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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sean Haefeli - Rise

This is one talented cat. Go ahead and look at all that style. If you had to guess as to what kind of music he made, what would you think?

Yep. Jazz. And he is something we don't too often hear from the world of Jazz any more.

This Berlin based Jazz phenom is a vocalist as well as a pianist, a lyricist, and a composer. He has self released three albums, and to top it all off ... he's a model. If you were that smooth wouldn't you be a model too? You'd wake up, look in the mirror and say, "I think I am going to be a model today," and walk out your house on the way to a photo shoot.

Ok. Let's get back to the music this man creates. He has a deep voice and his style of singing seems to stand on the point where rapping, scatting, and singing all cross. My very first though was that his style was in the vein of Gil Scott-Heron.

His band is tight. They remind me of The Roots circa Do You Want More?!!!??!. At times on Rise, Haefeli's newest album, he opts for the warm tones of the Fender Rhodes instead of a piano, giving the album a feel more like a mid 70s Jazz album. However, on "Essential" when he does play piano, you get a glimpse of how talented a pianist this young man really is.

There's not much more I need to say here. Now it's up to you to give it a listen.

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