Cliff Beach

You Showed Me The Way (California Soul Music)

The funky, soulful, swinging singer, pianist, and composer CLIFF
BEACH sounds like he could be the love child of Ella Fitzgerald and
Stevie Wonder. A prolific recording artist, he is now releasing his
newest album, YOU SHOWED ME THE WAY, a collection of jazz tunes
that show the breadth of Beach’s imagination and the many
influences that have shaped his aesthetic.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music and a vocalist with a 3+ octave
range, Beach has released one album a year for the last 10 years. His
2013 debut recording project, Who the Funk is Cliff Beach?, earned
Beach several L.A. Music Awards nominations, including Record of
the Year, Jazz Artist of the Year, and Urban Music Artist of the Year.
Alpha Magazine has said, “Cliff Beach is a one of a kind musician, with
powerful vocals and mean hands when playing the keyboard. The
writing skills he has developed are top notch. What makes him even
more unique is his soulful funky music style.”
Beach’s music reflects the many styles of music he has absorbed. He
says, “It doesn’t matter whether you play jazz, soul, gospel, country,
or pop, because all the different musical styles are really branches of
the same that has its roots deeply embedded in American soil. When
I’m composing or singing, I don’t think about a particular style, I just
think about what I’m trying say and try to make it different and
engaging.”
YOU SHOWED ME THE WAY is Beach’s first foray into a full album of
jazz standards. He dedicated the album to Ella Fitzgerald and chose
songs from her songbook, with each song coming from a different
period of her career. Beach has a commanding voice and sings with a
great deal of heart. Although the songs on YOU SHOWED ME THE WAY
have been performed countless times by artists over the years,
Beach convincingly adds his own very contemporary, appealing and
unique treatment to them that will surprise and delight aficionados
of the Ella Fitzgerald songbook.

Available 2024-03-15
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Personnel

CLIFF BEACH vocals
MUNENORI “Moon” KISHI keyboards
EVAN MACKEY music director & lead trombone
RUBÉN SALINAS baritone sax
SAM WILLIAMS tenor sax
LUIS CÁRDENA-CASILLAS trumpet
SATOSHI KIRISAWA drums
ANDY MORESI guitar
LEAH CONCIALDI baritone and alto saxes
JOE FERRUZZO trumpet
Arranged by MUNENORI “Moon” KISHI
Co-arranged & Produced by CLIFF BEACH
Engineered by Tim Hall & Mike Post
Executive Produced by Tonya Stieff
Art by ImageStricken
Photo by Sheldon Botler

Track Listing

  1. 1. That Old Black Magic
  2. 2. Round Midnight
  3. 3. Love You Madly
  4. 4. How Long Has This Been Going On
  5. 5. Alright, OK You Win
  6. 6. Honeysuckle Rose
  7. 7. How High the Moon
  8. 8. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
  9. 9. I’m Beginning to See the Light
  10. 10. It’s Alright with Me
  11. 11. You Showed Me the Way
  12. 12. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  13. 13. The Gift of the Blues

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