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Anders Holst – Right Music For The Right Cigars

Submitted by Oliver on August 8, 2011 – 5:27 amNo Comment

After a long day, there is nothing better than sitting back and lighting up your favorite stogie. But sometimes a cigar can be so much more enjoyable when a little bit of music is thrown into the equation. Anders Holst, a Swedish adult contemporary jazz musician, recently released with his third album, SoHo Suite, which has been said to be a fine accompaniment to a cigar smoke filled room.
Anders Holst CD Cover
Meant as an ode to his New York neighborhood and the emotions it evokes, Anders began to collect ideas and write songs for SoHo Suiteshortly after the release of his 2009 album, Romantika, which received praise from Billboard, Radio & Records, All Music Guide, Jazziz, among others. In March 2010, Anders was nominated for an American Smooth Jazz Award in the International Male Vocalist category, which sparked the beginning of the recording process for SoHo Suite. In addressing how the album was named, Anders states, “Suite has to do with a collection of songs in this case, and SoHo is the neighborhood in NYC in which I live and find inspiration.” He believes that this CD has more adult contemporary leaning songs as opposed to smooth jazz, making it tough to tie the album down to a particular genre. SoHo Suite has been acclaimed for its emotionally mature take on the nature of relationships while exhibiting a new approach to adult contemporary composition and romantic music.

The smooth and velvety sound of SoHo Suite serves as ideal background melodies, especially while enjoying a fine cigar. This was not an accident; “tobacco and jazz have always been intimately connected, my sense is that it has to do with emotions, music is all about emotions, when you are performing certain songs you can literally feel how the molecules in the room are shifting, and tobacco supports that process”, says Anders, who also enjoys a nice stogie from time to time. While filming the video for “Love Me Like A River”, from his album Five, he indulged in Cuban Cohibas with the group of individuals he had been working with at the time. Anders states, “it became a ritual of smoking Cohibas every night of that week, and it was great!!”

Read more about Anders and his work at www.andersholst.com

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