Who is Jesse Fischer?
For Brooklyn-based pianist/composer/producer Jesse Fischer, the simplest things are best — a catchy melody, a heartfelt lyric, an irrepressible groove.
Whether remixing the likes of Takuya Kuroda and Gregory Porter, producing and engineering records in his Brooklyn studio, or leading his own band at premier New York jazz clubs like the Blue Note, Jesse maintains his direct, less-is-more approach, with an emphasis on emotion and storytelling. What ties it all together is his warm, soulful touch and his devotion to singable melodies and danceable rhythms.
Jesse conceptualized his new record Day Dreamer (out Sept 25, 2015, on Ropeadope Records) as he was preparing to become a first-time father. The album finds Jesse in a contemplative mood, reflecting on themes of childhood, intimacy, family, nature, and the healing power of music.
Following up the success of his previous offerings Homebrew (2011) and Retro Future (2012), as well as worldwide buzz created by his Head Hunters tribute project Vein Melter, Day Dreamer features a more intimate sound, focusing on acoustic piano, horns, and percussion, with splashes of vocals, violin, flute, and steel pan.
Rising star chanteuse Sarah Elizabeth Charles became Jesse’s muse on Day Dreamer, appearing on four tracks and co-writing one original song (“Refuge”). The record also features guest appearances from Blue Note recording artist Takuya Kuroda, violinist Zach Brock (Snarky Puppy), and alto saxophonist Godwin Louis (Esperanza Spalding).
Drawing from his love of 70’s jazz and funk, yet speaking to his ethnic Jewish heritage, Jesse has crafted an intensely personal work that displays his most developed vision as a composer to date. Day Dreamer features eight new originals, a reimagining of a classic Minnie Riperton song (“Lovin’ You”), and a solo piano interpretation of a traditional Jewish melody.
Not content to simply compose, perform, arrange, produce, engineer, mix, and master Day Dreamer, Jesse also makes his first foray into lyric-writing (“Refuge” and “Mourning Dove”). The result is a direct and joyous record, at times explosive, at other times vulnerable, with simple melodies influenced by Jewish folksong, traditional American music, West African rhythms, gospel music, and French impressionist composers.
Jesse has toured internationally with artists in the pop, hip-hop, soul, and jazz worlds, and has appeared on stages everywhere from Dubai to Capetown to London. His music has been played by DJ’s and radio stations on all six continents, including tastemakers like Gilles Peterson (BBC) and Anthony Valadez (KCRW), and has appeared in television shows such as “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Franklin & Bash” (TNT), and “Model City” (BET). Jesse has performed on shows from “Today Show” (NBC) to “Later with Jools Holland” (BBC) to “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, and appeared as himself in an episode of “One Tree Hill”.