“The first single from the new album is ‘inside,’ a rolling, cinematic composition whose main attraction is the polyrhythmic groove that morphs and changes like a weather system.” – Nate Chinen, WBGO
“I feel I have a mission and something to say,” confides pianist Greg Spero and leader of Spirit Fingers. “It requires a lot of digging and a lot of agony to get to the point where it can be said truly and honestly.” The forward-thinking and introspective pianist has been in the woodshed with his electrifying quartet Spirit Fingers, who will make their Shanachie Entertainment debut on March 16, 2018 with their explosive eponymously titled CD. “We’ve been working on this for a year and a half, and have finally captured where we are on this new recording. We’ve only scratched the surface.” The new CD promises to be one of the highlights in jazz in 2018. A riveting collection of originals, Spirit Fingers takes us on a glorious genre-bending excursion of free-wheeling groove, unbridled swing, and rhythmic fancy. Spero and company lock-in creating a thrilling soundscape and moments of beautiful telepathic interplay that make the journey more than worth- while. Spirit Fingers, formerly known as Polyrhythmic, has steadily been building a fan base and has amassed (under their original name) more than 250,000 views on YouTube. Spirit Fingers is pianist Greg Spero, Parisian bassist Hadrien Feraud (John McLaughlin, Kamasi Washington, Chick Corea), Dallas drum prodigy drummer Mike Mitchell (Stanley Clark, Christian McBride, Chrisette Michelle) and Italian guitarist Dario Chiazzolino (Dave Liebman, Buika, Taylor Eigsti).
Shanachie VP of Jazz A&R Danny Weiss, who signed Greg Spero, is a veteran jazz producer who has recorded some of the biggest names in jazz. Weiss produced guitarist Larry Coryell’s landmark album Spaces, featuring John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous and Billy Cobham. “When I started out making jazz records in the late 60s and early 70s, there was a great sense of adventure, innovation and excitement in the music. Since then, some great music has been created, but that vitality and innovation has become scarce,” states Weiss. “When I heard Greg Spero and his band I felt an excitement that I had not experienced in a long time. Not only is his virtuosity on the highest level, but the passion, the sense of adventure and innovation, and flat out groove are off the charts. Greg’s music has reminded me why I’m in this business!”
Greg Spero says, “I am excited every day to get better at composing and playing within the context of this brilliant ensemble and to reach the point where I can share it honestly with people who are interested to take this journey with me.” Recently Spero has been dividing his time between Spirit Fingers and doing sound design and keyboards for Capital electropop singer/songwriter Halsey. In 2014, Spero relocated to Los Angeles and joined singer/songwriter Halsey’s band just as she inked a deal with Capitol Records. He has been an integral part of Halsey’s sound and success. Check out this recent review in The Los Angeles Times that mentions Spero’s work in the band. Most of the music featured on Spirit Fingers evolved while Spero was on the road with Halsey. “I started this music when I would go back to the tour bus and compose every night after playing Halsey shows,” shares Spero. “The music just kept evolving every night and I drew inspiration from everything around me. We were on tour opening for The Weeknd and I love The Weeknd, so some significant influence from that music filtered into the compositions I was creating.”