Fischer, Clare: Ritmo

Fischer, Clare SKU: 20794125
Clare Fischer: Ritmo

Fischer, Clare: Ritmo

Fischer, Clare SKU: 20794125

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Title: Ritmo
Artist: Fischer, Clare
Label: CD Baby
UPC: 884501793261
Genre: Tropical

Dr. Clare Fischer All Compositions/Arrangements/Keyboards (except where noted) Brent Fischer Conductor, Composer/Arranger on 5, Arranger on 1, All Electric Basses/Vibraphone/Marimba/Auxilliary Keyboards/Rainstick Poncho Sanchez Congas on 1 Alex Acuña Drums on 1, 5, 7, All Percussion (except where noted) Luis Conte Timbales/Maracas/Bongos/Campana on 1 Peter Erskine Drums on 3, 9 Steve Khan Electric Guitar on 1 Alan Pasqua Synthesizer solo on 9 Quinn Johnson Keyboards on 1, 5, 7 Alan Steinberger Keyboards on 3, 9 Matt Brownlie Electric Guitar on 9 Woodwinds: Don Shelton - Soprano/Alto Saxes/Clarinet/Flute, Rob Hardt - Soprano/Alto/Tenor Saxes/Flute, Alex Budman - Alto Sax/Clarinet/ Flute, Jeff Driskill - Tenor Sax/Clarinet/Flute/Alto Flute, Sean Franz - Tenor Sax/Bass Clarinet/Flute, Glenn Morrissette - Tenor Sax, Lee Callet - Baritone Sax/Clarinet/Flute/Alto Flute, Bob Carr - Bass Sax/Contrabass Clarinet/Flute, John Mitchell - Bass Sax on 1 Trumpets: Rob Schaer, Pete de Siena, Ron Stout, Carl Saunders, Steve Huffsteter, Jon Lewis on 5, James Blackwell on 1, Brian Mantz on 1, Josh Aguiar on 1, Michael Stever on 3, 9 Trombones/Tuba: Charlie Loper, Andy Martin, Scott Whit?eld, Jacques Voyemant, Francisco Torres on 1, Mariel Austin on 1, Charlie Morillas on 3, 9, Steve Hughes - Bass Trombone/Tuba, Bill Reichenbach - Bass Trombone, Jim Self - Tuba on 7 The Latino in?uence in my life started when I was young - from learning Spanish while rooming with Latinos in college and listening to their music to playing at clubs in the Barrios of East Los Angeles. Along the way, my life was transformed through the emotional depth of the rhythms and diverse Hispanic cultures. After establishing myself by working with Cal Tjader, Laurindo Almeida and others, I started my own Latin Jazz group, which in turn helped establish people such as Poncho Sanchez, Luis Conte and Alex Acuña. This group, to which I added singers later, became the focus of my career, even as I created other groups such as my clarinet choir. In my life, I've had (and written for) groups of anywhere from a duo to 30 musicians (and that's not counting the orchestras). But I have my son Brent to thank for creating this new concept, my own Latin Jazz Big Band, featuring members of my original Latin Jazz group and my regular big band. Of course, the rhythms are Latin in?uenced, but the harmonies are all mine. - Dr. Clare Fischer, December 2011 From the Director: I've had the pleasure of traveling all 7 continents on this magni?cent planet. Besides experiencing great music in so many countries, the strongest impression that has been left on me is of the incredible biodiversity I have witnessed in tropical regions. It was also terri?c to take my father to some of these places so we could appreciate them together, just as we have shared our joy of Latin Jazz over the years. So the dual purpose of this album is to blend our worldwide music in?uences with Latin rhythms and to help continue awareness of the rainforests that replenish our world in so many ways. Just as exhilarating (and precarious) as trekking through awe-inspiring jungles was assembling all of these phenomenal musicians to ful?ll our creative vision. Scheduling 20 or more busy people into the same studio at the same time is not always possible or even practical. So besides the main recording sessions and the overdubs of other players that followed, we actually had some underdubs (if that's a word) of key parts before the main sessions. That way, anyone who was going to be on tour during and after the main sessions could still be involved in the project. In my case, recording my mallet parts before the sessions meant I could just concentrate on playing bass and conducting the band. Some of my dad's keyboard parts were done from the comfort of home so we didn't have to worry about transporting his giant rig. A few tracks were even recorded over a period of years as time permitted. Because of this, in some instances it's dif?cult to say