The “Bridge” project evolving over a reasonably long period reflects our differing musical pasts as we trawled through our memories for songs which had interested us, moved us or in some past life meant something to us and about which we felt we could say something a little different.
The approach whilst still rooted in Jazz is eclectic and encompasses soul, r&b, bossa, samba and a little surprisingly perhaps a brief foray into folk.
Herewith a few short notes on what we glimpsed as we passed over this particular Bridge to the Soul.
14 Track CD
The 14 track CD featuring brand new arrangements of a varied mix of songs. Also includes three original songs by Pianist/Arranger Gary Davies.
The album is dedicated to two great friends Eugene Moore and Robert Bolan in grateful thanks for past kindness.
An original composition by Gary Davies. A big number in every respect. Check out Jeff Henson’s superb anchoring bass line throughout. Chris Gumbley’s screaming sax takes it up several notches around 2.21 and then Adrian Gibson’s mute trumpet joining a party which is by then in full swing at 3.58
A languid and faithful, although hopefully not too faithful, homage to the Isley Brothers classic. The excellent Paul Matthews formally introduces himself on Guitar. Jacquie Williams’s backing vocals define and add emotional power and to the main vocal line.
Fire and Rain
The James Taylor classic gentled even more and given a respectful Jazz feel. Check out the interplay between Gary Davies Piano, CG on Sax and Scott Ralph on Brushes 1.58 on and the heightened emotion of the sax driven outro giving the lie to the restraint of the vocal.
McCartney with a Lydian sharp 4th jazz makeover.
A darker treatment. GD’s piano and CG’s sax playing in the outro make it clear that the subject of the song will never again get here.
Here comes the sun. Been listening to a lot of Stacey Kent. A fantastic singer of Bossa, Samba and much else besides – couldn’t find her having done this one – so we thought we would … Note Paul and Gary call and response on the outro.
Tom Waits one of the greatest of contemporary musical poets. Apparently simple lyrics and straightforward narrative are anything but and are replete with meaning.
She’s On the Ball
Ray Charles Rarity. Just a bit of fun.
Take Two For Rosa
The second Gary Davies composition. A Jazz Ballad written just after recording the last album of the same title. Rosa just happens to be the name of his two year old daughter. Adrian Gibson on Miles Davis inspired muted trumpet.
A Bridge to The Soul
Gary’s final composition on this album. An initial folky melody line and lyric gives way to gospel at 3.30 as Jacquie Williams transforms the seascape. Paul Matthews excellent guitar solo, Scott Ralph superb on drums and Jeff Henson again pulls it all together with a complex bass line.
Rainy Night in Georgia
A homage to Brook Benton. CG sax solo 2.48 on. JW and the A Gamettes backing vocals throughout. Check out Piano and Sax outro.
Unchain My Heart
Ah why not ……. Loosely based on Ray Charles original but with Gospel breakdown section after solos.
I Concentrate on You
We liked it, so we did it….another superb Gary Davies arrangement. CG Flute, JW Backing Vocals.
Gary Davies on Bill Evans / Yellow Jackets inspired Piano.