Andy Fite - Jazz Comic Philosopher

You Must Have Been Potato

The Jazz Comic Philosopher croons a set for amateur therapists, former friends, lonely adolescents, objects of desire, starches, furniture, wounds, disappointments, and reticent people singing passionate songs.




Full Circle

A multi-tracking jazz guitarist's journey through Bach's Sonatas for violin and keyboard, discovering once again what a swinging musician the old man was, and what an inspiration at times for an improviser who is ready to take some unlikely liberties.




 The Nicest Thing in the World (feat. Amanda Ginsburg)

A young Swedish star and a veteran New York jazzman team up on a collection of new songs expressing hope, longing, sympathy, sensuality, impatience, fighting, regret, secrecy and sweet romance.




Helin-Mari Arder & Andy Fite: Really Just Friends

Andy teams up with the Estonian star Helin-Mari Arder for a musical romance with 16 new songs for a boy and a girl, combining humor, sadness, sweetness, virtuosity and maybe just a little more truth than you can really cope with.




The Sun Will Shine Tomorrow

The Jazz Comic Philosopher returns with a set of new songs on misplaced desire, art for its own sake, better tomorrows, indecision, true love, questionable love, crazy good luck, and the waning hope of a harmonious world.




Let's Not Be Friends

Jazz Comic Philosopher Andy Fite sings for brain science, crashing bores, good love, bad love, cheeseburgers, stubborn neuroses, social networks, tragic decisions and convenience stores.




Vanadis Nights

Andy Fite returns with 17 new songs for love, sex, emoji code, linguistics, Christmas, infidelity, surprise parties, life online, vegetarianism, impatience, sex and love.




Another album of songs from Jazz Comic Philosopher Andy Fite, these written 1992-2009 and dedicated to the proposition that everybody deserves a break, or at least a little understanding.




Alone in Stockholm: Improvisations, 2014

Andy Fite, songwriter, philosopher, singer and comedian, is, first and last, an improvising guitarist. In this, his first improvised solo guitar album in 12 years, he explores chromaticism, counterpoint and crazy rhythm in some very interesting new ways.



A Temperamental Muse

Jazz Comic Philosopher Andy Fite returns with 15 new songs for love, death, joy and disappointment, one Bach Invention fitted out with words, and including a handful of short talks set for Talking Guitar Kaleidoscope, a sound you've probably never heard.




In Bach's Embrace: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2

Jazz guitarist Andy Fite continues his explorations of the music of JS Bach, its deeply swinging character, and its possibilities as a basis for improvisation.




We the People: Kaleidoscopic Readings of the Founding Documents of the USA

Andy Fite takes you on a romp through the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution in settings for Talking Guitar Kaleidoscope and multiple voices.




Andy Fite & Niklas Fite: Picksburgh!

A trip to contrapuntal jazz guitar heaven with the father-son team of Andy Fite and Niklas Fite, with the great Stockholm rhythm section Mauritz Agnas and Sebastian Voegler. Wonderful new compositions and fresh, adventurous improvising.




The Thing On My Mind

Adolescent fantasies and mature obsessions. Andy Fite with his voice and guitar, a guest shot by singer Amanda Ginsburg, help from Cajsa Zerhouni, and a few tastes of the Guitar Kaleidoscope.




Everyone Else Had Been Drinking

The Jazz Comic Philosopher is back for the third time in 2013 with an album of new songs celebrating romance, seduction, true love, wild parties and a world owned and operated by, and for, the big banks.




Let's Not Even Talk About It

The Jazz Comic Philosopher is back with an album of brand new songs inspired by smiling girls, warm weather, disappointment, loneliness, love, sex, trauma, technology, breakups, flings, and flirtations. This one is available on CD.




Luther & Floe: New Songs, 2012

A collection of 17 laughing-and-crying songs written in 2012, revealing, among other things, that "maybe" is not the only way to rhyme with "baby"!

Recorded 2013



Lina Ericson & Andy Fite: Oh, the Pain of It All!

Let’s not call it a battle. It's a dance! The Dance of the Sexes. Flirting, or fighting, or just singing together in sweet harmony, Lina Ericson and Andy Fite shed new and amusing light on this most painful and entertaining of human interactions.


Blue Red

 Live performances from a happy 2012 tour in Germany with bassist Maurice Kühn. Features five duets, three numbers with Lina Ericson singing, and one hot Pennies from Heaven with Manuel Seng on piano and Max Jentzen on drums.

Available only on CD, here:


From the 20th of January: Presidential Psychedelia (1961 - 2009)

Dada poems inspired by the Inaugural Addresses of US Presidents from Kennedy to Obama, in a setting for musical kaleidoscope by jazz guitarist & singer Andy Fite.




Farewell Forever 

A 7-minute work for multiple guitars, using cinematic techniques to produce some surprising and beautiful effects in this deeply romantic, impressionistic trip inside a musical kaleidoscope.




