New album project underway, in the final recording stage at last!
8 originals, ranging from 13/8 fusion, to time-no-changes swing. This one will be another trio,
again with Lester Bennett on drums, but this time with Wally Shaw on Upright Bass. There will
also be a guest horn soloist on three of the tracks. Three of the pieces feature a four piece horn
section; while two of the introductions feature a string quartet. The title track "Loafers on the Sofas"
is an extended piece, like a concerto for Jazz Trio and horn section. There are a couple of tributes.
I wrote a bop tune "Only Now and Then", which is dedicated to Pat Martino. You can check it out
on the Scores page. The 13/8 tune "Imperial Measures" is a Frank Zappa tribute, which was
inspired by the bass ostinato on "A Pound for a Brown", originally in 7/4. I wrote a little fugal
intro which is a quartet for Shanai (Indian Oboe)/Xylophone/Glockenspiel/Bass. Here's the
Sibelius audio: IM_Intro.mp3 Really getting into arranging now - after years of minimalism, I
can now see that big can be beautiful, too!
The 2008 CD "Blues for Aura Rhanes", featuring Jamie with
London based players Claudio Leisse (electric bass)
and Lester Bennett (drums) is available here or from
Click on a link to listen to an MP3 excerpt.
1. Daylight Exchange
2. The Jeep Steps Out
3. Blues for Aura Rhanes
4. Desperate Dance
6. It Happened One Night
8. A Small Peice of Pudding
BLUES FOR AURA RHANES
The title track is a minor blues in 11/8. I got the idea from something
I read (in the loo!) from a sci-fi trivia book. In the 1950's, a highway
maintenance worker called Truman Bethuram said that he was abducted by
aliens and taken back to their spaceship, where he met the beautiful
commander, Aura Rhanes. He reported that he saw her eleven times,
before she left forever. Boy meets alien, boy loses alien, alien becomes 11/8