Some songs on this album were written in these natural elements: Eyes Closed, in a pitch black, wild col between two peaks; Silence Interrupted, above a sun-sparkled lake; Harlem Woods, as a calm night turned into a slow gale; Calamity Creek, to the sound of water rushing through stone channels; Kathmandu, from the sheer joy of being away from the phones and the freeways ...
Most of the other songs presented here have also been played outside, weaving aural threads into the warp and woof of the landscape, then dissipating without a trace. I invite you to conjure in your mind a place of natural beauty, and then listen with eyes closed to the simple sound of acoustic guitar and bass.
How is it?
Playing music outside, saturated with nature's essence, far from settled land, no walls to protect or reflect, creation and creator seamlessly interwoven ... How is it?
Rich and beautiful, like earth and water! Charged with inspiration, like motes of sunshine. Always trembling on the verge of ... anything. Unpredictable. Indescribable. Lovely, inspiring!
And after dark - when the sounds of nature swell and crest, freed from the shackles of sight - then! Then is the most beautiful time to play. The notes become the universe; the universe responds with inspiration, and on until the last notes fade away ...
If they ever do.
This album is dedicated to my son Dustin, who has been a great companion on wilderness adventures. Dustin was there as some of these songs were written, and played them with me in their natural setting. Some of the other songs have specific dedications:
Moth was written for Zachary Littlepuss Rex, a cat that most humans could learn from.
Shayle was written for my daughter Ashley, who's climbed a few peaks of her own by now.
Heartstrings was written on Valentine's Day for my lovely wife Pam, who has also crossed a few mountains with me. "Three times worse than any triathlon!" she said as we limped into camp.
Dust in the Air was written for Dustin when he was still knee-high to a grasshopper. He now carries the backpack that used to carry him.
Fifty Happy Notes was written by Bernie Heveron for his sister Elaine's fiftieth birthday; the melody does indeed consist of exactly 50 (happy) notes.
1. Eyes Closed (Wright) 4:25
2. Silence Interrupted (Wright) 4:53
3. Moth (Wright) 3:51
4. Harlem Woods (Wright) 5:24
5. Fifty Happy Notes (Heveron) 4:45
6. Calamity Creek (Wright) 2:16
7. Norwegian Wood (Lennon/Mccartney) 2:38
8. Sparticus (North) 5:22
9. Shayle (Wright) 3:47
10. J'zoic (Wright) 5:05
11. Remember When (Wright) 3:02
12. Heartstrings (Wright) 4:03
13. Dust In The Air (Wright) 3:27
14. Kathmandu (Wright) 4:13
15. The Nearness Of You (Carmichael) 3:53
16. No Moe (Rollins) 5:42
Dave Wright: Acoustic guitar (Martin D-35)
Bernie Heveron: Acoustic bass
Scott Bradley: Trumpet (on track 16)
Recorded at Studio X, Pittsford, NY. Produced by Dave Wright for HMC Jazz, Fort Nurney, SD.
In the course of his career, guitarist and composer Dave Wright has played gigs at venues from the US West Coast to Western Europe. He has played many styles of music in many settings, from solo guitar to full orchestra. Some musical accomplishments include:
Over 300 shows at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City as guitarist with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, both in seasonal shows and with artists like Peter Allen and Raphael.
Over 40 shows with the Fifth Dimension, 16 shows with Jack Jones, 16 shows with the Smothers Brothers, as well as shows with stars including Diahann Carroll, Vic Damone, Rita Moreno, Charo, Frank Sinatra Jr, Debbie Reynolds, Shields & Yarnell, Petula Clark and many others, while staff guitarist on the largest cruise ship in the world.
Recording on Caedmon Records, performing on New York City industrial recording sessions for companies including Citibank and Chemical Bank, and public service recordings like 'Crack Attack'; performing with the Rochester Philharmonic Pops for artists including Patti Page.
Producing and recording a number of solo albums on the HMC Jazz label, including 'Gifts', 'Island Changes', 'All The Funny Things', 'Death On Ice', 'Breathe Easy', 'The Shadow', 'X-Centrix Live', 'Colorado River Toads', 'Io Rocks', 'Breaking Apart', 'Eyes Closed' and '9 Dreams'.
Writing, performing and recording many original compositions, as well as arranging and producing music for recording sessions and performers, in instrumentations ranging from small group to big band.
Dave Wright studied jazz guitar with Gene Bertoncini (Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Clark Terry, Paul Desmond), Randall Dollohan (Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Turrentine, Edgar Winter, Steve Morse) and Tom Rizzo (Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen), and attended the Studio Jazz Program at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. Taught adult students privately and through community music schools.
His father, Rayburn Wright, was an award-winning arranger and jazz educator (as head of the Jazz and Contemporary Media Department at Eastman School of Music) and while growing up Dave was exposed to many musicians his father worked with, such as African drummer Olatunji, Keith Jarrett, Toots Thielemans, Dave Brubeck and Joe Farrell.
Dave Wright currently performs and records in upstate New York with his own band, when not producing or accompanying other performers.
For further information contact 800-790-6021.
1. Eyes Closed (Wright)
2. Silence Interrupted (Wright)
3. Moth (Wright)
4. Harlem Woods (Wright)
5. Fifty Happy Notes (Heveron)
6. Calamity Creek (Wright)
7. Norwegian Wood (Lennon/McCartney)
8. Sparticus (North)
9. Shayle (Wright)
10. J'Zoic (Wright)
11. Remember When (Wright)
12. Heartstrings (Wright)
13. Dust In The Air (Wright)
14. Kathmandu (Wright)
15. The Nearness Of You (Carmichael)
16. No Moe (Rollins)