay Community Foundation
Zellerbach Family Foundation
Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund
California Arts Council
W.A. Gerbode Foundation
Clorox Company Foundation
Alliance for California Traditional Arts (in partnership with Walter & Elise Haas Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation and the Surdna Foundation)
Canarias Crea Program
and individual donors