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Clare Fischer

Active since: October 22, 1928 | Died: January 26, 2012    Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Clare Fischer

Born on October 22, 1928 in Durand, Michigan, Clare Fischer is an uncommonly versatile musician, a master with many muses. Trained in the classics, inspired by jazz artists, healed by the rhythms of Latin and Brazilian music, his eclectic sound finds expression in every chart and instrument he touches.

A veteran studio musician and a composer of rare quality, Fischer began his studies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at South High School with director of music, Glenn Litton. After receiving his master's degree in composition from Michigan State University, where he studied with Dr. H. Owen Reed, he traveled extensively with “The Hi-Lo's” as pianist-conductor for 5 years. About the same time, his musical ascension began with his critically acclaimed arrangements for Dizzy Gillespie's “A Portrait of Duke Ellington.” Fischer's influences, absorbed along the way, are as distinct as his music: Stravinsky and Shostakovich, Bartok and Berg, Dutilleux, boogie-woogie pianist Meade Lux Lewis, Nat “King” Cole, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell and early Lee Konitz - Fischer's self-expression knows no boundaries....
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”He is one of those rare musicians who truly understands music, not only with his mind but first and most importantly with his heart and soul. His music never stops evolving.” —Daniel Cytrynowicz, Feb. 1999
2006 A Family Affair - The second CD featuring Clare's Clarinet Choir
2005 Introspectivo - Solo Piano
2003
America the Beautiful - Clare Fischer Piano & Orchestra - reissue
2002
On a Turquoise Cloud - The Clarinet Choir of Clare Fischer
2001
2001 After the Rain - Clare Fischer Concert Originals
2001
Bert van den Brink Invites Clare Fischer - Duo piano in live performance - fun!
2000
2000 Thesaurus - The Clare Fischer Big Band (reissue)
1999
Symbiosis - Clare Fischer with Hélio Delmiro playing unamplified Brazilian guitar
1999
Latin Patterns - Clare Fischer & The Legendary MPS Sessions - a compilation
1998
Clare Fischer's Jazz Corps - 20 brass, 6 woodwinds & 4 rhythm
1997
The Latin Side - Clare Fischer & the Metropole Orchestra
1997
Alone Together - Clare Fischer & the Brunner-Schwer Steinway (reissue) - solo piano
1997
Rockin' In Rhythm -Clare Fischer & Friends - Latin jazz group plus 6 voices
1995
Just Me - Solo Piano Excursions
1992
Memento - a compilation
1990
Lembranças (Remembrances) Brazilian jazz at its finest
1988
Waltz - The Clare Fischer big band
1987
Blues Trilogy (with Gary Foster on woodwinds)
1987
Tjaderama - Latin Jazz Sextet
1987
Clare Fischer Plays - solo piano
1986
Freefall (Grammy winner) - Latin Jazz Sextet with voices
1985
Crazy Bird - Re-released 1992 - Clare and his Latin Jazz group
1984
Extension (with Jerry Coker) - reissued in 2003 on "America the Beautiful"
1984
Whose Woods Are These? (with Gary Foster) (Grammy nomination)
1983
Starbright (with Gary Foster on woodwinds)
1982
September Afternoon (with Donald Byrd on trumpet plus strings
1982
And Sometimes Voices (with 2+2) - Latin Jazz Sextet with voices
1982
Head, Heart and Hands - solo piano
1981
Clare Fischer & Salsa Picante Present 2+2 - Latin jazz + voices (Grammy winner)
1981
Machaca - Latin Jazz group
1980
Alone Together (Du Du track, Grammy nomination) Solo piano
1980
Salsa Picante - Latin Jazz Group
1980
Duality - Clare Fischer's Big Band
1979
Clare Fischer & EX-42 orig. rel'd in '72 as T'DA-A-A!
1979
'Twas Only Yesterday - The Clare Fischer Big Band
1979
Jazz Song - solo piano
1978
America the Beautiful - reissued in 2003
1977
Clare Declares - solo pipe organ
1976
The State of His Art - solo piano
1975
Music Inspired by the Kinetic Sculpture of Don Conard Mobiles - solo organ
1972
Clare Fischer In the Reclamation Act of 1972! Some solo piano, some trio
1972
T'DA-A-A! Clare Fischer & the Yamaha Quartet
1972
Tell It Like It Is - The music of Ralph Carmichael played by Clare as solo organ
1970
Love is Surrender - The music of Ralph Carmichael played by Clare
1970
Great White Hope (& His Japanese Friend) - solo organ
1969
Thesaurus - Big band
1968
One to Get Ready: Four...to- Go! - solo piano plus some trio
1966
Easy Livin' - Clare on piano and Bobby West on bass
1965
Manteca! - Clare and his Latin Jazz group
1965
So Danço Samba - Clare on piano with guitar, bass and drums
1964
Surging Ahead - solo piano plus rhythm
1963
First Time Out - solo piano plus rhythm
1961
Jazz - Clare with a Mexican octet recorded in Mexico

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