ART MUSIC FOR BASS
NOTES FROM THE ARTIST:
As the saying goes, one "can't deny one’s roots" and that’s become pretty clear to me on ‘Art Music For Bass’. I grew up playing classical music and listening to R & B, Rock and Jazz. That fusion has reinvented itself on Art Music. The collaboration with this cast of players was magic; not a day in the studio without the ole goose bumps. James Robbins engineered at Magpie Birdcage in Baltimore and we have Justine Miller - trumpet and vocals, Dave Fairall - sax, JP Gaster - drums, Michael Sauri - guitar, Chris Brooks - keys, Josh Howell - percussion, Jacob Smith - sax, Susan Alcorn - pedal steel, Melissa Wimbish - vocal. Paul Blakemore mastered the CD and, of course, Jay Turner, me, on bass.
WHY THE TITLE 'ART MUSIC’? It lets the listener define what they're listening to. The songs come from various experiences. Writing each piece began with a title/denition and or a drawing that kept the focus for me. "Lustra" is about picking the good things out and letting them evolve. "Question” denes the pause between the asking and answering of a question. No matter how long or short that pause is, it's completely full of mayhem, vulnerablility and chaos for both parties. "Ashes on the Wings of Angels" is an account of one of the most disappointing points in man's evolution. "Lament" - solace is a friend.
BIO: Maryland Bassist/Composer Jay A. Turner spent his early years committed to classical guitar, establishing a strong foundation with a challenging repertoire. Since then he’s built a reputation as a go-to bassist for session work and touring in the U.S and Europe. He has released 4 full length solo albums and contributed to 100’s more. 2016 he’ll be releasing his 5th solo album as well as a remix/remaster of Nine Ladies Dancing and a song cycle entitled “The Long Peace”.
"For once, the best thing on a bass player's solo album is the bass player himself...But its not just Turner's playing that shines - his writing and arranging are equally impressive.'' - Lee Gardner, Baltimore City Paper
“Coupling inventive, aecting arrangements with technical dexterity, bassist Jay A. Turner oers a mind-bending trip on Circling.” - Hillary Grey, Jazz Times
If nothing else, Jay deserves a round of appreciation for reminding us about this glorious, seemingly lost art form. But this isn’t some dour history lesson. “Art Music for Bass” is fun, succinct, and enjoyable. It’s another quality product from one of Naptown’s most prolific musicians. And like all of our great Naptown artists, it’s especially rewarding to enjoy the fine craftsmanship of this album knowing that you are supporting a wonderfully talented and great person.
The album features plenty of sensational guests, including Jean Paul Gaster (of Clutch, on drums), Outcalls’ Melissa Wimbish providing her usual terrific sultry vocals (Peter Gabriel's Here Comes The Flood); the mellow and blissfully relaxing pedal steel of Susan Alcorn; Justine Miller’s Miles-esque trumpet, and vocals; Chris Brooks' (of Lionize) soft and sweet keyboard expressions; and Jacob Smith, laying down some sax. Jay feels that Jacob "embodies the respect for the old balanced with his new voice."
Additional players include Josh Howell (percussion), Michael Sauri (guitar), and David Fairall (sax). All songs on the album, minus one, are instrumentals and written by Jay. This is an album that music aficionados, or even simple curious listeners, are all sure to enjoy. Standout tracks: Question, Winters Field, Lustra, Here Comes The Flood (Peter Gabriel cover with vocals), Mr. Smith.
For more information about Jay: JayATurner.net