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Road Trip

by Thom Jayne and the Nomads

Awarded the 2005 Jammie Award (Worldbeat Category). Unique fusion of worldbeat, jazz, and celtic influeces. Prepare to be transported.
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1. Stairway to Seven
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2. Moses
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3. Fireheart
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4. Cold Turkey
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6. Homecoming
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7. Blades of Grass
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8. Road Trip
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9. Far Away
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10. Missing Your Warmth
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12. Stairway to Seven (reprise)
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With their unique blend of digeridoos, trumpets, guitars, Native American flutes, and African percussion, Thom Jayne and the Nomads are a hard-to-categorize fusion of world music, jazz, and celtic influences. Thom Jayne’s first release, The Forgotten Conquest, has received award-winning recognition in the John Lennon Songwriters Contest and won the 2002 Jammie Award / World Music Category (also available at CDBaby). The new release of “Road Trip,” defines the band’s signature acoustic sound, at times spiritual and ethereal, at times upbeat and hard-driving.

"No longer can the seemingly eccentric styles of jazz be dismissed as mere caprice, for its practitioners have succeeded in realizing their own unique and magnetic presence...Thom Jayne and the Unusual Suspects [now the Nomads], aptly titled, are poster children for this form of jazz fusion. Not only does this award-winning group employ such unorthodox instruments as the didgeridoo and Native American flute, but with the help of African percussion as well, MSU professor Thom Jayne fashions a fascinating blend of flamenco, Latin Jazz, and Celtic musical traditions" -- Jonas Greenberg, host of the Jazz Spectrum, The Impact 88.9 FM, Lansing, Michigan.

The Nomads are:
Rich Illman - trumpet and percussion
Jon Weber - percussion and mbira (thumb piano)
Thom Jayne - guitar and digeridoo
Heather Kulaga - bass
Greg Howe - guitar
Kelly Pond - violin and vocals
Greg Sauceda - drums

For a recent review of Thom Jayne and the Nomads in the Lansing City Pulse by Lawrence Cosentino, see:


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Kary Miller

love it, love it, love it!
Thom Jayne is awesome. His music just gets better and better. I love the addition of the digeridoo and Native American flute to this album. Give us more!

Jack Kohler

From the opening ethereal pulse of the Australian didgeridoo enhanced by the crisp snap of hand drums, the listener is quickly informed that they are about to embark on a musical excursion encompassing intriguing moods and varied textures; a sonic 'Road Trip', if I may be so bold as to evoke the title of the CD.

This release is a substantial (and significant ) body of music that can be enjoyed in virtually any setting; whether you choose to give it your full attention via intensive listening sessions or as a backdrop to any other activity that may transpire. For example, consider putting on this disc as you prepare to undertake some tedious household activity. You will soon find yourself 'bopping and weaving' along to the captivating rhythms; completely lost in the melodic beauty of the compositions and oblivious to the mundane tasks you are performing. Or better yet, dim the lights, sit back in an easy chair and allow the music to whisk you away to an exotic locale where palm trees sway in a hot desert sirocco or the cool spray of the ocean wafts over you on the Spanish coast. Similarly, you may be transported back in time and space as the plaintive echoes of tribal cliff-dwellers hauntingly resound against hallowed canyon walls. This is, by no means, a one-dimensional collection of songs. It is a rich amalgam of diverse instrumentation and tonalities that has been allowed to mingle, blend and breathe under the direction of highly-skilled musicians whose instrumental performances move freely; brushing against each other - alternately coaxing and caressing - as they evoke myriad images and emotions in a manner that is both highly-accessible and eminently pleasing to the ear. In essence, while this is an admittedly personal perspective, I am absolutely thrilled to have found a CD release that compels repeated listening and offers a depth of detail that takes me on a journey every time I play it. Thom Jayne and the Nomads are a great band from any vantage point and 'Road Trip' offers the listener a most interesting, exhilarating ride as well


Best in Williamston
This was the best sound I heard in Williamston this summer, so diverse upbeat and professsional. I teach dance and while walking my dog I heard music that made me want to choreograph . Bravo and I am buying your music asap. Thank you for coming to Williamston, Elizabeth Williams