Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick | Here Comes Spring

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Here Comes Spring

by Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and here comes Spring. Melt away the stress of the day with the soft, calming instrumental tones of The Chapman Stick.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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1. Hotel California
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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2. And I Love Her
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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3. Bourbon Street Shuffle
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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4. Spanish Eyes
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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5. Free Bird
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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6. Here Comes Spring
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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7. Majorcan Mist
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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8. Blossoms (improv)
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9. Eleanor Rigby
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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10. Gettin' Funky
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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11. Scarborough Fair
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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12. Black Magic Woman
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13. April Showers
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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14. All Along The Watchtower
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15. Comin' Around The Mountain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Listeners say this is one of the "prettiest" sounding CDs Michael has released. Another beautiful, relaxing collection of solo Stick music by one of the instrument's earliest pioneers. A great variety of classic tunes and new originals, Michael keeps you wondering how all this good music can come from one solitary instrument. Yet still- The Stick remains a mystery to the vast majority of the general population. Just walk into any music or record store and ask for "The Chapman Stick" and they'll look at you like you're from another planet. Get the jump on the rest and learn this fabulous stringed instrument now. Good for work, home, in the car or at your next hot-tub party.

BIO
One of the instrument's earliest pioneers and one of Emmett Chapman's first students, Michael is a Chapman Stick virtuoso with 38 years experience. Played with both hands using a pianistic technique on a stringed instrument, the Chapman Stick is unique, versatile and probably the most expressive musical instrument ever devised. The result is music that sounds unlike any other instrument.

Devoted to spreading Knowledge of the Chapman Stick, Michael has performed at over a thousand festivals, fairs & corporate events combined. Carlos Santana said his music is "a gift from the heart". He's been an opening act for The Beach Boys and has introduced many to the new instrument including Mick Fleetwood, Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, Steve Morse and others.

His albums and music have spread worldwide and he's shared his talents with well over a million people in the last decade. His music has been featured on national radio, television appearances and a short documentary. His musical style encompasses light jazz, classic rock, latin, Hawaiian and other influences. With a catalog of 19 releases he is the most prolific Chapman Stick recording artist to date.


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Greg Greening

Michael Kollwitz is an incredible virtuoso!!!
If you haven't heard Kollwitz on the Chapman Stick, you will be amazed at the sonic lushness of the instrument. Of course Mr. Kollwitz' technical chops are jaw dropping, but never at the sacrifice of musicality. Get it!

Jeffrey Leep

An Absolutely Outstanding Musician
This review is for Michael K as a musician, rather than for a specific album. I am a musician/bandleaer/booking agent myself, and I have known and played with Michael for over 15 years. He is a wonderful talent who plays with an open heart. You can feel his presence when listening to his music, and now that he is living in Hawaii, the beauty and heart come out even more. His musicianship is first class, and when listening to any of his tracks, you know that you are in the presence of someone very special. I highly recommend any of his albums or live performances, and that he plays the Chapman Stick is even more amazing!

Jim Reilly

Sit back and relax on the longest day of the year...
CD review by Jim Reilly
The last time a CD from Michael Kollwitz crossed my desk the snow was beginning to fall, the days were short and Christmas was in the air. With that disc, appropriately titled "Frosty The Stickman", Michael kicked off winter very impressively, especially for a guy from Sacramento, California where snowball fights are a rarity. 

His latest offering, "Here Comes Spring" arrived the other day to find flowers in bloom, the sun shining and just a few days left before the summer solstice. And I can't think of a nicer thing to do then to put on this disc, sit back and relax on the longest day of the year. 

If you liked 'Frosty', you'll like "Here Comes Spring". Michael has kept to the same sonic formula: Stick with very subtle effects and a few MIDI sweeteners on the melody side. The arrangements once again are all solo Stick with no overdubs or editing. Once again he pulls it off with the grace and confidence that only comes with years of dedication and hard work. The liner notes state that Michael was one of Emmett's first students, having started playing Stick in 1976. 

The tunes are familiar for the most part. Classic pop and rock tunes like Hotel California, Black Magic Woman and All Along The Watchtower share space with six original compositions and traditional songs like Scarborough Fair and Comin' Around The Mountain - 15 tunes in all. 

I always seem drawn to originals and this disc is no exception. Kollwitz's fiery right hand solos on his tune Bourbon Street Shuffle stand out, but then he follows that up with a solid version of Spanish Eyes, with just enough of a MIDI pad on the melody side to make the song really sing. All the tunes, original and cover alike, share strong melodies and engaging solos. 

So we have winter, now spring. I can't wait to see what summer holds and of course my favourite season, fall. 

Thanks for the music,
 Jim Reilly

Teebag


Spohisticated evevator music --- but I liked it !

Susan C. Mills


Delightfully serene and sweet. Although Michael plays a number of different genres of music, he excels in the meditative, easy listening stuff. If you haven't seen him play, a video is worth the cost -- this is an amazing instrument!

Robert Pedersen

Music to soothe the savage beast
What a soothing CD. Hard to believe that one person is able to blend rhythm and harmony together with such expertise. Need to play this CD in Congress to help the polititians chill out!!!