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Red Daze

by Eric Muhler & Quiet Fire

An all-original sextet featuring the strongest players in the Bay Area covering a wide array of styles with total musicality.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Southern Exposure
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2. Red Daze
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3. Sunny Muslin
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4. Nicole Caterina
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5. Something New
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6. Out West
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7. What Is In The Heart
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It was the eighties and fusion jazz was quickly morphing into Fuzac and Smooth Jazz two schools of “thought” I won’t waste the ink to disparage. I had the incredible good fortune to be exposed to the music, and complex harmonic theory of former Miles Davis sideman Dave Creamer who George Benson once called “absolutely the most fantastic guitar player alive in America.” As fortune would have it tenor sax king Larry Schneider had recently left New York after a stint recording with Bill Evans. I formed the band Quiet Fire adding Michael Wilcox on bass, Glenn Cronkhite on drums and percussion, Kenneth Nash on percussion and Paul Van Wageningen on drums. We went into the studio and in one day recorded the basic tracks of seven compositions of mine. Kenneth added his percussion at his studio, fleshing out the sound with his lyrical percussive palette of incredible sounds.

Some of the music is light and happy and very Latin, and some of it resonates at deeply introspective levels. I’ve found all of the music continues to inspire me today, twenty-two years later. I find all of it marked by the incredible musicianship of the seven players who played with such intensity and conviction. I probably paid them $100 each for the sessions which was very little back then. Looking at how well the music stands the time test, I’d call that a hell of an investment!


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Eric Muhler

Cadence Magazine
Also released on Muhler’s Slow Turn label is a recording of Muhler’s original Quiet Fire group, a studio session which album notes suggest took place around 1985. Many of the cuts have an uplifting and joyful spirit, employing Latin and rock/fusion rhythms, but with greater harmonic content and development than would be expected from Jazz Fusion of that era. In his album notes, Muhler recalls forming Quiet Fire, feeling fortunate to include the inspiring guitarist Dave Creamer, as well as tenor sax player Larry Schneider, who had just returned from a recording stint with Bill Evans in New York. The music from the one day session of seven Muhler compositions performed by Quiet Fire holds up quite well today.