David Garlitz
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David Garlitz

Paris, Île-de-France, France | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Paris, Île-de-France, France | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Jazz Singer/Songwriter




"David Garlitz "A Poor Man's Pocket""

David Garlitz is spectacular. A hybrid of contemporary, soul, alternative with a pinch of jazz. "A Poor Man's Pocket" is one of the most prolific indie albums I've ever heard. "Hija mia" is romantic yet spiritually uplifting. Every verse will arouse the soul. "Your Gold Teeth II" is an acoustic masterpiece. The guitar is riveting yet the background vocals are beautifully constructed and stellar. " A Rich Man's Eye" is melodic. Sensual vocals reveal potent lyrics. The hook is mesmerizing. "Je mélange tout" is gorgeous. One of the most poweful songs on the album. Native tongue speaks volumes. "I Like The Way You Move" is nostalgic. Very reminiscent of B.B. King and American Blues. "Luna y mar" breathes like a Spanish lullaby. Every guitar stroke is in unison with every word hummed. "The Starlit Night of Her Eyes" will summon the heart. A romantic tale of a blissful relationship. "Ton petit bébé" bathes in heart wrenching lyrics. A man divulges his true love. "I Wanna Eat You Up" is self explanatory. Lyrical content and song composition will have your lips moist. "If You Break My Heart" will light up your tantra. This songs exposes this artist's vulnerability. "Blue Skies" depicts a glorious picture of lust. Background vocals add massive texture. "It's All Downhill" spills the bloody truth of a life growing dead. Take heed to this track's message because life is short.

In short, David Garlitz is stunning. His vocals are angelic and peaceful. Every track of this LP will have you ponder in self reflection. This artist has a true gift. His ability to arouse the senses cannot go unnoticed. Immense talent, creativity and marketability have landed him a spot on our #360WatchList.

This album is #360Recommended. - 360 Mag

"David Garlitz: Euro-American Acoustic Album "A Poor Man's Pocket""

I have interviewed David Garlitz before for the site, and now, I have the pleasure of reviewing his first full-length album, "A Poor Man's Pocket," before it is released on January 14th. As you should know from the previous article on David, he is truly a phenomenal jazz guitarist... and he does all of his music on a classical guitar, which is no easy feat. He also still lives and plays music in Paris, but frequents his homeland of the United States when he can.

"A Poor Man's Pocket" is everything you can expect from Garlitz. You'll hear great guitar matched with perhaps the perfect voice for his style, and you can bet your bottom dollar you'll hear subtle references, clever wordplay, and scattered silliness. For the first time, I got to hear David sing in other languages, all of which I know and understand a little bit less every day, sadly. I really enjoyed the long solo intro to the first track, "Hija Mia,"and assumed it would continue this way until the next track. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it later developed into a full song, which he sang entirely in Spanish. So as not to give everything away, I will say that one of the tracks tactfully switches between French and English, creating a nice, and funny Franglish?... Engrench? I don't know, since I've studied Spanish way more than I have French.

A very nice thing about the album is that it is consistent all the way through. You won't hear 15 different guitars or mixes done by 10 different people. Unfortunately, in today's industry, some people can rush their albums and you can easily pick up on it in the final product. Also, many people try to squeeze too much into each song and extend them to sometimes 6+ minutes. I'm glad to say that this didn't happen in "A Poor Man's Pocket." Most songs seemed to be under or around 4 minutes and they only have 3-4 tracks--one for the main vocals, another for the guitar, and perhaps another for some guitar slaps or harmony--with no doubling, all of which is great for acoustic music.

Finally, I will say that some of the songs really remind me of that light, happy feeling portrayed in many Pixar short films, and I could easily hear David being featured in one of them... if he is even interested in writing music for movies.

I enjoyed hearing "A Poor Man's Pocket," and it is very good for a first album, speaking as one who produced somebody else's not-too-consistent first album when I first started in the field of recording. I have heard David play with other people before, and would love to hear a full band album in the future, with either all new material or some full band arrangements of his favorite songs.

You can find out more about David Garlitz on his website at www.davidgarlitz.com. - Original Music Stop

"David Garlitz [e.p.] September 10th, 2012"

Songwriter David Garlitz will release his first solo effort, a 3-song EP entitled simply [e.p.], on September 10th, 2012. Composed of three love songs, one geographical, one astrological, and one gastronomical, [e.p.] will whet fans’ appetites for the planned full-length release in 2013.

Garlitz’s songs combine the swing of Joao Gilberto, the wit of Cole Porter, and the sweet sincerity of Kermit the Frog. A native of the small town of Plymouth, New Hampshire, he played free-jazz in Philadelphia, learned Afro-cuban rhythms in Havana, and finally made his home in Paris, France, where [e.p.] was recorded.

Garlitz collaborated with Giga Shane (Boat Safety Films) on a music video for the first track, “I Wanna Eat You Up,” which has already gained attention online, with over 2,000 views on Vimeo and feature articles on a number of music blogs.

[e.p.] will be available for digital download on iTunes and at davidgarlitz.bandcamp.com. - David Garlitz Music

"David Garlitz"

“I Wanna Eat You Up” is part of David’s upcoming three-song EP, which will be coming out in the fall. Find it on iTunes and Bandcamp! This cute and catchy tune is sure to make you smile.

David Garlitz has played guitar, electric bass, and tres (a Cuban guitar with strings tuned in three pairs) in performances with pianist Elio Villafranca, the grammy-award winning Relâche Ensemble, and the US touring company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, among others. He has performed and studied with various nationally recognized musicians in Cuba, including tresero Daniel Cos of the Santiago-based group Moneda Nacional. After completing a Masters’ Degree in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, he moved to Paris where he recorded with Parisian salsa group La Contrabanda, performs regularly with the son septet Barrio del Este, salsa-funk outfit La Murumba, and started the jazz-world trio called Calamity Jeanne. He currently teaches guitar and electric bass at Ecole Koenig and the British School of Paris.

David is also part of the Paris-based band Calamity Jeanne! You can find more info at calamityjeanne.com and their album is available at calamityjeanne.bandcamp.com.

David’s Official website : http://davidgarlitz.com
Facebook : facebook.com/davidgarlitzmusic
Twitter : twitter.com/davegarlitz
Bandcamp : davidgarlitz.bandcamp.com
Giga Shane, the director of the video :
Official site : boatsafetyfilms.com
On vimeo : vimeo.com/boatsafetyfilms - Good Tunes For Good People


"A Poor Man's Pocket" (January 2014)
[e.p.] (September 2012)



Raised on a strict diet of Thelonius Monk, Paul Simon, and the Muppets, David Garlitz left his native Plymouth, New Hampshire, for the big city of Philadelphia to study Jazz. His thirst for dissonance unquenched by the likes of Cole Porter and the Gershwins, he soon fell in with a bad crowd, the sort of no-good ruffians who scoffed at tonality and laughed in the face of regular meter. Luckily, his fluency in Spanish (thanks to two years in Madrid as a child) landed him a part-time gig in a Latin band, and he was saved from the swirling abyss of avant-garde free-jazz by Afro-cuban rhythms.
Irretrievably hooked, he took salsa lessons, learned to play the Cuban tres, and studied the sacred rhythms of the bata. Between clandestine trips to Havana and Santiago de Cuba, he met Cecile, a French exchange student who would become his muse and one true love. He followed her breathlessly to Paris, where he has been ever since, sipping Cuban rum and burgundy wine in sidewalk cafes, crafting curious little songs that bring a smile to the lips and a glow to the heart.

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