Solo Settings

Solo Settings

by Charles Lazarus



The album title Solo Settings refers to the fact that North Carolina-born trumpeter Charles Lazarus is the only brass player on these 13 tracks. Actually, the album is basically a duet release, with Lazarus soloing over settings provided by his co-producer Craig Hara, whose smooth-groove aesthetic is a mixture of middle-of-the-road R&B (especially on "Deal," which has a '70s smooth jazz feel right down to the wordless female backing vocals) and weightless new age drift akin to some of British trumpeter Jon Hassell's records with Brian Eno. The results are pleasant enough, and Lazarus plays beautifully throughout, with remarkable clarity of tone and a highly melodic improvisatory sense. However, Hara's arrangements and the songs themselves (mostly written by Lazarus) both tend toward faceless elevator music. Solo Settings is head and shoulders above the gloppy, overproduced dreck of, say, Kenny G., but the stylistic differences between the two are perhaps closer than Lazarus might have intended.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0837101037020
catalogNumber: 5637251964

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Lazarus   Primary Artist,Percussion,Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards,Piccolo Trumpet,Spoken Word
Michael Adams   Viola
Sarah Lewis   Cello
Richard Ring   Guitar
Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr   Drums
Fernando Meza   Percussion,Marimbas,Tabla
Jill Olson   Violin
Craig Hara   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Sally Dorer   Cello
Peter McGuire   Violin
Katja Linfield   Cello
David Laflèche   Guitar
Éric Senécal   Hammond Organ
Kerrie Ryan   Viola
Christian Pamerleau   Drums
Josh Lebofsky   Hammond Organ,Vocals
Brian Mount   Snare Drums
William Polk   Violin
Sarah Kwak   Violin
Matthew Frischman   Bass
David LaFleche   Guitar
Giancarlo Guerrero   Conductor
Éric Lagacé   Bass
Thomas Turner   Viola
Michael Adams   Viola
David Drubaker   Violin
Vali Phillips   Violin
Sienna Dahlen   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rob Heaney   Engineering
Steven Heitzeg   Composer
Guinga   Composer
Craig Hara   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineering
Charles Lazarus   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Bruno DeLuca   Engineer,Engineering
Josh Lebofsky   Vocal Arrangements
Daniel Walls   Art Direction

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