Archive for November 30th, 2017

Chris Guthrie Project – Gaining Altitude

Seattle pianist Chris Guthrie honed his skills in different formations. He performed as a guitarist in a jazz big band (Cal. State Hayward) and in a jazz/blues trio (T. Lane and the Nitehawks), and most recently played keyboards in an alternative rock band (Fred Roth Revue).

The Chris Guthrie Project is a collaboration with longtime friend Steve Oliver. The result is Chris’ debut album Gaining Altitude (2017). Chris plays on this album piano and keyboards. Steve Oliver guitar, guitar synth, bass, drums, percussion, and vocals. Both wrote all songs. Steve produced, recorded and mixed the album at Westie World Studios.

The duo has put the main emphasis of the title song on the optimal creation of atmosphere out of a minimum of tonal sequences. The beauty arises from the lovingly designed details. Bombi’s Bounce reveals a special affinity for the early Pat Metheny Group, specified on the keyboard creations of Lyle Mays.

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