with certainty exactly who did what when, but credit has been given where possible. A lot of interesting things happened along the way and following are some of the details from each track: San Francisco P.M. - This is one of my many Clare Fischer favorites. We originally recorded it with the Latin Jazz quintet for our Tjaderama album. More recently, at the First International Clare Fischer Symposium, my colleague and good friend Cor Bakker played the piano montuno as an example of the genius of Clare Fischer's writing and understanding of Latin rhythmic patterns. I became inspired to look more closely at this piece by arranging it for big band. Having the participation of my father's old Salsa Picante group rhythm section of Poncho Sanchez, Alex Acuña and Luis Conte was just incredible. It was especially great for me to hang out with these guys as an adult because when we were working together in Dad's band I was only a teenager. There are more virtuosi: doubling my vibraphone melody with their masterful artistry is guitarist Steve Khan and ?utist Rob Hardt. Besides the melody, the solos of Steve, then Rob and ?nally Poncho blend superlatively with the Mambo groove being laid down by Alex, Luis, myself, keyboardist Quinn Johnson and the rest of the band. Both Rob and Luis had to put their parts on before they left to tour, then we added the rest of the band. Steve's contribution was made after that from the East Coast. Thanks to his adroit engineer, James Farber, and Tino Passante at Avatar Studios in Manhattan, I can proudly say that this salsa comes from New York City! The ?nal virtuoso was mixer Rafa Sardina, who skillfully combined all of these elements into two stereo tracks. Funquiado - My father, ever the etymologist, was frustrated that he could not ?nd the right Spanish word to describe the funky riff he came up with for this song, so he made up his own. Loosely translated into the current early 21st century vernacular, it means funki?ed, but that will change over the years as all slang does. It's amazing though how the tune sounds just as modern today as it did when it was ?rst written. This piece has a rich history, having ?rst been recorded when my dad was working with Cal Tjader in the 1970s. After that, he wrote a vocal version, which was put on the ?rst album I ever worked on: Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante present 2+2. Remember that one from 1980? It's where he got his ?rst Grammy. Then for the next 20 or so years the song evolved into it's current state. Canonic Passacaglia, Blues and Vamp 'til Ready - This masterpiece is a commission from my father's former professor at Michigan State University, Dr. H. Owen Reed. It may be the only example in history of a quadruple Latin rock canon, which occurs near the beginning of the piece and continues in triple canon into the main body of the work. I'm sure this will become, like many of my dad's works, the subject of scholarly research for doctoral dissertations, but thanks to Peter Erskine and Alex Acuña, it also grooves majestically! You're in for a grand adventure as this monumental piece unfolds. It combines the best elements of symphonic, bossa, rock, blues, counterpoint, quiet re?ection and hard driving rhythms into a gorgeous architechture that's enjoyable on a surface level or as deep as your ears will let you travel. Each time you listen, concentrate on a different instrument or aspect to get the totality of the creation. Glenn Morrissette's contemplative tenor sax solos ?t consummately into the amazing framework of the passacaglia and blues sections. Carl Saunders' brilliant trumpet solo caps the intensity (and density) of the ?nal section. Machaca - This is the title track of the second Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante album, recorded shortly before I joined the group. Having always enjoyed playing the song live for so many years, I was thrilled when Dad decided to write a big band arrangement of it so I could participate in the recording of an

1.1 San Francisco P.M
1.2 Funquiado
1.3 Canonic Passacaglia, Blues and Vamp 'Til Ready
1.4 Machaca
1.5 Rainforest
1.6 Guarabe
1.7 The Quiet Side
1.8 Pavillon
1.9 Vamp 'Til Ready [Remix]

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