ANGELES, Monday, October 10, 2011 - Grammy-winning American
jazz composer, arranger and pianist Dr. Clare Fischer has devotees
in all corners of the world. This month his fans get to enjoy two
new albums from the prolific artist, his 50th solo album, The Clare
Fischer Voices ...And Sometimes Instruments and his
51st, titled: Continuum with The Clare Fischer Big
On the vocal
album, ...And Sometimes Instruments you'll discover
20 songs with originals like "Tom Cat" (written for his
favorite feline), "Pan Pipe Dance," and Latin jazz staples
such as "Bachi (also composed for a family pet) with new arrangements
from Brent Fischer of "Morning," the wildly popular classic
from the Fischer song catalogue. Also included are Fischer renditions
of much loved standards like "Mood Indigo," and "I
Should Care." The album showcases the Fischers' jazz, Latin,
choral and symphonic influences. "Each song presents a different
orchestral coloring because of the variety of voice and instrument
combinations used," says producer Brent Fischer.
The Fischers assembled some of the planet's finest musicians for
both releases. The vocal album features Don Shelton (Hi-Lo's,
Unlimited) and studio veteran Gary
Foster (Mel Tormé, Jane Monheit). Continuum showcases
Fischer's extra-large big band (up to 30 players on some songs),
with world-class musicians: Andy
Huffsteter, and Peter
50 people contributed to each album, including players of unusual
instruments such as contrabass sax and alto trombone," says
Brent Fischer who is director of all the Clare Fischer bands that
include: The Clare Fischer Voices, Latin Jazz Group, Big Band, Clarinet
Choir and The Clare Fischer Jazz Corps.
...And Sometimes Instruments was recorded at the Fischer
compound in Studio City, California.
Continuum was recorded at Glenwood
Place in Burbank and Conway
Studios in Hollywood.
team continues to create musical magic arranging and orchestrating
for Grammy winning artists. Some of the legends the Fischers have
worked with include: Prince,
his son Brent for bringing his vision for these albums to reality.
"Several years ago I asked Brent to see that it all gets done.
Having absorbed my style over the decades, he is uniquely qualified
to direct these recordings, in some cases finishing works for me
so that, at my age, I can just listen and enjoy," says Clare.
It was only during archiving Dr. Fischer's music library that Brent
discovered many of the hidden gems on the albums. "I was inspired
to make these recordings because much of the music was composed
and arranged for no other reason than the sheer joy of doing so,"
says Brent, whose supportive production style ensured plenty of
positive energy was flowing among the musicians during the sessions.
"These are deeply personal albums for me
and I'm grateful to the wonderful musicians who gave their all to
make these albums a reality," says Brent Fischer.
Grammy-winning American composer, arranger and pianist Dr. Clare
Fischer has secured an honorable place in jazz history. Born on
October 22, 1928 in Durand, Michigan, he worked with jazz legends
such as Donald Byrd and Dizzy Gillespie before becoming the go-to-guy
for arranging pop albums from the 80s to the present. His influences
range from Stravinsky to Ellington to Jobim. Dr. Fischer's symphonic
works like Rhapsody Nova, and The Duke, Swee'pea
and Me, are performed by symphony orchestras around the
world. A multi-instrumentalist who earned two degrees at Michigan
State University, Fischer also received an honorary doctorate from
his Alma Mater for his outstanding contributions to the field of
jazz. He has also scored music for TV and motion pictures, and with
the help of his son, Brent Fischer (a composer/arranger in his own
right), Clare made the leap to popular music, writing charts for
Prince, Paul McCartney, Cal Tjader, Poncho Sanchez, Rufus and Chaka
Khan, Brandy, Raphael Saadiq, and Carlos Santana.
Fischer Discography on AllMusic
Fischer on Wikipedia
Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept
Bill Evans, and Ravel and Gil Evans, finally. You know, thats
where it really came from. Almost all of the harmony that I play
can be traced to one of those four people and whoever their influences
were." -- Herbie Hancock
About Brent Fischer
Working professionally in the music industry since age 16, Brent
Fischer has enjoyed a wide variety of roles as arranger, composer,
producer, conductor, book editor, and a music ethnologist, performing
and recording worldwide with groups from more than 20 different
countries on 10 different instruments. Fischer has a Bachelor of
Music Degree in Symphonic Percussion from California State University,
Northridge. As a writer, his three-dimensional musical palette makes
use of many lesser known orchestral instruments effectively and
effortlessly to create a distinct aesthetic. His arrangements for
pop, jazz and R&B royalty include artists such as: Michael Jackson,
Usher, Toni Braxton, and Al Jarreau.
Fischer Discography on AllMusic
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