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Solerovescent - a new CD by Tom Wolfe released on Summit Records. Featuring

Solerovescent.... "... or having the intangible quality of 'magnetism' for no obvious reason, brings acclaimed guitarist Tom Wolfe together with an incredible group of musicians on a tightly woven, extremely tasty and accessible jazz recording."

A Brief History...

In 2006, I made my first trip to Havana, Cuba as part of a delegation from the University of Alabama's College of Arts & Sciences. It was during this trip that I was told that I needed to meet a particular person, because she had 'solero.' "What is solero?", I asked. It is "je ne sais quoi," that intangible magnetism that some people have for no explicable reason.

Later, in 2008, I began working on a production of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice with Prof. Seth Panitch, faculty member of the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Alabama. Prof. Panitch was directing the first American-based Shakespearean play in Havana, Cuba since the revolution. The theatre group featured Cuban actors/students and University of Alabama students. I composed and performed the music for the production.

The main theme was written for the primary character, Portia. She was beautiful, with a sweet soul. Everyone came from all over the world to court her. She had 'solero,' that intangible quality that attracted people to her. It seemed apropos to name the song, "Solerovescent." The original version was written and performed on classical guitar.  The staging was small and intimate, and the acoustic guitar fit nicely in the production. Here is a link to the original recording for rehearsals I made when we were first working on the production: Solerovescent Classical Guitar.

After the production ended, I found myself returning to this song occasionally to play it and muse over the melody and harmonic progression.  I found it to be a simple, yet beautiful character that invariably attracted me to play it time and time again. As I continued to return to the song, I began to re-work it as a jazz composition, in the loose stylings of a waltz.

In November, 2012, I was fortunate enough to bring together some incredible musicians and record the CD.  Consisting mostly of original compositions, I also included two jazz standards that I am very fond of.  Summit Records picked up the CD and we began preparing the graphics and layout of the package.

At that time, I contacted my Cuban friends to confirm the spelling of solero as I wanted to make it the title cut.  I quickly found out that after all of the years of using this term, it didn't exist in the Cuban vocabulary! I also checked with my colleagues at UA who had experience in Cuba and they didn't know the term either.

I had used Solerovescent so long in relation to the song and its significance, that the word couldn't be changed.  It had taken on that meaning in my own mind, in my music and in the way I view things in my life.

So I hope you the listener, will also hear the Solerovescence in the music and enjoy the CD as much as I have enjoyed recording it for you!  Below you'll find a few sound bites to whet your whistle! All the best...

tom

Solerovescent

Midnight Sushi

One With One

TrueFire.com

This is my new educational video that explores the performance styles of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Herb Ellis and other fabulous guitarists from the '60's.  Enjoy!!!

50 Licks by Tom Wolfe

Alcestis Ascending

I composed and performed the music for the production of a new theatrical work by Seth Panitch - Alcestis Ascending.  The production will ru\an in Tuscaloosa, NYC (Off-Broadway) and finally, Havana, Cuba.  Attached is a link to some rehearsals with some of the music in the tracks.  Enjoy!!!

Alcestis Ascending

Another fun item!

Over the years i have written a lot of jingles and music beds.  Below is a link to a Christmas ad for Chico's featuring Diane Keaton.  They used my music for the ad - enjoy!

Chico's - Tom Wolfe music bed

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In January, 2012 I performed with Chris Kozak (bass) and Danny Gottlieb (drums) at Muriel Anderson's All-Star Guitar Night at the NAMM Convention in Annaheim, CA.  We played one of my compositions, "Go With The Flow." 

Winter 2012 All-Star Guitar Night Video

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