Classical music can always benefit from a dose of the funny.
Each piece on Serious Business looks at humor in music from a different angle – not necessarily with the goal of making the listener laugh, but as a sophisticated subject to be explored (without taking that subject too seriously).
Housewarming witnesses the experienced ensemble of pianist Jeremy Siskind, woodwindist Lucas Pino, and vocalist Nancy Harms playing what Downbeat termed "a shining example of chamber jazz" with the addition of special guests Kurt Elling, Peter Eldridge, and Kendra Shank.
These jazz explorations of art songs by Gabriel Fauré combine harmonic complexity, subtlety, and melodic beauty with the romantic lyricism of French poetry, resulting in music that is pensive and playful, languid and lively, haunting and heavenly.
Mike Freeman has been hailed as "master soloist" and a "superb" vibes player. His sixth recording as a leader Blue Tjade continues his multicultural beat with a tip of the hat to Cal Tjader. Grounded in jazz, Latinjazz, and salsa, Mike offers a uniquie group sound through his music, playing, and instrumentation.