This week, keyboardist Erik Deutsch debuted the video for his studio performance of “Little Bell,” off his upcoming album, Falling Flowers, releasing on September 14 via LoHi Records. An atmospheric ten minute piece of psychedelic abstraction, “Little Bell” is a gumbo of American music that touches on jazz, blues, pop, funk and dub.
“’Little Bell’ is what I call a psychedelic dub ballad,” notes Deutsch. “It’s a sound I’ve been exploring for a long time. The composition began as a piano riff (like many of my songs do) and then evolved into the full melody and improvisation. I brought the song to rehearsal to see what it might sound like, and as soon as I started the riff, Jesse Murphy and Tony Mason dropped a deep dub groove. It was perfect—and also a reminder that when I’m surrounded by world-class musicians, they’ll often come up with better ideas then I can if I give them the freedom to be creative.”
Over the past 20-plus years, Erik Deutsch has earned a stellar reputation as a bandleader and collaborator, working with artists like Rosanne Cash, Nels Cline, Charlie Hunter, Shooter Jennings, Norah Jones, Leftover Salmon and many more. At the same time, he’s made five albums under his own name full of compositions that combine jazz, funk, country and rock into a swirling blend that jumps, struts, croons and shouts.
Falling Flowers was recorded at Trout Recording in Brooklyn with engineers Bryce Goggin and Adam Sachs and mixed by Jeff Hill (Rufus Wainwright, Elle King) at Bass Station. Deutsch will be on the road this fall for a small run of Falling Flowers release shows.
Erik Deutsch Tour Dates
Sept 19-20 – New York, NY @ Bar Lunatico
Oct 17-18 – Guadalajara, MX @ Primer Piso
Oct 19-20 – Mexico City, MX @ Zinco Jazz
Nov 01 – Denver, CO @ Nocturne
Nov 02 – Boulder, CO @ Caffe Sole
Nov 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Apotheke
Nov 30 – Oakland, CA @ Piedmont Piano Co.