New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
If you had to sum up Terrence Wintersmith's musical career in one singular word, it would be an easy thing to do: diversity. Over a career spanning forty years, Wintersmith has performed and recorded with such eclectic artists as eighties pop diva Laura
Branigan, surf music pioneer Dan Hamilton, country legends Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph, and jazz musicians Chester Thompson, and Jeff Coffin to mention a few. His musical roots run deep in the foothills of southeastern Oklahoma where Wintersmith played back road honky tonks on Saturday nights, and then sang southern gospel music at little churches around the area on Sunday mornings. In 1978, Wintersmith recorded his first album, a collection of original ballads entitled Love Music. The album was produced by Grammy award winning engineer/producer, Phil York. Several members of the Dallas symphony performed on the album as well. In the summer of 1979 Wintersmith relocated to the west coast and immediately landed a job with Chrysalis Records. Chrysalis was the hot label in town in the early eighties. Their roster included, Jethro Tull, Blondie, Pat Benatar and the Babys. The following year, Wintersmith purchased John Fayhey's Takoma Studios which was located across town in Santa
Monica, California. Wintersmith began recording artists such as Bonnie Rait, Maria
Muldair, Taj Mahal, to mention a few.
In the mid-eighties, Wintersmith returned to the stage performing alongside of his dear friend, Danny
Hamilton in the Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds Show. Their hits included "Don't Pull Your Love" and "Fallin' in Love." 1n 1984, Wintersmith and Hamilton joined Laura
Branigan's Self Control tour as her support vocalists.
In 1994 Wintersmith began to direct his talents toward the world of jazz, and with his wife by his side founded the jazz vocal group, TRIAD. Along with fellow band member, Frederic Boyle they began playing jazz festivals across the country. Consequently, they were signed to a Nashville based jazz label, Artifex Records. Their 1985 release, Terry's Tavern was a critical success. While touring to support the album they were invited to perform onboard the famous ocean liner, the Queen
Mary, which was permanently docked in Long Beach, California. They were a huge hit with southern California jazz aficionados and they became the house band performing nightly in the Queen
Mary's Observation Lounge. In 1997, Triad
decided to go their separate ways. Wintersmith and his wife, Patricia
decided to stay in Nashville. Wintersmith was offered the position of label manager for Artifex and accepted. During his tenure, he signed jazz saxophonist, Jeff Coffin, among several others. Wintersmith also produced the Third Coast Jazz Ensemble, which featured many of Nashville's top studio musicians playing their original smooth jazz compositions.
In 2012, Wintersmith began composing and producing kindie rock music which was gaining in popularity with young moms and their kids. Wintersmith set all of his kindie tunes to animation. He began to work with his three young daughters, and the following year, they became known in kindie rock circles as the Treetop Sisters. In December the following year, The Treetop Sisters released an original holiday song written and produced by Wintersmith and performed by the Treetop Sisters. Nicki and the Crew was a huge success, making its way onto the holiday radio charts.
So what is Terrence Wintersmith doing these days? He is releasing a six-song EP called A Walk In The Woods. There are twenty musicians playing on this collection of original jazz and world music. Wintersmith wrote and produced all the tracks. It includes guest performances by legendary drummer Chester Thompson, Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo, who tours with Michael Bublé, as well as his old friend Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for the Dave Matthews
Band and the Jeff Coffin Mutet. Wintersmith's friend, and former Head of A&R for Warner Records, Michael James
mixed the songs at his northern California studio. He has an outstanding talent for bringing out exceptional performances sonically, and they really enjoy working together. Wintersmith could not be more excited about getting his latest music out to the global community.
"Terrence Wintersmith is not afraid of beauty. He possesses a Jedi-like ability to use The Force with restraint, arranging his tunes to provide support to his beautiful melodies only when they need it, and let them shine majestically when they don't. Terry's music doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not, so he doesn't go out of his way to try to be cool—he just is cool. That, like his music, is a beautiful thing."
- Michael James, producer/mixer (New Radicals, Hole, L7, Robben Ford, Edwin McCain)
There are eighteen musicians featured on this debut collection of original jazz compositions by veteran musician Terrence Wintersmith. It includes guest performances by legendary jazz drummer Chester Thompson, Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo (Michael Bublé), and Dave Matthews
Band saxophone player, Jeff Coffin.
TRACKS AND TIMES:
1. A Walk In The Woods (3:29)
2. Ridgetop (4:05)
3. I'm Always Dreaming (4:06)
4. Jumping And Jiving (3:26)
5. A Vida Que Eu Sonhei (3:31)
6. Amalfi (3:13)
PLAYERS AND INSTRUMENTS:
Terrence Wintersmith -Keyboards, Vocals
Carina Bruwer - Flute
Gergö Bille - Trumpet
Charles Tidwell - Flügelhorn
Chris White - Saxophone
Jeff Coffin - Saxophone
Zakhar Valaha - Violin
Marcel Camargo - Guitar
Fred Bogert - Guitar
Bruno Elizabetsky - Guitar
Frederick Boyle - Piano
Eivind Opsvik - Bass
Chester Thompson -Drums
Chuck Sabo - Drums
Brian Griffin - Drums
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Tom Roady - Percussion
E. Greene - Vocals
Jeza - Vocals
Lee - Vocals
All songs written & produced by Terrence Wintersmith
Artist: Terrence Wintersmith
CD Title: A Walk In The Woods
Label: Addictive 2 Music
Street Date: October 15, 2019