People ask me all the time if there is a particular Jazz album for a specific occasion or “What’s a good album to sit back and just chill to”? I make a ton of recommendations because there is a lot of Jazz out there. One album that really stands out to me is “Fishing for Compliments” a blend of Cool, Swing and Smooth Jazz all rolled up into one hell of an album created by tenor sax phenom Scott Kreitzer. Kreitzer is accompanied on this album by one of the best rhythm sections in the business today, including: Kenny Washington, David Finck, Andy Ezrin and Kreitzor’s mentor, Ira Sullivan. Each artist in this combination, compliment each other throughout the entire album the way only true Jazz masters can. This compilation is flavored with all of the various influences throughout Scott’s Career such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, and Ira Sullivan.
Just a little about the man behind this album, a current New York City Resident, Scott is originally from South Florida and started his musical journey on the clarinet when he was twelve years old. At the age of fifteen, Scott was introduced to the tenor sax and Jazz legend Ira Sullivan, who later became his mentor. When Scott turned nineteen he ventured off to New York City where he was able to study with Joe Lovano, Eddie Daniels, and Bob Mintzer, while he was still able to continue his education at William Paterson College.
“Fishing for Compliments” is on of those albums that can be played on any occasion for any type of mood. Whether your throwing an exclusive dinner party or you need to come down after a stressful day, this album is the perfect answer for any situation. Have a listen, swing and enjoy!