Espirito - Noel Elmowy

Espirito

From the CD "Feelin' Good"

Noel J Elmowy - Keyboards Composer Arranger Producer

At the age of seven Noel began classical piano studies for 10 years then turned to contemporary jazz fusion and has been playing on the Sydney scene since 1974.

Performed and worked in London from 1980 - 1982 with musicians Dave Bitelli (Elton John, David Bowie & Joe Jackson), Martin Ditchum (Sade), Gordon Hunte (Sade), Ray Carless (Elvin Jones) and Chris Scott-Francis (London Jazz Composers Orchestra). On return from London formed "Espirito"(Latin Jazz) in 1982 - an innovative first on the Sydney jazz scene.

Highlights include longstanding residency at Sydney's "The Basement" Jazz Club, support for Dizzy Gillespie's Australian Tour and the Manly and Bondi Jazz Festivals.

Tours include: Al Jarreau Australian Tour support (1995) Andrew Oh Band (Musical Director) for Thailand International Jazz Festival, Japan and Fiji.

His solo album has taken 4 years from conception to final CD realization. Cost wise he has been fortunate to associate with wonderful musicians who put their time & effort into his project some asking not to be paid, however, this CD did require funds. Both gigs and his dentistry (Noel is a dentist) helped with that.

Noel Elmowy's "Feelin' Good" is a "full-sized" album. One receives a cd with 74 (!) minutes of high quality music. The music is throughout laid-back and well-mooded.

Noel, who plays Piano and various keyboards on all tracks as well as some bass and percussion is joined on various tracks by Peter Northcote guitar, Jason Morphett saxophones and flute, and Christopher Soulos, bass. Drums are played on different tracks by Land Richards, Greg Sheean and Chad Wackerman. Guest artists on the recording include - vocalists Doug Williams, Karen Minshull and Erina Mei Leef; saxophonists Gerald Albright, Tim Oramand, and Andrew Oh; guitarists Albert Calvo, Dave Colton, and Carl Dewhurst; percussionists Tony Azzorpardi, Walter Figuero and Jose Marquez; and trumpeter Vladimir Khusid. All musicians contribute to the successful interpretation of these 13 fine original tunes from Noel's fertile pen.

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