Kelvin Sholar's Between Worlds was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Kelvin Sholar.
© & P Kasmavtsu Music BMI.
Endorsement Quote: Lenny White (Miles Davis, Return to Forever)- "Musicians are no longer confined by musical categories. This music is timeless and spans generations. Improvisation in the 21st century has a fresh new approach and sound and this is it".
Featured Artists- The Kelvin Sholar Group:
Kelvin Sholar- Piano, Electric Piano, Synth, Electronics, Percussion
Silvia Kurschus- Voice 2
Gary Thomas- Flute, Tenor Sax/ Tracks 4, 6-12
Brian Horton- Alto, Soprano, Tenor Sax 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12
Jonathan Powell- Trumpet, Electronics 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12
Chris Sholar- Guitar 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12
Dechown Jenkins- Guitar 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
Koko Jones- Percussion (except Continuum) 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12
Damon Warmack- Electric Bass 5, 6, 7, 11, 12
Jonathan Robinson- Acoustic Bass 2, 13
Jaimeo Brown- Drums, Percussion 3-12
Javier Reyes- Drums 2, 13
Recorded at: Peter Karl Studios NYC/ Engineer: Peter Karl
Planet E Studios Detroit / Engineer: Colin Dupuis/ Carl Craig Supervision
Trixx Studios Berlin/ Carl Craig Supervision
Mixing/ Mastering at Sholar Studios Berlin
Photography: Philipp Wittulsky
Music Video: “Continuum” by Andreas Plata
“This is a project with a well-defined mission: to bring the total experience of creating living Jazz music from the moment, and with feeling, to the listener, with the best sound quality possible, the best collection of music and musicians, and the best visual art to accompany it. This is visionary Jazz. This music isn’t “jazzy”, or “jazz-like”, or “with jazz elements”. If you can’t move or express something, this music is not for you. If you are a hard core fan of classic Jazz, or classics of any other genre, and expect to have a subtle mix to talk over or clean your house to- give this music to someone you hate. No, this is not “Jazz For Dummies”, re-warming yesterday’s outdated standards for mass consumption today. To make the point totally clear, if you think Jazz is Christmas music or for elegant evening wear, or Jazz is street music for bordellos you are terribly outdated and wrong. Let me predict: if you like Michael Buble, Brad Mehldau, David Sanborn, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Kenny G or Wynton Marsalis you will hate this vision of Jazz. Believe me, they are all amazing artists, but that Jazz is just not the same Jazz on this recording- at all. Furthermore, if you like- Miles Davis electric, Sun Ra and the Arkestra, Herbie Hancock and Headhunters, Tony Williams and Lifetime, Chick Corea and Return to Forever, Joe Zawinul and Weather Report, John Maclaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Steve Coleman and the Mbase collective- you will at least be in the building when the party starts.
This music is not about producing “hits” or “bling”, “radio-play” or “fans”. It’s not always beautiful, there are no catchy riffs or licks, no strange electronic noises for no reason, no buxom video girls or gold-toothed pimps, nothing for crazy teenagers who don’t play an instrument or sing, nothing for disgruntled old folks who want their old jazz back. It’s contemporary music for open people who like to hear experiments with sound and music, in and of itself. Forget about music awards, big record deals, stadium tours with backstage passes and glitzy after parties, media buzz, or any left-right political movement. Not music for a cause, it’s just music by real musicians for people who like it that way. No extra hype or gimmicks, no weird costumes or imaginary names, no million dollar budget by any corporation, no big name associations to sell anything. There are no outsiders in this production, it’s just me and the close circle of truly amazing musicians involved in performance and recording- people like us. This project is only the second release on my own record label, it took ten years to bring my imagination to light and find the perfect mix of all its elements, and I did everything possible to bring it to you. I did all that because I learned that there is no other way to do it and still be the one in control of the quality of the music, production, rights and packaging. Besides, no one else has the vision to see exactly what I see.
In a way, this recording is a statement of self-will, I want to make the music I feel with the best musicians possible and that is all. That doesn’t mean I did it all myself, but that I decided to make all the decisions about how it should be done and who would be involved to achieve that vision. So in the end, this music is for people like me. People who do what they love for a living, rather rich or poor. If you truly express yourself and make something useful for the rest of us, this music is for you too. Let’s call it visionary Jazz for open individuals, not pop-Jazz for the mass market. Better yet, what Jazz would sound like today if it was “too risky”, “too creative”, “too musical”, “too outside of the box”, “too deep” and every other rejection I’ve heard from mass marketers through the years.
“Why should I care?” you might ask. You should care because right now you are working on a project that sums up how you think and feel and you need theme music that isn’t in every taxi and elevator in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo. You need something in sounds that matches your life and the content of your art/craft, in a way that shopping from a corporate top ten list on Itunes, Amazon, Beatport or Soundcloud can’t do (not that these platforms aren’t useful, but the global music scene is much bigger). Go ahead, tell everyone about it, copy it to your Ipod or computer, and burn a cd for all your friends who are broke, too old or too young. Put the music on your homevideos and on your iphone or ipad. Download it to your home page and use as theme music for your artwork and products. Play it from your cubicle at work as a musical incense. Play it in your live set at the club, or as a musical palette cleanser after your show. Upload your favorite picture with your favorite track in the background to Youtube, Daily Motion, Vimeo or any video platform of your choice- then link to me and all your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace or whatever social platform you use. Better yet, remix it, steal a sample and write a new song over it, imitate your favorite parts and take them into a new direction! Show me how to take to further- and send me the results!
You care because you like to make choices about what you listen to and how you live, and not have them made by some media matrix. That’s probably what connects us, the need to be a choosy and unique individual in a faceless mass market. We like to resist authority because we choose to be different. We like to be a real part of a network of familiar faces making useful things, not blind producers or consumers of useless junk to make some faceless corp rich. This is much deeper than this record; you care about supporting art, because you are the artist of your own life and you want music that truly sounds like you feel.”