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Red Skies

by Erik Applegate

Named the #2 Colorado jazz CD of the year and reached #2 on the national radio airplay chart. Acclaimed jazz bassist/composer shows his personal voice as a player and songwriter- Melodic and picturesque music that creates a strong sense of time and place
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 1 2 3
6:27 album only
2. Another Reply
8:23 album only
3. Red Skies
7:10 album only
4. Collectivate
7:28 album only
5. Tale of the Open Road
6:44 album only
6. Island Life
7:40 album only
7. Motherless Child
5:33 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
“a top-notch acoustic bass performer”
- Lee Prosser, Jazz Review.com

"The original compositions of bassist Erik Applegate are invigorating"
-Michael Laprarle, Jazz Review.com

On his first release as a leader, Applegate showcases his playing and songwriting with a band of notable players- Dana Landry (piano), Jim White (drums), and Steve Kovalcheck (guitars). "Red Skies" is a collection of memorable original tunes that will stay with listeners for a long time. It's a perfect "road trip" CD.

Erik Applegate has performed throughout the U.S. with jazz artists including the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Nnenna Freelon, Milt Jackson, Jeff Coffin, Mulgrew Miller, Greg Gisbert, Eddie Daniels, Ingrid Jensen, Dick Oatts, George Garzone, Tom Harrell, Don Aliquo, Clay Jenkins, Ron Miles, Scott Wendholdt, Jack Walrath, Kirk Whalum, Dave Pietro, Deborah Brown, Marlena Shaw, Peter Eldridge, Bob Dorough, Billy Pierce, Alan Dawson, and others. He toured with renowned pianist James Williams and in a trio with Harold Mabern and Ed Thigpen, and has appeared at jazz festivals, clubs, and concert series throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Australia.

He can also be heard on Dana Landry’s Grammy-nominated CD Journey Home (Summit Records), Don Aliquo’s Another Reply (CAP Records), and Ken and Harry Watters’ Brothers 3 (Summit Records), all of which reached the top 30 on the Jazz Week U.S. airplay chart.

In addition to leading two bands of his own- A•S•K (a bass-voice-guitar jazz trio) and Red Sylvester, the electro-acoustic groove band (www.redsylvester.com)- Applegate performs frequently in a trio with Dana Landry (piano) and Jim White (drums), and appears with the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, Wil Swindler’s Elevenet, and pianist Mark Sloniker. His schedule, information on current projects, and sound clips are available at www.erikapplegate.com.

Erik spent several years in Nashville, where he performed with many of the “third coast” elite, including Jeff Coffin, Don Aliquo, and fellow bassist (and former Toto member) David Hungate. His three-year association with Jeff Coffin's Jazz Boys band led to a memorable performance with Bela Fleck and Chester Thompson.

While in Nashville, Erik met trumpeter Ken Watters, who was then based in Huntsville, Alabama. Erik toured the southeast with the Ken Watters Group for two years and recorded “Brothers III” (Summit Records), which also featured trombonist Harry Watters.

A versatile composer and arranger, Applegate has written commissions for jazz artists, university jazz and classical ensembles, and professional chamber groups. He was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts for his “Walt Whitman Jazz Suite” and won a Down Beat Student Music Award for “Best Original Composition.” Recent premieres include a big band setting of ee cummings’ poem, In Just- Spring, Avatar (an electronic loop and samples piece written to choreography), and orchestral arrangements for Cajun-pop star Doug Kershaw’s live concert DVD, Classical Cajun Gumbo.



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Cleo Spading

Red Skies - a great, "Amazing" gift to give for the holidays!
If you like acoustic bass and jazz, as we do, you'll agree that this is great for a "road trip", or to listen to anytime. Great, original compositions and a very "touching" arrangement of "Motherless Child". Keep up the good work, Erik!