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For Your GRAMMY® Consideration

Dear NARAS Voting Members,

Please consider my entries for the following categories:

Best Alternative Jazz Album

Seven Shades of Violet (Rebiralost)

Best Instrumental Composition

Fantaisie 73 (feat. Friction Quartet)

Best Jazz Performance

Fantaisie 73 (feat. Friction Quartet)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Everything Is Embarrassing (feat. Dann Zinn)


Album Description

On September 8th, 2023, Ridgeway Records releases Seven Shades of Violet (Rebiralost), the stunning debut jazz album from San Francisco based pianist, keyboardist, and composer, Michael Echaniz, in the wake of a successful fight against stage four lymphoma cancer. Well over an hour in length, this epic conceptual work features the core contributions of producer, bassist, and vocalist Jeff Denson, drummer and percussionist Dillon Vado, and primary vocalists Danielle Wertz and Molly Pease with an array of special guests, including features from saxophonist Dann Zinn, percussionist Silvestre Martinez, and the strings of Friction Quartet. Symmetrically constructed, the nine original compositions and two arrangements feature a wide variety of synesthetic moods and acoustic-electric textures, drawing inspiration from mathematics, history, Basque heritage, and existential crisis. Accessibly melodic, rhythmically complex, melancholic, introspective, cathartic, often maximalist, Seven Shades of Violet presents a bold contribution to the futurist, contemporary jazz scene.

Seven Shades of Violet (Rebiralost) is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by InterMusic SF, and supported by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation; and was supported by New Music USA’s Creator Development Fund in 2022- 23.

★★★★ "This is simply great, challenging music."

– Brian Morton, DownBeat

"Seven Shades of Violet is not just a collection of individual compositions; it’s an intricately constructed and musically complex masterpiece."

– Steven James, Jazz in Europe

“Positively bone-chilling”

– Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio

"A complex, perfectionistic, demanding album, with terrific playing

by Echaniz ('Fantaisie 73') and with an almost magical progression.”

– Phontas Troussas, Vinylmine

Album Credits

Rebiralost is.... 
Michael Echaniz – Piano (Tr. 1-11), Hammond Organ (Tr. 4), Fender Rhodes (Tr. 8), Keyboards (Tr. 1-9, 11), MIDI Programming (Tr. 4) 
Jeff Denson – Double Bass (Tr. 2-4, 6, 8-11), Electric Basses (Tr. 1, 3, 7-9, 11), Vocals (Tr. 1, 3) 
Dillon Vado – Drum Set (Tr. 1-4, 6-11), Glockenspiel (Tr. 11), Percussion (Tr. 11)

Danielle Wertz – Vocals (Tr. 1-4) 
Molly Pease – Vocals (Tr. 8-9, 11) 

Special Guests: 
Dann Zinn – Tenor Saxophone (Tr. 8 feat.)

Silvestre Martinez – Congas, Percussion (Tr. 9 feat.)

Friction Quartet – String Quartet (Tr. 4, Tr. 10 feat.) 

     Otis Harriel – Violin 
     Kevin Rogers – Violin

     Mitso Floor – Viola

     Doug Machiz – Cello

Lu Salcedo – Electric Guitar (Tr. 8) 
Shay Salhov – Alto Saxophone (Tr. 9) 
Erik Jekabson – Trumpet (Tr. 9) 
John Gove – Trombone (Tr. 9) 

Adam Muñoz – Engineering (Tr. 1-11), Mixing (Tr. 1-11) 
Daniel Weidlein – Engineering (Vocal Overdubs on Tr. 8-9, 11) 
Ken Lee – Mastering (Tr. 1-11) 
Recorded and Mixed at Opus Studios – Berkeley, CA 
Additional Recording at BioSoul Studios – Los Angeles, CA 

All Music and Lyrics (Except Tracks 6, 8) by Michael Echaniz 
© 2023 Michael Echaniz Music (ASCAP) 
“Prince of Darkness” Music by Wayne Shorter © 2023 Miyako Music (BMI) 
“Everything Is Embarrassing” Music and Lyrics by Sky Ferreira, Devonté Hynes, Ariel Rechtshaid © 2023 Douglas Publishing Company Limited (PRS) © 2023 BMG Apollo (ASCAP) 
© 2023 Third Degree Stains (BMI) 

Nino Fernandez – Photography, Editing 
Ido Bartana – Additional Photography 
Janusz Jurek – Cover Design, 3D Artwork 
Rainer Gembalczyk – Booklet and Packaging Design 
Several Photos taken at Piedmont Piano Company – Oakland, CA 
CDs Manufactured by Sienna Digital  
Custom Typefaces by Connary Fagen 

Ann Braithwaithe – Press and Publicity Braithwaite & Katz Communications (781) 259-9600 

2023 Michael Echaniz under exclusive license to Ridgeway Records/ Ridgeway Arts • 1474 University Ave. Suite 201, Berkeley, CA 94702-1509 All rights reserved • Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured in USA.

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