Shigeto, Versions Review
Shigeto (Zachary Saginaw) is a drummer, composer, and producer. Shigeto is the name Saginaw records under, but it is also his middle name and his grandfather’s name, which is a tribute to the Japanese branch of Saginaw’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow”—appropriate, given Saginaw’s premature birth weight of less than a pound. He has created an intensely creative sound and solo performance setting that incorporates live drumming into his electronic compositions. He learned how to play drums while attending high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With instruction from Vincent York, he learned about the vibrant improvisation and deep rhythms of jazz. Shigeto spent three years studying jazz at the New School in NYC and three more in London, where he began woodshedding, obsessed with learning electronic production. Combine that jazz influence with his natural musical intuition, and you have a unique sound forging music in the electronica genre. Shigeto’s music catalog has sounds of instrumental hip-hop, ambient music, stuttering early IDM, dubstep sub-bass, and jazz house. Shigeto is now approaching decade with Ghostly International, Shigeto is now releasing an adventurous project of live musicians coupled with electronica called, Versions. Versions is the first release featuring a live jazz ensemble presenting his music. The album features reinterpretations of tracks from the following albums Lineage (GI-148), The New Monday (GI-301), and Real Talk. Versions ensemble is frequent collaborators associated with Detroit’s jazz, ambient, hip-hop, and house scenes. The ensemble is Marcus Elliot (tenor saxophone and flute), Ian Fink (keyboards), Brennan Duncan Andes (bass), Dez Andrés (congas), and Christopher Koltay (modular synths).
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River Bank Drive
Release Date: September 20, 2019
Beautiful, animated tracks that combine jazz's visceral improvisation and interaction with the melodic and ambient moods associated with electronica.