Los Angeles, CA September 15, 2016 - ¡Intenso! is the
follow up to the 2012 Grammy®-winning ¡Ritmo!
featuring Brent Fischer + The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band.
This will be the 56th Clare Fischer album and the last time Dr Fischer
is eligible for a posthumous Grammy® consideration (he won in
1981 for Salsa Picante plus 2 +2, in 2013 for ¡Ritmo! and
in 2014 for Music
For Strings, Percussion And The Rest). To
celebrate release of ¡Intenso!, press and friends are invited
to the album playback party hosted by studioexpresso and Trans Audio
Group at East
West Studio 2, Hollywood, CA on Saturday October 1, at 6pm during
the AES (Audio Engineering Society) show.
Brent Fischer + The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band appear live
on Monday October 3 at Typhoon, Santa Monica, CA
Brent Fischer + The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big
Band at The Bridge Studio Photos by C Artists
¡Intenso! features approximately thirty of the finest musicians
on the planet on ten tracks with very special guests: Sheila
Luis Conte, Walfredo
Reyes Jr., Tris
Torres and the Keyboard mastery of Clare
According to the producer Brent
Fischer, ¡Intenso! is labor of love; the inspiration for
the album came from the long and vibrant father-and-son musical
journey shared over three decades. "It has been a positively
intense experience. First growing up as Dr Fischer's son, learning
from him, then making music with him, and four years after his vibrate
life ended in 2012, technology has made it possible for us to play
together again on this album, ¡Intenso!," says Brent
who has produced the last seven Clare Fischer albums, directs the
Fischer ensembles and also arranges for Pop and R&B royalty
including: D'Angelo, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Michael Jackson
¡Intenso! exudes energy and sparkles with Afro Cuban and Brazilian
grooves, plus Fischers' rich textures and harmonies. Listen to some
Bach inspired polyphony, Stravinsky influences in Renacimiento
with salsa and bluesy riffs all under the backbone of solid Latin
rhythms with big band orchestration, making it a fitting salute
to the master. There are surprises like Clare singing (George-Benson
O Canto, adding charm to an album that's up beat and brilliant
throughout. Brent alternates effortlessly playing on keyboards,
guitar, 6-string bass, marimba and vibraphone with his signature
6 mallet grip. Matt Brownlie recorded the big band at The
Bridge Studios over two days and mixed the album.
¡Intenso! has something good for everyone including some never-before-heard
recordings featuring the late and great Dr. Fischer playing the
piano on seven tracks. It's mostly original material by Clare, and
all previously unheard arrangements by father and son. Four of their
revered composers get the Fischer treatment: Dizzy Gillespie on
Algo Bueno, Duke Ellington on Rockin' In Rhythm, Columbia's
Crescncio Salcedo on his popularly known La Mucura, and Cuba's
Osvaldo Farrés on Tres Palabras.
On this album you hear ample brilliant solos by Brian
Edkins, Alex Budman, Scott Whitfield and Carl Saunders. Butterfly
Samba features vocal artistry of Roberta Gambarini, trombonist/vocalist
Scott Whitfield and cleverly onomatopoeic lyrics by Darlene
Koldenhoven. Ms Gambarini's vocals also appear on the romantic
Gaviota, another Fischer standard. The incomparable Sheila
E makes a guest appearance on Solar Patrol with her inspired
performance on the timbales. The percussion feast continues with
Luis Conte, Kevin Ricard, and Tris Imboden and Walfredo Reyes on
The Fischer legacy is in the extraordinary and extensive aural vocabulary
in music used to elevate the least developed of all the senses,
hearing. "More than just a tribute to Clare Fischer, ¡Intenso!
is a continuation of Clare's legacy of timeless music carried into
the 21st century," according to Brent Fischer. The album ends
with Play Time, a first ever recorded Fischer original. It
leaves a lingering taste in listener's mouth, achieving the producer's
vision for ¡Intenso!
¡Intenso! available at http://clarefischer.com/music,
CD Baby , iTune, Amazon
download complete with digital booklet (passcode available to media
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About Clare Fischer 1928 - 2012
Grammy®-winning versatile pianist, composer and arranger Dr
Clare Fischer crossed freely from jazz to Latin and pop music, working
with such names as Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing and Natalie
Cole as well as Paul McCartney and Prince. "I'm not just jazz,
Latin or classical. I really am a fusion of all of those,"
Fischer described his sound in an interview with LA Times. It's
been said that regardless of genre, Fischer's arranging and composing
invariably possessed a rich harmonic palette, one that attracted
and influenced notable musicians - Herbie Hancock, and Poncho Sanchez,
among them. Fischer music has reached millions in the past half
century through albums from George Duke, Al Jarreau and many others.
More than just a tribute to Clare Fischer, the new album, ¡Intenso!
is a continuation of Dr Fischer's legacy of timeless music carried
forth into the 21st century by his son, Brent
Fischer who produced the album featuring 30 of the world's beloved
musicians including special guests: Sheila E, Roberta Gambarini,
Luis Conte and more...
Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept
be me if it wasnt for Clare Fischer.
Fischer on Wikipedia
Grammy®-winning producer, composer, arranger and recent Record
of the Year nominee Brent Fischer credits his late father, Clare
Fischer, for creating a family tradition of writing with a rich
harmonic and orchestrational palette that has become the Fischer
A multi-instrumentalist (vibes, keys, bass, drums), Brent Fischer
moves easily between genres. His arranging credits for pop and jazz
royalty include: DAngelo, Prince, Michael Jackson, Usher,
Al Jarreau, Elvis Costello and The Roots. Brent Fischer directs
all the Clare Fischer ensembles and produced the last eight Clare
Fischer albums, including: 2011 Grammy®-nominated Continuum',
2012 Grammy®-winning 'Ritmo!'
(Best Latin Jazz Album), 2013 Grammy®-winning Music
for Strings, Percussion and the Rest (Best Instrumental
of the Blue," "Pacific
Jazz, and the new Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band release
features Sheila E. and Roberta Gambarini.
arranged and produced "Really
Love" for D'Angelo's album Black Messiah. It earned Best
R&B Song honors in 2016 at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. In
his works Brent weaves "Fischer DNA," (to quote Questlove)
to access a rich harmonic palette that has become synonymous with
Fischer music. "In a sense, music is really my first language,"
says Brent Fischer, a BMI artist represented by C Artists.
"In Brent Fischer's capable hands, it seems the music of Clare
Fischer will live on for years to come, in a big-band paradigm or
some other framework. And that's a good thing for musicians and
listeners alike. Pacific Jazz exudes a charm that ensnares both
heart and mind."
-Jack Bowers, All About Jazz
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