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Mad Beatnik by Ed Roth
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Mad Beatnik by Ed Roth
Sought after arranger and keyboardist, Ed Roth, is breaking out on his own with the release of a debut self-titled album, joined by many of his jazz contemporaries.  Playing acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond B3 organ, Ed Roth creates musical stories that last. The soulful, lyrical melodies sit on top of organic grooves, utilizing the warmth of vintage 70’s music, but updated for a new era. Roth, an L.A. based arranger and session keyboard player, has recorded with a diverse range of artists; from Sophie B. Hawkins to Coolio to Rob Halford to the Avett Brothers. He is a featured member of both the Bombastic Meatbats featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (Top 10 iTunes Jazz and Top 25 Billboard Jazz charting projects), and CTA with ex-Chicago founder/drummer Danny Seraphine. Roth also co-produced Kristine W’s #1 iTunes jazz single, “What I Like About You”, as well as the first single on CTA’s new release “Promise”  “Music needs to make the world a more beautiful place, but sometimes it’s gotta have some fire to it as well,” says Roth. Nicknamed “the Wrench” by his friend Chad Smith for his strong personality and abilities to fix any musical situation, Roth holds nothing back with his music. His songs emote lasting melodies and solos that speak to the listener like a short story. “Because there are no lyrics to hold on to, the melody has to be twice as strong,” says Roth.   The debut album, “Ed Roth,” is full of fresh instrumental songs, some all about beauty, and plenty with an edge, but all with a strong melody and groove. Along with the original songs, there are inspired, re-harmonized covers from many genres; from the Booker T meets Eddie Palmieri - salsa meets funk - version of “Tequila,” to the Isley Bros meets Steely Dan version of Ambrosia’s, “Biggest Part of Me.”  Growing up in a home where only Brazilian and classical music were allowed, the Washington D.C. native built his initial love for R&B music by staying up late listening to Howard University’s radio station on headphones, after his parents went to sleep. Roth developed a commitment to the ‘groove’ that comes from years of playing with the likes of Coolio, the Brothers Johnson, and Mya. As Sophie B. Hawkins Music Director, Roth developed a deeper love of melodies and great songs. But, he can also perform the excitement of rock music from years of playing and recording with artists including Glenn Hughes, Ronnie Montrose, Rob Halford, and Chris Impellitterri.  Ed Roth’s debut features a who’s who of musicians, including Chad Smith who mans the drums for the majority of the recordings. Also featured on drums are Danny Seraphine and Kenny Aronoff (John Cougar), percussionists Rock Deadrick (Ziggy Marley) and Cassio Duarte (Lee Ritenour), horn players Jimmy Roberts (Rod Stewart), Chris Mostert (the Eagles) and Mitch Manker (Ray Charles), bassists Phil Chen (Rod Stewart) and Andrew Ford (Whitney Houston), and guitarists Linda Taylor (Tracy Chapman), Joe Calderon (Billy Childs), Bruce Watson (Christina Aguilera), and fretless guitar virtuoso, Ned Evett.  The first single from the album is a cover of the George Gershwin classic, "Summertime," in honor of the 75 anniversary of Gershwin's passing. "Gershwin's music was about deep, beautiful melodies built on a foundation of adult chords," noted Roth. "His music combined a mixture of tension and dissonance with memorable, soulful lines that speak a special language that everyone can feel, now and forever." "Summertime" was most-added in it's first three week's of release and a Top 40 single at Billboard Smooth Jazz stations.  Ed Roth’s debut album is rounded out with horn arrangements by six-time Emmy winner Peter Fish, engineering by Grammy winner Ryan Hewitt, and is co-produced by Roth and Warrior Records’ President, Jim Ervin.  Notes courtesy of Warrior Records
