Clark Engbrecht has a been involved in the Wichita music scene for over 25 years and has been a member of local legends, The Fabulous Shi®theads for more than the last 20 of them. The Fabulous Shi®theads have opened for many national acts including Spencer Davis, Blue Oyster Cult, Delbert McClinton, and Buddy Guy, among others.
Clark is a classically trained musician, having studied trumpet from elementary school through college. While trumpet is Clark's primary instrument, keyboards are a close second. Clark has a special talent for playing trumpet and keys simultaneously, a talent he picked up in a band where he was the only horn player and had to cover both instruments.
Clark has a style all his own and has many influences. He blends Jazz with Classical, Blues, Funk, and Rock to create fresh, unusual, and compelling music.
This page is primarily devoted to my original music demos. Instrumentation is hardware synth's, Hammond XK-2, computer based software synths, Fender Rhodes, trumpet, and vocals.
I'm currently working on re-recording and mastering a collection of new and older material.
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ARTIST: CLARK ENGBRECHT SONG: JAM BAKE GENRE: JAZZ / JAZZ/FUNK SIMILAR: RANDY BRECKER C...ARTIST: CLARK ENGBRECHT
SONG: JAM BAKE
GENRE: JAZZ / JAZZ/FUNK
SIMILAR: RANDY BRECKER
Clark Engbrecht's "Jam Bake" is a fun and funky instrumental that put a smile on this trumpet player's face right from the start. The tune is based on a syncopated rhodes and poppin' bass groove. When Clark's trumpet kicks in, the sassy, catchy style reminded me of how I feel when I hear Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder", you can just picture the sly grin while he's playing!
When Clark gets into his solo, he doesn't try to blow us away with technique, but instead hits us with some fat Herb Alpert-like blats and swoops. Clark lets us know he's got some chops, but he's going after a simpler feel, showing us some attitude, and it works great.
A short drum and bass break lead us back to the theme, and it hit me: what a great TV show theme song this would make, I can picture this as the soundtrack for a tough but slick detective busting the bad guys and loving the ladies at the same time!
"Jam Bake" is a jazz/funk gem that stands up well to repeated listens, the kind of tune that makes reviewing fun.
Technical Skill: 8.50
Recording Quality: 8.50
Long Term Appeal: 9.00
The Fall Of Autumn
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ARTIST: CLARK ENGBRECHT SONG: THE FALL OF AUTUMN GENRE: CLASSICAL / ROMANTIC CLASSICAL SIMI...ARTIST: CLARK ENGBRECHT
SONG: THE FALL OF AUTUMN
GENRE: CLASSICAL / ROMANTIC CLASSICAL
SIMILAR: FILM COMPOSERS
Classical music is often difficult to review. Unlike other musical genres, composers who write classical music have quite the challenge on their hands because they are often compared to the greats like Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven.
I'm usually quite critical of classical composers since my background is classically trained. However, after listening to Mr. Engbrecht's piece entitled "The Fall of Autumn" I am not only impressed but inspired.
Combining rich strings with a nice woodwind section hovering over the harmony creates an aural soundscape deserving of this work's title. This work also uses all the good elements of a well written classical piece. It has emotion, style and best of all it puts the listener in another place in time as the composer intended. I also like the frequent use of crescendos and decrescendos to accent the accent the mood. The length of this work is also adequate - so many classical works I review are trifles and are way to short.
I normally have constructive feedback to give an artist. Other than that the recording quality could have been a bit better, all I can say here is make more of this beautiful, majestic music. Not only is this work suitable for air play but I can see a film score in the making. Bravo!
- Jay C. Wingard
Technical Skill: 8.50
Recording Quality: 7.50
Long Term Appeal: 8.00
Set list for The Shi®theads :
Honky Tonk Woman
She's The Jealous Kind
Down On The Corner
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
I've Been Loving You Too Long
Smoke On The Water
That's What I Like About You
She's Lookin' Good
Take Me To The River
Give Me Some Lovin'
I Ain't Got You
I Want To Love You
Get Down Tonight
Just A Little Bit (Of Your Love)
Really Got Me
Livin' For The City
Under The Boardwalk
I Feel Good
Down Boy Down
Telephone Is Rining
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