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Los Angeles

by Curtis Macdonald

A sonic instrumental landscape of Modern Noir. A dime-store detective novel saturated with the sounds of Jazz with an influence of EDM, Chill, and Downtempo.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dawn On Broadway
4:57 $0.99
2. Sixth Street Bridge
4:49 $0.99
3. West On Wilshire
4:43 $0.99
4. Palm Trees and Pavement
3:55 $0.99
5. Walking Hollywood
5:36 $0.99
6. Sunset At Midnight
4:40 $0.99
7. Angel's Flight
4:25 $0.99
8. The Redline
4:40 $0.99
9. Los Angeles
5:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
A music collection of sonic instrumental landscapes of Modern Noir are interpreted on American composer and pianist Curtis Macdonald’s CMMP instrumental album download and streaming release “Los Angeles”. A dime-store detective novel saturated with the sounds of Jazz with an influence of EDM and Ambient Chill.

“Hazy sunsets casting shadows on the streets and cold foggy midnights along the downtown corridors, an apprehensive yet inquisitive feeling of cool in the City of Angels.” This is Curtis Macdonald's “Los Angeles”. A flowing narrative of contemporary jazz where each track has an “underscore” quality which can ignite the listener's visual imagery. The haunting trumpet and sax fragments with Macdonald's signature melodic electric piano/piano interludes create an expansive ambient mood that is at times moderate and then upbeat and energetic.

“All the compositions portray an attitude of contemplation and investigation, an essence of intrigue and individualism” says Macdonald of the nine track concept album. “I imagine a modern day environment with a faint cast of color interweaving with the black and white hues of a 1940’s film noir through the city streets of Los Angeles”. “I wanted to surround these environments with the sound that is heard at this moment in time interweaved with my jazz roots.”

Jazz is one of the staples of Macdonald's musical background and “Los Angeles” is of a different nature then his Cool Jazz inspired ode to New York album “Manhattan”. “Riding the redline into town and walking the streets at various times in the day and night inspired the compositions” says Macdonald, “I reflect on the architecture and the people, from Pershing Square to the Hollywood Hills and west on Sunset Boulevard to the Pacific Ocean” “I experienced a more intimate perception with “Manhattan”, but with my home city of Los Angeles, I have a deep appreciation for the look and feel of the topography and I wanted to create a soundtrack that would reflect a feeling of Mid-Century Los Angeles mixed with today. Somewhat of a dime-store detective novel saturated with Chill/EDM.”

You can hear the Modern Noir on such tracks as “Dawn on Broadway” ,“Angel's Flight”, and the misty investigation of “Sixth Street Bridge”. The pursuit for clues on “West on Wilshire”, “Palm Trees and Pavement” and “The Redline”. The gumshoe stroll on “Walking Hollywood”, the mysterious “Sunset at Midnight” and the impact of the closing track “Los Angeles”

Macdonald’s compositions and various releases have ranged from jazz to world beat, ambient new age to EDM. This time around he is offering up a jazz meets chill with a dash of EDM.

“I'm just in awe what we can do sonically with todays technology”. Macdonald says, “The sound characteristics that you can layer with genres of yesteryear can create a whole new attitude of music” “So, taking my love for jazz and electronica, and channeling my inner Raymond Chandler, I came up with this collection”

Curtis Macdonald, a Southern California native residing in Westlake Village has been creating music and entertaining fans of the Jazz/New Age/Instrumental Pop genre for over 25 years. His recent 2013 CD “When Dreams Come True” gained Grammy consideration and selections became heavily rotated on Music Choice's “Soundscapes”. His Eversound release “Everlasting” which received a Zone Reporter Top 100 Album artist in 2007, as well as a 2007 Grammy consideration.

He is a graduate composer from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, and his music can be heard on a global scale at any given moment due to decades of production music composed for various music libraries and 18 full album releases of his personal "brand" of music that day spas, high profile restaurants, streaming radio and fans all around the world have come to enjoy. It continues once again with “Los Angeles”.



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The premise for this new album is quite unique and most definitely intriguing. Curtis’ many years of composing music for film and his love for the classic “film noir” genre led him to blend the distinctive feel of a vintage Humphrey Bogart detective movie or Raymond Chandler dime store novel with sounds of jazz and contemporary electronic music to paint an impressionistic sonic portrait of his current home city of Los Angeles.

The sun rises on "Los Angeles" with the opening track called “Dawn on Broadway.” Right from the start, I was captivated by a collage of trippy electronic blips, bleeps, wooshes, and ghostly trumpet accents. As the song evolves a down-tempo groove kicks in with Curtis’ dreamy electric piano completing the picture. While the song has motion, the vibe is definitely well chilled, providing a most pleasant way to begin the day in the city of angels. However the tempo kicks into a higher gear heading “West On Wilshire.” While the aforementioned retro modern sound is evident throughout the album, perhaps the track that epitomizes it most is “Angel’s Flight.” The sensual sax riffs are right out of a film noir movie, yet juxtaposed elegantly over more modern down-tempo soundscape. Curtis’ piano work is exceptional on this piece.

Curtis Macdonald is one of the premier artists today in the fusion of new age, ambient, chill, electronica, and jazz. And the addition of film noir elements on "Los Angeles" takes it to another level. While the foundation of the music leans more towards the contemporary side, the subtle and distinct touches of 40’s jazz and film music make for a very unique and enjoyable listening experience. One of the things I enjoy most on this album and in Curtis’ music in general is the detail he incorporates into his soundscapes, including the sci-fi sounding electronic accents and ear candy that he flavors his compositions with. I also greatly enjoy his playing on the electric piano, which can range from classy and elegant to jazzy and soulful. The album creates an ambience that is laid-back, yet with enough bounce to keep your toe tapping. "Los Angeles" is an outstanding release makes for a wonderful showcase of Curtis Macdonald’s skills as a gifted composer, arranger, and instrumentalist. This is an album I will listen to again and again.