In the past couple of weeks, there have been several new jazz releases and some exciting new music. After listening to jazz pianist, Rachel Eckroth's new album The Garden I fell in love with several of her new tracks. This super-talented singer-songwriter, pianist was born in Mandan, North Dakota, and raised in Arizona. Music just runs through her veins since she comes from a musical family. Both her parents are musicians and her brother is also a pianist.
Since high school, she has been performing jazz and went on to receive a BA in jazz performance from the University of Nevada. Later she moved to New York City and continued her studies at Rutgers University and received her MFA in jazz piano. She is also a talented singer-songwriter and her style is both jazz in context but also in pop music. She released her debut album, Mind in 2005, and in 2014 released her album, Let Go which started her singer-songwriter music. Just listen to her song, Dried Up Roots, and check out her singing style and the emotion that comes through her voice. Rachel Eckroth likes to venture outside of jazz and released an album of all pop tunes in 2014 titled Makeover Vol 1. Her musical influences are the legendary Herbie Hancock and Carla Bley. She was jazz trumpeter, Chris Boti's pianist, and is also rock singer Rufus Wainwright's pianist. She recently joined Alternativer singer St. Vincent on her tour. This artist is a dynamo and is in constant elevation musically and has added band leader and composer to her many talents. Earlier this month she released her new album, The Garden, and like a garden has many colorful and vibrant songs and compositions. Check out this eclectic and talented singer-songwriter/pianist and support independent music and musicians. Happy listening!