Midnight Rhumba is an exotic escape from the mundane to an exciting world of tropical sounds and passionate rhythms featuring the sensual guitar of multi-award winning instrumentalist Johannes Linstead. His gorgeous melodies and fiery rhythms accompanied by Gypsy violin, Afro-Cuban percussion, and joyful accordion make this a go-to album.
From the Artist:
In an effort to fuse the intention of the compositions with the result, here are some of my thoughts about the pieces.
One of my favorite compositional techniques is to write a phrase then repeat it, changing only the bass notes. This way, the chords and melody take on a whole new meaning. In this example, a repeating C major chord is played in the beginning section while the bass continually changes the root of the chord. When we performs live, I might change these bass notes and vocal line, but the new progression continues… Continue reading
New to the Fresh! series is Portland-based jazz vocalist, composer, and trumpet & harmonica player Robert Moore. He s evolved a sound uniquely his own, mixing his Southern roots, with influences of soul and gospel, into his own distinct interpretations of bebop and swinging jazz.
Legendary guitarist Hank Marvin, accordionist Nunzio Mondia and guitarist Gary Taylor, brought their passion for Gypsy Jazz to the recording studio and interpreted fourteen of their favourite songs of the genre. Seven of these being compositions by the great Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and swinging violinist extraordinare Stephane Grapelli, who with their group ” The Quintet of The Hot Club of France” started the innovative, acoustic, no drums or horns approach to swing music which is now known as Gypsy Jazz.
Classic standards such as ‘After you’ve Gone’, Honeysuckle Rose’, Coquette’ and ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’… Continue reading
Drummer Ben Bailey tells the story as if it happened yesterday. “I clearly remember the evening I decided that I would one day sit behind the drums for a big band of world class jazz musicians and swing my heart out.” Bailey goes on, “I was in high school. Count Basie’s Orchestra was performing at a Local school. I went to hear an amazing jazz orchestra being kicked and swung by drummer, Duffy Jackson. He showed passion and a complete mastery of power and control.” This sense of Duffy’s musicianship and personality was instantly and permanently etched in Ben’s mind.… Continue reading
Organist Mark Minchello is no stranger to SteepleChase, having been a member of Elliot Zigmund’s group Trio EZ. He is at home in both the jazz and pop worlds. He has worked with traditional jazz artists Cecil Payne and Ted Curson as well as contemporary jazz artists Boney James, Gerald Albright and Will Downing. For 18 years he served as musical director to R&B Diva Regina Belle. On this leader debut album Mark brings fresh ideas to the great tradition of organ jazz.
1. Wildflower (Wayne Shorter) 2. Blue In Green (Bill Evans) 3. Sometime Ago (Sergio Mihaovich) 4. United… Continue reading
Having recorded a catalogue of Top 10 albums in a vivid spectrum of jazz hues with topflight musicians for 35 years, Dan Siegel only emerges when he has something engaging to say with his poetic piano and crafty keyboards. Back with his first new statement in five years, Siegel’s DSM record label will release “Indigo” on October 14, a set comprised of ten new compositions that he wrote, arranged and shared production chores with Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg.
On his 20th album, Siegel creates right up the spine of the jazz dichotomy allowing the melodies, improvisational soloing and grooves to… Continue reading
After 20 years of exploring free, collective improvisation with his former group, Liebman embarks on a brilliant new adventure, with a new generation of talented musicians eager, like their bandleader, to alter the language of jazz.
Dave Liebman’s new group looks towards the present generation of jazz musicians who have been schooled in conservatory and university settings. Lieb is continuing the time tested tradition of master/apprentice as he experienced in the 1970’s with drummer Elvin Jones and Miles Davis, by reaching across generations to teach and learn from them. “EXPANSIONS” features the up and coming pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt… Continue reading
Raised at the intersection of two cultures, drummer, composer, producer, and improviser Ranjit Barot comes from a family with deep ties to Indian classical traditions of music and dance, yet he spent considerable time absorbing western culture in England. That palpable dichotomy inhabits his music, as illustrated by his captivating international debut album Bada Boom. As a writer and producer, Barot honed his skills by crafting songs and scores for the thriving, prolific Indian film scene and working closely with other artists. Although capable on a range of instruments, his weapon of choice as a performer remains the western drum… Continue reading
40 of the world’s finest musicians come together to cross genres: jazz, funk, blues, fusion. Respecting history while paving the future in grand Fischer style.
Featuring: Bob Sheppard, Don Shelton, Alex Budman, Carl Saunders, Ron Stout, Steve Huffsteter, Scott Whitfield, Francisco Torres, Andy Martin
- Cherokee (Noble Arr. C. Fischer Orch. B. Fischer/K. Horn);
- Jumping Jacks (Clare Fischer Arr. C. Fischer/B. Fischer);
- Cotton Tail (Ellington Arr. C. Fischer);
- New Thing (Brent Fischer);
- Passion (Clare Fischer);
- Sad About Nothing Blues (Brent Fischer/Darlene Koldenhoven);
- Mood Indigo (Ellington/Bigard Arr. C. Fischer);
- Eleanor Rigby (Lennon/McCartney Arr. C. Fischer/B. Fischer);
- Blues Parisien (Clare Fischer);… Continue reading