Current Leftover Salmon keyboardist and frequent collaborator in the live music scene, Erik Deutsch, has released his sixth solo studio album today, Falling Flowers. Falling Flowers was recorded at Brooklyn, NY’s Trout Recording, with engineers Bryce Goggin and Adam Sachs and was mixed by Jeff Hill (Rufus Wainwright, Elle King) at Bass Station.
Deutsch rounded out his band for the album with a few of his longtime friends and frequent collaborators, including Mike McGinnis (saxophone and clarinet), Brian Drye (trombone), Avi Bortnick (rhythm guitar), Jesse Murphy (bass), and Tony Mason (drums). Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger plays lead guitar on “Falling Flowers” and “Big Bongos”, while Andy Thorn, Deutsch’s Leftover Salmon bandmate and banjo wizard, contributes to “Falling Flowers” and “Ghostfeather”.
Falling Flowers has elements of classic and contemporary jazz, rock, blues, and funk, all intertwined into one, with Erik’s playful and ferocious work on the piano bringing it all together. Erik’s energy is through the roof and apparent within his music from the get-go, allowing the musicians that surround him to add their own touches of creativity and uniqueness to the recording process. Falling Flowers is an album not to be looked over, as Deutsch spills out his heart and soul on this beautifully crafted masterpiece.
For over two decades, Erik Deutsch has been collaborating and touring with well-respected musicians like Rosanne Cash, Nels Cline, Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, Steven Bernstein, Theo Bleckmann, Shooter Jennings, Shelby Lynne, and many more. Eric Deutsch officially joined Colorado poly-ethnic Cajun slamgrass all-stars, Leftover Salmon, in 2016 as the band’s regular touring keyboardist after Salmon’s brief stint with Little Feat‘s Bill Payne.
Deutsch orchestrated a seven-camera live studio video of the recording session of “Scratch Out”. The video showcases Deutsch’s intricate work on the piano, as well as the stellar musicianship of the studio band he rounded up.
On “Scratch Out”, Erik remarks,
I remember the debut of “Scratch Out” at Bar Lunatico back in the summer of 2016–it seemed like something that immediately stuck with the audience. Since the final version we printed on the album was almost entirely live from this take, the video provides a really cool, up-close look at this song, shot masterfully by Ehud Lazin.”
Watch the in-studio video for “Scratch Out” below.
Erik Deutsch – “Scratch Out”
[Video: Erik Deutsch]
Listen to Erik Deustch’s new studio effort, Falling Flowers, below.
Deutsch will be performing a small run of Falling Flowers release shows this fall. For more information on tickets and dates head to Erik’s website.
Erik Deutsch Falling Flowers Album Release Shows
Sept 19-20 – New York, NY – Bar Lunatico
Oct 17-18 – Guadalajara, MX – Chango Vudu
Oct 19-20 – Mexico City, MX – Zinco Jazz
Nov 1 – Denver, CO – Nocturne
Nov 2 – Boulder, CO – University of Colorado + Caffe Sole
Nov 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Apotheke
Nov 30 – Oakland, CA – Piedmont Piano Co.