CREATURES by Erik Deutsch
Released November 18th, 2016
In Winter 2013, Deutsch broke away from his perpetually crazed touring schedule for a short trip to Boulder, CO to record Creatures at Immersive Studios. A home-away-from-home for Deutsch -- which happens to house a beautiful Baldwin grand piano -- Immersive became the haven where the pianist laid down his most personal work to date. Stripped of accompaniment by his deft band members, compositions that were originally arranged for a full ensemble now took on a life of their own showcasing Deutsch’s sheer talent. The earthy, dark, and breathy tones of the Baldwin deepened Deutsch’s solo reinventions, which morphed into raw, streams of consciousness running between his fingers, the ivory, and percussive interludes on the piano strings.
Creatures…lions, flies, fish, lovers, fireflies, doctors, and outlaws are the characters that comprise Deutsch’s first solo recording project. Other stalwart jazz giants such as Paul Bley (Open To Love), Art Lande (The Eccentricities of Earl Daunt), and Keith Jarrett (Koln Concert) shaped Deutsch’s sound over his 20-year piano career helping to inform the nine pieces on Creatures.
Creatures was produced by Immersive's Steven Vidaic at Immersive Studios
Watch "Firefly" from CREATURES
One could easily imagine that Erik Deutsch lives inside a piano. Thus it's no surprise that some of the worlds most demanding performers request Erik for their keyboard accompaniment. If they're lucky, they can catch him in the rare moments when he's not leading his own group through a truly modernist take on the jazz tradition.
Having first come to prominence as a member of the funk-jazz collective Fat Mama (with drummer Joe Russo), Erik has taken his talents across the globe to play with some of the finest musicians alive. Born in Washington D.C. but currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Erik exists in many musical worlds, touring and recording with pop artists like Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Citizen Cope, Shooter Jennings, Alice Smith, Antony and the Johnsons, Phillip Phillips, Joey Arias, Devotchka, and Erin McKeown; or with jazz artists like Charlie Hunter, Theo Bleckmann, Ben Allison, Scott Amendola, Trevor Dunn, Steven Bernstein, Ellery Eskelin, Jim Campilongo, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Allison Miller, Todd Sickafoose, and Art Lande.