The Jazz Session #146: Erik Deutsch

Pianist and keyboardist Erik Deutsch combines a love of groove and vintage keyboards with a keen ear for melody and orchestration on his CD Hush Money (Hammer & String, 2009). In this interview, Deutsch talks about his musical goals for this album; how he combined live performance and creative use of the recording studio to make the finished product; and his views on the jam band and jazz scenes. Deutsch spent several years with the popular band Fat Mama. Learn more at

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Author: Jason Crane

1 thought on “The Jazz Session #146: Erik Deutsch

  1. I really loved the music – as you say it does have a cinematic feel to it. It is unfortunate that the audio quality of Erik’s side was pretty abysmal … I feel like I missed or had to guess at ~1/3 of what he was saying … :(

    But you guys brought up the whole ‘what is the so-called Jazz audience’ thing, and I think it makes a lot of sense. I mean, I am not young, and grew up in a rock-dominated era.

    And really, if you set the age of 13 for ‘growing up in an era’, and demarcate the ‘rock domination’ era as the arrival of the Beatles in ’64, then anyone born in 1951 or later has really had to deal with rock-type music as a dominant force throughout their lives. That means that the real ‘jazz-only’ purebreds have to be at least 60 years old. Not to downplay them as an audience, but it seems we should be looking at the reality that most folks listening to jazz today are going to have a massively hybridized view of music.

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