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All About Jazz review of Otherworld


David Bach: Otherworld


Published: April 8, 2014

Like the famous composer from whom Bach shares his last name, the Washington, D.C.—Baltimore—Michigan based pianist David Bach has a deep love for the piano and melodic music is the theme on his CD, Otherworld. “My parents never had to ask me to practice,” says Bach of his formative encounters with the piano. “I just sat there and learned the stuff, and people started responding to what was happening. That was all the inspiration I needed to keep going.” As the recipient of two Gold Records and winner of the 2004 Maryland State Art Council Performance Award, the David Bach Consort was the winner of the Jazz Discovery Showcase on BET and Bach has performed at Jazzmatazz with B.B. King, and has played at the Kennedy Center and beyond. Among his many accomplishments, Bach has returned to Europe as a touring musician for RCA/BMG recording artist Fishbelly Black. Other contributions include keyboarding for Janet Jackson and Everything But The Girl and touring with Enrique Iglesias. Bach has developed a deeply personal songbook over the years, beginning with Window on the West (1998 debut), 5thousand Words (2001) and on to A Deep Breath (2005), culminating in the 2008 album LIVE at Baker Park, which documents a beautiful summer’s night of music-making. Otherworld (2013), Bach’s fifth record as leader and his fourth in the studio, is a testament to his growth as a player, composer, and producer. Bach continues his moody interfacing of classical, R&B, and improvisational influences in a fine balance of strong melodies and infectious grooves. Bach leads a powerful collection of musicians through an 11-song set of brawny approved feels that carries on the tradition of contemporary jazz in the best sense of the phrase. Bach’s playing and composing can bring to mind artist such as Eberhard Weber, Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber and Jan Garbarek. Bach is a storyteller and his playing is melodic and precise.

The opener, “City Lights” sets an upbeat mood with a singable melody and excellent sax work by saxophonist David Marq Wells. The song sets a great tone for the rest of the session as Bach balances his fluid solos with an enjoyable collection of original compositions and arrangements of tunes that might surprise you. “There and Back,” is an enjoyable waltz that seems to find inspiration from a lovely harmonic setting that Bach pens a beautiful melody and punctuates it with space; top shelf. The project has a uniform sound and feels even throughout, each track consists of a different lineup, and the roster includes: multi-instrumentalist Bobby Read, who doubles as horn arranger on “Sapphire.” Reedman and longtime Bach associate David Marq Wells, drummers Mark Prince and John Thomakos, percussionist extraordinaire Ekendra Das, flutist Al Williams, guitarists Leonard Stevens and Andy Shriver, bassists Lorenzo Sands and Jimmy Charlsen and percussionists Edgar Montalvo. Lots of jazz players borrow from outside their genre, but it’s hard to find one that sets up more seamlessly for a relaxing groove than U2’s ” With or Without You.” This take is less reinterpretation than a celebration and works beautifully punctuated by an exquisite bouncing solo by Bach on the piano. Otherworld has many moments of nostalgia with the Keith Emerson, Hammond-infused “Rite or Wrong” or Steely Dan in the minimal, luxurious swim of “Sweet Spot.” A splendid take on Johann Sebastian Bach’s “a-minor Invention No. 13 (BWV 784)” is presented on the CD in response to constant requests for Bach to pay tribute to his namesake; Bach would and should be proud.

Melody lovers will enjoy Otherworld in which Bach pays close attention to presenting a tight, cooking collection of tunes that will keep you humming long after the notes stop vibrating the ears.
Track Listing: City Lights; There and Back; Sweet Spot; Angels ; All In; Sapphire; Layer of my Heart; Invention; With or Without You; Rite or Wrong; Night of Day.

Personnel: David Bach: piano, synthesizers, rhodes piano, hammond organ; Bobby Read: soprano sax 4, tenor sax 5 flutes and horn arrangement 6; David Marq Wells: soprano sax 2, 3, 11, tenor sax 1, 8, 10; Lorenzo Sands: bass 1, 4, 5, 8, 11; Jimmy Charlsen: bass guitar 2, 6, 3, 11, harmonics 4; Mark Prince: drums 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; John Thomakos: drums 4, 5, 6; Leonard Stevens: guitar 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, acoustic guitar 2, nylon guitar 4, ebow 7. Jeff Reed: upright bass 7, 9; Andy Shriver: guitar 1, 10; Al Williams: flute 8, 11; Karla Chisholm: voice 4; Ekendra Das: percussion 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, congos 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, tablas 4, 11; Edgar Montalvo: percussion 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Katie Chambers cello 4, 7, 9.


