I’m trying to give contemporary jazz the hook I feel has been missing much of the time and raise it all to a new level of intensity. Then surround it with full and rich production values.
Carl England, a native of Los Angeles who grew up in Portland, began playing piano at age eight but it wasn’t until he was 15 that the instrument grabbed his imagination. “One day, after a very long hiatus, I completely rediscovered the beauty of the piano,” he recalls. “It filled a very big space in my soul. I knew I had found something special.”
In high school, England was called the “Music Man” by his classmates and quickly garnered a reputation for his ability to play whatever he heard. To further explore his talents, he studied at the Mount Hood College-School of Music, located in what he calls “the jazz capital of the Northwest.” It was here that he began his career as a local and regional performer and concert pianist.
Carl England is now settled back in Portland and ready to make his name as a distinctive contemporary composer and pianist. Armed with a blistering five piece live group and possessing abundant talent, enthusiasm and confidence, it seems clear that his goals will be realized.
Twenty years in CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio), seldom does a piece of music grab me. Carl England's music does. Feeling, emotion, spirit, with that critical element we look for in commercial radio...."The Hook". The music communicates, lyrics would only take away from it. The count down is on, this guys taking off!
Making and listening to music are two of the great joys of life. Those facts are evident in the enjoyment one gets from listening to the music Carl England makes.
Judging by his demo tape "Debut," Carl England is a talented composer and instrumentalist of the funk-fusion-New Age generation, well worth giving a listen. In a market that's fairly saturated right now, he's done the near impossible - come up with his own keyboard sound, a bright, almost honky tonk piano that cuts through and gives his music a real lift.