Pianist/Producer Tyler Greenfield Releases "Sunday Bolero"
Following a love for Latin music, Tyler Greenfield connected with an array of Cuban musicians in New York, including the acclaimed Cuban singer Xiomara Laugart. The album features Laugart on classic boleros including "Nosotros" and "Sabor a Mi". Xiomara was a vocalist in the Grammy-nominated group Yerba Buena. Aside from Laugart's presence, Sunday Bolero provides the masterful rhythms of percussionist Gabriel "Chinchilita" Machado and bassist Jorge Bringas. The talented Cuban trumpeter Kalí Rodríguez-Peña is a welcomed guest and brings a distinctly Cuban feel to tracks such as "Siboney". In fact, Greenfield is the only non-Cuban, but his thoughtful touch on the piano brings everything together with the panaché of a native who has been doing this for years.
Sunday Bolero can be enjoyed by jazz lovers looking to acquaint, or reacquaint themselves with classic Cuban treasures, songs written by some of the country's most famous composers: Ernesto Lecuona, René Touzet, Pedro Junco—as well as more recent numbers from Paquito D'Rivera. It can perhaps be the background to a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
In fact the album's title was inspired by Señor Bolero, a radio program which aired every Sunday, playing bolero classics selected by the Dominican-born host Francis Méndez. In December, Tyler met with Méndez, whose his signature is printed on the inside of the vinyl version of Sunday Bolero.
Bim Bom Studios took no shortcuts to provide a musical, audiophile-quality recording. The album is mastered (and cut for vinyl) by the legendary Bernie Grundman. Sunday Bolero is available for digital purchase 12/20 directly through Bim Bom's music download page. Downloads are available in high-quality lossless format. Also available on iTunes. Vinyl lovers! Sunday Bolero is available for pre-order as a 180-gram LP, printed in a beautiful gatefold jacket.
About Tyler Greenfield
Tyler Greenfield is a recording artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Jersey City, NJ. He was raised with a love for music from an early age, studying classical piano throughout his childhood under the guidance of his grandmother, pianist, and teacher Ruth Greenfield. It wasn't until taking a break from piano altogether did he rediscover it with a newfound appreciation, spurring a mostly self-taught foray into jazz, studying favorites such as Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans.
Although he considers piano his "first love, " Tyler has also been involved in the local gypsy jazz scene, studying with renowned guitarist Stephane Wrembel.
As a producer, Tyler has found a home in the world between jazz and hip hop, influenced by the likes of J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Freddie Joachim. In 2013, iStandard awarded him a perfect score in their annual NYC producer competition, noting his versatility.
In 2014, Tyler began his journey into the latin jazz community, becoming acquainted with several Cuban musicians in New York. From these friendships, Tyler embarked on his debut album Sunday Bolero, including arrangements of classic boleros and featuring the acclaimed Cuban singer Xiomara Laugart.
Tyler has attended master classes with the great jazz pianist Barry Harris, whom he credits for helping broaden his harmonic understanding and love for music.
He explores other mediums as well—as part of a challenging upcoming project, Tyler has gathered audio and video recordings from his travels: including Dominican Republic, Cuba, Spain, France, Germany, Chile, Israel, to use in an interactive installation promoting world peace. Tyler runs Bim Bom Studios, which he co-founded as an umbrella brand for all creative projects.
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