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Roseanna Vitro: Clarity: Music of Clare Fischer

Herbie Hancock once declared, “I wouldn’t be me without Clare Fischer.” Indeed, the esteemed composer, keyboardist, arranger and bandleader, a true harmonic polyglot, who died in 2012 at the age of 83, influenced a remarkable spectrum of performers, starting with the Hi-Los and Gil Evans and concluding with Michael Jackson and Prince. Though Fischer loved working with voices and fronted his own Singers, never before has a solo vocalist paid him album-length tribute.

A woman who takes salutes very seriously-her discography also includes nods to Randy Newman, Bill Evans and Ray Charles-Roseanna Vitro spent nearly two years developing these 10 magnificently thoughtful tracks, shaping her own lyrics for six of the selections. Since it would be nearly impossible to embrace the full breadth of Fischer’s musical accomplishments, Vitro focuses on two of his greatest passions: bossa novas and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

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