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Artist: Kris Bowers
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Format: CD
Sku: 261529366
UPC: 888072343535
UPC 14: 00888072343535
Release Date: 3/3/2014
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Forever Spring
2. Wake the Neighbors
3. #Theprotester
4. Vices and Virtues
5. Forget ~ Er
6. Wonderlove
7. Forever Wonder
8. Drift
9. First,
10. Ways of Light ~ (featuring Jos? James)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Kris Bowers (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Adam Agati (guitar); Burniss Earl Travis II (electric bass); Jamire Williams (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Brian Bender.
Muze PNote Recording information: Sear Sound (12/11/2012-12/14/2012).
Muze PNote Photographer: Janette Beckman.
Muze PNote Pianist, composer, and arranger Kris Bowers' debut album, 2014's Heroes Misfits, is an expansive and ambitious work that showcases the Juilliard-trained artist's genre-defying skills. Based in jazz but with an ear for contemporary R&B, film scores, and electronic music, Bowers is somewhat of an amiable iconoclast. Raised on his parent's old-school soul albums and '90s hip-hop and trained since high school in jazz and classical piano, Bowers is certainly a wunderkind of sorts, able to cross musical boundaries with ease. And crossing boundaries is exactly what Bowers does on Heroes Misfits, delving into an elegiac, vocal-driven R&B ballad ("WonderLove") one minute and improvising over a fractured, post-punk dance beat ("Wake the Neighbors") the next. In many ways, he doesn't so much cross boundaries as mash them together, creating wholly original soundscapes. Songs like "Vices and Virtues" and "Drift" reveal a compositional ear grounded in harmonically sophisticated jazz that's as much influenced by the contemporary avant-garde Knitting Factory scene as it is by the classic works of artists like John Coltrane and Oscar Peterson. Elsewhere, on tracks like the opening "Forever Spring" and "Forever Wonder," Bowers mixes the hypnotic ambient style of classical composers like Steve Reich and Phillip Glass with a synth-based style that's reminiscent of '70s Stevie Wonder. Ultimately, with Heroes Misfits, Bowers presents a world of musical eclecticism, where jazz is merely the jumping-off point to further explorations of sound. ~ Matt Collar

Producer: Chris Dunn; Brian Bender; Kris Bowers

Engineer: Chris Allen

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Julia Easterlin
Muze Guest Artist Chris Turner
Muze Guest Artist Jose James

Artist Overview

Pianist and composer Kris Bowers makes genre-bending jazz that touches upon contemporary R&B, electronica, and forward-thinking modal improvisation. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1989, Bowers grew up listening to his parents classic soul records and hip-hop before falling under the spell of jazz, classical music, and film scores. He studied classical piano and jazz while attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and performed in numerous festivals while still a teenager. After high school, Bowers earned both undergraduate and Master's degrees in jazz performance from Juilliard. In 2014, he released his experimental jazz-, R&B-, and electronic-influenced debut album Heroes Misfits on Concord. ~ Matt Collar

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/03/2014
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2014
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7234353
Music Label Name Label : Concord Jazz
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072343535

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Bowers,Kris
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