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In Transit

by Jeff Dingler

Influenced by time living abroad in Ethiopia, this album presents eight original compositions rooted in jazz with influences from African music and other world sounds.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bati Celebration
3:52 album only
2. Orange Clouds
6:16 album only
3. Addis Blues
6:18 album only
4. Merkato Navigation
4:12 album only
5. In Transit
4:43 album only
6. Sebat
4:26 album only
7. Tiptoe
5:22 album only
8. Way Home
6:29 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone is the best thing you can do for yourself. New discoveries seem to be waiting at every turn, and your former view of the world gets turned upside down and inside out. I was fortunate enough to visit Ethiopia in fall of 2015 and subsequently spend a great deal of 2016 teaching at a university there. This album and its compositions reflect much of the experience- not only with stylistic elements of Ethiopian music, but also with jazz styled compositions that try and evoke the experience of being some place new. Pieces such as Bati Celebration, Addis Blues, and Way Home have strong ties to the traditional music of Ethiopia, and represent the lessons I learned from local musicians in Addis about their great musical traditions. Other compositions such as Merkato Navigation and Sebat provide a more abstract look at my time in Addis by attempting to evoke scenes from the city using other music styles such as be-bop and Balkan music. Some pieces like In Transit, Tiptoe, and Orange Clouds deal with memories and nostalgia for home as well as the feelings accompanying long travel.

My hope was to first and foremost make this a jazz recording. Though, many pieces had strong ties to African and world music there were also a number of swing pieces, and all the compositions in a way were strongly rooted in jazz. To find musicians that could interpret the Ethiopian musical elements in some tunes, but also play in a convincing jazz manner was a tall order. Thankfully, for this project I was lucky enough to work with some amazing musicians in New York City. Brad Shepik (guitar), Lou Rainone (piano), Gusten Rudolph(drums), and Josh Bailey (percussion) rounded out the ensemble and masterfully interpreted these compositions. We recorded in January 2017 at Bunker Studios in Brooklyn and the album was mixed by Mike Tierney and mastered by Alan Silverman of Arf Mastering. This project would not have been possible without the generous help from people on Kickstarter, so thank you to all that helped.

Jeff Dingler (bass and compositions)
Brad Shepik (guitar)
Lou Rainone (piano)
Gusten Rudolph (drums)
Josh Bailey (percussion tracks 1, 3, 6, 8)



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Joe Ross (Roots Music Report)

Mature, multi-layered jazz with considerable depth and perception
Jazz bassist Jeff Dingler spends time between New York City and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he’s professor of bass, music theory and composition at Mekene Yesus University. Not your typical jazz album, his eight compositions demonstrate myriad eclectic worldly influences of sounds, traditions and interpretations. “Merkato Navigation,” for example, is a bebop depiction of a very busy place in Addis Ababa. “Sebat” (meaning “seven”) combines Ethiopian pentatonic elements with a 7/8 Balkan groove. While teaching in Ethiopia, Dingler learned from local musicians about their musical traditions. “Bati Celebration,” “Addis Blues,” and “Way Home” illustrate such ties. Inspired by travel, flight, family and nostalgic thoughts of home, Dingler’s “In Transit” is a joyful exploration of creativity and discipline. His lyrical bass solos are soulful, but the arrangements and dynamics are truly brought to life with the masterful stylings of Brad Shepik (guitar), Lou Rainone (piano), Gusten Rudolph (drums), and Josh Bailey (percussion). It’s a mature, multi-layered jazz sound with considerable depth and perception. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)