Jeff Weinmann – Alma Matters

For want of an artist name, Jeff Weinmann gets credit for this project. The truth of the matter is, Alma Matters (Tone Traveler Productions, 2017) is a collaborative effort from several producers and musicians who appear in varied combinations. Weinmann is the main force behind the album’s creation, but he appears on only a few tracks.

The players, in order of appearance, are: Weinmann, flute, vocals; Jeff Cressman, trombone, flugelhorn, cornet, bass, Engelhart castinets; Natalie Cressman, vocals and trombone; Elena Penderhughes, flute, vocals; Samora Pinderhughes, keyboards; Jonathan Stein, bass; Mark Whitfeld Jr. drums; Ivan Jackson, trumpet; Peter Apfelbaum, keyboards, tenor sax, flute, drums, percussion, vocals, piano and bass; John Schott, guitar; Jill Ryan, vocals and alto sax; Will Bernard, guitar; Charlie Ferguson, drums; Sandy Cressman, vocals; Ben Heveroh, keyboards; David Belove, bass; Josh Jones, drums and percussion; Paul Hanson, bassoon and clarinet; Robin Bonnel, cello; Rachel Durling, violin; Erik Jekabson, flugelhorn; Terrance Kelly, vocals; Destani Wolf, vocals; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Mathias Kunzli, drums; and Julianna Cressman, vocals.

Weinmann brings together musical families whose members have some connection to Weinmann over the course of his career. Key among these are Apfelbaum, the Pinderhughes, Jekabson, and Sandy and Jeff Cressman. The latter couple’s eldest daughter, Natalie, is an up and coming artist in her own right. She composed two tracks and sings lead on one. Apfelbaum wrote three and arranged four others. Sandy Cressman composed one song and sings lead on three.

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