SIGNORINO TJ: Naturally Stonedshort: Naturally Stoned - written, arranged, produced and performed by Signorino TJ - is a collection of songs from the unreleased 1999/2000 solo-album by this swiss artist. tracks 01-06 feature guest performances by Graham Harvey (Incognito), Fab Kuratli, Wolf Zwiauer, Gesa Geiser, Mark Egan, Danny Gottlieb, Jon Otis, Christian Lohr, Till GrÃ¼newald, Tom Fox... the original sessions included 18 original songs.
CD liner notes:
this CD contains a selection of recovered rough-mixes from the 1999/2000 album "naturally stoned" which has been unreleased up to this date. Signorino TJ spent half a year entrenched in the famous Powerplay Recording Studios near Zurich, Switzerland with the idea of making an analog sounding record. after a few days the studio looked like a true retro playground with several Studer Tape Machines, three Moog synthesizers, a Hammond B-3 Organ, a Melotrone, a Clavinet, two Rhodes, a Wurlizer, a Waldorf Wave, a Synsnare, a Gibson J-200, a Fender Jazzmaster '63, tons of other stringed instruments and lots more spread across the recording room. and inbetween stood a slim boy with heavily oversized slippers and a grin on his face.
the original sessions included 18 different songs by this swiss artist and featured guest performances by Graham Harvey (keys), Gesa Geiser (tp, flh, tb), Fabian Kuratli (dr), Wolf Zwiauer (b), Mark Egan (b), Danny Gottlieb (dr), Till GrÃ¼newald (ts, ss, as), Jon Otis (perc), Christian Lohr (keys), Hendrix Ackle (keys), Reggie Johnson (b), Daniel KÃ¼ffer (ts), Stefania Verita (viola), Martin Tillmann (cello), Simon B (dr), Philipp Henzi (p), Axel Fischbacher (g) and others. tracks 01, 07 & 08 are special one-man band performances by Signorino TJ originally produced as a demo. while staying in zurich for half a year to do these recordings, several live sessions took place in the studio and around town. the bonus track features one of these jams with Vince Abt (p) Lenz Beyeler (b) & Ben Loosli (dr) recorded on a night off.
as we know life doesn't always follow a straight line, and unfortunately this album has never been finished nor been properly mixed and ended up collecting dust on a shelf. maybe songs like "Whisky Cola", "Fresh Water" or "Too Much Talkin" will stay unheard forever. maybe one day someone
will go through all the trouble of trying to relocate and sync these tapes and finish the album. and maybe this project was just meant to be a script, a fading page in the musical diary of an artist's youth.
Sal O'Day / January 2005
born in Berne, Switzerland maybe 20 years ago. coloring the keys of his piano at age 7 was the start of an everlasting passion. today Signorino TJ is among the most prolific artists emerging from Switzerland. he wrote and produced music for both major & independent labels and artist (Tom Fox, Alice Day, Michael Von Der Heide, Capitol, etc). the name TJ was given by early mentor Ronny Jordan (UK) from Guru's Jazzmattazz project.
performed in Europe, the US & Asia. credits include Montreux Jazzfestival, Expo2000 in Hannover and numerous locations in Berne, Zurich, Basle, Paris, London, Bangkok, Boston, a.o.
"TJ's music fires on all cylinders and comes at you from the most unexpected angles" says Bluey Maunick (Incognito)
"TJ is a young and very complete musician" says Wil Calhoun (Living Color)
"TJ is a young musician with lots of love for music. One day he will thrill people all over the world with his music." Mr. Illinois Jacquet (tenor legend)
Check out the artist's website:
1. Singing A Song
3. Naturally Stoned
5. Butterfly Me
6. Pinch Me
9. SuperSimpleSexySomething (Instr)
10. Naturally Stoned (Instr)
11. OneManBoyBand (Instr)
12. Butterfly Me (Instr)
13. Pinch Me (Instr)
14. Why Are You So Beautiful? (Instr)
15. Bonus Track: Talking Jazz (live)