San Diego, CA - October 30, 2009 - Saltman Knowles, called a fine example of all that is good in contemporary jazz," once again stays true to melody and original composition in their latest release on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, Yesterday's Man. On the heels of their critically acclaimed fifth CD, Return of the Composer, bassist Mark Saltman and pianist William Knowles have produced a sophisticated yet rhythmically driven statement with a fresh point of view that illustrates the importance of combining intricate song craft with introspective emotion. Lori Williams-Chisholm returns to provide what JazzTimes calls her exquisite wordless vocals" encased in a sultry, smooth sound.
But what makes this release most uniquely distinctive is Victor Provost's soprano steel pan instrumentation laced throughout the compositions, combining elements of the traditional music of Trinidad with the hard-hitting contemporary jazz swing. This amazing combination of jazz and world music textures is thematic, telling a broader story of the beauty of past traditions blending with a conscious, acoustic future. As Saltman Knowles describes, Yesterday's man dressed well, and was articulate, well-educated, and less medicated. He had sophisticated tastes, integrity, and a much longer attention span, and most of all he listened to good melodic music. Even yesterday's gangsters pulled their pants up, and took your money--not your life. Yesterday's man possessed a lot of qualities that the man of today should be striving for and some of those qualities are on this recording."
We're excited to have the opportunity to represent Saltman Knowles once again after the success of the last CD," says Donna Nichols, founder and president of Pacific Coast Jazz. This new disc blends the tradition of jazz, world and contemporary sounds while maintaining a high compositional level of musicianship." Nichols' label has teamed up with SV Media Relations for publicity and radio promoter Neal Sapper of New World 'N Jazz for access to international media buying and radio promotion. Pacific Coast Jazz, founded in 2003, is an independent jazz label that also offers artist management services. All PCJ artists are distributed worldwide by MVD Audio/Big Daddy Music.