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Grady Harp of Amazon.com gives 5 stars to: Otherworld

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Grady Harp gave 5 stars to: Otherworld     Amazon.com

Grady Harp reviewed:

Otherworld David Bach | Format: MP3 Music

Grady Harp gave 5 stars to: Otherworld
The ever popular David Bach returns, October 26, 2013
This review is from: Otherworld (MP3 Music)

Nothing demanding here, just fine music that will raise as much nostalgia for the days when melodies were important. Not that there is anything unoriginal about the music of David Bach – he does have his own sound. “My parents never had to ask me to practice,” says David Bach of his formative encounters with the piano. “I just sat there and learned the stuff, and people started responding to what was happening. That was all the inspiration I needed to keep going.” And keep going he certainly has. The versatile keyboardist and composer is a musician of many stripes. As an Air Force brat, Bach’s childhood was a chain of stopovers, during which time he was lucky enough to study under a host of rigorous teachers. Once he came of age, Bach found himself getting into progressive rock, which strengthened his resolve to compose. Having lived for a time in Europe when the genre was at its popular peak, his return to the States brought about a eureka moment: “Europe was a great experience, because most of the bands you heard live were doing original music and now I was really hearing jazz for the first time.”


Otherworld is exactly that: a place of escape, of spirit, and of joy. The ensemble is varyingly comprised of David Bach, all keys, including synthesizers, Steinway Grand, Rhodes Piano and Hammond Organ, Bobby Read soprano and tenor sax, horns and flutes and horn arrangement, David Marq Wells, soprano and tenor sax, Lorenzo Sands, bass, Jimmy Charlsen, bass guitar, harmonics, Mark Prince, drums, John Thomakos, drums, Leonard Stevens, guitar, acoustic guitar, nylon guitar, ebow, Jeff Reed, upright bass, Andy Shriver, guitar, Al Williams, flute, Karla Chisholm, voice, Ekendra Das, percussion, congos, tablas, Edgar Montalvo, percussion, Katie Chambers, cello.

The tracks are as follows:
There and
All In
Layer of my Heart
With or Without You
Rite or Wrong
Night of Day

On this recording there is something for everyone’s taste in contemporary jazz or popular music. It is a gift to the soul and the spirit – for old times sake. Grady Harp, October 13





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OTHERWORLD on Jazz Charts across the USA.

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CMJ’s radio charts are compiled from the top albums played at college and non- commercial radio. Otherworld, Bach’s fifth record as leader and his fourth in the studio, is a testament to his growth as a player, composer, and producer.

To listen and purchase…

Otherworld is charting at these stations:
#2 WWSU  Dayton, OH
#3 WERU  2 East Orland, ME
#3 WRST  Oshkosh, WI
#3 KQAL  Winona, MN
#3 KOTO  Telluride, CO
#5 KAFI  Minneapolis, MN
#6 Radio CUH  Honolulu, HI
#6 WMSE  Milwaukee, WI
#6 CSCR  Toronto, ON
#6 WUEV  Evansville, IN
#7 KAMP  Tucson, AZ
#7 KDUR  Durango, CO
#7 KWCW  Walla Walla, WA
#9 WRCU  Hamilton, NY
#9 KDUR  Durango, CO

Thank you for spinning Otherworld:

