Chris Orbach | Safely Through The Night

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Safely Through The Night

by Chris Orbach

Rock, soul, folk, and world-tinged jazz-infused Americana/pop, brought to you by some killer players, with words that take you somewhere.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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Album Notes
Chris Orbach was born and raised in Manhattan. Although he pursued acting for many years, he always played music and sang. He tried to learn piano properly for years, but instead he taught himself to play by ear, and composed weird Jazz-flavored compositions essentially as a hobby...all the while convinced that someday he'd be an actor.

College changed all that. After burning out on acting at a theater conservatory, Chris changed schools (and majors) heading to NYU for Film and Television. There, he discovered two things: European films, and rock and roll...and everything changed. He got himself a guitar and started teaching himself to play at 21, and by 22 he was playing solo in clubs.

After forming a band in the early '90's, Chris played out for three years or so, and then took a long hiatus, during which he acted sporadically, and developed a successful career doing voiceovers. But his old tunes wouldn't leave him alone...and then some new ones came along. At some point he figured out that the only thing that made him more miserable than gigging, was NOT gigging!

Now, he's back on the scene, with a self-produced CD, and a great group of players. These include guitarist Stew Cutler, who's worked with many diverse artists from Wilson Pickett to Bill Frisell; Drummer and producer Graham Hawthorne, who's worked with Paul Simon, David Byrne, James Brown, and many others; Bassist John Montagna, who works with many artists, including, most recently, The Alan Parsons Project; Keyboardist Tim Regusis, who's worked with Ruben Blades, Clifford Jordan, Patti Austin and others; and, a horn section led by his brother -- tenor and soprano sax player Tony Orbach -- and rounded out by Paul Vercesi on alto sax and Kevin Batchelor on trumpet. Known as "The Urban Horns", they played for years with local funk, ska, and reggae legends Urban Blight as well as with other artists ranging from Bob Dylan to The Beastie Boys.



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London Jack

An Amazing Journey
Chris Orbach's CD is an amazing journey of sound and language. The arranging and musicianship are first-rate, but that would mean nothing if the songs themselves weren't spectacular. The lyrics alone are masterly, possesing at once a crafted depth and an almost deceptive off-handedness. The result of this (along with the terrific performances of Chris and his band) is that the songs reveal different layers of meaning AND musical dimension the more you listen to them. At first listen, I liked this CD. By the second, I liked it even more--and by the third, I was in love with it. Well done.


Wonderful CD with fantastic lyrics
I am so jazzed that I bought this CD! The lyrics are wonderful and never get old (atleast not the dozens of times I have been listening it!!). The songs have great melody and Chris' voice is just charming. I recomend this CD and definetely the track: JANE


Not to be passed up
Jazzy funk, R&B, Soul, Rock & Roll--all these elements and more can be found/heard here. I love the cd, and so has anyone I've played it for. Nice, uncluttered arrangements, great melodies, and insightful, wisely hip lyrics. Chris Orbach is off to a fantastic start.....

New Fan

I could listen all night
Deeply moving, stirring, sexy, and intense. A friend told me about this cd, and I really love it. The songs are amazing. It's as if Chris Orbach had a dark night of the soul and invited us along for the ride. He's a romantic realist, or an existential romantic, or a poetic nihilist--or maybe all three--and I defy anyone to listen to this record without falling in love with him. Or, I mean, his music.

Gail Lashock

Fantastic CD!
I love this cd! Every time I listen to it I hear something different. Both the lyrics and music are brilliant! I highly recommend this cd.

Teresa Alexandria

You rock my world Christopher Ben are a huge talent.
GOOODNESS me! Chris Orbach is such a treat! I want to keep this amazing collection of music all to myself! This cat is a musical stud, and will not go un-noticed commercially much longer. ROCK ON baby!

Singer in Maine

Sweet and Hot
This album has tremendous depth for pop. Two things stand out, first the substantial arrangements and Chris' very hot vocals (no question, the guy's got a sexy voice). But then there is also the excellent players, gotta love the horns and the electric guitar player kicks. And you can’t ignore the very intimate lyrics. This album has a sad side, but it's the kind of sweet-sad that makes you feel alive through your tears. Great.

Drummer in NJ

All of Chris' devoted friends and fans have trouble believing the extent to which Chris has raised the level and complexity of his music and his lyrics. Further, he has become a student of sound and no track on his new album will let you forget that.

Chris is not your every day singer-songwriter. With a strong background in a variety of forms and his musical ethic, his music is meticulous harmonically, interesting rhythmically and most importantly, melodies and lyrics that provoke thought and feelings. Further, I don't think you'll find as high a level of playing on many other indies.

My guess on Chris' strongest musical influences? Certainly, the Beatles, but he goes beyond that. James Brown, Wilson Pickett, James Taylor, XTC and others represent a tiny portion of the list. Hints of rock, folk, jazz, etc. tinge each song- not separate tracks. The net result is that Chris' music truly defies categorization. He represents net result of volumes of music Chris has studied and played.

What he has created is by no means ecclectic. It is a sound all his own.

Chris' indie release will no doubt be a collector's item one day. Buy it so you can say "you knew him when."

Drummer in NJ