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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pastiche - That's R&B BOP 1984 Lp

Pastiche is an obscure female group from San Francisco Bay area. The group formed in the early 80s and started out as a quartet. Consisting of singers Debbie Murphy, Sandy Sukhov, Becky West and Jenny Meltzer. Pastiche has become well-known for their wonderful harmony blend and eclectic mix of musical styles. They have a variety of influences not only jazz but also everything from soul and pop to Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean music.
In 1984 they released an album on Nova Records. Probably was the first album. It was recorded at Group 4, Automat Studio. Great musicians helped the group such as Victor Feldman on piano, Neil Stubenhous on bass, Vinnie Caliuta on drums, Joe Porcaro on percussions, Chuck Findley on trumpet, Bill Watrous on trombone, Bud Shank and Bill Green on saxophone.

Arrangements by Allyn Ferguson and Nic TenBrock. Produced by Terry Terajima. I chose four songs entitled "How high the moon" , "You're as right as rain", "Stompin' at the savoy" and "Dream".

After they had made this album, Debbie Murphy and Sandy Sukhov left from the group.

Sandy Cressman

Sandy Cressman joined in the group and they continued as trio. In 1988 they released an album entitled "Remember that" on Blueprint Records. In 1992, Sandy Cressman began a solo career while still a member of Pastiche and in 1996 began performing as a duo with Brazilian master keyboardist Marcos Silva.
Sandy was born in New York City of American parents, but with a Brazilian heart. Silva, formerly musical director and arranger for Flora Purim and Airto, who has also worked with Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi and other Brazilian greats. Cressman and Silva developed and extensive repertoire, musical interplay and following in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1997, they expanded their group to a quintet, and in 1999, released “Homenagem Brasileira”, their critically acclaimed tribute to the great composers and performers of Brazilian Jazz.
In 2001 Pastiche released one more album/CD on Summit Records. Sandy released her second CD of Brazilian music in 2005, entitled "Brasil-Sempre no Coração".

Sandy Cressman on vocals, David Belove on electric bass, Marcos Silva on keyboards and percussion, Celso Alberti on drums, Harvey Wainapel on sax, Michael Spiro on percussion, Jeff & Natalie Cressman on trombone. I chose a track entitled "Deixa".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

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