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Clare Fischer


Born on October 22, 1928 in Durand, Michigan, Clare Fischer is an uncommonly versatile musician, a master with many muses. Trained in the classics, inspired by jazz artists, healed by the rhythms of Latin and Brazilian music, his eclectic sound finds expression in every chart and instrument he touches.

A veteran studio musician and a composer of rare quality, Fischer began his studies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at South High School with director of music, Glenn Litton. After receiving his master's degree in composition from Michigan State University, where he studied with Dr. H. Owen Reed, he traveled extensively with "The Hi-Lo's" as pianist-conductor for 5 years. About the same time, his musical ascension began with his critically acclaimed arrangements for Dizzy Gillespie's "A Portrait of Duke Ellington." Fischer's influences, absorbed along the way, are as distinct as his music: Stravinsky and Shostakovich, Bartok and Berg, Dutilleux, boogie-woogie pianist Meade Lux Lewis, Nat "King" Cole, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell and early Lee Konitz - Fischer's self-expression knows no boundaries.


Article: Interview

Fernando Trueba & They Shot the Piano Player

Read "Fernando Trueba & They Shot the Piano Player" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba has long been a jazz fan, and has made several films with a jazz focus. Calle 54 (2000) is still a notable documentary on Latin jazz. The film primarily consists of studio performances by a wide array of Latin Jazz musicians. Artists featured include Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Cachao, Eliane Elias, Gato ...


Article: Album Review

Paul Kendall: Whisper Not

Read "Whisper Not" reviewed by Jack Bowers

An organ trio led not by the organist, Dan Kostelnik, but by tenor saxophonist Paul Kendall. Makes no difference, as the music on Whisper Not is delightful, and Kostelnik and Kendall sound like they've been playing together for years instead of for the first time on this impressive studio date, recorded in March 2023.


Catch The Groove: Live at the Penthouse 1963-1967

Label: Jazz Detective
Released: 2023
Track listing: (CD1): Take the ‘A’ Train; In Your Own Sweet Way; It Never Entered My Mind; Morning of the Carnival (Manha de Carnaval); Insight; Sunset Boulevard; Here’s that Rainy Day; Davito; Pantano; Leyte; Half and Half; On Green Dolphin Street; Love for Sale; Reza; Maramoor Mambo (CD2): The Shadow of Your Smile; Bags’ Groove; Morning; Mambo Inn; On Green Dolphin Street; I Can’t Get Started; Soul Burst; Cuban Fantasy; O Morro Não Tem Vez; Fuji; Lush Life; Along Comes Mary.



Label: Liberation Hall
Released: 2023
Track listing: Ritmo Caliente; Desposado; Bachi; Huracan; Funquiado; Tres Palabras.


Article: Album Review

Cal Tjader: Catch The Groove: Live at the Penthouse 1963-1967

Read "Catch The Groove: Live at the Penthouse 1963-1967" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It would be unusual to hear vibraphonist Cal Tjader mentioned alongside the all-time greats on his instrument. He is not remembered for being a fearless improviser like Bobby Hutcherson, or as deeply soulful as Milt Jackson, or as hard-swinging a presence as Lionel Hampton. Moreover, one will search in vain in his biography for the hard-fought ...


Article: Album Review

The Jim Self & John Chiodini Quintet: Touch and Go

Read "Touch and Go" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A quintet whose front line consists of tuba, guitar and trumpet. How does that work? Quite well, actually--at least when that front line includes tuba master Jim Self, guitarist John Chiodini and trumpeter Ron Stout, ably supported by bassist Ken Wild and drummer Kendall Kay, on the Jim Self and John Chiodini Quintet's album, Touch and ...


Article: Interview

A Conversation with Tim Hagans

Read "A Conversation with Tim Hagans" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was first published at All About Jazz on December 1998. We spoke with Tim Hagans at Los Angeles's Jazz Bakery in January of this year for his last Blue Note release, a tribute to Freddie Hubbard entitled Hubsongs with fellow trumpeter Marcus Printup. He informed me that he was planning on releasing ...


Article: Album Review

Jae Sinnett's Zero to 60 Quartet: Commitment

Read "Commitment" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Commitment, drummer Jae Sinnett's nineteenth album as leader, is a generally admirable session wherein his Zero to 60 Quartet is in fact a Quintet on most numbers thanks to the inclusion of renowned trumpeter Randy Brecker who shares the front line with veteran saxophonist Steve Wilson. The quintet comes out smokin' on Sinnett's ...


Article: Liner Notes

Bob Albanese: Time Remembered

Read "Bob Albanese: Time Remembered" reviewed by Howard Mandel

Everything we remember is time past. How those memories live anew in the present is the subject of Time Remembered, pianist Bob Albanese's beautifully rendered solos and collaborations with bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Willard Dyson, percussionist David Meade and (briefly on one track) “Furmina the Wonderdog." “It's a record of feeling which I hope ...


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