4/21/17

Shades of Happiness now available on CD Baby!

 Listen to all the tracks from my new CD Shades of Happiness just release on CD Baby. You can also to purchase it on iTunes, and will soon be available on all the streaming services. Hope you enjoy it.

Album notes:
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.


Album notes:
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 on this CD. 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 combination of diverse musical styles on this recording
never sounding affected or forced, like some 'Third-Stream' projects. Instead, the result 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 especially
appreciate.

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