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Fruits and Nuts

by Phoenix

Pfeiffer brings finely articulated grooves, thoughtful ballad work, and head-turning solos to his debut solo release. Bass Player Magazine
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jeremy's Dilemma
9:03 $1.29
2. Amazing Grace
6:54 $1.29
3. 10:10 Plm
8:24 $1.29
4. The Coffee Bean That Got Away
5:51 $1.29
5. LAH
8:41 $1.29
6. Walk In Beauty
7:20 $1.29
7. Arizona
5:23 $1.29
8. Beltane Fires
7:22 $1.29
9. Once You've Been A Raisin...
4:20 $1.29
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Album Notes
"Patrick Pfeiffer brings finely articulated grooves, thoughtful ballad work, and head-turning solos to his debut solo release."
-Bass Player Magazine

"Patrick's teaching method showed me how to connect the bits of technique I'd collected into a playing style."
-Adam Clayton, Bass Player, U2

Known for a distinctive bass style that combines passion, disciplined fingerwork and an intuitive sense of rhythm, Patrick Pfeiffer draws frequent comparisons to his musical hero, bass player Jaco Pastorius. "Although his style and sound owe much to Jaco, Patrick puts his own worthy stamp on the legacy," said Bass Player Magazine.

In Pfeiffer's own words, he is both "100 percent player and 100 percent teacher." A much-in-demand bass instructor, Pfeiffer is highly-respected for his ability to guide musicians to the top of their talent. His gift for teaching attracts some of the world's most serious students. Simply look at the liner notes of U2's album "Pop" and you'll see a "thank you" from one of these pupils, U2's Adam Clayton. Other well-known students have included Alec John Such (of Jon Bon Jovi), Mark Wike (of Bogmen), Damon Martin (Naked). It's no coincidence that Pfeiffer is called "the professional bass player's bass teacher."

Wanting to impart his knowledge to bass lovers everywhere, Pfeiffer wrote his book, In Search of the Groove, a thorough, intermediate to advanced bass player groove manual. Next came the bestselling, highly-praised Bass Guitar for Dummies (Wiley Publishing). "Of the myriad tools available for bassists, Bass Guitar for Dummies is at the pinnacle of them all," writes Will Lee, bass legend and bassist for The Late Show with David Letterman. "Never before has such a complete anthology been assembled. It's like having an unlimited ticket for all the rides at BassLand!"

Praise from UK's Bass Guitar Magazine is equally enthusiastic, "...what we have from Patrick Pfeiffer's book is a very complete and solid background to everything bass guitar related..."

Pfeiffer credits his students with inspiration for the book--he recorded their questions, concerns and confusion, all of which he addressed while writing. Further, he mined his own past, attempting to write the very book he would have liked as a beginning bassist.

Born in Bremen, Germany, to a music-loving family, Pfeiffer's musical career began not with the bass but with the xylophone at age 3 when his parents enrolled him in lessons. At age 7, Pfeiffer graduated to the piano, "which I hated," he says. "I was required to practice one hour per day so I'd tape the first 1/2 hour of my practice, then play the tape back for the remaining 1/2 hour so my mother would think I was getting all my practicing in."

Then came the moment that changed Pfeiffer's life and gave him a reason to give up the piano: He discovered the Beatles. Awed by Paul McCartney's song-supporting grooves and his lady-luring ways, the 11-year-old Pfeiffer begged his parents for bass lessons. It was a good move. So talented was Pfeiffer, that his bass-playing and songwriting earned him the attention of the German record label "Deutsche Gramophone" in 1977. Instead of pursuing a recording contract in his native Germany however, he left for America.

Once in the U.S., Pfeiffer grew increasingly interested in the spontaneity and emotional expression of jazz. Seeking to marry his pop-rock background with his new passion, Pfeiffer began writing songs that combined jazz rhythms with rock bass lines. To deepen his jazz knowledge, he studied Jazz Performance at Arizona State University. He furthered his education under the tutelage of famed bassist Miroslav Vitous at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he graduated with honors, earning a Masters degree in Jazz. It was in Boston that Pfeiffer performed with such music legends as George Russell, Jimmy Guiffre, Mick Goodrick, and Sheila Jordan.

After graduating, Pfeiffer relocated to New York City. It was during this period that Pfeiffer became the musical director for an international cruise line, a job which introduced him to various musical styles of the Caribbean. "What I love about this style is the rhythmic interplay between the instruments," says Pfeiffer. "Everybody has a separate part. Nobody plays what anybody else plays but all of it makes the whole piece."

Studying these West Indian forms and drawing upon his own diverse musical background allowed him to perform with artists ranging from Baba Olatunji to Phoebe Snow to the notable pianist Paul Griffin, with whom Pfeiffer formed the band Phoenix in 1990.

In 1999-after nearly a decade of playing East Coast clubs with Phoenix, working as a much sought-out studio musician, and developing a strong industry reputation as a gifted bass teacher-Pfeiffer decided it was time to bring together his diverse musical loves. The result is "Fruits and Nuts," Phoenix's debut CD, which features original compositions and arrangements. The album boasts virtuoso performances by Phoenix members and has earned kudos for its infectious melodies, articulate grooves, complex rhythms, and passionate energy.

