Highest Wish

Highest Wish

by Bill Ortiz


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Highest Wish

Laying the groundwork powerfully for jazz fusion circa the 2010s, the longtime Santana trumpeter's Highest Wish for his second full-length solo set was to create a socially conscious hybrid of jazz, pop, classic R&B, and deep hip-hop textures -- topped with topical and relevant social commentary passionately expressed by MCs like Casual, "The Grouch", Zumbi (of Zion I), and K-Maxx. The fact that Ortiz engages in such hypnotic, poetic optimism as "I Still Believe" (trading off trumpet and spoken passages by Zumbi spiced with a Martin Luther King, Jr. reading by Linda Tillery) shouldn't surprise those who know his pre-Santana hip-hop/R&B résumé. He played trumpet with Souls of Mischief and has recorded with everyone from Tony! Toni! Tone! to En Vogue, Sheila E., TLC, and others. Beyond the social commentary and slick, seductive grooves, the production is loaded with dreamy retro elements that subtly connect past social turmoil and hopes with the present day. The brief opening track "Ha-Ya (Means Life)" sets a hopeful tone with Ortiz's wailing trumpet echoing a female chorus -- all underscored by Mike Aaburg's Wurlitzer piano and organ. Zumbi leads the charge toward the "Highest Wish" of love over war, dueting sweetly with Ortiz's muted trumpet over Mike Clark's Fender Rhodes harmony. That one has a Santana-like guitar line showing up here and there. Another way Ortiz bridges past and present is by doing a booming cover of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson's 1973 call to arms "Winter in America," whose video was featured on mainstream hip-hop websites. The main vocal is taken by Santana vocalist Tony Lindsey, while "The Grouch"'s rap is punctuated by the cry of "No jobs, no justice, no peace." These tracks scratch the surface on a truly groundbreaking set that blends timelessness with up-to-the-minute relevancy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2012
Label: Left Angle Records
UPC: 0848928006755
catalogNumber: 500

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Ortiz   Primary Artist,Organ,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Sampling,Synthesizer Bass,Arp Pro Soloist,Arp 2600,Synthesizer Pads
Linda Tillery   Vocals,Spoken Word
Ray Obiedo   Guitar
Tony Lindsay   Vocals
Karl Perazzo   Percussion,Conga
Raul Rekow   Conga
John Jubu Smith   Guitar
Chester Thompson   Organ
Casual   Rap
Grouch   Rap
Omega Rae   Vocals
Matt Clark   fender rhodes
Cait La Dee   Vocals
Church Boy   Vocals
Andy Vargas   Sampling,Synthesizer Bass
Zumbi   Rap
Charles Spikes   Guitar
K-Maxx   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Rap,Synthesizer Bass,Soloist
Charles Thomas   Acoustic Bass
Victor Little   Bass
Lloyd Richmond   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Strings,Harpsichord,Sampling,Vibes,Synthesizer Bass,Drum Loop
Anna Karney   Guitar
Phoenix Black   Drums,Keyboards,Sampling
David Kirk Matthews   Piano,fender rhodes,Soloist
Femi Andredes   Vocals
DJ Sol Rising   scratching,Turntables
Jesus Diaz   Bongos,Conga
Luqman Frank   Vocals
Lance Striplin   Bass
Ken Byars   Vocals
Nicholas Hasty   Beat Box
Mike Aaburg   Organ,Clavinet,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Patrice Rushen   Composer
Kenyon Hopkins   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Bill Ortiz   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer
Michael Brandvold   Web Design
Moussa Diallo   Composer
Elbernita Clark   Composer
Jessica Weber   Promoter
Andy Vargas   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
C. Scoffern   Composer
S. GAINES   Composer
K-Maxx   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jonathan Owens   Composer
Lloyd Richmond   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Remixing,drum programming
Steve Heithecker   Producer
Steffen Franz   Promoter
Nicole Balin   Publicity
Phoenix Black   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,drum programming
Myron Ruffin   Promoter
Jerome Forney   Marketing
Britt Gerhard   Artwork
Ken Byars   Composer
Rodney Alijandro   Engineer
Mimi Machado-Luces   Promoter

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