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Dancer on the Road

by Blue Noise Kitchen

Blue Noise Kitchen fuses rock, pop, jazz, and other bits to create original music that is new but somehow familiar. Fans of Steely Dan, John Mayer and Todd Rundgren will have a good chance of finding something here to like.
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1. Pull Me from the Ledge
4:02 album only
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2. From Across the Room
4:22 album only
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3. Let It Out
3:17 album only
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4. Learn How to Roll
3:21 album only
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5. For No One
1:59 album only
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6. Dancer on the Road
5:05 album only
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Formed in 2014, Blue Noise Kitchen fuses rock, pop, jazz, and other bits to create original music that is new but somehow familiar. Fans of Steely Dan, John Mayer and Todd Rundgren will have a good chance of finding something here to like. Dad-rock with an edge...

blue noise kitchen is:
michael lamper – vocals, lead guitar
jeffrey levine – acoustic guitar
todd richmond – bass, keyboards on ‘dancer’
scott johnson – keyboards, percussion
edward via – drums
dennis mitcheltree – saxes

1. pull me from the ledge
2. from across the room
3. let it out
4. learn how to roll
5. for no one*
6. dancer on the road

Lyrics by Jeffrey Levine; music by J. Levine, M. Lamper and T. Richmond, *except ‘for no one’, written by J. Lennon & P. McCartney. Used by permission.

Notes from Jeffrey
1. Pull Me From The Ledge…just a little ditty about PTSD. I wanted to write a song about the explosion of gun violence in our country, without it being a predictable left vs. right restatement of arguments. So I tell the story from the viewpoint of a survivor.
2. From Across The Room – I knew when I met my wife that she was the right person for me. This song tells that story, with quite a bit of artistic license.
3. Let It Out – If you hold it in, it’s never a good thing. You’re likely to grow a tumor or get an ulcer.
4. Learn How To Roll – If I could give my younger self advice, this would be it. Though, I would also tell him to buy Amazon stock early, and hold on to it.
5. For No One – an alt rock/punk/reggae version of a Beatles ballad.
6. Dancer On The Road – a song about holding onto your dreams, despite everything. It’s jazz/rock in the best tradition of Steely Dan, with a section that features Dennis Mitcheltree in an orgy of saxophone madness – enter if you dare. A special shout out to Todd Richmond for a masterful production and mixing job on this.

Gratitude Section
Michael would like to thank his wife Marina and his family and friends for their love and support.
Jeffrey is grateful to Rori for her love, support and belief in him, and to Gemma for helping him evolve into the best human he can be — and both for being constant inspirations. Jeffrey plays a Martin HD-28V – a simply awesome guitar – through a bunch of Fishman stuff. He also plays a Guild D25 that he bought in 1974.
Todd thanks Jason @ Fodera and Tien @ Mesa Boogie for great musical tools. Eternal gratitude to Shirley Tse for love, support and patience.
Scott gives mega big-time thanks to Karen.
Ed would like to thank friends & family, as well as everyone at Gretsch, Zildjian and Remo.

Recorded at Artisan Sound, Hollywood, CA. Engineered by Jon Lowry. Mixed by Mack Damon at Hollywood Studios, San Antonio, TX. ‘dancer on the road’ (song) produced by Todd Richmond, mixed by Todd Richmond & Mack Damon. Mastered by Ira Ingber at Muscletone Village Studio, Los Angeles, CA. Cover art by Ed Via.

Visit BlueNoiseKitchen.com or contact BlueNoiseKitchen@gmail.com.

Michael Lamper
Michael brings audiences into the Blue Noise Kitchen world with a joy and charm that leaves the room wanting more. His powerful, graceful, melodic voice provides the cannon fodder, while his sense of humor pulls the trigger bringing the songs, their characters and stories to life.

Jeffrey Levine
While his contemporaries were copying the licks of Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, Jeffrey was copying the rhythm guitar playing of Terry Kath, and later, Andy Summers – all the while, writing songs. After a music degree, he began writing music for commercials and movie trailers, which he found profoundly unfulfilling, which led to a sharp left-turn career-wise. As the principal songwriter in the band, the songs reflect his early influences – Beatles, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren – while the overall sound reflects the many combined years of experience of the entire group. “Being able to forget about the commercial music market, for me, brings the fun back to music."

Todd Richmond
Remember flip clocks? Todd had one as a kid, and as luck would have it, it played both AM and FM radio. So from a young age there was a mix of pop sensibilities and rock explorations, combined with studying guitar, banjo, and piano. Flash forward to the late 80’s, and Todd jumped to bass to pursue jazz. Since then he’s gigged all over California as well as shows in Japan and a smattering of albums with Kaz Takeda, Caltech Big Band, Simpleflower, and others.
Todd formed his own band nostatic in 2010, reinterpreting jazz standards and pop classics. The album “Time’s Up” was released in 2014, and after hundreds of shows the band (loosely defined) continues to explore new ways to interpret songs from the past. Wanting to move into project focused on writing and original music, Todd began working with Jeffrey, and Blue Noise Kitchen slowly came into being. Bringing experience in a variety of genres and styles as well as a much-needed phd in chemistry, Todd covers the low end while also playing far above the 12th fret. Well, since he’s usually on fretless he isn’t playing above frets per se but you get the drift.

Scott Johnson
Scott grew up in a family of musicians and received his undergrad degree in music composition back when electronic music was just beginning to be digitized. Throughout his youth he designed sound and music for theatre and dance projects in New York City in the fertile downtown performance art scene. He moved to Los Angeles in the 90s and became a psychotherapist, combining the transformational work of the live art he loved with the sublime space created in the process of talk therapy. He’s recently returned to making music in his spare time in his home studio and is very pleased now to be working with Blue Noise Kitchen.

Ed Via
A natural talent who took up the sticks at the age of 11, Ed has been honing his chops and perfecting his groove for over 30 years. Always a true musician at heart, Ed performed in marching and jazz ensembles throughout college, and later contributed to a diverse range of artists such as Wan Santo Condo (Everloving Records), Luce (Nettwerk Records) and singer/songwriter Rebecca L. Bolam. In addition to helming the drum throne for Blue Noise Kitchen, Ed is also the drummer for a tribute band to 80s pop icons Tears For Fears.

Dennis Mitcheltree
Born in Milwaukee, Dennis’s initial musical instrument was the oboe, picking up the saxophone at age 12. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with Billy Pierce, Joe Viola and George Garzone and spent 20 years in New York City helping to shape the Brooklyn jazz scene with his quartet and as the Artistic Director of the American Music Group. An award winning saxophonist, composer, jazz educator and international recording/touring artist, Dennis is currently based in Los Angeles. He has four critically acclaimed albums as a leader.

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