Asheville, NC based pianist/composer Phil Okrend’s new release, “Down The Rabbit Hole” is a collection of jazz/pop instrumentals that may bring to mind artists such as George Winston, Steely Dan or Pat Metheny. Some tunes are buoyant and carefree and others take you deeper. Three of the tunes on the album, Recovery”, “Down the Rabbit Hole” and “Choppy Waters” are driving jazz fusion instrumentals that were written as musical responses to the 2020-21 pandemic. You can hear both the tension and unsettledness in the music along with a sense of escape, release and hope. The album also features the guitar stylings of Okrend’s son, Jordan, a gifted artist and songwriter in his own right. Take a musical journey down the rabbit hole with the music of Phil Okrend. You will be glad you did.
Phil Okrend’s music has deep texture that is, introspective and also carefree and joyful. An emotional connection with the listener comes through Phil’s piano based compositions.