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Picksburgh!

by Andy Fite & Niklas Fite

A trip to contrapuntal jazz guitar heaven with the father-son team of Andy Fite and Niklas Fite, with the great Stockholm rhythm section Mauritz Agnas and Sebastian Voegler. Wonderful new compositions and fresh, adventurous improvising.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Happy Baby (feat. Mauritz Agnas & Sebastian Voegler)
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2. Väldigt mycket nästan (feat. Mauritz Agnas & Sebastian Voegler)
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3. Claustrophilia (feat. Mauritz Agnas & Sebastian Voegler)
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4. O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
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5. Dances with Bears (feat. Mauritz Agnas & Sebastian Voegler)
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6. When I Was Alone (feat. Mauritz Agnas & Sebastian Voegler)
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7. Stentorian Line (feat. Mauritz Agnas & Sebastian Voegler)
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8. A Couple to the Left (feat. Mauritz Agnas & Sebastian Voegler)
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9. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
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10. Your Eyes of Blue (feat. Mauritz Agnas & Sebastian Voegler)
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11. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (feat. Mauritz Agnas & Sebastian Voegler)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Here is an album that gives me so much pride and pleasure to present to the world.

Guitarist Niklas Fite and bassist Mauritz Agnas were still just 18 years old when we got together to make these recordings at John Högman’s studio in Stockholm on April 27, 2014. Mauritz has been out on record before, but this can be taken as Niklas Fite’s debut. It is an auspicious one.

It is quite phenomenal to meet a musician so young who has such depth, breadth and originality. And here we have two! Niklas and Mauritz, however exactly it happened, had deep, deep roots in the whole jazz tradition already at the age of 14 or 15. In the case of Niklas I know a little more since I’ve known him since the day he was born, but even so there’s something mysterious here. Genius is the easy word, and I won’t hesitate to use it. It is entirely applicable.

We are lucky to have such a friend as drummer Sebastian Voegler, who is just a dream to play with: light, fiery, swinging and supportive, who hears every note you play and responds immediately and sympathetically. He also did a lot of work mixing and mastering the recording, and between John’s excellent original and Seby’s fine tuning, I think the thing sounds great!

Put his drumming together with Mauritz’ gorgeous sound and deep quarter-note, and you have a rhythm section from heaven.

A big focus of Picksburgh’s musical conception is the interplay. You can hear that there is great stylistic sympathy between us all, and especially, I guess, between the two guitarists. It won’t be too hard to tell us part. Nik has a little darker tone, and this deep punch in every note. He’s also the one you sometimes hear singing along with his improvisations.

Of the eleven tracks on the album, six are compositions of mine, reflecting my love of counterpoint and also of the conception of a line that Lennie Tristano and friends of his including Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and Connie Crothers brought to the world. Two are by Niklas Fite, Stentorian Line (the title is an anagram if you feel like puzzling it out), and Väldigt mycket nästan. Your Eyes of Blue is an all-out improvisation on an old song from the standard repertoire.

And then there are the duets, O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden, and Nun komm der heiden Heiland, which come from JS Bach’s chorales. In each case we did some improvising, but the foundation is straight out of the book. Niklas plays the soprano and alto parts, and I’ve got the tenor and bass. They make perfect duets for two guitars, and we got very inspired by them. Listening now, these two tracks seem absolutely magical to me. I can hardly understand how we did it. It’s as if we read each other’s minds.

But, as I said, there is a great sympathy at play here, and, after all, in my universe, that’s what jazz is all about.

Andy Fite, Stockholm, August 5, 2016

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