Jazz bassist Brani Disterheft just released her second album Second Side.
Brandi took a singer/songwriter approach to her second album, where “one can hear (though not overtly) the influence of early period Joni Mitchell… and of Brazilian pop sensation Milton Nascimento.”
“She has the same lope or rhythmic pulse as my bass player, Ray Brown,” Oscar Peterson said of Disterheft. “She is what we call serious.”
Save for one song the album is entirely original compositions.
Disterheft has been taking the jazz world by storm since the release of her first album Debut in 2007, which won her a Juno award in 2008 for traditional jazz album of the year.
Disterheft got her start on the bass by performing with her mother, a jazz pianist from Chicago, in her teens. Her career grew and she has toured Japan, China and most recently Europe; opened for Diana Krall and Pharoah Sanders and played with Dave Brubeck and Chris Botti. She has also performed at Jazz Festivals in Vienna and Chicago, and performed at Carnegie Hall.
From a review by CDBaby of Debut: ”It is not only her swinging bass playing that is making people sit up and take notice, but also her innovative writing style using lively grooves with influences from Mingus to Bjork.”
You can check out more on Disterheft and purchase Second Side from her web site.