Native-New Orleanean Chris Klein is a multi-instrumentalist, who plays harmonica, flute, tenor and baritone saxophones, sings, and writes music as well. For 20 years, he has played, and recorded with musicians whose musical styles include blues, jazz, soul, funk, rock, reggae, house, and cultural influences include music from the Middle East, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. In the studio, Klein is at home as a producer, arranger, engineer, or hired gun, with numerous productions under his belt, including his organ trio, The Boulevards’ CD/DVD – Tales From the Money Jungle, a landmark production that features 10 thematic original pieces of music indigenous to his hometown with an accompanying DVD that is more than just a music video, but rather music with running commentary, interspersed with scenes of destruction dream fantasies, and other manifestations of Klein’s creative imagination, and eclectic mélange of styles.
In 2012,he produced another trio cd, this one with drums and “baitar” or combination bass/guitar. The ISPY Trio features all instrumentals, and Klein focusing only on baritone sax in its self-titled debut. In the past Klein has played and recorded with a number of artists and different congregations of great musicians including the saxophone quartet, Winds of Change, the reggae group, The Revealers, Soul Project (NOLA), The Dirty Boogaloo, and the Funk Revival Orchestra, in which he was front man and principal horn. He has also played with the Latin bands Ya Ya Sol, and Rene Escovedo’s Grupo Festejo, and the rock bands The Latelys, The Wicked Mercies, The Slippery Slope, the Eddy Redd Band, Even Elroy, and additionally recorded with DJ’s and producers Todd Christiansen a.k.a. B Smiley, Duane Williams a.k.a. Native Intelligence, and SIMO.
Whether it is as a sideman, section leader, band director, or group leader, Klein always creates an indelible roll, comprised of talent, energy, and personality, in any project he is involved with.
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