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Seven Shades of Violet by Michael Echaniz

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Album Title: Seven Shades of Violet
Label: Ridgeway Records
Released: 2023


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About the Album

It’s often said that an artist pours their whole life into their first album. That may be true, but few young musicians can claim the life experience that pianist/keyboardist/composer Michael Echaniz channels into his vibrant debut, Seven Shades of Violet (Rebiralost). The album is an undeniable passion project that arrives on the heels of Echaniz’s successful battle with stage 4 lymphoma. Released as part of Ridgeway’s Rising Stars series, Seven Shades of Violet is a profound first statement from an artist who’s had further to rise than most. “I started having health issues shortly after I got my undergraduate degree at the California Jazz Conservatory,” Echaniz recalls. “I dealt with that extreme case of blood cancer for the next two years, going through chemotherapy, immunotherapy and a stem cell transplant. I’m now four years in remission, but it was during that reclusive period when I started doing a lot of composing. Emotionally it gave the project a great depth and seriousness, and gave me the drive to accomplish it.”

Song Listing

Prologue; Seven Shades of Violet; Proxima Centauri; Clockwork (Un carillon à musique dans la fumée poétique); Interlude; Prince of Darkness; Edulretni; Everything Is Embarrassing (feat. Dann Zinn); Gernika (Bask Balms) (feat. Silvestre Martinez); Fantaisie 73 (feat. Friction Quartet); Epilogue.


Additional Personnel

Dillon Vado: drums and percussion.

Date featured

October 30, 2023

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