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Sought after keyboardist, producer, arranger and musical director Ed Roth, returns with the release of his second solo album romp, “Mad Beatnik!” The 11-song release is a follow up to his critically acclaimed debut self-titled album, which boasted three singles, including Roth’s innovative 75th anniversary cover of the George Gershwin classic, "Summertime" (most-added in it's first three week's of release and a Top 40 single at Billboard Smooth AC stations).  "Mad Beatnik is a truly organic album," notes Roth. "There is no programming, no midi, no sequencing, no beat detective, no auto tune. Every keyboard instrument is real -- acoustic pianos, electric pianos, clavinets, or analog keyboards, and you feel that. All real instruments, drums, sax, trumpet, percussion, guitar, trombone, and electric bass or keyboard bass...and you certainly feel that too." The new album features a who’s who of musicians, including 3-time Grammy winner Tom Scott on sax, as well Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy winning drummer Chad Smith. Also lending their talents are Rock Deadrick on percussion (Ziggy Marley); Mitch Manker on trumpet and horns (Ray Charles), bassists James Manning (Chaka Khan and Billy Preston) and Andrew Ford (Whitney Houston), guitarists Linda Taylor (Tracy Chapman) and Joe Calderon (Billy Childs), and Tony Grant (Az Yet) with featured vocals. The album is engineered by Grammy winner Ryan Hewitt, mastered by Eric Boulanger, and co-produced by Roth and Warrior Records’ President, Jim Ervin.  “I feel fortunate to have so many longtime friends lift up my album with their talents, great playing, and technical expertise,” said Ed. “I've worked for so many years with all of them that they can instinctively feel what I am trying to achieve.” Growing up in a home where only Brazilian and classical music were allowed, the Washington D.C. native built his initial love for R&B music by staying up late listening to Howard University’s radio station on headphones, after his parents went to sleep. Roth developed a commitment to the groove that comes from years of playing with the likes of Coolio, the Brothers Johnson, and Mya. As Sophie B. Hawkins Music Director, Roth developed a deeper love of melodies and great songs, while performing the excitement of rock music with artists including Glenn Hughes, Ronnie Montrose, Rob Halford, and Chris Impellitterri allowed him to expand his horizons as a player. “You have to follow your musical mistakes sometimes,” said Ed. “They can lead you down a fresh path, which will push the envelope of what you know and help expand your creativity.” Playing acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond B3 organ, Roth creates musical stories that last. His soulful, lyrical melodies sit atop organic grooves, boasting the warmth of vintage 70’s music, but updated for a new era. Roth, an L.A. based arranger and session keyboard player, has recorded with a diverse range of artists; from Sophie B. Hawkins to Coolio to Rob Halford to the Avett Brothers. He is a featured member of both the Bombastic Meatbats featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (Top 10 iTunes Jazz and Top 25 Billboard Jazz charts), and CTA with former Chicago founder/drummer Danny Seraphine. Roth also co-produced Kristine W’s #1 iTunes jazz single, “What I Like About You”, as well CTA’s single, “Strike.”  “Music needs to make the world a more beautiful place, but sometimes it’s gotta have some fire to it as well,” says Roth. Nicknamed “the Wrench” by his friend Chad Smith for his strong personality and abilities to fix any musical situation, Roth holds nothing back with his music. “Because there are no lyrics to hold on to, the melody has to be twice as strong,” says Roth. It’s clear that Ed Roth’s songs emote lasting melodies and solos that speak to the listener like a short story and “Mad Beatnik” is the perfect example. “This is an album meant to be heard, indulged in headphones, blasted while rolling down the freeway, and vibed to in the wee hours of the wolf,” relates Roth. “I took my time writing the songs …I hope they reach you.”
