I started out to just make a 'jazz' CD on electric guitar. My first piece I chose was Chega de Saudade by Jobim, which I first recorded on electric. Then I thought, wait a minute, this would sound great on gut string, which I obviously did.
Then I started to get the idea of the concept of the album, and what direction I wanted to go in. I decided on several things: I wanted it to be all gut string. I wanted to try to get the most beautiful sound I possible could from by instrument.
I wanted to play with a tremendous amount of emotion and feeling, and to be as lyrical as I possibly could, in some ways to think as a wind instrument and/or a vocalist and to 'milk' the melody for all it's worth, to "back-phrase" like great vocalists, or instrumentalist do, without sacrificing any true "jazz" feeling. To select exquisite and the most beautiful pieces of music I could find, sometimes rather eclectic and unusual, not necessary all from the same genre. The pieces with a "groove", a tempo, to pick the absolutely best groove, the best tempo, the best "feel", (Before I did anything, I would do this first, sometimes spending up to two hours, to get the "perfect groove".) To try and orchestrate it to be as sonorous and complementary as possible. Harmonically to really give the (astute") listener "goose-bumps"!
During the recording of these pieces, the beauty and elegance and power of them really overcame me with emotion. I hope you are "touched" in a similar fashion, I tried to play everything from the recesses of my soul. Dennis Budimir