Multi-instrumentalist and producer Jesse Fischer is back with Flipped II, the next installment of the series that began with Flipped (2010) and continued with Vein Melter (2015), his Herbie Hancock / Head Hunters tribute collaboration with Sly5thAve. Picking up where Vein Melter left off, Flipped II is a love letter to the hard bop, soul jazz, and jazz fusion of the late 60’s/early 70’s, as seen thru the lens of golden era hip-hop beats and future jazz sounds of today — including covers of Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Stevie Wonder, and Wayne Shorter compositions.
"For me, a ‘flip’ is a beautiful marriage between a remix and a cover,” Jesse explains. “I’m looking to re- create a favorite song from scratch, radically altering the musical elements... but I always seek to maintain the original intent and feeling of the song."
Flipped II features a host of amazing guest artists including vocalist Jaime Woods, saxophonist Sly5thAve, trumpeter Billy Buss, saxophonist Godwin Louis, and percussionists Mino Cinélu and Keita Ogawa. Jesse performs all the piano, keyboard, bass, guitar, and drum parts, along with producing, engineering, mixing, and mastering.
About Jesse Fischer: Jesse Fischer is a Brooklyn-based pianist, producer and engineer, known for his warm, soulful touch and emphasis on melody, groove, storytelling and emotion, along with his affinity for combining elements of jazz, hip-hop, electronic, and traditional Jewish, African, and American roots music. His previous album, Day Dreamer (2015) featured special guests Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Takuya Kuroda, Zach Brock, and Leon “Foster” Thomas. He is also one-half of the Vein Melter project with saxophonist/arranger Sly5thAve, and is known for his inventive remixes of artists like Gregory Porter, Emily King, Takuya Kuroda, and Hiatus Kaiyote. Previous supporters include tastemakers like Gilles Peterson, Anthony Valadez, and Soulection. As an engineer, he has worked on recent and upcoming releases from Justin Brown, BIGYUKI, Samora Pinderhughes, and Christian Scott.
“Jesse Fischer is a multi-instrumentalist that combines jazz, hip-hop, and electronica into a hip exploration of arranging jazz standards and pushing them as creatively as possible to bring out new visceral capacities of the music.”
– Jeff Williams, Modern Jazz Today
“Fischer has an excellent ear. He can seamlessly take some of the most characteristic sounds of different genres/regions and make them flow together in ways unheard before... And he is never overwhelming in his playing. Everything is so precise and always in the right place... Easily one of the best albums of the year.”
—Daniel Palmer, Nextbop
“Pianist/composer/producer Jesse Fischer is undoubtedly a man of many talents, but what truly makes him a standout musician is his uncanny ability to reinterpret some of our favorite songs.”
“Jesse Fischer plays with astounding energy; creative ideas seem to issue forth from his hands to his instruments at a geyser-like rate.”
Billy Buss: trumpet (2, 5)
Godwin Louis: alto sax (2, 5)
Jaime Woods: vocals (3)
Sly5thAve: flute, tenor and bari sax, Bb and bass clarinet (4)
Clynt Yerkes: trumpet and flugelhorn (4)
Keita Ogawa: percussion (5)
Mino Cinélu: percussion (3)
Kenneth An: auxiliary percussion (6)
"Intro" by Jesse Fischer (Soul Cycle Music, ASCAP). "Punjab" by Joe Henderson (EMI Unart Catalog Inc., BMI). "Creepin'" by Stevie Wonder (Jobete Music, Black Bull Music, ASCAP). "Fall" by Wayne Shorter (Miyako Music, BMI). "The Intrepid Fox" by Freddie Hubbard (Hubtones Music, BMI). "Naima" by John Coltrane (Jowcol Music, BMI). "Alone and I" by Herbie Hancock (Hancock Music, BMI).
Produced and arranged by Jesse Fischer for Soul Cycle Music.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jesse Fischer at Electrik Indigo Sound, Brooklyn, NY.
Acoustic piano recorded at Big Orange Sheep, Brooklyn, NY.
Assistant engineers: Morgan Guerin, Kenneth An, Charlie Culbert
Graphic design: Roland leFox
Jesse Fischer is a Brooklyn-based musician, producer and engineer. Largely self-taught, he is known for his warm, soulful
touch and emphasis on melody, groove, storytelling and emotion, and his affinity for combining elements of jazz, pop, and traditional Jewish, African, and American roots music. His latest album, Day Dreamer, was released in 2015 on Ropeadope Records....more
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