Chris Guthrie Project :

gaining altitude





"Gaining Altitude" is a new CD release from Seattle pianist Chris Guthrie. The 10 tracks on the album were co-written and produced by multi-instrumentalist and composer Steve Oliver.

From Chris:

I’ve always had a hard time drawing lines around my musical tastes, which are, in a word, eclectic. This also applies to my choice of instruments. I’ve performed classical works on guitar, played guitar in a jazz big band (Cal. State Hayward) and in a jazz/blues trio (T. Lane and the Nitehawks), and most recently play keyboards in an alternative rock band (Fred Roth Revue). Now I’m excited to have taken a new step forward (or perhaps sideways!) with the Chris Guthrie Project.

The heart of this project is a songwriting collaboration with a long time friend Steve Oliver, who produced and mixed the album and is literally the one man band that backs me up on all the tracks! Steve and I recorded this album in several sessions mostly during 2016. It was a great musical experience; the ideas really flowed and we captured a vibe that, in my opinion, falls somewhere in between Steely Dan (without Lyrics) and the Pat Metheny Group - two huge musical influences that both Steve and I share. Also, I’m a big fan of Steve’s music, which made this experience even more rewarding.

I truly hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as I enjoyed making it!


From Steve:

While I do a lot of writing and producing with established artists, I also really enjoy working with and helping new artists develop their sound. It was a nice coincidence that Chris (an old friend) and I were able to meet in Seattle while I was touring with Acoustic Alchemy in the summer of 2015. We had a great hang and talked a lot about our musical interests - and the idea of this project came out of that discussion.

As a producer, I wanted to showcase Chris’ unique piano style and we really honed in on a great piano sound! The tracks were, for the most part, recorded performances rather than programmed to give the album an ensemble vibe. To capture the organic experience of a live performance, I used first or second takes on many of the parts. Each song is unique, yet the entire set contains a common thread featuring Chris on the piano. Gaining Altitude, I think, will appeal to listeners that love modern, smooth and funky grooves, as well as traditional piano ensemble arrangements!

tracks / audio

Click to play tracks in Spotify. If you like the music, please buy a hard copy CD here. We appreciate your FOLLOWS and your playlist adds! Thank you!

Chris Guthrie - piano, keyboards
Steve Oliver - guitar, guitar synth, bass, drums, percussion, programming, vocals on (3)

All songs written by:
Chris Guthrie (Chris Guthrie Music / BMI)
Steve Oliver (OOHLA Productions / BMI)

© Chris Guthrie Music / OOHLA Productions

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Steve Oliver at Westie World Studios.

℗ 2017 Chris Guthrie



Special Thanks

I’m thankful to have had the experience of growing up in a family where playing an instrument was encouraged as a lifelong passion. Thanks to my family and friends who have supported and encouraged my musical endeavors - especially my father Kent Guthrie, a talented jazz pianist and aficionado, who has supported my interest in jazz over the years.

I’d like to give a special call out to Steve Oliver. Steve is not only an extremely talented producer, vocalist, musician, and songwriter, he’s also a great friend!

Last but not least, I want to send some love to Julian, Aidan, and Elysia, who are my constant inspiration to keep learning and growing.

Recorded at Westie World Studios
Mastered by Dave Donnelly at DNA Mastering,
Steve Oliver appears courtesy of SOM Entertainment

Steve Oliver exclusively plays Kiesel/Carvin synth access guitars.

Art direction, website and social media by Robert McLain @ Sundial Media Group,