Thursday 22 August 2019

'Cross Currents' by Jesse Fischer

'Cross Currents' is the new EP from the tirelessly prolific Jesse Fischer who has once again delivered an exquisite project befitting his unlimited talents.

Producer, pianist - multi-instrumentalist really - engineer, songwriter... it's a lot of hats but all worn by Fischer with his own inimitable class and style.  His is a truly unique ability to craft music rooted within the essence of classic jazz, funk and soul stylings while still having the confidence to push through those boundaries creating something distinctly his own, and the four tracks presented on 'Cross Currents' is truly a testament to that.

Fischer's passion for collaboration not only sees him partnered with long-standing musicians including Jordan Peters on guitar, David Cutler on bass, Billy Buss on trumpet and Mino Cinelu on percussion; but also now introducing comparatively new names into the fold appearing together on record for the first time: drummer Nate Smith who released his awesome LP, 'Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere' in 2017 through Ropeadope Records, and then there's the inclusion of revered saxophonist Marcus Strickland, whose most recent and sublime Twi-Life project ('People Of The Sun') was released in 2018 through Blue Note Records.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles rounds out the collective providing vocals on three of the project's four songs continuing in their long-standing history of match-made-in-heaven collaborations together, and I'd always point people towards their cover of Minnie Riperton's 'Loving You' from Fischer's 'Day Dreamer' project in 2015 as a leading example of how good the duo consistently sound together.

'Cross Currents' seems to be the result of a typically creative spell for Fischer - with 'Flipped II' (the second of his covers series which follows the release of the original 'Flipped' in 2010) having seen release in 2018 and another full-length album due out next year as well as having his hand in a slew of other projects, which we'll look forward to as and when they see the light of the day.

Jesse Fischer is one of those rare-breed of undeniable talents whose enthusiasm and passion soars almost as high as his musicianship.  It was our pleasure to have been able to secure time with Jesse to talk about the new project and his career for Episode #24 of the Blue-in-Green:PODCAST which you can hear in full below...

['Cross Currents' is available to purchase via Bandcamp.]

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