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Artist Disc..Live Meat and Potatoes - Chad Smith's Bombastic MeatbatsMore Meat - Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats Meet the Meatbats - Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats Sacred Ground - California Transit Authority Full Circle - California Transit Authority  Make it Til November - Jon Conover  Straight Up with a Twist - Kristine W Mad Beatnik - Ed Roth with Tom Scott
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ED ROTH  Keyboardist Ed Roth’s feel, spirit, and touch have made him a top choice of renowned artists, producers, and musicians worldwide. Utilizing acoustic and vintage keyboard instruments, Roth creates memorable, soulful, melodies that sing, as well as adding deep, organic grooves with his playing.         The L.A. based arranger, keyboardist, musical director, and producer has played and/or recorded with a very diverse range of artists, including Grammy winners:  Annie Lennox, the Brothers Johnson, Mya, Rob Halford, the Avett Brothers, Coolio, and Tom Morello.  Other artists Roth has played and/or recorded with include Shuggie Oits, Angus and Julia Stone, Suor Cristina, Ronnie Montrose,  Glenn Hughes, Jimmy Barnes, Flogging Molly, Maia Sharp, and the Divas of Disco featuring Thelma Houston, Cece Penniston and a taste of Honey.     Even with his mastery behind the scenes, Roth shines the most as a solo artist.  His new single romp, "Mad Beatnik," just released on Warrior Records, features 3-time Grammy winning saxophonist Tom Scott, as well as Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Grammy winning drummer, Chad Smith.  Roth’s sophomore album of the same name (“Mad Beatnik”) will be in stores on April 1, 2016.   "This is a truly organic album," notes Roth. "There is no programming, no midi, no sequencing, no beat detective, no auto tune. Every keyboard instrument is real -- acoustic pianos, electric pianos, clavinets, or analog keyboards, and you feel that. All real instruments, drums, sax, trumpet, percussion, guitar, trombone, and electric bass or keyboard bass...and you certainly feel that too."    Prior to “Mad Beatnik,” Ed’s debut album, a self-titled funky instrumental collection, spent 8 weeks on the Billboard Top 40 Smooth Jazz charts. “Music needs to make the world a more beautiful place, but sometimes it’s gotta have some fire to it as well,” says Roth.  It’s been said that his instrumental music emotes lasting melodies and solos that speak to the listener like a short story.  Ed Roth is also a featured member of the Bombastic Meatbats, led by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (two Top 10 iTunes Jazz and Top 25 Billboard charting albums), and CTA with Chicago founder/drummer Danny Seraphine and 2-time Grammy winner Bill Champlin.  Roth co-wrote and recorded with Arun Shenoy on his 2013 album, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album, and co-produced Kristine W’s #1 iTunes jazz single, “What I like About You.”    Another career highlight for Roth has been his tenure as the longest running member of the house band for L.A. top rock station, KLOS.  In that band, Roth has played with such rock legends as Paul Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, John Waite, Joe Perry, Keith Emerson, and Eddie Money.    As a longtime session player, Ed Roth has numerous soundtrack, video game, and commercial credits including Touchstone Pictures, BET, Sony Pictures, Hanna-Barbera, Disney, Guitar Hero 3, History Channel, Honda, Tropicana, Kenwood, Roland, QSC, and JBL.   East Coast raised and of Brazilian heritage, Roth grew up in a home where only Brazilian and classical music were allowed. He built his love for R&B staying up late listening to Howard University's radio station WHUR on headphones, after his parents went to sleep.  This exposure set up his lifelong commitment to ‘the groove’. Roth regularly contributes as music director for the Southern California based charity, Safety Harbor Kids, which works to enrich the lives of orphans, foster and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career, and the Arts.
Ed Roth plays Roland keyboards through QSC powered speakers, with Line 6 effects, Dunlop wah wahs, Royer microphones, EX Pro cables, Starkey in-ear monitors, SKB cases, and apparel by Sick Boy Motorcyles.
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"Ed's got the style, Ed's got the grace. He's got funky clav, rhodes and B3 up in your face. This man can do it all... with love and soul...My friend always take the music to a higher place."  Chad Smith - Drummer, 5 time Grammy Winner, Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Ed is a super talented keyboard player who can play any style of music and is full of soul and personality... I love playing music with him live or in the studio"  Kenny Aronoff  Session drummer -- John Mellonkamp, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Avri Lavigne..
