Josh Levine | Chromachord Dream

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Chromachord Dream

by Josh Levine

Chromachord Dream is a family friendly mix of latin jazz, straight ahead, bolero-son, cumbia, music for kids and Americana. Vocals and instrumentals featuring some of NYC's best and brightest musicians from the latin, jazz, blues and trad jazz scenes.
Genre: Kids/Family: Kid Friendly
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1. Technology (Feat. Lawrence Leathers, Jainardo Batista, Aaron Halva, Ian MacDonald & Lance Murphy)
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2. A Real Bouquet (Feat. Ian MacDonald, Karina Colis, Mireya Ramos, Champian Fulton & Shae Fiol)
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3. Winding Road (Feat. Lance Murphy, Lawrence Leathers, Aaron Halva, Jainardo Batista, Mireya Ramos & Ian MacDonald)
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4. Movin' On (Feat. Mireya Ramos, Ian MacDonald, Lance Murphy, Champian Fulton, Shae Fiol, Jainardo Batista & Lawrence Leathers)
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5. The Wheel Deal (Feat. Ian MacDonald, Lance Murphy, Lawrence Leathers & Jainardo Batista)
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6. Desvelo De Amor (Feat. Jainardo Batista, Aaron Halva, Mireya Ramos & Samuel Torres)
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7. The Best Things in Life Are Free (Feat. Lawrence Leathers, Fabien Mary, Ian MacDonald & Lance Murphy)
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8. You're My Everything (Feat. Fabien Mary, Ian MacDonald & Lawrence Leathers)
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9. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Feat. Fabien Mary, Lawrence Leathers, Lance Murphy & Ian MacDonald)
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10. U.M.M.G. (Feat. Ian MacDonald, Lawrence Leathers & Fabien Mary)
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11. La Ley Poderosa (Feat. Brian Lazarus, Karina Colis, Samuel Torres & Mireya Ramos)
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12. Mister Chatterbox (Feat. Brian Lazarus, Ian MacDonald, Karina Colis & Mireya Ramos)
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13. Two Sleepy People (Feat. Frank Schaap, Champian Fulton, Miguel Weisman & David Langlois)
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14. Five Green and Speckled Eggs (Feat. Frank Schaap, Champian Fulton, Miguel Weisman & David Langlois)
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15. Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Feat. Frank Schaap, Champian Fulton, Miguel Weisman & David Langlois)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Josh Levine is a NYC bassist and vocalist specializing in Latin American music, jazz and music for kids. Chromachord Dream showcases several of the different bands he works with regularly plus some special guests. Featured artists include Champian Fulton, Frank "the real Harley" Schaap, Jainardo Batista, Aaron Halva, Mireya Ramos, Lance Murphy, Fabien Mary, Lawrence Leathers, Ian MacDonald, Brian Lazarus of Cumbiagra, Karina Colis, Miguel Weisman, David Langlois, Shea Fiol and Samuel Torres.
Recorded at Soundworks Recording Studio in Astoria from November of 2010 through early 2011 by the very gifted engineer Kamilo Kratc, this unconventional album contains five originals by Josh and ten covers of jazz, latin and kids standards.
Some of the highlights are the vocal pairings. Jainardo Batista and Mireya Ramos blend beautifully on Levine's Winding Road and Desvelo de Amor, perhaps the most widely praised song by the great Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernandez. The silky voice of pianist and singer Champian Fulton and the rugged texture of guitarist Frank Schaap's vocals create striking contrasts on Two Sleepy People and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Schaap is a real character -- Harley, played by Steve Earle on the HBO series Treme, is based on Frank.

This is an enhanced CD. Put it in your CD player and it plays just like a regular CD. Put it in your computer and you can watch a short video montage of the studio sessions, learn more about all of the musicians and artists involved, see lyrics and translations for selected songs and more.


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RS

A jazz latin folk excursion
Chromachord is a great soundtrack for my workday, on my commute home, and while relaxing at home. My nieces and nephews love it!

“Desvelo de Amor” is one of my favorites - it is like a mash-up of two songs and based on the ending line “Dames, who needs them?” I can probably guess what the song is about even though I don’t understand Spanish! “Mister Chatterbox” was unexpected but is a cool rendition of a Bob Marley favorite. And who doesn’t love “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”?!

Miguel Weissman

Universal stew that has two quintessential ingredients, great groves...
This album plays like my play list on iTunes, One genre after another with two ingredient in common, the other important ingredient is dang good music from the grove mister Joshua Levine! Oh and that me on the last three tunes...LOL..toot toot!