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When Chaz's sultry sax melds with Sanjaya's silky vocals, the results sizzle. Scintillating takes on jazz standards.
When Chaz's sultry sax melds with Sanjaya's silky vocals, the results sizzle. Scintillating takes on jazz standards.
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The Chaz Lipp Groove Tripp has recorded an album of energetic, impassioned takes on timeless jazz standards. Led by saxophonist Chaz Lipp (that's me!) and featuring vocals by Sanjaya Malakar (of American Idol fame), the heavy-lifting is all but completed. The album, Good Merlin, is recorded and samples can be heard in the video above.

There's expensive work yet to be done (mastering, printing and pressing) and that's why I'm turning to you for assistance in bringing this music to the public.

In late 2014, Sanjaya accepted my invite to perform at a benefit show for a non-profit organization. The band sounded so good, with Sanjaya proving to be an expert interpreter of Great American Songbook standards, that I booked additional gigs... and a recording session at Fastback Studio in Seattle. My sax lines intertwine with Sanjaya's vocals for this one-of-a-kind project.

Photo: Max Wang
Photo: Max Wang

The personnel for the recording session:

  • Chaz Lipp - alto saxophone 
  • Sanjaya Malakar - vocals
  • Charlie Hiestand - piano
  • Trevor Pelletier - upright bass
  • Chris Patin - drums
  • Gary Lanz - producer
As with many independently-produced endeavors, when available funds dry up the whole project quickly grinds to a halt. That's where you come in. If we meet the full funding goal, we'll knock out of the rest of Good Merlin in no time! Your contribution to this campaign is, in essence, a pre-order that will make you among the first to receive the completed album.


But again, that's ONLY if we reach the full funding goal. I've included some extras that will hopefully inspire you to dig as deeply into your pocket as possible, but ALL contributions are greatly appreciated and every one includes a reward! All backers will have exclusive access to updates as the campaign progresses.

Estimated Remaining Budget Breakdown: 
  • Mastering: $1,000
  • Printing/Pressing CDs: $1,000
** IF WE MANAGE TO EXCEED THE FUNDING GOAL: Well, that would allow me to carry less DEBT related to this album! In order to keep the goal reasonable and attainable, costs for album art and song licensing were not factored in (hey, that's what credit cards are for). So if we hit the goal, anything above and beyond is STILL a major assist in completing this album! 

The above-listed musicians are the ones you're hearing in the album samples in the video. Most of the photos (including the main campaign photo) were taken by Max Wang at the aforementioned benefit gig at Seattle's Musicquarium Lounge. Thanks again for your time and consideration!

 

Risks and challenges

Once the necessary funding is in place, there are no risks to completing the project. The music is all recorded and rough mixes have been made. Outside of some kind of force majeure, there is no foreseeable obstacle to fulfilling all backer rewards in a timely manner.

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    A digital download of the entire "Good Merlin" album.

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    A physical CD of the "Good Merlin" album, plus a digital download of the album.

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    An exclusive, backer-only video reel (DVD-R) of Chaz and Sanjaya live performances. Over 30 minutes of gritty, vérité-style footage!

    Alternate instrumental mixes of four album tracks (digital download).

    Plus ALL of the above ("Good Merlin" CD, digital album download).

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    Your name (or alias) listed in the "Special Thanks" section of CD liner notes.

    Exclusive, backer-only 'digital booklet' - expanded liner notes and photos about the "Good Merlin" album.

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    An exclusive, backer-only BONUS track - a very different alternate take of one of the album tracks (digital download).

    Chaz Lipp Groove Tripp t-shirt (L or XL).

    Original poster from the concert with Sanjaya that inspired the album (11x17).

    Your name (or alias) listed in the "Special Thanks" section of CD liner notes.

    Plus ALL of the above ("Good Merlin" CD, digital album download, 'digital booklet,' instrumental mixes, Chaz/Sanjaya "live jam" DVD-R).

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