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Driving to Europa

by James Kipp

A plate full of eclectic jazz sounds from smooth to fusion to electric funk, served up hot with a heapin' helpin' of moving rhythms and an exotic variety of piano, synthesizer, guitar and vocal melodies.
Genre: Electronic: Nujazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. For Four
3:04 $0.99
2. Lady Bug
4:02 $0.99
3. Driving to Europa
3:27 $0.99
4. Spank
3:06 $0.99
5. You and Me
3:30 $0.99
6. Off Beat
4:18 $0.99
7. Sambata
3:26 $0.99
8. Space Case
2:24 $0.99
9. Tangle Foot
3:31 $0.99
10. Presidential Bop
3:07 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

James Kipp's violinist and jazz pianist father, Art Kipp, planted the seed for his son's musical roots early. Raised on the greats like Mulligan, Davis, Brubeck, Cannonball Adderly, Kai Winding and J J Johnson, he developed an appreciation for the sound whether it was East or West Coast, Bebop or Swing. "Of course I got into all the Rock and Roll stuff, but it was the innovative artists, rock or jazz, that got my attention. Kipp adds "when I heard the "Head Hunters" album with Herbie Hancock, or Brian Eno's "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" the fusion of sounds really made me take notice...I really admire inventive, less linear, musicians like Thelonius Monk, innovative sounds like Koop, EST...these are sounds I like to hear interlaced with jazz rhythms and melodies. Combining and contrasting electronic and acoustic drums and bass is where my energy is at the moment..."

Still wanting to explore other areas in art, he studied fine art at Michigan State University, and became an accomplished oil painter. His work can be seen on the CD cover.

Now back to his roots this time on keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, vocoder and vocals. With the release of "Driving to Europa", Kipp paints his music with a wide variety of colors, sounds, rhythms and melodies. Hop into this space buggy, turn up the sounds, and take a drive to Europa.

Driving to Europa / side notes

Four tracks; "For Four", "Lady Bug", "Spank" and "Sambata" center on piano and synthesizer exchanges with sweet bass and drum rhythmic grooves.

Three tracks; "Driving to Europa", "Space Case" and "Off Beat" have a more visual and less linear "electronic" sound using a synthesizer, virtual synthesizers, keyboards, and vocoders.

"You and Me" is a vocoded ballad with a synthesized Motown sound.

"Tangle Foot" might be best described as "Funky Electric Salsa".

The last track; "Presidential Bop" is a funky piece of silliness, built to make you smile.



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Matthew MCR Ellison II b.k.a Electric Otto the Electric Emperor

Herbie Hancock better watch out!!
Awesome Piano/Keyboard skills!! Very Powerful Dreamlike Compositions!! Beautiful!! Great Cover Art too!!

Matthew MCR Ellison II b.k.a Electric Otto the Electric Emperor

Herbie Hancock better watch out!!
Awesome Piano/Keyboard Skills!! Powerful Dreamlike Compositions!! Beautiful!!

James G. Kipp

SUPER....Just the kind of jazz I enjoy
I was pleasantly surprised after only hearing 2 minute slices of the tracks on this CD prior to buying it. I only hope James will deliver another CD like this one, the sooner the better. JGK

Guiseppe Stella

This cd provided me with copious amounts of listening pleasure.I cannot wait for his next release.

Tom Gottschalk

Awesome fusion of electronic and jazz genres
Wow! What a pleasure to listen to the thoughtful combinations of improvisational and electronic music on this album. A joy to listen to throughout.