His playing cuts across styles and genres as he masterfully executes jazz, rock, and pop sensibilities with a contemporary flavor. Ed Roth is truly a monster player and his talent shines bright on Jazzland, his debut album release for Funzalo Records out on February 22.
On Jazzland you will find Roth’s superlative take on Jazz classics like Charles Mingus’ “Nostalgia in Times Square,” John Coltrane’s “Big Nick,” Chick Corea’s “Crystal Silence,” and Miles Davis’ “Milestones,” Freddie the Freeloader” and “Blue in Green” among others. “Haunting melodies and some adult harmony really drew me to “Peace” (Horace Silver), “Blue and Green” (Bill Evans/Miles Davis), and “Zingaro” (Carlos Antonio Jobim). You have so much space in ballads like that, but every note you play has to mean something” Says Roth
“Some songs and music are timeless. I tried to pick songs for this record that have that quality, and that moved me in some way. The different vamps and solo sections that I added to some of these may not be what you have heard before, but they are what came out naturally, without a lot of plotting and planning” – explains Roth
Roth worked alongside a total of nine Grammy winners. He’s performed and recorded with R&B artists the Brothers Johnsonand Shuggie Otis to Pop stars Annie Lennox and Sophie B Hawkins, Rock legends Ronnie Montrose, Robby Krieger, Keith Emerson, Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, to Hip-Hop legend Coolio. He’s also played live withinternationally known singer/ songwriter Mya and recorded with critically acclaimed country acts Turnpike Troubadours and Cody Jinks, and the list goes on.
“The artists I have most admired never stopped evolving and growing- crossing musical genres and ignoring boundaries, making each recording another step out from their last one” – says Roth
A sonic purist, Roth is adept at not only piano, but also Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, clavinet and accordion, (as well as a Kawai artist grand piano), all of which he records at his own Glendale, CA, studio, The Keyboard Room.