Biography
Bob Wiseman -- producer, folk songwriter, guitar-pop singer, and improvisational jazz pianist -- is as difficult to pin down as he is prolific. Having played keyboards for Canadian country blues-tinged rock band Blue Rodeo, Wiseman has dallied in everything from avant-garde to political pop since he left for a solo career. Wiseman's first solo release, Hits of the 60's and 70's, (independent) is a spirited showcase for "prepared piano" (a term referring to altering the piano's sound by slipping paper, coins or vegetables between the strings). His subsequent record, Bob Wiseman Sings Wrench Tuttle: In Her Dreams (1989, Risque Disque/ Atlantic) is a more accessible work, featuring mostly simple blues/ pop melodies sparsely laid down by piano or guitar, and accompanied by Wiseman's trademark yowl.

Presented by Lake Michigan Soda (1991, Carpe Diem Music, Inc./ Warner Music) is a varied record, serving as an introduction to both Wiseman's guitar-based, political folk songwriting, and his experimentation with production techniques (backward looping, speeding up vocals, and the like). On City of Wood (1993, Carpe Diem Music, Inc./ Warner Music), Wiseman perfected his folk-pop style (a mixture of blues music, folk-style lyrics and pop simplicity) using both guitar and piano to back songs about racism, persecution, and human relations. In a return to his improvisational piano musings, Beware of Bob (1994, Sabre Toque Records) was a melodic romp that delved into Wiseman's transcendent live experimental prowess. His synthesizer and piano-playing was backed by equally inventive musicians on bass, guitar and drums, and was recorded in one night during a live performance at a campus radio station. Wiseman next offered a mixed-bag record titled Accidentally Acquired Beliefs (1995, Grow or Die Music/ Warner Music), which showcased his growing interest in sound manipuation during production (ie. loops, layering electronic sounds) and an emphasis on discordant, guitar-based rock. His latest record, More Work Songs from the Planet of the Apes (1997, GFC) is a continuation of his work on Accidentally Acquired Beliefs, yet more distorted (on vocals and backing music) and simple (in terms of melody). Bob Wiseman is a gifted piano player and a highly individualistic singer-songwriter. His contributions to the world of folk, improvisational piano and pop are boundless, and his work is always liable to provoke and inspire. ~ Lisa Schwartzman, Rovi




 
Videos
Close
We Got Time - Bob Wiseman
Bob Wiseman - The Neighbors Dog (full episode)
Raconteurs Storytelling presents "RISK" - Bob Wiseman
Bob Wiseman - The Reform Party at Burning Man (Live on Exclaim! TV)
It's True by Bob Wiseman
Lesley Feist drumming + Bob Wiseman "you don't love me"
Egg Zeppelin: Bob Wiseman Won't Break The 4th Wall
Download SoundHound
The only App that can give you results through singing and humming search!
You can sing any song from this artist to help SoundHound users find it!