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KEUL                                         Girdwood AK
KHNS                                         Haines AK
KAMP Radio 1570 AM          Tucson AZ
KXCI Community Radio        Tucson AZ
Jazz from Gallery 41               Berkeley CA
KALX Radio 90.7 fm              Berkeley CA
KCSS 91.9FM                           Turlock CA
KHSU                                        Arcata CA
KLBC                                         Long Beach CA
KSBR FM 88.5                       Mission Viejo CA
KSPC 88.7 FM                        Claremont, CA
KUSP                                        Santa Arcata CA
KUSP Radio                            Santa Cruz, CA
KVMR 89.5 FM                     Nevada City, CA
KNCA                                        Redding, CA
KNSQ                                        Mount Shasta, CA
CBC Music Library                 Canada
CFBX 92.5FM                          Kamloops. BC, Canada
CFMH Music Department    Saint John, Canada
CFRC 101.9 FM                       Kingston, ON, Canada
CHMR-FM 93.5                       St. John’s NL, Canada
CHRW 94.9 London,             Ontario, Canada
CJAM 91.5 MHz                     Grosse Point, Canada
CSCR Fusion Radio               Scarborough, ON, Canada
KAFM                         Grand Junction, CO
KBUT FM                  Crested Butte, CO
KDNK                        Carbondale, CO
KDUR 91.9 FM       Durango, CO
KGNU 88.5 FM      Boulder, CO
KOTO 91.7 FM       Telluride, CO
KRFC Radio 88      Ft. Collins, CO
KRZA Radio            Alamosa, CO
KVCU                        Boulder, CO
KVNF FM                 Paonia, CO
WECS FM 90.1       Willimantic, CT
WFCS 91.7                New Britian, CT
WNHU 88.7 FM     West Haven, CT
WPKN, 89.5 FM     Bridgeport, CT
WRTC FM 89.3       Hartford, CT
WWUH FM 89.9     West Hartford, CT
WXCI                          Danbury, CT
FM Urquiza 91.7 MHz       Buenos Aires, Brazil
WVUD Radio           Newark, DE
WRGP                        Miami, FL
Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio   Atlanta, GA
WATY                        Folkston, GA
WDCO                       Macon, GA
WJSP                         Columbus, GA
WJWV                       Fort Gaines, GA
WMUM                    Atlanta, GA
WNGH                     Dalton, GA
WNGU                     Dahlonega, GA
WPPR                      Demorest, GA
WSVH                     Savannah, GA
WUGA                    Athens, GA
WUNV                    Albany, GA
WUWG                  Carrolton, GA
WWET                   Valdosta, GA
WXVS                    Waycross, GA
WWIO                   St. Marys
WACG                    Augusta, GA
KTUH FM 90.3      Honolulu, HI
Radio CUH              Honolulu, HI
KWLC                       Decorah, IA
KRFP                        Moscow, ID
KUOI 89.3 FM              Moscow, ID
WEFT FM 90.1             Champaign, IL
WMHD 90.7 FM          Terre Haute, IN
WUEV-FM 91.5            Evansville, IN
KJHK Music Office      Lawrence, KS
WRFL FM 88.1             Lexington, KY
WTUL 91.5fm                New Orleans, LA
Jubliation Taint Radio WCUW    Greenfield, MA
WCUW                            Whitinsvile, MA
WMBR 88.1FM            Cambridge, MA
WMHC                            South Hadley, MA
WMUA FM 91               Amherst, MA
WUMD 89.3FM           North Dartmouth, MA
WUML                            Lowell, MA
WEAA 88.9 FM           Baltimore, MD
WFWM                          Frostburg, MD
WERU-FM0                 East Orland, ME
WMHB Watervile, 89.7 FM     Waterville, ME
WMPG                           Portland, ME
WRBC                            Lewiston, ME
WNMC FM                   Traverse City, MI
KFAI                               Minneapolis, MN
KQAL fm                       Winona, MN
KSTO                              Northfield, MN
KDHX FM 88.1            St.Louis, MO
KOPN Radio                  Columbia, MO
KGLT FM 91.9               Bozeman, MT
WNCW 88.7 FM           Spindale, NC
WSOE                              Elon, NC
WZMB                        Greenville, NC
WUNH                        Portsmouth, NH
WSCA                        Durham, NH
WPRB                        Princeton, NJ
WONY                        Oneonta, NY
WRCU                        Hamilton, NY
WRUW-FM              Cleveland, OH
WWSU                        Dayton, OH
WXUT                        Toledo, OH
TCC Student Radio         Tulsa, OK
KEOL-FM 91.7                La  Grande, OR
KPSU                          Portland, OR
KSMF FM 89.1         Ashland, OR
KSBA                          Coos Bay, OR
KSKF                          Klamath  Falls, OR
WVIA 89.9 FM / WVYA 89.7 FMa      Pittston, PA
WYBF c/o The Pit           Springfield, PA
WZBT                         Gettysburgh, PA
WRVU                        Nashville, TN
KRTU                        San  Antonio, TX
KSHU                        Huntsville, TX
KUIW Radio            San  Antonio, TX
KZMU                        Moab, UT
WTJU Studios         Charlottesville, VA
WVRU                        Blacksburg, VA
WUVT                        Radford, VA
WVST-FM                 Richmond, VT
WRUV 90.1 FM       Burlington, VT
KAOS Olympia Community Radio       Olympia, WA
KWCW                        Walla Walla, WA
WMSE-­‐FM  91.7     Milwaukee, WI
WORT                        Radio Madison, WI
WRST  90.3               Oshkosh, WI
WSUM  JAZZ  -­‐  91.7  FM    Madison, WI
WWSP  FM                  Steven Point, WI
WMUL                       Huntington, WV
WWVU-­‐FM             Morgantown, WV


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