Primary Instrument: Keyboard
Martin Stehl, producer and award-winning multi-instrumentalist presents his original sophisticated debut album using blended consistent arrangements, incisive rhythms and intense melodies all infused with modern elements.
Renown musicians Torsten de Winkel (guitar) and Frank Spaniol (saxophone), are featured, along with many guest players who display their exceptional improvisations to ennoble this unique recording.
A real musicians performer, Martin Stehl is actually a drummer & pianist since the early teenage years and thus explains his composing side as well in the Pop / House / R&B & Jazz genres. What is key for his work is blending not only electronica styles together but also live instruments through his filtering talents which make the two elements come through seamlessly in the end. This is true artwork in sound design.
Always fond of well-made songs, his earliest interest was in creating and producing songs in the popmusic genre for over a decade, while becoming more relevant as he illustrated his production style under his alias name of Steely M. Using this name for original commercial compositions as well for diversity production tasks, he was also involved with Frank Farians acts like La Bouche and No Mercy plus artist such as Gloria Gaynor, Jocelyn Brown, Niki Haris, Tania Evans, Sabrina Johnson, Spike, Deskee to create dance compatible remixes. For years he has kept busy creating music productions for CAPP Records which is based in San Rafael, California.
Reminiscent of his early beginnings, Martin again devotes his energy to instrumental music as the focus of his current work. In late 2008, his debut album became available offering exclusively original compositions in the genre of Jazz-Fusion.
Saxophone lovers and audio-gourmets alike are rewarded as they enjoy listening to the melodic jazz compositions that flow gently into their ears as one luxuriates in a relaxed jazz-fusion ambiance. (Newspaper review: Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine, Germany)
The multi-instrumentalist understands that instruments in these songs are brought to the fore, and thus keeping the sound of the album alive. (Publication Drum Magazine: Drum Heads!!, Germany)
A perfect album for warm summer nights. (Jazz Magazine: Jazz Drummer World, Switzerland)
This is a special listening pleasure. Arrangements are subtly done, resulting in a melodic version of bar jazz which can be enjoyed either as a live stage performance or when listening to the recording downloaded to one's mp3 player. (Jazz Magazine: Jazz-Institute Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Track listing: 1. A BEAUTIFUL DAY, 2. OFF-GRID HOME, 3. SPRINGTIDE, 4. JANKAS EYES, 5. UNEXPECTED TURN, 6. THE WAY OF LIVING, 7. SONG FOR EWA, 8. GO FOR A SPIN, 9. HYPNOTIZE, 10. EVERYTHING COMES BACK AGAIN
Personnel: Martin Stehl - Composer, Producer, E. Piano, Synth, Vibes, E. Guitar, Drums & Percussion / Torsten De Winkel - E. Guitar, E. Sitar / Frank Spaniol - Tenor Sax / Daniel Stelter - E. & A. Guitar / Sven Claussen - E. Guitar / Ralf Cetto - E. Bass / Isabelle Bodenseh - Flute / Jochen Engel - Saxes
All songs written and produced by Martin Stehl
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