Heroes And Misfits CD (2014)

Artist: Kris Bowers

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Label Concord Jazz Records/umg
SKU 261529366
UPC 888072343535
UPC 14 00888072343535
Format CD
Release Date 3/3/2014
Author Kris Bowers
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Quincy Jones
Artist Influence Stevie Wonder
Artist Influence Tower of Power
Artist Contemporary Brian Blade
Artist Contemporary Esperanza Spalding
Artist Contemporary Robert Glasper (Piano)
Artist Contemporary Stefon Harris (Vibraphone)
Artist Contemporary The Bad Plus
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Allen
Producer Chris Dunn; Brian Bender; Kris Bowers
CatalogID 7234353
Lable Name Concord Jazz
Released 03/03/2014
Original Release 2014
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 19s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00888072343535
Musical Guests
Julia Easterlin
Chris Turner
Jose James
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Kris Bowers (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Adam Agati (guitar); Burniss Earl Travis II (electric bass); Jamire Williams (drums).
Audio Mixer: Brian Bender.
Recording information: Sear Sound (12/11/2012-12/14/2012).
Photographer: Janette Beckman.
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
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
Disc 1
1 Forever Spring
2 Wake the Neighbors
3 #Theprotester
4 Vices and Virtues
5 Forget
6 Wonderlove
7 Forever Wonder
8 Drift
9 First,
10 Ways of Light
Product Attributes
Artist Bowers,Kris

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