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Clare Fischer : The Clare Fischer Voices…And Sometimes Instruments

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Pianist, arranger and composer Clare Fischer, who died at age 83 this past January, often described himself as the best-kept secret in jazz. In a career spanning six decades, he worked with myriad masters, among them Bud Shank, Joe Pass, Cal Tjader, Prince, Michael Jackson, Branford Marsalis and João Gilberto. He arranged for the Hi-Lo’s, the Singers Unlimited and Sergio Mendes and recorded 51 albums as a solo performer and bandleader.

…And Sometimes Instruments is a rather unusual olio, lovingly pasted together by Fischer’s son Brent, who also plays electric bass, vibes, marimba, shakers and rainstick. (Overachievement obviously didn’t skip a generation.) All 20 tracks are built around vocal arrangements, with four principal voices-soprano Mary Hylan, alto Angie Jaree and tenors Gary Jones and David Joyce-plus baritone/bass Bob Joyce on 17 tracks and several more scattered throughout.

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