Steve Barry’s recent writing has evolved a highly individual and idiosyncratic language that colours the logic of his melodic line. Harmonically he has become even more adventurous, and rhythmically he plays with time and the stretching of time in truly eye and ear-opening ways.
“I had no desire to have a band under my name,that has only emerged with the CD, with permission from the other members. I firmly believe in the collective spirit and contribution of all in which music can be performed and I think that in this instance that is a good part of resultant album.”
The wait is over. Folk-Jazz-Roots powerhouse vocal trio Market Lane have just released their new ‘Train Line Sessions’ video, the second one documenting their work with the legendary Lisa Young. Four divine voices weaved together in a song that knows no genres and musical boundaries. Let yourself go and follow them lifting you to the skies.
Built on an elusive melody by Lisa Young, ‘Thru the Still Trees’ is flowing, going to every direction possible – or impossible. An open-ended song, it is the perfect vehicle for Market Lane to manifest their improvisational skills and interact with their idol, their voices intertwined to the point that, by the end of the song, what you hear is the sonic equivalent of a congregation of clouds against a multi-colour sky.
Here’s a perfect example of this connection between the trumpet player and his guests. The interaction between Chris Bottiand the amazing Miss Jill Scott will make your day. It certainly made ours.
“I wrote a song as a dedication to this particular genre of song and to Johnny Mercer, it’s called ‘Last Call’.
It’s a great thrill for me that I recorded the song with orchestra in studio A at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, the studio where Sinatra recorded so many saloon bar songs, and Johnny Mercer was one of the founders of Capitol Records. That’s poetry in action.”
“I’m not interested in doing something for fame’s sake. I’m interested in doing something that I respect and think its a good idea. I’d get a lot of fans if I collaborated with Justin Bieber but I have no connection with him musically, so I don’t go in that direction. I’m not going to collaborate with someone I don’t have real connection with. “
If you want to understand where Kamasi Washington comes from, as an artist, you only need to take a look at his music collection.
“I’m telling a multitude of stories with this project and I suppose that’s an overarching story; that everyone has a story worth listening to if you take the time to hear them. And that story might come through words or sounds or body movements or other forms of expression. With the three guitarists I’ll be sharing timeless stories from many cultures by performing pieces from the jazz, nueva cancion, chanson, pop and bossa nova traditions.”
There are certain elements that are always associated with a Chris Botti performance: lush orchestrations, elegant presentation, luxury, coolness. But in the end it is all about musicianship.