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Back In Town

by Chris Rottmayer

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Early Autumn 04:39
Lover Man 04:55
Let's Do It 04:52


The second of a pair of albums recorded in 2011 at the Timucua White House, in Orlando, FL, Back In Town features Ashley's vocals and Allan's clarinet playing, set to my arrangements of American Popular Songbook tunes. Sounding traditional at times and modern at others, this album was a blast to record. Here are liner notes from Allan Vache:

I moved to Central Florida in 1993 and almost immediately discovered how many fine musicians lived in this area. A few years later I met Ashley Locheed and we struck up a friendship and musical association.

When I first heard her sing I was impressed with her beautiful voice, sense of swing, and natural approach to the “Great American Songbook”. I thought her style was reminiscent of some of the great singers of the Goodman band, like Martha Tilton, Helen Ward, and Peggy Lee.

Ashley introduced me to many of the musicians she worked with regularly, especially her pianist Chris Rottmayer. The 3 of us decided we needed to do a project together. So, with bassist Ben Kramer and drummer Greg Parnell we went in to Benoit Glazer’s studio and recorded this CD.

This recording offers a somewhat different approach to the standard material and demonstrates Ashley’s versatility as a performer. Her treatment of the Ellington standard “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” as a ballad, Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale” “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to” and Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” all in Latin dress, “It Might as Well be Spring” from “State Fair” in 3/4 similar to the rhythm of Miles’ “All Blues”. Just to give you an idea of some of the innovative approaches.

Of course, for the more traditional listener, you’ll hear beautiful ballads like “Early Autumn”, “You Go to My Head”, and “Lover Man”.
Swingers like “Let’s Do It”, “Lulu’s Back in Town”, “You Took Advantage of Me” and the Billie Holiday classic “What a Little Moonlight Can Do”

I think my favorite is our tribute to Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman on the well known “Why Don’t You Do Right”

All in all, I think you’ll agree that this is fine representation of some great vocal jazz and, as the older statesmen of the group, I’m proud to be associated with such fine young talents as Ashley, Chris, Ben, and Greg,
Allan Vache’


released June 20, 2020

Chris Rottmayer- Piano
Ben Kramer- Acoustic Bass
Greg Parnell- Drums
Ashley Locheed- Voice
Allan Vache- Clarinet

Recorded at the Timucua White House, August 2011. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Timucua by Benoit Glazer.

Artwork by Jamie Breiwick at Bside Graphics.


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Chris Rottmayer Madison, Wisconsin

Chris Rottmayer is a jazz pianist and composer living in Madison, WI. Chris grew up and began playing in Columbus, OH, spent 20+ years building a successful career as a musician in Orlando, FL, and moved to Madison in 2018 to complete a doctoral degree in piano performance at UW-Madison. ... more

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