You can now preview all the tracks from my new Shades of Happiness album that was just released on CD Baby. You can soon find it on iTunes, and streaming services also. Hope you enjoy it.
Alto saxophonist David Valdez leads this lush, lyrical and sophisticated Latin Chamber-Jazz ensemble, performing the compositions of Brazilian born pianist/composer Jasnam Daya Singh, Lee Morgan and Perico Sambeat. The highly orchestrated, yet relaxed and romantic recording cover a wide range of styles, including: Bolero, Tango, Choro, Afro-Cuban, Boss nova, Latin Waltzes, and modern Jazz. The result is a refined, lush, romantic, yet harmonically complex and rhythmically interesting recording that will appeal to a wide audience. Jazz aficionados, Classical Chamber music lovers, audiophiles, and serious fans of Brazil, Afro-Cuban and Latin America styles all will find plenty to sink their teeth into. Singh's compositions on this album are an amalgam of influences that include Astor Piazzolla, Romantic Classical composers like Ravel and Debussy, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, as well as the sophisticated styles of Rio de Janeiro, where he was raised. Valdez's warm alto saxophone is supported by clarinetist/bass clarinetist Harvey Wainapel, a West Coast based musician who is as deeply immersed in Brazilian music as he is in Jazz. Wainapel was also the musical director of Joe Henderson's big band and has been a lynchpin of the Bay Area Jazz scene for decades. The rhythm section is rounded out by Phoenix bassist Christopher Finet and Bay Area drummer Mike Shannon, who are both equally comfortable playing modern Jazz or Classical music. The recording is an organic and distinctly Pan-American Jazz album that holds together naturally. Shades of Happiness is an ultra-hi-fidelity recording that discerning audiophiles will appreciate.