"Jesse's brewed an exotic blend of New York jazz stories and world music from klezmer melodies to afrobeat grooves - an intriguingly personal gumbo."
— Mark de Clive-Lowe
"Fresh new listening experience with Eastern and Israeli influence. Unique arrangements of voice, trumpet, violin and keyboard."
— Dr. Eddie Henderson
"With Day Dreamer, [Fischer] has given us ten beautifully crafted, lyrically accomplished, and fantastically arranged compositions which definitely hit the musical sweet spot."
— Tony Minvielle, SoulandJazz.com
For Brooklyn-based pianist/composer/producer Jesse Fischer, the simplest things are best — a catchy melody, a heartfelt lyric, an irrepressible groove. Known for his warm, soulful touch and singable melodies, Jesse crosses boundaries between jazz, soul, and singer-songwriter genres with his latest offering, Day Dreamer (Ropeadope Records, Sept 25, 2015). Featuring guest appearances from vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, violinist Zach Brock, and alto saxophonist Godwin Louis, the album is a modern update on 1970's jazz-funk with influences from Jewish folksong, traditional American music, West African rhythms, gospel, and French impressionist composers.
Sarah Elizabeth Charles / vocals (tracks 2, 5, 6, & 9)
Takuya Kuroda / trumpet (track 8)
Zach Brock / violin (track 3), bari violin (track 4)
Leon "Foster" Thomas / steel pan (track 1)
Recorded by Kyle Cassel at Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City, N.J., on July 16, 2014.
Overdubs recorded by Jesse Fischer at Electrik Indigo Sound, Brooklyn, N.Y., August–December, 2014.
Produced by Jesse Fischer for Soul Cycle Music.
Mixed and mastered by Jesse Fischer at Electrik Indigo Sound, Brooklyn, N.Y.
All songs composed by Jesse Fischer (Soul Cycle Music, ASCAP) except "Refuge" composed by Jesse Fischer and Sarah Elizabeth Charles (Sarah Elizabeth Charles Music, ASCAP), "Lovin' You" composed by Minnie Riperton (Embassy Music Corp, BMI) and Richard Rudolph (Dickiebird Music and Pub Co, BMI), and "Hine Ma Tov" (traditional).
Cover photograph by Isabelle Selby Linaburg.
Hand lettering and graphic design by Jesse Fischer.