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JT Video Premiere: “Little Bell” by Erik Deutsch

The keyboardist and composer's new album, "Falling Flowers," is out Sept. 14

Erik Deutsch
Erik Deutsch (photo: Lula Hyers)

JazzTimes is pleased to premiere a new video for keyboardist/composer Erik Deutsch’s “Little Bell,” which will appear on his sixth album as a leader, Falling Flowers, out Sept. 14 on LoHi Records.

Composed by Deutsch, “Little Bell” features Deutsch on piano, Mike McGinnis on clarinet, Brian Drye on trombone, Avi Bortnick on electric guitar, Jesse Murphy on bass, and Tony Mason on drums. The video features the musicians tracking the song at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In addition to his own albums, Deutsch has worked with a panoply of artists in various genres, including Steven Bernstein, Theo Bleckmann, Rosanne Cash, Nels Cline, Charlie Hunter, Shooter Jennings, Norah Jones, Leftover Salmon, and Shelby Lynne.

Here’s Deutsch himself on the song and video:

“‘Little Bell’ is what I call a psychedelic dub ballad—a sound that I’ve been exploring for a long time. The composition began as a piano riff (like many of my songs do) and then evolved into the full melody and improvisation.  When I finished writing the song, I wasn’t sure how it would fit in with my band; it felt like a traditional ballad and I just wasn’t sure if it would make sense in our repertoire. I brought the song to rehearsal to see what it might sound like, and as soon as I started the riff, Jesse Murphy and Tony Mason dropped a deep dub groove. It was perfect—and also a reminder that when I’m surrounded by world-class musicians, they’ll often come up with better ideas then I can if I give them the freedom to be creative.

“Ehud Lazin is a master of live film—he’s worked extensively for the Counting Crows, the City Winery Cellar Sessions, and many others. Avi Bortnick introduced us when I was looking for a videographer for ‘Dearest Darlin’ (from my 2015 record Outlaw Jazz). What’s so exciting about the ‘Little Bell’ video is that we were able to capture the actual take that you will hear on the Falling Flowers record. The song was recorded 95% live (I overdubbed a Casio and an ARP synthesizer) and the video instantly transports me back into Trout studios and the magic of this moment. I’m thrilled that Ehud was able to capture the music so naturally and that we can now share it with all of you.”

For more information on Erik Deutsch, visit

Read JazzTimes‘ review of Erik Deutsch’s 2012 album Demonio Teclado.

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