In association with J-Town Records, Pacific Coast Jazz announces the release of the album by Deems Tsutakawa – Da Bruddah Hood. It will be released on June 3 in stores, and online everywhere music is sold.
After receiving a “Jazz Album of the Year” nomination from the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts for “Deems & Friends Live in Hawai’i” in 2018, Deems was energized and motivated to produce a follow-up project with his Hawai’i based band. This “Bruddah Hood,” comprised of island musicians with ties to the Seattle area, had been performing with Deems at clubs, concerts, and festivals in Hawai’i for nearly 15 years.
For this album, Deems put together a set of original compositions and covers that provide a retrospective of his life and musical career. The project began in 2019 with live recording sessions in Honolulu and then abruptly stalled due to several unforeseen circumstances. The challenge of completing the album against the backdrop of a pandemic and Deems’ declining health was made possible through the dedication of long-time musical brethren in Hawai’i and Seattle and advances in recording technology. His determination to lay down piano tracks in between medical procedures and recovery from various treatments was heroic. Although Deems passed before recording his final tracks, he left plenty of music to complete the project.
Embracing the tapestry Deems left behind and creating a warm pocket for him to play posthumously was more important than correcting any technical blemishes in his performance. Production decisions were organic rather than formulaic, and the result is a perfectly imperfect record; Deems style.
Featured image: Steve Roby