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Film Noir

by Chris Forbes

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This album was kind of a miracle I think. We had scheduled the session for Friday March 13th...some would say an inauspicious day but I've always had particularly good luck on Friday the 13th. As the day arrived things were looking weirder and weirder in New York. That week, every day something more seemed to close or there was another warning. The morning of the session I was to travel up to the Harlem Port Authority to meet Tom, who would drive me out to the studio, housed in the college that our producer Jack De Salvo taught at. No one was on the train in rush hour on a Friday morning. I changed trains at 59th Street Station at 9:30 am and there were literally ten people in the station.
We got to the session and the music just flowed. I usually insist on two takes per track cause I believe options are good but most of the album consists of the first takes. We finished up recording around five and went out to eat in Jersey. There were of course empty tables at the place at six on a Friday in the burbs....unheard of. About half way through dinner Jack got a call and the college had shut down. We made this album truly in the nick of time!
This is our take on classic film music...from the Mummy to tunes of the 40s to masters like Bernard Herrmann and Dmitri Tiomkin, we explore a genre I’ve loved since I was a little kid. – Chris Forbes


released November 20, 2020

Chris Forbes - piano
Dmitry Ishenko - double-bass
Tom Cabrera - drums

Recorded March 13, 2020 at Jim DeSalvo Studio,
Wanaque Academic Center, Haskell, NJ
by Johnathon Villalona and Victor Rodriguez, special thanks to Sam “Frisco” Ayala
Mixed and mastered by Larry Hutter, Orlando, FL
Design and photos by Qua’s Eye Graphix

Produced by Jack DeSalvo


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Chris Forbes New York, New York

Pianist Chris Forbes trained as a classical pianist and composer,
began improvising early, first performing at 11. A scholarship from Downbeat sent him to Berklee, dividing his time between jazz, classical and
composition. He studied at Juilliard School with David
Diamond. He's played with Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Steve Swell, Jason Hwang, Matt Lavelle, Ras Moshe, Lee Odom, Zone, Tom
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