Chicago-born luthier Tim Seisser has been busy building beautiful basses and holding down bass lines in successful bands for years. At the start of the pandemic, Seisser decided to collaborate with two of his favorite jazz musicians and close friends, keyboardist Andrew Lawrence and drummer Jonathan Marks, and they wrote this debut solo album “It’s Just OK” out May 19th under the short form band name of TS3. Seisser called upon one of his all-time favorite bass players Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie) to produce as well as play on the record,
“I opened up for one of Lefebvre’s groups KCL (Krantz/Carlock/Lefebvre) in February of 2020,” Seisser says. “We immediately developed a great rapport, as 2 tall Tim bass players. During the shutdown of 2020, I asked Tim if he would be interested in producing my trio album. We took time to set up the studio session, but the results were well worth the wait.”
Lefebvre enjoyed the arrangement as well. “It was a joy to watch these Chicago shredders track this record,” Lefebvre says. “All of them are total masters of their instruments. Thanks to Seisser for letting me steer the ship in some alternative directions!”
Lefebvre didn’t just steer the ship. He also plays on multiple tracks on the album. Seisser was able to secure some other amazing guest stars on the searingly original and ground-breaking Neo-jazz record as well. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin (David Bowie) and harmonica master Howard Levy (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) leant their voices to certain songs, as well as Fareed Haque, esteemed jazz guitarist and founder of Garaj Mahal. The nine-track album is an expansive and dynamic jazz fusion journey complete with mind-melting 6-string bass solos, mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated Marc Nelson. “Everything about this project has exceeded my expectations and I’m extremely excited to release it into the world,” Seisser says. The group plans on touring this summer and fall in support of the album release.
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