Breaking News: After years of searching, we believe we have found a permanent home for the Clare Fischer Archive. It will take some more years to finalize all details, but then the written music will be preserved in perpetuity for future generations to marvel at! We’ll keep you posted on this exciting process as it develops…
In The Beginning from The Clare Fischer Big Band album, Continuum, directed and produced by Brent Fischer, was nominated for a 2012 Grammy award in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category (Clavo Records).
October 2015: Paula Edelstein’s review of Out of the Blue for AXS.com.
October 2015: Out of the Blue reviewed for Midwest Record by Editor and Publisher, Chris Spector.
April 2015: Highlands Magazine in France featured a review of Pacific Jazz by Axel Scheyder
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February 2015: Rob Brockway of Sandy Brown Jazz UK wrote a glowing review of Pacific Jazz
February 2015: Jazzwise Magazine featured Pacific Jazz in its ‘Short Cuts’ column. The column is available in the print edition of the magazine.
January 2015: The Jazzaholic column of Artlink South Africa featured a Pacific Jazz review by Don Albert
January 2015: JazzTimes magazine included a positive review of Pacific Jazz by Jeff Tamarkin. This review is available in the print edition of the magazine.
January 2015: Jazz Weekly featured a review of Pacific Jazz by George W. Harris
January 2015: Gapplegate Music Review featured a review of Pacific Jazz by Grego Edwards
A Pacific Jazz review for Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange by Mark S. Tucker.
December 2014: Downbeat Magazine’s Ed Enright reviewed Pacific Jazz in the ‘Editors’ Picks’ section.
December 2014: Pacific Jazz was reviewed by Joe Lang in an issue of Jersey Jazz. This review is available in the print edition of the magazine.
November 2014: Jack Bower’s review of Pacific Jazz in All About That Jazz.
November 2014: Audiophile Audition published a review of Pacific Jazz
November 2014: Jack Goodstein gave Pacific Jazz a four star review on BlogCritics.com
D. Oscar Groomes reviewed Pacific Jazz for the Os Place Jazz website
October 2014: Midwest Record reviewed Pacific Jazz.
September 2014: Grego Edwards has written about After The Rain for the Gapplegate Music Review.
Arnold Jay Smith wrote about the performance of Clare Fischer’s Extension by the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra on February 28, 2014.
“Clare Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept… He and Bill Evans, and Ravel and Gil Evans, finally. You know, that’s where it really came from. Almost all of the harmony that I play can be traced to one of those four people and whoever their influences were.”
– Herbie Hancock
“Clare Fischer is one of the national treasures of jazz… As a musician, conductor and arranger, he has always been in an orbit of his own, but his two latest CDs are positively celestial. His strings are lush but without fructose, the solos that waft through his own compositions soothe and swing at the same time. I’ve been a big fan ever since his early days, arranging out of this world musical showcases for the incomparable Hi-Los, but he just gets better with every succeeding year.”
– Rex Reed, New York Observer
“I played with Clare Fischer in Cal Tjader´s band and we became very good friends. Clare helped me a great deal. He was a beautiful man and, of course, a harmonic genius.”
– Poncho Sanchez
You’re constantly renewing yourself… you soar ambitiously above the circle of the earth in unoccupied airspace… plying the sea of your active imagination…reaching ears and touching the deepest grotto of hearts.”
– Benny Golson
"He (Clare Fischer) takes you places musically where no one else goes. He goes deep and wide into the music…his thick and rich voicings and harmonies are on display. It was an honor to be a part of this project. Clare’s son Brent meticulously picked the personnel and rehearsed the band and brought his dad’s music to life… Dig it. It’s deep and beautiful…"
– Carl Saunders, composer/lead trumpet (Clare Fischer, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, John Williams, Bill Holman)
"I have not yet encountered another musician whose work so convincingly integrates such wide-ranging influences…into a completely personal musical voice."
– Bill Dobbins, Jazz scholar at Eastman School of Music
"Name an area of musical imagination and Clare Fischer’s probably been there, from jazz and classical to pop, rock and R&B. Everything the veteran composer/arranger/pianist does blends skillful craftsmanship with musical credibility, but for jazz fans he has done some of his most compelling work for big bands…via a creative partnership with his son, Brent Fischer."
– Don Heckman, legendary music journalist
"…I finally experienced Fischer’s extraordinary creativity through two separate Piano Jazz interviews with Marian McPartland heard online at NPR. Clare, a scintillating jazz pianist, was a pioneer in Latin Jazz, and electric piano playing, exerting a powerful influence on Chick Corea. Fischer’s vocal arrangements for the Hi-Lo’s, cited by Herbie Hancock as a major influence, are uncanny, and he also composed one of the most stunningly ravishing songs of the twentieth century: Morning, which we’ve all heard, even if we don’t know the name, or the lyrics."
– Michael Robinson, composer
"One of our most brilliant musicians."
– High Fidelity Magazine
Clare Fischer was a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz radio show.
Click here to listen to the broadcast.
For those that missed the Brent Fischer radio interview on Jazz 88.3, it is now available for online listening. To hear the interview, click here to open the radio show’s web page and then click on Brent Fischer’s name in the list to start listening. (If you have any trouble selecting Brent’s interview, please try again using a different web browser).