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Though hes primarily known as a trumpeter and composer for Snarky Puppy, Grammy-winner Mike Maz Maher is also lead vocalist for his own soulful jazz collective, Maz, which includes members of Snarky Puppy such as Michael League, Bob Lanzetti, Justin Stanton and Robert Sput Searight, among others.

Maz has also worked with artists including Diane Birch and the Gregory Brothers. Idealist is Mazs debut album for GroundUP/VLG.

My goal for this album was quite simple: to write great songs. Since the release of my first EP in 2012, Ive become increasingly enamored with the great singer songwriters of the last century. Writing a great song is no easy task! The discipline is a very fragile combination of technique and inspiration. Over the last four years I spent a lot of time studying the songs of my heroes, practicing writing lyrics, and experimenting with song forms. I wrote lyrics on planes, in cafes and hotel lobbies, in the library, in my bed room, in the park, on the subway. The lyrics to Dream Away were written at Katzs deli in the Lower East Side. I sat in a quiet section of the deli with nobody near me for all of the afternoon and into the early evening. One pastrami sandwich from Katzs is two full meals if you cut it in half. Orange flavored Crush sodas can provide essential bursts of creative energy. Katzs did the trick!

In the end these songs are good reflections of the things I think about. Theyre personal. I dont mind including my sociopolitical point of view in my songs. In fact, those topics inspire me to write. So theyre in there (Bombs Into Wine, Replica, These Words). The overwhelming beauty of nature and the universe made it in there too (Dying Star, The Rain in June).

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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ground Up
  • ASIN: B01K7NC7HI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,112 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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