20 from '10

All twenty of the songs I wrote in 2010, including Regular Old Neurotic, Where Am I Now?, I'm Gonna Kill You, I Don't Want to Wash Myself, Let's Start a War, There Is No Santa Claus, and two duets with the wonderful Lina Ericson: What Do You Want to Do, and Polite. It was a good year.
Andy Fite, voice, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, snare drum and bongos
Lina Ericson, voice

Recoreded 2011



Oratorio: Super Bowl XIII - January 21, 1979

A dada poem derived from the TV commentary on one of the all-time classic games in American Football, set for Vocal Kaleidoscope, with solo guitar station breaks and a halftime show featuring a couple of funny songs, and one romantic one, and also a pretty bit from Brahms.




The Prince: New Readings from Machiavelli and Don Carlo Gesualdo Da Venosa

The Jazz Comic Philosopher visits 16th-century Italy with a Vocal Kaleidoscopic reading of Machiavelli's instructional manual "The Prince", framed by a few multi-guitar arrangements of madrigals by an actual prince, Don Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa. 




Time for My Therapy


Jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter (also body therapist) Andy Fite in a set of 15 original songs from 2008. The funny ones are hysterical, the rest are absolutely dead serious-- there is no middle ground on this one.




The Well-Tempered Singer-Songwriter: 24 Moods

Inspired by my 24 Preludes, and already sold on the inspiration you can access by taking on a comprehensive project, I wrote a suite of songs in all the major and minor keys. I already knew about this, but even so was shocked at the range of moods the different keys opened up. And this suite especially does seem to cover a lot of emotional ground.
Andy Fite, voices, guitars, bass, bongos and snare drum.




My ABCs: 26 Songs in English

Another Comprehensive idea occurred to me in 2007: why not a suite of 26 songs written from titles, with the titles beginning with each letter of the alphabet? It is my usual comfortable practice to begin with a first line of text, then let words and music develop organically together. And here, with a guiding idea like this one, that works only if the title line is the first line. Funny how you know whether a line is a first line, or something you have to work your way up to. The latter is much harder, I think.
Andy Fite, voice, guitar, bass, bongos and snare drum.




A Different Temperament: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1


It took ten years of very enjoyable work, but in the end I did complete this recording of the thing that started the whole 24-key idea, JS Bach's monumental collection of 48 pieces, a prelude and a fugue in each key. I approach phrasing and timing as a jazz musician playing jazz, and most of this music bends right to it. Where it doesn't, or where I anyway don't find it, I just play what I want. So there are times listening now where I don't know if one phrase or another was written by the master, or if it tumbled out of me. I do know, or at least I have to believe, that I am the first musician in history to recognize that the C minor fugue can be played with only small alterations over the changes to There Will Never Be Another You. I also hope to surprise some people with my Charlie Parker tapestry at the end of the B-flat minor fugue.

Grego Edwards writes: "An indie music distribution source of some note that carries this album stated in their usual 'people who like x will like this' section that those who like Django Reinhardt, Bach and Warne Marsh will find this album to their liking. Well, I guess. This may be the only album I can think of where those three names don't seem like a stretch... I must say that Andy Fite makes such combinations seem natural and also seem more like Andy Fite than a combination... 
[W]hat a different way to go about it! The contrapuntal lines are there or implied, but so are some really nifty guitar improvisations, some swing chord harmonizations, and any manner of other rather brilliant ways into, around and through Bach's wonderful music.
I think I should just say that it's a monument to Andy Fite and his musicianship. And it extends Bach in ways Bach would have dug, being a significant improviser himself."

Completed 2008



Helin-Mari Arder & Andy Fite: I’m Starting to Like You

A set of duets on standard tunes, plus three original songs for two voices by Andy Fite, an intimate collaboration with one of Estonia’s top jazz singers, with much humor and spontaneous interplay.

Helin-Mari Arder, voice; Andy Fite, voice and guitar

Minha Musica, Tallinn

Recorded 2007 



From the Book of Revelation

The dream of St. John the Divine in a unique setting for vocal kaleidoscope.




Life's a Bitch (and I'm Her Guy!)


The songs came fast in 2006! I was in a romantic mood (as ever...) and spending a lot of time with other songwriters, and I think something new opened up in my writing then. This one includes Run Away, Forever Yours, Nobody Loves Me, The Song of the Average Male, Is This Heaven? and Say It Three Times Fast (I'm Obsessed with Sex).
Andy Fite, voice, guitar, bass and bongos, Lina Ericson and Virginia Pihlblad, voice on Say It Three Times Fast.




Oratorio: the 5th of February, 2003 - Colin Powell at the UN

Guitarist-singer-composer Andy Fite's musical setting of Colin Powell's infamous 2003 speech to the UN Security Council; Vocal Kaleidoscope, Talking Guitar, Hep Hop, Bach Chorales and other surprises point up and amplify the tragic absurdity of the event.

