Ethan Margolis the guitarist and vocalist of the Los Angeles-based Sir Sultry Quintet have fused elements of flamenco and jazz into their first full length album entitled “Soleángeles.” The album was recorded in both Los Angeles and Seville, Spain and will be released on July 15, 2014. Sir Sultry was a featured music pick in the LA Weekly which also raved about their live shows. Margolis takes his role as bandleader and composer, as a responsibility to work towards bridging the two musical cultures in a modern, cohesive fashion that never ceases to excite listeners.
After having lived 11 years in southern Spain performing with Gypsy artists and having lead sold-out international tours, the 36 year-old Margolis arrived in Los Angeles with a mission to further bridge the musical cultures of Spain and American Jazz and Blues.
“Soleángeles” is Margolis’s first album to be officially released with this purpose and is truly a remarkable work where he features some of the USA’s top jazz musicians as well as the collaborations of his Gypsy Flamenco artist friends from Spain. The name, “Soleángeles” is derived from the combination of two words: Soleá (Flamenco’s mother song) and Angeles (Los Angeles).
The album blends deep Flamenco rhythms and harmony with the improvised and “open” instrumental solos typical of jazz. In the compositions, Margolis allowed for each instrument to take on personalities both within world music and American jazz and blues. He composed and arranged the music to find common ground between Spain and the USA, creating a sort of “stepping stone across the Atlantic,” as he calls it.
Some of the featured artists of “Soleángeles” include Judith Hill (The Film “20 Feet From Stardom, Michael Jackson, TV’s The Voice), Mitchel Forman (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Wayne Shorter) Hussain Jiffry (Herb Alpert, Sergio Mendes), Jimmy Branly (Pancho Sanchez, Chucho Valdez), Katisse Buckingham (Herbie Hancock, Pancho Sanchez, Dr. Dre), Juan Bacán (Flamenco’s Pinini singing dynasty) and Ramón Porrina (Buika, Tomatito)
“Soleángeles” will be released digitally by BFM distribution based out of Los Angeles, California. The Sir Sultry Quintet will perform at the Baked Potato Jazz Club in Studio City as well as Alva’s Showroom on July 26, 2014 in San Pedro to support the release of the album.
Tour Dates Include:
07/26 – Alvas Showroom, Los Angeles, CA (Sir Sultry)
08/01 – The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA. (Ethan Margolis’s World Blues)