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Jamie MacDonald-acoustic bass
As a follow-up to our live CD Triangulation we reunited in a first-rate recording studio, and focused mainly on compositions by members of the trio. The collaboration spanned a variety of moods, yet remained committed to the idea of approaching jazz as an expressive form of art, and often blurring the line between melody, improvised solo, and accompaniment. This relies on a rare collective empathy apart from technical facility on a musical instrument.
Such empathy is infused with experience, which drummer Claire Arenius has accrued performing with Melba Liston, Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Ray Copeland, Tal Farlow, Mose Allison, Richard Davis, Barney Kessel, Slide Hampton, and Attila Zoller. Aside from his duties as the Artistic Director of the Open Music Collective in Brattleboro, Vermont, bassist Jamie MacDonald has appeared with Sheila Jordan, Bobby Bradford, The Rod Levitt Orchestra, Peter Eldridge, and Harvey Diamond.
Claire contributed the compositions “Movin’ On” and “For One Who Waits,” which both also demonstrate her wonderful drumming, and Jamie contributed “Out To Nowhere,” featuring his bass playing the tricky melody. My compositions include “Hannah’s Dolphin,” inspired by my young daughter and her current favorite mammal, “Three,” and “Reflecting,” dedicated to legendary jazz guitarist Jimmy Raney. We also included the Attila Zoller bossa nova “A Thousand Dreams,” and the Van Heusen/DeLange ballad “Darn That Dream.”
We hope that you enjoy the listening experience. We did.
(Guitarist Mitch Seidman has performed throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has recorded on Jardis, Cadence, Kyran, Brownstone, and other labels. He is also a Professor at Berklee College of Music)