Clare Fischer & Salsa Picante Present "2 + 2"

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Clare Fischer & Salsa Picante Present "2 + 2"
Studio album by Clare Fischer
Released February 1981
Recorded September 1980
at Capitol Records
Genre Latin jazz
Label Pausa Records
PR 7086
Clare Fischer chronology
Salsa Picante
(1980)
Clare Fischer
&
Salsa Picante Present
"2 + 2"

(1981)
Machaca
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Los Angeles Times 4/5 stars[1]

Clare Fischer & Salsa Picante Present "2 + 2" is an album by American keyboardist/composer-arranger Clare Fischer, recorded in September 1980 and released in February 1981 by Pausa Records,[1][2] and in Germany on the MPS label, as Foreign Exchange - The First Album.[3] Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 would be reissued on CD in 1999, and as a digital download in 2012, as Latin Patterns, a compilation of remastered highlights from four of Fischer's MPS LPs from this period.[4][5][6]

The album represents a number of firsts for Fischer, including his first Grammy (specifically, the album's final track, "Guajira Pa' La Jeva," named 1981's Best Latin Recording),[7][8] as well as a pair of recording debuts, first, that of 2 + 2, the vocal quartet with which Fischer supplemented his Latin jazz ensemble [1] (thus tying together two key components of his wide-ranging musical universe), and, of equal if not greater import, that of his son Brent Fischer, marking the beginning of a fruitful - and more than three-decade-long - professional association.

Reception[edit]

Los Angeles Times jazz critic Leonard Feather awarded the album four stars, making particular note of the album's seamless blend of vocal and instrumental units:

Their blend is splendid, they are at times expertly integrated with the band through Fischer's compositions, lyrics and arrangements; and they are quadrilingual, starting in German and proceeding to English, Spanish and doo-be-doo, the Esperanto of jazz. The rhythm, generally timbales-oriented, could have used more bottom. Darlene Koldenhoven, the lead soprano, is a striking discovery.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All selections composed by Clare Fischer except where noted.

  1. "Du, Du...." (trad./arr. Clare Fischer) - 5:57
  2. "Legacy" - 2:35
  3. "Morning" - 3:36
  4. "Guajira Pa' La Jeva" (words - Jose "Perico" Hernadez, music - Poncho Sanchez and Clare Fischer) - 4:30
  5. "Leavin'" - 3:25
  6. "Funquiado" - 6:46
  7. "Thru the Ages" - 4:21
  8. "Melancolico" (words - Barbara Ransom, music - Clare Fischer) - 7:07

Personnel[edit]

  • Clare Fischer - leader, Fender-Rhodes electric piano, Yamaha EX-42 organ, Yamaha YC-30 combo organ
  • Gary Foster - flute and soprano sax; on side A (tracks 2 & 3) and side B (tracks 1 & 3) - sopranino and alto sax, plus sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bass and gran bass recorders
  • John Chiodini - electric guitar; on side A (tracks 2 & 3) and side B (tracks 1 & 3) - acoustic guitar and hollow-bodied electric guitar
  • Poncho Sanchez - conga, bongo, campana
  • Ramon Banda (only on side A, tracks 1 & 4, and side B, track 2 & 4) - clave
  • Alex Acuña (only on side A, tracks 1 & 4, and side B, track 2 & 4) - timbales, percussion
  • Roland Vazquez (only on side A, tracks 1 & 4, and side B, track 2 & 4) - drums
  • Brent Fischer - electric bass
  • Oscar Meza - string bass
  • Luis Conte (only on side A, tracks 2 & 3, and side B, track 1 & 3) - timbales, percussion
  • Andre Fischer (only on side A, tracks 2 & 3, and side B, track 1 & 3) - drums
  • José "Perico" Hernandez - guest vocalist on A4 and B4
  • Darlene Koldenhoven - lead soprano
  • Mary Hylan - Second soprano (sings lead on first bridge of "Morning," rock section of "Thru the Ages," and first part of "Guajira")
  • Amick Byram - tenor (solo on "Leavin'")
  • John Laird - baritone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Feather, Leonard. "Jazz Albums". The Los Angeles Times. February 22, 1981. Retrieved 2013-02-24.
  2. ^ "Clare Fischer & Salsa Picante presents "2 + 2" (Musical LP, 1981)". Worldcat. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  3. ^ "Foreign Exchange - The first album (Music, 1981)". Worldcat. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  4. ^ Payne, Doug. Liner Notes from Latin Patterns. DougPayne.com. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  5. ^ "Latin Patterns (Music, 1999)". Worldcat. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  6. ^ "Latin Patterns: The Legendary MPS Sessions Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  7. ^ Green, Paul. "Quincy Jones Takes Top Honors at Grammy Awards; Miscellaneous Fields". Billboard. March 6, 1982. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  8. ^ Past Winners Search for "Clare Fischer". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved 2013-05-26.