While Pfeiffer is thoroughly enjoying the post-album, post-Dummies accolades, he refuses to rest on his laurels. He is currently performing and recording with a dynamic range of musicians, including the KMA All-Stars (a group of studio musicians at the KMA studio in NYC), George Clinton, Jimmy Norman (of The Coasters), Mikki Howard, Carlos Alomar, Lady Kyra, the Jeremiah Long Band, and Gary Corwin and the Dream Band. Furthermore, he's turned his pen toward a series of "In Search Of" bass books, due out in the near future. And yes, he continues to teach, giving his famed Bass & Drum Clinics on Rhythm Section Styles.

"Ask not what music can do for you," answers Pfeiffer when asked about his future plans. "Ask what you can do for music." For Pfeiffer, this means one thing: To continue making his own unique contributions to today's music scene.



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jule hanlon of

from the man who's the heart of bass, a compelling debut
Beauty doth of itself persuade the eyes of men without an orator said Shakespeare. And here's a cd that deserves's lull pulls you inside the center of it's storm; led by Patrick Pfeiffer on bass, and the melodies he swarms round. Masterful, strong, and gentle, it's all there in one compelling performance start to finish with music that yields to his artful bass. From a colorful personality, resurrecting bass as star.

Alfonse Vetere

Patrick rocks my Jaco-loving-world
Whether you are an old "Fusion head", a "Jazz purist" or a an "Average Joe" this CD will get your attention. Patrick and his (band)mates have recorded quite a pallatible blend of musical styles that will appeal to any music lover. I would make the comparison to the "CD-101" kind of sound but because of the warmth of the recording and the level of musicianship I hesitate to do so! Thank you Patrick for reminding us how the bass is supposed to be played!

Laureen (NYC)

A seductive array of pulsating grooves.
A seductive array of pulsating grooves. Fluid and authoritative. Masterfully classic.

Brian Buckham

Well folks I just received my copy of Fruits and Nuts by the band Phoenix. Here the review: Brian Sears- Sax David Meade- Drums and percussion John Cowherd- Keyboards Gary Corwin- Vocals Patrick Pfeiffer- Bass So the entire cd except for one song is written by Patrick, the one song is "Amazing Grace", Patrick did do the arranging on it though. What I find totally amazing about this cd is that it isn't as overly bass oriented as you would think. There a are some fantastic sax solos as well as great keyboards. David holds the beat through the entire cd, very solid with great fills. Some songs suck you in like a good movie. "10:10 PLM" reminds me a hot summer night (which is really refreshing for me right now). The previously mentioned "Amazing Grace" has an equally amazing intro by Patrick. "LAH" transports me to 1940's style movie with Humphrey Bogart and a sad ending. Am I gushing? No, a couple of the songs didn't get me in like others, but that is personal taste. "The Coffee Bean That Got Away" didn't seem to fit to me. My kids were laughing and dancing to "Once You've Been a Raisin", so thanks to Patrick and Phoenix they are sleeping comfortably tonight. You can tell what Patricks musical personality is like from this cd, he is obviously a musician that likes to share the stage with other musicians. You can also tell that Patrick is a damn fine player, I hope that I can eventually play 1/4 as well as he can one day. Overall it is a wonderful listening experience and I highly recommend it to the masses!

Arturo Baguer

Fusion in the best sense of the word.
This is a terrific Fusion record but not one that is all about chops, although they abound. The songs have a melodic sense that is keenly married to the structure. No indulgent filler anywhere on this record.

The boppish opener shows a tight funky band with lots of breadth and far-flung horizons. The head is technically demanding but it doesn't leave you cold. I feel the sound of the record has a lot to do with this. It is a warm sounding record with none of that CD 101 smoothness you hear on these types of disks. It sounds like a studio live recording with a good earthy sound.

All the players are commanding but the cd really leaves you with an impression of a cohesive unit serving the music, not a bunch of session cats waiting to take their turn blowing. The version of Amazing Grace is a beaut. Highly recommended

Spirit Buffalo Pictures

Groovy all the way to the finish!!!!
This CD kept my head boppin' 'til the end!

Lance Berry

Fruits and Nuts - What music is supposed to feel like!
Being only an occasional jazz fan, I listened to the music of Phoenix based on a recommendation from a friend. From the beginning of Jeremy's Dilemma, I was HOOKED. Patrick Pfeiffer & Co. take the listener on a dizzying ride of thrilling riffs, stupendous solos and sultry grooves. Phoenix's music makes the feet tap, the soul particular, Beltane Fires is the ultimate seduction groove. The music of Phoenix raises the bar for all other jazz groups...this is truly what music is not only supposed to sound like, but at that secret spot within the core of your soul, it's what music is supposed to FEEL like.

Billy Barnmaster

This stuff is really groovy! I have not heard much that is so interesting and diverse. You gotta hear it to really know! Especially 1010 PLM grooves right along!

Jeff Velez

the god of bass commeth
This album sent chills up and down my back. Solid grooves and very emotional compositions. This is an album every aspiring musician should own....the bass playing is out of this world and the arrangements strike a note right in the heart.


finely orchestrated emotions - a masterpiece
jaw dropping solos and melodies(lah) along with unforgettable grooves. You will need nothing more in life...