Theo – The Feral Jazz Cat
JAZZ , Songwriter, JAZZ, Poet, JAZZ, Composer, JAZZ
About the artist:
Pianist, guitarist and vocalist: As a Composer and Songwriter, Theo has explored every music genre known to the western world. With the launch of this latest release, THE BLACK BOTTOM Cultivating Jazz, Theo surveys the full breath of the art form we know as Jazz from the rich valleys of Beat Jazz to the mountaintops of Swing.
With influences ranging from Hoagy Carmichael to Bill Withers. Fats Waller to Mose Allison. Carlos Jobim to Tom Waites, Theo brings a unique voice to the jazz medium.
About the CD:
The BLACK BOTTOM
Cultivating Jazz: The Full Measure
In the 1920’s America, Jazz was smack dab in its formative years, distending the edges of the musical landscape. The neighborhood of Detroit that was then known as The Black Bottom represented Detroit’s own particular percolation point.
The name The Black Bottom harkened back to an even earlier time in Detroit’s history when this land under the city’s cement was a farming community and the dirt was a rich basin of black soil legendary for its agricultural potency. There is some beautiful poetic symmetry for The Black Bottom to transition from nurturing agriculture to nurturing music-culture.
Roughly speaking, jazz has been a part of the American experience well nigh a century now. It has brought America new musical scales and fresh rhythms while reimagining the scales and the rhythms that came to us from Europe.
But jazz is not a static music. It is a multi-hued genus with many subgenres, subgenres that have become endemic to the American music experience. And it is in these furthest reaches, these subgenres that Jazz continues to play an important role in shaping America’s aural landscape.
With The BLACK BOTTOM Cultivating Jazz: The Full Measure, I am hoping to share a more acute comprehension of jazz in its many manifestations; what one might listen for when searching for something to suit ones particular palate, and to enhance ones appreciation for the full breath that is jazz.
This effort will explore the periphery of jazz, “jazz on the edge,” to demonstrate just how far reaching jazz as an art form has become. To this end, I will not be covering the main genres of jazz. With the exception of Swing, I will explore an assortment of the lesser jazz outlets, that is, jazz genres outside of the mainstream.
My purpose here is to unearth some of the more remote alleyways of jazz in hopes that we may round out our “ear” and trek some jazzy paths less tamped. Traversing these outermost frontiers of the jazz landscape we might well gain a greater appreciation for just how ubiquitous this century of America’s great art form has saturated our lives.
“Theo Czuk covers the waterfront on this album where he delivers a kaleidoscope of hip moods … showing off some impressive composing skills in the process. The twelve tunes are like a Baker’s Dozen … a wide variety that has something delicious for every taste.”
INDIE MUSIC REVIEW
“Few releases this year, or in recent memory for that matter, will impress experienced music fans quite like The Black Bottom… It’s a definite stand out in every regard. Theo Czuk’s The Black Bottom is a dozen songs of pure musical goodness with a generous amount of talent backing it up at every step.”
“Czuk’s near impeccable instincts for writing material in this idiom … The Black Bottom is an immersive experience – it practically demands that you lose yourself in its rich musicality and lyrical substance … You can’t help but admire the flawless construction characterizing this album. Czuk is obviously an increasingly rare recording artist … Czuk has a bit of daring in him and that boldness is derived from confidence. …it’s an important creative work among the finest released in 2017.”
“Czuk’s multi-pronged artistic life encompasses prose, poetry, songwriting, and musicianship with such all consuming energy you’ll be forgiven if you wonder when he finds time to breathe, let alone sleep. Much can be attributed to his seemingly endless wellspring of melodies at his disposal and the chemistry between Czuk and the musicians he’s enlisted to help make this album … it’s impossible to not be impressed by his talent for selecting memorable details. His charisma comes through again as a singer … Theo Czuk’s bold experiment has paid off handsomely…”
NO DEPRESSION – The Journal Of Roots Music
“Czuk and his musical partners take on a number of popular styles within the genre with immense fluency and confidence that never strikes a false note… an authentic artistic voice … Czuk, as a writer, does a consistently outstanding job of bringing together a conversational style of writing with under the radar substance that makes an impact on attentive listeners… a glaring final example of the impressive creativity that he’s poured into this release”
“The Black Bottom’s twelve songs will undoubtedly appeal to jazz purists, but they have a wider base of appeal, as well … He hasn’t just paid wonderful tribute to a type of music he obviously loves, but he’s used that style as a vehicle to make an impressive personal statement capable of entertaining a vast audience.”
- Cold Corridor
- The Black Bottom
- Mi Cassa Bossa
- Nika-Nightingale (Is It Real?)