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Brad Hoyt
Far Away From Everyday

Brad Hoyt's new release features a brand new collection of original music that combines the talents of top-tier harp guitarists (9 this time, including Brad) and acoustic guitarists such as Phil Keaggy, Don Alder and Trevor Gordon Hall with jazz virtuosos Howard Levy (harmonica), Jeff Coffin (sax and flute), Joscho Stephan (gypsy jazz guitar prodigy), Tomas Mach (violin), Michael Manring (bass) and a wide variety of excellent players on cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass, guitar, nyckelharpa and percussion. A mind-blowing mix! 

Tracks/Personnel/Instrumentation (Click titles for sound samples)

1. The Relative Sea
Jeff Coffin: soprano saxophone
Howard Levy: harmonica 
Antoine Dufour: Noble harp guitar 
Terry Hayes: classical guitar 
Brad Hoyt: piano, flamenco guitar

2. Sharper’s Revenge 
Joscho Stephan: Gypsy guitar 
Howard Levy: harmonica 
Gregg Miner: Maccaferri harp guitar, Gypsy guitar 
Brad Hoyt: piano

3. Impossible Liaison 
Tomas Mach: violin 
Trevor Gordon Hall: Kalimbatar (guitar with attached kalimba) 
Sascha Groschang: cello 
Brenda Reinicke: flute 
Brad Hoyt: piano, arpa viola caipira, orphica piano, harpsichord, spinet, ukulele, wrenchinspiel, 8diOboe

4. Look Inside 
Phil Keaggy: guitar, classical guitar, 12-string guitar 
Sascha Groschang: cello 
Brad Hoyt: piano, orphica piano, arpa viola caipira

5. Kiss of Fate 
Howard Levy: harmonica 
Tom Shinness: cello 
Tom Roady: drums and percussion 
Mike Doolin: Doolin harp guitar 
Josef Snetivy: clarinet 
Brad Hoyt: piano

6. Ricochet 
Brad Hoyt: Sedgwick arpa viola caipira (30-string harp guitar), plucked piano, bowed piano, grand cimbalom 

7. Traverse 
Jeff Coffin: tenor saxophone 
Evan Cobb: oboe 
Don Alder: 6-string guitar 
Michael Manring: fretless bass 
Brad Hoyt: piano, Wurlitzer A-200 EP, arpa viola caipira, Spitfire strings, percussion 

8. Restive Nocturne 
Jeff Titus: Carlson “Oracle” harp sympitar 
Michael Manring: fretless bass, E-Bow bass 
Brad Hoyt: piano, Mark Deutsch’s bazantar, plucked grand piano

9. Elnora 
Stephen Bennett: Dyer harp guitar, National steel guitar 
Gregg Miner: harp mandolin, 7-string bass zither banjo 
Brad Hoyt: upright piano

10. Far Away From Everyday 
Howard Levy: harmonica 
Muriel Anderson: Doolin 21-string harp guitar 
Alex Jurman: bass guitar
Ales Pavlicek: drums 
Josef Snetivy: clarinet 
Russick Smith: cello 
Loreena Hoyt: oboe 
Jon Crabiel: percussion 
Tom Roady: misc percussion 
Brad Hoyt: piano, percussion

11. Beneath the Iron Gate 
Evan Cobb: oboe 
Pete Bradshaw: Wingert harp guitar
Brad Hoyt: piano

12. September 
Andy Wahlberg: Dyer harp guitar 
Peter Hedlund: nyckelharpa 
Brenda Reinicke: flute 
Sascha Groschang: cello 
Brad Hoyt: piano

13. Sometimes You Just Know 
Muriel Anderson: Doolin 21-string harp guitar 
Brad Hoyt: arpa viola caipira, orphica piano, lautenwerck (lute harpsichord), Lutheal Piano (clavecin stop)

14. Alternate Timeline 
Jeff Coffin: flute 
Howard Levy: harmonica 
Mike Doolin: Doolin acoustic harp guitar 
Brad Hoyt: piano, struck slide piano, Mark Deutsch’s bazantar 

 

From the liner notes: 

I have to guiltily admit that I had a dream “co-producer” role on this second outing of my friend Brad Hoyt – namely, sitting back and watching as Brad invited one virtuoso player after another to join him on these recordings (I also had a dream player's gig, getting to perform on tunes featuring musical heroes Joscho Stephan and Stephen Bennett!).

This project was originally planned to be a natural progression and slightly more ambitious follow-up to Brad's Harp Guitar Music debut Together Alone, which featured his compositions arranged as piano and harp guitar duets.  Meaning that, this time around, Brad would arrange his new pieces for piano and harp guitar along with some third instrument.  And indeed, there are several trios.  But after adding players like Howard Levy, Jeff Coffin, Phil Keaggy, Joscho Stephan and Michael Manring to the mix (each considered one of the absolute top players on their respective instruments), it became apparent that Brad would be going well beyond the initial framework that he set for himself.   Add in another two dozen top guest performers, including many of the first CD's harp guitarists (Bennett and Andy Wahlberg also making an appearance this time), and you end up with some extremely interesting instrumental ensembles.

The result is most often a sort of “chamber jazz” – a unique blend of meticulously written arrangements and wild improvisation.  The tunes are all brand-new (and brilliant) compositions of Brad's, full of his trademark melody, chromaticism and harmonic shifts, and ranging from poignant ballads to funked-up acoustic music and gypsy jazz.

Incidentally, bandleader Brad more than holds his own as a player amidst all these virtuosos, playing his intricate 30-string arpa viola caipira “folk harp guitar” on five tracks, while showing more sonic variety and virtuosity on keyboard than ever before. - Gregg Miner

Reviews

"...this is one of those sets that exists somewhere in that twilight zone where jazz/new age/world/classical/etc all come together for those one of a kind experiences that blow you away. With the vast amount of guests and styles on display, this is a remarkably cogent and cohesive album of masterful performances. As good as it gets when it comes to adult listening, this is one for the books and the ages." - Midwest Record Review
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"This is a third stream summit, artists not bound by convention or predetermined expectations but of real musicians playing incredibly real music on real instruments - how sweet is that? ..A smorgasbord of flavor, texture and cultural delights that hit on both the cerebral and visceral levels. A sublime experience" - Brent Black, criticaljazz.com
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"It's a massively ambitious effort that has taken three years and a dizzying display of thirty world class musicians to record fourteen of his original compositions in studios located all over the globe, and the result is jaw-droppingly superb...The result is Old World meets 7th Avenue jazz club, but with a sophisticated, symphonic mindset." - Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville
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