Legendary producer, keyboardist and composer Jason Miles will release his follow up to his Kind Of New album titled “Kind of New – Blue in Paris”. The album features ten versions of the title track inspired by Jason’s experiences in visiting Paris just after the 2015 terror attacks.
The album’s inspiration can be tracked back to 2015, when Jason found himself in Paris doing a promotional trip for his critically acclaimed release Kind of New. He was so moved by the spirit of the city in the face of the horror and tragedy of the attacks, a spirit which he describes as “incredibly resilient,” that when he returned home with the intent of working on music for a second Kind of New album, the first track that emerged was “Blue is Paris.”
For this album Jason’s concept was to have a selection of other musicians come up with their own interpretations of the title track. Trumpet plays an importent role in the concept and for this album Jason selected four impressive trumpet players – Russell Gunn, Theo Croker, Patches Stewart and Jukka Eskola – who have all been influenced by Miles but who each plays in his own powerful style.
Joining Jason on the album is a core band comprised of Gene Lake on drums, Reggie Washington and Adam Dorn on bass, Jay Rodrigues on tenor sax and bass clarinet and Vinnie Zummo on guitar. In addition to Jason’s version of “Blue is Paris” and the interpretations of the track by the above trumpeters, the album features performances by guitarist Ricardo Silveira; saxophonist Jeff Coffin; vocalist Maya Azucena; and Ricky Kej on various Indian instruments, including tabla, high tabla, santoor and dumbek.
“What makes each track different is the concept of what melodic content these very different artists each came up with, what they each heard in order to bring their own musical personalities into their tracks,” says Jason. “Once they sent me their performances, I got very inspired to create a musical environment for each track that was true to the song but still distinctive in its own right.”
Release Date: 17 May 2017
Format: CD | Digital
Label: Lightyear Entertainment | Universal Music Group.
Blue is Paris: Sunshine; Blue is Paris: Nighttime; Blue is Paris: Morning; Blue is Paris: After Hours; Blue is Paris: Afternoon; Blue is Paris: Twilight; Blue is Paris: Dawn; Blue is Paris: Sunset; Blue is Paris: Thunderstorm; Blue is Paris: Lightning
Jason Miles: keyboards | Gene Lake: drums | Reggie Washington: bass | Adam Dorn: bass | Jay Rodrigues: tenor sax, bass clarinet | Vinnie Zummo: guitar | Maya Azucena: vocals | Ricardo Silveira: guitar | Jeff Coffin: saxophone | Ricky Kej: tabla, high tabla, santoor; dumbek | Russell Gunn: trumpet | Theo Croker: trumpet | Patches Stewart: trumpet | Jukka Eskola: trumpet
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Last modified: July 15, 2018