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The Optimist

by Bug

Modern Jazz marked by a clear sense of melody, a cinematic scope of orchestration, and a sense of openness that lets the band interact at the highest levels.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blues for Sarthak
5:59 $0.99
2. The Optimist
8:50 $0.99
3. City of Lakes
5:35 $0.99
4. Three Weeks
6:53 $0.99
5. What You Will
2:02 $0.99
6. Tranströmer
8:15 $0.99
7. Nagarkot
6:12 $0.99
8. Rune
7:53 $0.99
9. Broken / Unbroken
9:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
Peter Epstein - alto saxophone / Jeff Miley - guitar / James Miley - piano / Roger Shew - bass / Brian Hamada - drums

Produced by Jeff and James Miley
Recorded by Paul Tavenner at Big City Recording Studios, Los Angleles CA.
Mixed by Jeff Miley
Mastered by Paul Tavenner

1. Blues for Sarthak (James Miley) - ­ written for our friend and Nepalese guide. We originally met him on a trip to Kathmandu where we spent 10 days playing concerts, meeting and playing with other musicians, exploring the culture.

2. The Optimist (James Miley) ­ The “bug” version of a pop tune. Full of layers and surprises.

3. City of Lakes (James Miley) This one has 3 different layers of groove going on at the same time. A big 2, a quicker 5, and a dotted figure in the bass. All of the beats continually dart about and compliment each other throughout this one.

4. Three Weeks (Jeff Miley) ­ Written while on the East Coast, and titled as a sweet inside joke between Jeff and his partner about how long a week actually is. It was written sitting at her kitchen table and the whole thing appeared very quickly. Two melodies happening simultaneously at the beginning. We love to pair up different combinations of instruments.

5. What You Will (James Miley) ­ An interlude. Started out as something completely different, and much longer. You never know where the music will lead you when you actually take the notes off of the page and start playing them.

6. Tranströmer ­(James Miley) Large. Intense. Uplifting. Dense. Sometimes quiet. Inspired by the Swedish Poet of the same name.

7. Nagarkot (Jeff and James Miley)­ A tune that took a long long time to write. Started as a chordal idea by James. Jeff
added an initial melody, and then there was lots of back and forth editing of the melody by both brothers. Then an additional bass/piano unison was added. This tune took forever to get “just right”, but when it was there, we knew it. Sometimes the struggle is it’s own reward. Named after a place we visited in Nepal, where you can stand on a hill and see the Himalayas spread out in front of you for miles and miles ... a breathtaking sight.

8. Rune (Jeff Miley) ­ Jeff wanted something with a simple melody on the A section with space between the phrases. He was inspired by the tune “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter. James added some counter-melodies and pads with the synth that were the thing that made us go “yes, it’s complete now”.

9. Broken / Unbroken (James Miley) ­ A two part suite, with the two parts bleeding into each other. The end is as simple as it gets ... Just a repeated series of chords, and simple long­tone D major scale on slide guitar. No solos, no fills, nothing. Our way of exiting peacefully.

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