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Monday
Aug292011

HOWARD FISHMAN QUARTET VOL.III: "MOON COUNTRY"

Reuniting Howard with violinist Russell Farnhang and cornetist Peter Ecklund (both from the very first incarnation of HFQ) and joined by longtime bassist Andrew Hall, "Moon Country" features the quartet essaying songs by the late, great Hoagy Carmichael.  Like HFQ Vols. I and II, these recordings were made live in the studio over just a couple of afternoons, with no overdubs. Featuring special guest Henry Bogdan on Hawaiian Steel Guitar on "Ole Butterilk Sky."

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Monday
Oct042010

BETTER GET RIGHT

"...Hits a high point with the infectious "Mexican Radio," an ingenious mash-up of Wall of Voodoo and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band; I've played it so many times, I feel like I'm experimenting with the possibility of wearing out a sound file."  - Will Friedwald, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"A good-natured take on New Orleans jazz, folk and New Wave...- TIME OUT New York

BETTER GET RIGHT is Howard Fishman's love letter to New Orleans, featuring his "Biting Fish Brass Band" working out on a dizzying array of new originals ("Since You've Been Gone, "Tee Na Na"), soulful traditionals ("Down By The Riverside," "When I Die"), and at least one funky cover from left field ("Mexican Radio").

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Monday
Oct042010

NO FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

NO FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS is a song cycle about the songwriter's travels through rural Romania with a childhood friend, and what Howard in his liner notes calls "the strange and beautiful adventures we had there."  The album features Howard's vocals and guitar enveloped by lush arrangements for strings, accordion, piano, banjo and horns (with a bit of nasty electric guitar and bass thrown in for good measure).

"Howard Fishman paints pictures as real as your best dreams. No Further Instructions is an inspired piece of work." - VERBICIDE MAGAZINE (full review)

"Part of Howard Fishman's genius is that he...get his ingredients locally. Some of the best and the brightest  local musicians are part of the collective that jams with him live and on record." - HELLBOMB

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Monday
Oct042010

THE WORLD WILL BE DIFFERENT

THE WORLD WILL BE DIFFERENT is an intensely personal suite of songs about love won and lost, featuring a stripped-down combo of guitar, bass, drums and piano accompanied by a string quartet.

 

 

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Saturday
Sep182010

BOB DYLAN AND THE BAND'S BASEMENT TAPES

“Remarkable…I’m stunned, especially by ‘I’m Not There.’ Seems to me completely right, never forced, lucid, luminous, but the performance, as with Dylan’s, is where the truth of the song reveals itself. It just broke me in half. Second only to ‘I’m Not There’ [is] the gorgeous ‘Crash on the Levee.’”
-Greil Marcus

"Beautiful...full of life and reverently irreverent." - Joe Henry

 

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Saturday
Sep182010

LOOK AT ALL THIS!

“Ain’t nothing orthodox about the spin he puts on blues, funk and boogie…The singer-guitarist is just this side of buzzville, and it’s his swagger and joie de vivre that’ll boost his ever widening circle of zealots. See the new LOOK AT ALL THIS! for proof.”

-Jim Macnie, THE VILLAGE VOICE

“Complete with tasty horn and mandolin accentuation, Howard Fishman spans genres from the upbeat zydeco styling of “Katie Lala” to the talking country blues of “That Lonesome Road.” The opening track, “Superstitious” could pass as an acoustic David Byrne/Mexicali jam. It doesn’t hurt that the Grammy-winning producer Rob Fraboni, who has worked with everyone from Patti LaBelle to Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, did an incredible job highlighting the varied backing instrumentation and unique vocal delivery of this singular artist. Fishman is a musician’s musician that can tickle the ivory and turn right back around with some fantastic guitar rhythms and licks. Unafraid to layer his sound with backup vocals, “The Best Is Yet To Come" is flavored with a gospel vibe that chimes through like something from a redemptive Sunday service mass... With “You Say,” “Small Talk,” “Decision,” and the closing track, “Pictures,” Fishman pulls off some delightfully tender ballads that effectively carry the emotional weight between the faster-paced tunes like the beams of a well-built musical mansion.”
-VERBICIDE

 

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Saturday
Sep182010

HOWARD FISHMAN QUARTET VOL. II

"The best jazz I've heard since the '20's!"

- AL HIRSCHFELD

 A collection of previously unreleased material featuring classic standards like “STARS FELL ON ALABAMA” and “ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET” alongside rarities like Jelly Roll Morton’s “SWEET SUBSTITUTE” and “GOOD OLD NEW YORK,” the Jimmie Rodgers numbers “THE HILLS OF TENNESSEE” and “CAROLINA SUNSHINE GIRL,” and outings of songs by Fritz Kriesler and Stephen Foster. A grab bag of early 20th century (mostly) American music, the CD also includes alternate takes of “WHEN I GROW TOO OLD TO DREAM,” “BEST DAYS,” and “GOOD TIMES” from the first CD.

 

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Saturday
Sep182010

DO WHAT I WANT

"A break from their previous efforts; it appears the devil got his paws in on this one. The music seems moodier, edgier, and - dare I say - groovier." -freewilliamsburg.com

" A vital statement, issuing from a very different precinct of Howard Fishman's mind. It's a rare artist that can do something drastically different and still sound entirely like himself." - THE ALL MUSIC GUIDE

 

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Saturday
Sep182010

I LIKE YOU A LOT

 

From 2001, featuring the second iteration of the Howard Fishman Quartet: Russell Farhang (violin), Erik Jekabson (trumpet), Jon Flaugher (bass) and Howard's vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo and piano.

* Listen to Howard talk about this album on NPR's FRESH AIR with Terry Gross!

"Howard Fishman's sophomore release contains all the wit and eclectic charm of his debut. This combination of instruments is remarkably flexible. It can just as easily conjure jazz, folk, country, tango, or even mariachi music, all of which, in one way or another, inform Fishman's wonderfully quirky vision.  The Howard Fishman Quartet [is] an important force in the world of creative music. " - THE ALL MUSIC GUIDE

 

"An affecting, haunting collection of cunning originals."  - THE NEW YORKER

 

 

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Saturday
Sep182010

THE HOWARD FISHMAN QUARTET

 

"On its excellent debut recording, the Howard Fishman Quartet creates an infectious blend of early jazz and blues, western swing."- THE ALL MUSIC GUIDE

"Colorful takes on old time jazz/country classics and swinging new standards.  These young hipsters remain reverent to their influences while adding their own modern mojo.  On their own timeless material, the band’s sincerity is charming.” – VILLAGE VOICE

 

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