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Rachel Eckroth

Polymath (noun): a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning.

Music needs a term for this. What do you call one person who is a pianist, vocalist, keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger, band leader, sideman and more? Music may not have a term, but it does have a name: Rachel Eckroth.

Eckroth can lead with a bold vision or accompany with the subtle skills necessary to make another musician shine. Her combination of jazz experimentation and pop feeling form the engine behind her own work as a leader or co-leader on 20 albums, most recently The Garden on Rainy Days Records (2021). That same crossover talent is why she's been featured on voice and keyboards in the bands of Rufus Wainwright, St. Vincent, KT Tunstall, and Chris Botti.

Eckroth can hold an audience's attention in an intimate jazz club or on a massive concert stage. She did the latter when she opened for Rufus Wainwright's All These Poses Anniversary Tour, standing on stage alone with just her keyboards and her voice, weaving a sonic landscape that kept audiences enthralled. Eckroth is no stranger to television, either, having been a member of the house band on The Meredith Vieira Show and appearing on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Good Morning America with various artists.

Eckroth has been a busy recording artist throughout her career, and the pace has only increased in recent years. In 2020, Eckroth appeared on the single “Circling” by Donny McCaslin, the acclaimed saxophonist from David Bowie's final band. That same year, she released three singles of her own. This year (2021) she and her husband, bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, The Tedeschi Trucks Band) put out a duet album called The Blackbird Sessions Vol. 1. She also released the single “Moot Points” featuring Alassane, as well as an eponymous EP featuring four of her own songs.

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“...Well, then. I’m convinced that Eckroth is a consummate professional who can do just about anything ...creating and performing original, hip music that can’t be pigeonholed into any one category.” —Steve Jansen - Phoenix New Times

“Like any highly creative musician, jazz pianist and composer Rachel Eckroth refuses to repeat herself.” —Larry Rodgers - Arizona Republic

“Rachel Eckroth is a revelation! Through her intimate vocals, interpersonal lyrics and sophisticated, nuanced musicianship she delivers a whole new manner of singer-songwriter borne largely from pure jazz bloodlines

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When It Falls

Self Produced
2018

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Let Go

Virgo Sun Records
2014

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Makeover Volume 1

Virgo Sun Records
2014

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Humility: Purity of...

Hot Tone Music
2014

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Retro Future

ObliqSound
2012

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Louder Than Words

Self-Released
2009

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From: Let Go
By Rachel Eckroth

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