Nat Reeves - bassJosh Bruneau - trumpetSteve Davis - tromboneRick Germanson - painoJason Brown - drums
We are proud to announce the release of Nat Reeves' Blue Ridge. Recorded over two days here at the SideDoor this past January, the record features Rick Germanson, Steve Davis, Josh Bruneau, and Eric McPherson and marks the first issue of our new label. Here are Nat's notes about the release:
"Blue Ridge, the title song of this recording, is a composition that I had in mind for many years. It is inspired by my love for the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. My grandfather, Russell Jackson, introduced me to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a long, slow, and beautiful drive, famous for long-range vistas and close-up views of the mountains and landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. Larry Scott, a good friend and accomplished percussionist, and I spent most of our younger years in the mountains usually fishing and enjoying the Parkway. It's a very special place that became a second home when we were growing up. My mother Annie and I would spend the later years of her life following the Parkway through the mountains whenever I visited.
The song, Thank you Jackie, was inspired by Jackie McLean and spontaneously evolved in the studio. Eric and I traveled the world with Jackie. He was our mentor and teacher and significantly influences our lives today. Performing and traveling with Jackie was a powerful apprenticeship that elevated our musicianship and taught us to listen and learn from the masters.
The Big Room started as I was tuning my bass. Rick Germanson added the piano and Eric joined in as we entered "The Big Room." Jackie taught us about this space in a musical performance that has no ceiling where the musicians freely move together unprompted through a melody and chord changes. We were recording and in the playback we liked what we heard. Honest collaboration.
I was fortunate to be able to assemble a fine group of musicians for this recording. The chemistry of this ensemble goes beyond great musicianship. Trombonist Steve Davis and drummer Eric McPherson were my students at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. I've known Rick Germanson for about 20 years. Rick is now teaching at Hartt with me, Steve and Eric. They are important people in my life and accomplished musicians.
Thank you first and foremost to my wife, Cathy, for her continuing support of my artistry. Cathy has inspired me for over 30 years.
Thank you to Ken Kitchings for giving me the opportunity to record at The Side Door. Ken has become a good friend and he's a great listener. Ken's involvement in the selection of songs and mastering of this recording was invaluable.
Thank you to Nick Sexton, the sound engineer at The Side Door and founder of Circular Sound, for capturing my sound and sensitivity. Thank you to Rich Martin for skillfully handling everything involved in the production of the recording.
Thank you to my friends, Chip Berry and Ed Jamerson, for their continuing encouragement."
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