Archive for April 15th, 2010

Alan Weisman – Liminality

Inspired by a 2004 trip to Brazil where he witnessed the spectacular nighttime street drummers in Salvador de Bahia, Alan Weisman has brought together some of L.A.’s hottest musicians from Brazil, Sri Lanka, New York city, Massachusetts, and California. The disc features 11 vibrant tracks ranging from tight, hybrid grooves to chill and reflective textures. The guitar seems to float over the rhythm tracks creating a soulful and relaxing atmosphere.

Long a fan of Brazilian culture, the project represents the culmination of a dream that began when Alan sat transfixed by the sounds and images of the classic 1959 film, Black Orpheus. “I felt the passion and soul of the Brazilian heart and song when I saw that film, so you can imagine how happy I am to now have a recording that features Carlinhos “Pandeiro de Ouro” who actually appeared as the musical child star of that movie.”

In addition to Carlinhos on percussion, other notable guest musicians on the CD include: Hussain Jiffry on bass who has played with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Sergio Mendes and Chaka Khan; Jimi Macon on guitars has played with James Brown, Sly Stone, Natalie Cole, Kool & the Gang, and The Gap Band; Rebecca Kleinmann, flute and vocals has played with Airto and Hermeto Pascal; Fabiano Nascimento plays 6 and 7 string guitars; Angel Short sings lead vocals and Annie Livingstone sings background vocals; Pablo Fagundes plays harmonica.

For Mr. Weisman, this first solo project follows work composing soundtracks for programs on PBS, as well as session work in Los Angeles for television. His production skills were sharpened working in Dave Grusin’s studio at GRP records on eleven of their releases. In addition to drums, he also performs on acoustic guitar, piano, and steel drum. The resulting blend offers a musical story book of several styles seamlessly blending together from Funk, Sambas, Bossa Novas to sultry and poignant ballads.

There is a lot of power that comes from this fresh new all original music. One tune, has lyrics that will open your eyes, heart and mind as the melody unfolds. Check the web site for more information on the release and to hear samples of each song. Premiere CD Liminality from Los Angeles based multi‐instrumentalist, composer, producer, arranger, engineer, Alan Weisman, is now available.