Recorded 2006



Go Yoyo, Go! Låtarna


26 songs from a children's educational TV show I was in, teaching English as a second language. Most of them are by Mathias Landaeus, but five of them are mine.

Andy Fite, voice and guitar; Mathias Landaeus, piano; Lisa Löwgren, bass; Ronnie Gardiner, drums.

Utbildningsradio, Stockholm




The Goldberg Variations: a Jazz Interpretation

A jazz guitarist's multi-track reinvention of Bach's timeless masterpiece, played in jazz time on anywhere from two to twelve guitars, in places faithfully and in places as a jumping-off point for some original improvising. 




24 Preludes (2004)

A jazz guitarist's homage to Chopin and Scriabin. These are pieces for solo guitar, with no multi-tracking involved.



Preludes and Holidays

New songs for some of the holidays we love, each with its own prelude, improvised from Chopin. 




Song at the End of the World 

Seventeen songs and three instrumentals created and recorded in a state of high anxiety watching history unfold in the winter and spring of 2003, and dedicated to the dream of a world without warriors.



Rhythm's the Thing

An album of solo acoustic guitar improvisations expressing a high level of rhythmic and harmonic complexity: turned-around phrases, deceptive resolutions, long lines, and counterpoint. Fiery and fun.




20 Years

My life in the years 1981-2000 retold in 21 new songs, starting with I Wanna Die (that one covers ALL the years) and ending with What Am I So Afraid Of? Includes The Summer When You Were Twelve, Cindy Was Her Name, Darling I Love You, My Visit to an Anarchist Collective, Don't Quit Your Day Job....




Melancholy Variations/Four Days in Life 

A Bach-loving jazz guitarist in two settings: a set of twenty-five short variations, including canons at different intervals, for solo guitar (guess what tune they're based on!), and a four-movement contrapuntal composition for four guitars.




Andy Fite & Ulf Åkerhielm: A Place to Play

This is a pure jazz album: a set of guitar/bass duets, improvised from the first note right down to the last based on some good standard tunes, reflecting my fascination with the Bach-Tristano concept of a long melodic line packed with multiple meaning, and featuring some of the stormingest straight-ahead bass walking I've ever heard, along with Ulf's matchless arco soloing. I'm very proud of my own playing on this one, but Ulf's work here constitutes a major contribution to the history of the bass in jazz! 
Andy Fite, guitar, Ulf Åkerhielm, bass



JS: Jazz Conversations with Bach

My first of many albums of multi-track recordings, and the beginning of a long and fruitful conversation with Bach, who has a lot in common with jazz musicians, but who also has a lot to teach us.




Linda Satin: The Way I Am

Linda Satin, voice; Connie Crothers, piano; Andy Fite guitar

New Artists Records, New York, 1999



Harry Schulz: Havin’ a Ball

Harry Schulz, voice; Andy Fite, guitar; Rich Califano, bass; Roger Mancuso, drums

New Artists Records, New York, 1999



Carol Liebowitz/Andy Fite: Time On My Hands

Carol Liebowitz, voice; Andy Fite, guitar

New Artists Records, New York, 1997



Bob Casanova: From the Inside Out

Bob Casanova, voice; Andy Fite, guitar; Charley Krachy, tenor sax; Boel Dirke, piano; Rich Califano, bass; Lynn Seaton, bass; Alex Gressel, bass; Carol Tristano, drums; Roger Mancuso, drums

New Artists Records, New York, 1994



Andy Fite: Whirlwind

Andy Fite, solo guitar

New Artists Records, New York, 1994



Richard Tabnik Quartet: Life at the Core

Richard Tabnik, alto sax;  Andy Fite, guitar, Calvin Hill, bass; Roger Mancuso, drums

New Artists Records, New York, 1992


Krachy, Fite and Dirke: Sweet Fulfillment 

An all-out improvising set with tenor saxophonist Charley Krachy and pianist Boel Dirke, recorded in New York City in 1994. Standard tunes and free improvisations, and much spontaneous interplay. Features one great vocal by Boel Dirke, and a couple maybe not-quite-ready ones by Andy Fite...
New Artists Records, New York, 1992



Andy Fite/Red Mitchell: Everybody Got Happy

Andy Fite, guitar and voice; Red Mitchell, bass and voice; recorded live in Stockholm, Sweden.

New Artists Records, New York, 1991



Liz Gorrill/Andy Fite: Cosmic Comedy

Liz Gorrill (Kazzrie Jaxen), piano; Andy Fite, guitar; Recorded in concert at Greenwich House, New York City

New Artists Records, New York, 1990



Liz Gorrill/Andy Fite: Phantasmagoria

Liz Gorrill (Kazzrie Jaxen), piano & voice; Andy Fite, guitar & voice

New Artists Records, New York, 1988



Carl Arter: Song from Far Away

Carl Arter, piano; Andy Fite, guitar; Leon Lee Dorsey, bass; Ron Tucker drums. Recorded in Pittsburgh.


Earwig Records, Chicago, 1984