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New Costello
Roots
Album

Wise Up Ghost

with

Brent Fischer

arrangements


 

New Elvis Costello & The Roots Album Features
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Brent Fischer

 


l-r: Costello I Roots sessions at Conway studios with Brent Fischer and Rafa Sardina



Elvis Costello and The Roots
Wise Up Ghost

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Watch "Walk Us Uptown" on Blue Note Records

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA August 5, 2013 --The Roots 16th album and first collaboration with Elvis Costello, 'Wise Up Ghost', began on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," where the hip-hop group is the house band.
Their highly anticipated new album features The Brent Fischer Orchestra and is slated for a September 17 release
from Blue Note Records.
The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson who calls 'Wise Up Ghost' "a passion project," put his favorite string sound on the new album. "It was my dream to work with Clare and Brent Fischer orchestra, the one that was on all the classic Prince records I grew up on," said Ahmir in a Fuse interview earlier in July.

 

Brent was personally asked by Thompson to add his creative expression on five songs: "REFUSE To Be saved", "(She Might Be A) GRENADE", "Walk Us Uptown", "Sugar Won't Work" and "CINCO Minutos Con Vos (5 Minutes with You)", which also features vocal sensation La Marisoul. "Costello is incredible and the musicianship of the band is top notch. They are some of the most innovative people on the scene today" says Fischer, who won a Grammy earlier this year for producing '¡Ritmo!' featuringThe Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band.

The Costello Roots sessions, with a 20-piece orchestra arranged and conducted by Brent Fischer, took place at Conway studio C in Hollywood, CA. "I knew from the start that things would flow well because I got a beautiful note from Ahmir with his wish list," says Brent Fischer, whose credits include: Usher, Al Jarreau, Eric Benet, Toni Braxton and Michael Jackson, to name a few.

Blue Note VP of A&R, Eli Wolf attended the session in LA and connected the band from New York via skype. "It's always great to have that immediate feedback," says Fischer who shares a similar lineage with Thompson. They both played in their fathers' groups starting at an early age and are carrying on their fathers' music legacies through a modern approach that honors and builds on all the great music of the past.

Longtime Roots collaborator Steven Mandel co-produced 'Wise Up Ghost' with Questlove and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Elvis Costello. 11-time Grammy-winner Rafa Sardina (Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Rodrigo y Gabriela ) engineered the orchestra sessions.
"This album is a fantastic blending of many creative inputs skillfully crafted into a singular vision," says Brent Fischer, best known for using unusual orchestral colors and unconventional harmonic ideas to complement his illustrious clients works.


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About Brent Fischer

Grammy®-winning producer, composer, arranger Brent Fischer credits his late father, Clare Fischer, for creating the family tradition of writing and arranging with a rich harmonic palette that has become the Fischer brand. A multi-instrumentalist (vibes, keys, bass, drums), Brent Fischer moves easily between Jazz, Pop or Symphonic works. His arranging credits for pop royalty includes: Usher, Al Jarreau, Eric Benet, Michael Jackson and the new Elvis Costello & The Roots album, "Wise Up Ghost" due out September 17, 2013 on Blue Note Records. Brent Fischer directs the Clare Fischer ensembles and produced the last five Clare Fischer albums, including the Grammy-nominated 2011 release "Continuum" and the 2013 Grammy-winning Clare Fischer album, ¡Ritmo! (Best Latin Jazz Album), featuring the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band with Poncho Sanchez and Alex Acuña.

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About The Roots
Grammy Award-winning hip hop/neo soul band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots are known for their jazzy, eclectic approach to hip hop which includes live instruments. Malik B., Leonard "Hub", and Josh Abrams were added to the band, originally called the Square Roots. Since their first independent album release, the band has released ten studio albums, two EPs, two collaboration albums and have collaborated with a wide range of artists from different genres. The Roots have served as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon since its premiere in 2009. The highly anticipated new album 'Wise Up Ghost' from Elvis Costello & The Roots features The Brent Fischer Orchestra and is slated for a September 17 release from Blue Note Records. Longtime Roots collaborator Steven Mandel co-produced 'Wise Up Ghost' with Questlove and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Elvis Costello.




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