Sierra Classic Sound
Like the soaring fault-block mountains of their namesake, Sierra Classic Sound aims for higher elevations. Taking the back roads to get there – the project started as a suite of incredibly deep bass lines from bassist/composer David Soule and writer/lyricist/arranger/producer Will Kreth. Seismically incubating for years, the demos took on new life with tweaked-out beats, keys and guitar lines provided by Pittsburgh-based producer / engineer Herman (DJ Soy Sos) Pearl . These “stems” – while compelling, were not yet really “songs.”
Luckily, the project rebooted with the help of multi-instrumentalist / percussionist Yusuke Yamamoto – (FELA!–the musical, Steve Arrington, Trixie Whitley, Dizzy Ventilators, Channel U, and a contributing songwriter for Brazilian Girls) + gorgeous vocals of Freedom Bremner (Moby, Screaming Headless Torsos, Me’shell N’degeocello, Bernie Worrell). “The Light at 99th” is the first single for their 2020 debut album.
Ice Age Jazztet
Coming in 2020 – “Ice Age Story” – the debut album by Ice Age Jazztet. Led by Washington D.C-native saxophonist, flautist and composer Jack Chandler, the Ice Age Jazztet (based in Sacramento, California) has been bringing their lyrical post-bop jazz sound to Northern California audiences for several years. In their debut album, the group takes on the classic songs of “West Side Story” with a new twist.