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Blue Print

by Rossbach, Thomas & Fabian

Blue Print was the 1996 debut album from the San Francisco Bay Area jazz trio Rossbach, Thomas & Fabian. It blends groovy guitar-based funk, rock, and fusion with Brazilian rhythms and soulful ballads.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Apocalyptic Sneakers
4:32 $0.99
2. Looky Here
5:24 $0.99
3. How Many Ways
5:34 $0.99
4. Whisper in My Ear
6:11 $0.99
5. Nutra
3:53 $0.99
6. Strung Out
6:02 $0.99
7. Naima
4:31 $0.99
8. Rollerblading With the Devil
5:57 $0.99
9. Well, If It Isn't...
5:17 $0.99
10. Powersmooch
5:04 $0.99
11. Slow Peace
5:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Blue Print was the 1996 debut album from the San Francisco Bay Area jazz trio Rossbach, Thomas & Fabian. Each member of the group had played on recordings by other artists prior to this release, but Blue Print was the first real recorded expression of their skills as composers and arrangers. Rossbach’s contributions range from the groovy “Apocalyptic Sneakers” and “How Many Ways” to the Brazilian-influenced “Nutra,” a soulful ballad, aptly named “Slow Peace,” and the heavy attitude guitar romp “PowerSmooch.” Thomas’s “Whisper in My Ear” and “Well, If It Isn’t...,” as well as John Coltrane’s “Naima,” provide a sonic counterbalance to those burners, offering clean tones and sparsely adorned arrangements.

No song on the album fails to demonstrate the members’ versatility as soloists and dutiful sidemen. Rossbach’s solos go from esoteric jazz harmonies to screaming fusion energy. Thomas jettisons his behind-the-beat pocket on “Strung Out,” taking an extended solo that becomes a thoughtful polyrhythmic display. Meanwhile, Fabian’s tasteful fretless bass playing on “Slow Peace” and “Whisper in My Ear” add low-end warmth and soul to complete these introspective compositions.

Each member of the group has played with a variety of top-flight musicians in the years since making Blue Print. Rossbach has played with Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Bobby Vega, Jon Fishman (Phish) & Friends, The Incubators, and Sonic Ether. Fabian has played with Alana Davis, Will Ray (Hellecasters), Bartron Tyler Group, James Armstrong, and Paula Harris. Through the 1990s, Thomas contributed to projects by Michael Zanabili, Larry Shaw, and other solo artists. He worked with Rossbach and Fabian in Idle Hands, Bole Bantu, and Hot Trivet, and has played with Rossbach in D’Amphibians since 2000. He continues to record solo albums as a singer-songwriter.

Produced by Rossbach, Thomas & Fabian. Mixed by Hershel Yatovitz (guitarist for Chris Isaak).



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