Charlie Saibel music jazz Charlie Saibel – Park Bench Muse

Charlie Saibel music jazz Charlie Saibel – PARK BENCH MUSE:  I feel almost as good as Charlie does about this great release, in part because I helped push him towards making it.  As you listen to his all-original songs, you’ll find yourself experiencing pure enjoyment, especially on little rockers like “Lemon Drop“… it certainly took me back to my good old days… you know, Hot Rods & custom built engines, & Charlie really brings that spirit back on this tune.

Since Charlie lives right here in Olympia, my home base, it was easy for us to stay in touch with the project from scratch to last mix… here’s a video I took of his first public performance of the opening track on the album, “Juju Gettin’ Out”…

If you’re as big a fan of tasty and skillful organ playing as I am, you won’t be able to stop listening to Charlie playing “It’s Not About Me“… a really cool tune, because he spins his organ all the way through the 1:30 mark before he cuts in with the lyrics he penned for this great song – talk about jazzy!  This track is constantly hitting “replay” on my car player.

Many of you know it, but for those who don’t, Charlie grew up right here in the Magickland of Olywa, and he’s been playing keyboards ever since he was a wee young lad… in fact, he met the love of his life right here & even wrote a song about her… his “Gemini” speaks right on out, but she’s is lady, no doubt… again, Charlie’s lyrical skills just shine on this superb song.

For me, there was only one choice for personal favorite of the nine tunes Charlie has put together for your jazz & blues edification & enjoyment… “Park Bench Muse“, the title track, clearly demonstrates his skill at both playing and singing, but without any “hype” – this is all “natural Charlie”.  I give him a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this superb release.  Since this is a totally D.I.Y. effort, you should support indie music & buy this DIRECT FROM CHARLIE.            Rotcod Zzaj


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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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  1. Several times over the last year when I was pulling this material together I played live versions of these songs for Dick in my living room and brought preliminary tracks over to his pad to preview. So when he says he was involved in this project, that’s the gospel truth! The things he brought to me were appreciation, support, and some ‘big picture’ experience. Now Dick, I noticed some of your own rhymes in the Gemini review…I’ll take that as a compliment!!

    • Ha! Ha! Just slippin’ back into my “rap” mode, Charlie… I truly enjoyed working on this with you, & think it’s (by far) the best project I’ve ever heard you on! Looking forward to the CD release party on 20 August, 2017, at Rhythm & Rye!

  2. I was the first one to buy Charlie’s CD. I’ve known him since high school. This album is a wonderful culmination of his life and musical journey. The music is great!!! Way to go Charlie!!!

    • Thanks for the comment, Kerry! & thanks for being the first one to purchase it!

  3. I think it’s also important to share that Kerry has been a dear friend to my wife, Jill ever since they were next-door neighbors way back in high school. Because of their closeness, Kerry has mentioned sensing Jill’s spirit in several of these compositions. A visual artist herself, Kerry’s kind words mean a lot to me. Thanks, Kerry.

  4. I have been listening to this album in my car for the last week straight. The weather has been great and Charlie’s music greatly compliments the sunshine. It is just fun and makes you feel good. Great job Charlie, I am glad I was able to get a copy. Thank you.

    • Thanks for the comment, Jacob, & SO glad you’re digging Charlie’s CD!

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