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Keyboardist Steve Weingart and vocalist Renee Jones celebrate new album with CD release party
(Published: January 18, 2013)

Still blushing from the critical acclaim and radio airplay of their previous album Dialogue, keyboardist Steve Weingart and vocalist Renee Jones will be performing at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles on January 19th for the release party of their superb new album, Observatory. The duo answered a few questions about their latest effort.

Q: Let's s talk about the new album. How did you approach this one?

A: We were very happy with our first album, Dialogue. We received great responses both for the CD and for our live performances of the music. For this second CD, we wanted to be a little more adventurous with our compositions.

Q: In what way?

A: We spent a lot of time listening to our favorite composers like Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Sorter; they have been a big influence on us. We studied their compositions and looked to their recordings for inspiration. Ultimately, in some way, this is an homage to them and a lot of the jazz music we love from the '70s and '80s. We are really pleased with how it turned out and feel like the key players (Simon Phillips, drums, and Katisse Buckingham, saxes and flutes) really shared the same vision for the music.

Q: Who did the Salvador Dali-esque art and whose idea was it? How did that come about?

A: Steve and I love Salvador Dali's work. For this album we worked with a great graphic designer and photographer named Lou Spirito. We we looking for some unique and surreal elements to incorporate into the CD and thought a Dali-esque look would work great for that portion of the album!

More Information: http://www.weingartjones.com

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