Ed has the kind of ears that not only come up with great stuff for him to play but somehow connect it with all the other guys' stuff. He's always cognizant of dynamics and keeps himself and everyone else honest. A great musician who accomplishes everything with that rare quality: Finesse. Plus, he's a great guy to hang with on breaks. Oh,,,,,, and his chops??????   Forget it!!!!  Bill Champlin  Grammy winning songwriter/artist   Sons of Champlin, Chicago  Ed Roth has been an essential component of several of my film scores.  His instinkts, and facilities, both on his instrument and from his lust for the right gear make him invaluable. There is nothing like Ed Roth because he is the real thing.  John Swihart Napoleon Dynamite, The Perfect Host,  How I Met Your Mother  I have managed for 17 years and the best man I have worked with is Ed.  He is a true keeper as a musician  and co-worker.  When you need him he is there in a pinch, and when there is trouble he is very level headed and loyal.  He is a great player and musician and I can't tell you how much I depend on him for my clients as well as now with the Room 105, the musical I am directing on janis Joplin.  Ed always comes through!  Gigi Gaston manager, writer and director
"Ed is a consummate professional that not only has the chops to cover anything I throw at him, but the experienced ears to capture fantastic tones that compliment the recording. Ed is fast, efficient, friendly and easy to work with and he has saved the day more than once for me. I will most certainly be working with him again!" Steve Ouimette - (Guitar Hero, Rock Revolution, composer/artist/producer)
"Your fantastic keyboards are highlighting five of the eleven songs. They really do add something special... I'm really impressed with the sound of the Hammond especially."  Charlie Betts -- recording artist/internet customer
"Hi Ed, Thanks for all the effort. I just loaded the tracks into my protools session, they sound absolutely fantastic. Cheers!" Andrew Layfield -- recording artist/internet customer
"Ed Roth is both proficient and prolific in the studio. The ideas run like a river and the experience is always both professional and fun. Whenever I need keys whether it be Rock, Jazz, Funk, Latin the first call always goes to Ed, he has the gear, the ears and the vibe. Enough said!" Roy Z - Producer/Writer Judas Priest, Sebastian Bach, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford
"Ed is a great musician with the chops, intuition, and sensitivity to add authenticity to any project. I would use him without hesitation." Martin Davich - composer, 2 time Emmy Winner, E.R.,Third Watch, Beverly Hills 90210, Trinity
"Ed Roth has an incredible combination of chops and soul that can add dimension to a song without necessarily calling attention to the parts. That said, he'll also tear your head off with some of the funkiest playing you'll ever hear!"  Ryan Hewitt  Rick Rubin,Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink 182,Erykah Badu
"Ed Roth puts the fun in funky. His pocket is so deep that you can't find any loose change. A true master of groove, your track will holla if you pay him the dolla - your sound will be phat if you hire this cat! Seriously, Ed Roth is the best there is."  Peter Fish - 6 time Emmy Award Winner/Writer/Producer/keyboard player Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow
"One of the best keyboard players in the world" Coolio - Grammy Award Winning Artist
"I feel very blessed to have met Ed Roth. He not only a great player, you can communicate your ideas to him and he impliments them . This is a rare gift to be able to understand another persons musical vision instinctively. We have traveled all over the world together. He makes me laugh at rehearsals but can also bring me close to tears when he plays.. Ed is a talented gem." Kristine W Recording Artist, 16 #1 Billboard Dance Hits
"Ed possesses the enviable ability to attack any style of music be it funk, rock, jazz, pop, latin, blues, etc. and make it seem as if he had been raised on that particular brand alone. He has always connected with any musical combination I've thrown at him which is why I'm still working with him after 17 years."  Marc Bonilla - Emmy nominated guitarist/producer/film and tv composer
"Eduardo ( Ed ) Roth; Musicianship is one thing; Personality is another, Eduardo has both!. Very easy to work with. He's a pleasure to be around, and a genius in contributing to any musical situation!!!" George Johnson   "The Brothers Johnson" Grammy winner
"Ed is truly the jack of all trades and the master of them as well. There isn’t a style, texture or groove that he can’t play and play well. Rock, Jazz, smooth jazz, funk, old school, hip hop and jazz/rock.." Danny Seraphine - Multiple Grammy winner,original drummer and founding member of the group Chicago, CTA (California Transit Authority)
"Ed is not only my first call, he is my only call. I've used him on recording sessions for albums as well as many TV & FIlm projects. He has a great ear & a fantastic collection of great vintage instruments." Mike Baiardi - Music Producer/ Composer
"I have been in the music business all of my life and have been fortunate to have worked with some of the most talented musicians in the world. Ed Roth is indeed one of these. His passion and love for music always brings new life to a song and makes one thing very clear: Ed Roth was put on this earth to enchant our ears and make producers lives a lot easier through his talent on the keys."  Josh Tone - producer/songwriter/engineer Credits: Santana, Green Day, Chris Isaak