Spirits of Rhythm is an exploration of the artists who inspire us.
Jazz is alive today. Not as a museum piece to be preserved, but as a living art form, to be explored and experienced. Artie Shaw embodied that exploration. His ears led him toward unorthodox arrangement choices- like adding a harpsichord, or incorporating bebop into his Gramercy Five small group. Always pushing his artistry, he blurred lines of style and era.
That's what we aspire to do on this record. In the spirit of Artie Shaw,
we follow our hearts and ears to a new sound, digging deep for those
moments of shared inspiration. In the midst of bluesy melodies,
angular lines, the smooth style of big band swing and the fire of gypsy jazz, the spirits of rhythm come alive.
released January 23, 2017
Summit Ridge Drive, Hop, Skip, and Jump, My Blue Heaven, The Grabtown Grapple, and Mysterioso: Josh Irwin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Ryan Leet, electric guitar, vocals; Charles Kay, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Eddie Rutland, rhythm guitar; Eric Heveron-Smith, double bass.
Recorded Dec. 7th & 8th, 2016.
Oh, Lady Be Good!: Josh Irwin, electric guitar; Charles Kay, tenor saxophone; Roland Barber, trumpet; Eddie Rutland, rhythm guitar; Eric Heveron-Smith, double bass.
Recorded Dec.17th, 2016.
All tracks engineered by Kyle Welch at Blackbird Academy, except Lady Be Good, engineered by Javonnii Curry at Blackbird Studio A.
Assisted by Spencer Perlewitz, Trevor Mcintosh, Brady Maness, Ryan Pehkonen, Cody Peavy, and Kyle Busch.
Mixed by Eric Heveron-Smith. Mastered by Mike Paragone. Album artwork by Ryan Calloway.
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