Latin Jazz Corner 006: Brent Fischer Interview (Part 1), Emilio Solla, Supporting Latin Jazz in 2017

by chipboaz on January 9, 2017

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Welcome to Episode #6 of the Latin Jazz Corner Podcast! We are well into 2017 at this point and I am excited about the upcoming year of Latin Jazz Corner. I wanted to thank everyone that has reached out to me with encouraging thoughts over the last couple of weeks – if you’ve got additional ideas about the music or the podcast, send them my way! If you’d like to keep up with LJC even more, please join us on Facebook or Instagram!

We’re starting things out today with some news from around our community. I’ve included some links below that I reference in the news section of the show.
Art Of The Arrangement ArtistShare Campaign From Doug Beavers
Fundraiser For Dafnis Prieto’s upcoming album Tribute
Luis Torresgrosa “Super Fan” feature on All About Jazz
Uniting Beats, Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra
Tjaderaid, Viva Cal

If you’re a musician, promoter, or anyone involved with Latin Jazz, make sure you send me your news so that I can discuss it on the show.

Our featured track this week comes from the wonderful Argentinean pianist Emilio Solla and his album, Tributango. This album is a tribute to tango – in Solla’s words, “a chance to remember why I fell in love with the music in the first place.” He covers a collection of music from some of the best known tango composers, along with a few of his own compositions. I love the way that Solla maintains the integrity of the compositions while thickening them up with lush jazz harmonies and bits of improvisation. This is a stunning album; I give you a taste of that here as we listen to “Milonga de mis Amores.”

Make sure that you check out more about Emilio Solla:
You can pick up Tributango HERE.
Here’s Emilio Solla’s Website
Here’s Emilio Solla’s Facebook Page
Here’s Emilio Solla On Twitter
Avantango Records Website

In the spotlight segment of the show, I take some time to talk about five ways that you can support Latin Jazz in 2017. It’s seems self-evident that we should the support the music and the people that make it come to life; I think if asked, we would all say that we support the music. When the realities of our busy lives come into the forefront of our priorities though, sometimes we forget to do even the simple things to support music. This short list gives us some ways that we can have some fun and do some good at the same time, breathing some life into the music that we love. I encourage you to embrace these ideas and make them a part of your life in 2017 – if you do, please let me know!.

Our artist spotlight features part one of my interview with grammy-winning producer, composer, arranger and recent record of the year nominee Brent Fischer. As the son of Clare Fischer, Brent grew up hearing his father’s montunos, compositions, and arrangements all the time. His childhood was spent spending time around people like Cal Tjader, Alex Acuña, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Before he was out of high school, he was playing with his father’s band Salsa Picante, holding down some serious tumbaos in the bass chair. As he grew older, he learned the “Clare Fisher sound” in his composing and arranging style, soon working with a number of pop and jazz artists behind the scenes. As his father got ill and eventually passed away, he took over the Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band, which has recorded a number of great albums, including the 2016 release Intenso! I had a great conversation with Fisher about his background, his father, and some of his musical experiences; today, we’ll be hearing about Brent’s younger days and getting into some of his father’s history. We start things out by listening to “Solar Patrol” from ¡Intenso! and then we get right into the interview.

You can get more information about Brent’s work with The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band at:
Clare Fischer’s Website

Check out some of the albums from The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band:




I hope that you enjoyed the sixth episode of the podcast as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

If your have a minute, it would be great if you could write a review of the podcast on iTunes. It makes a big difference in the visibility of the show, and ultimately, how much I can support Latin Jazz! You can write a review HERE.

As always, the most important thing to me is to create a resource that will support the musicians and fans around the world that keep Latin Jazz alive – if you’ve ideas, suggestions, or even compliments, send them my way!

Thanks so much for listening! Keep it in clave – see you in episode #7!

Check Out Recent LJC Podcasts:
Latin Jazz Corner 005: Top Ten Albums Of 2016
Latin Jazz Corner 004: Little Johnny Rivero Interview (Part 2), Curtis Brothers, 2017 Latin Jazz Grammy Award
Latin Jazz Corner 003: Little Johnny Rivero Interview (Part 1), Rachel Therrien, Greg Diamond
Latin Jazz Corner Podcast 002: Brian Andres (Part 2), Will Jarvis, Mario Bauza

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