Danny Caron | Make Beauty

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Make Beauty

by Danny Caron

From smooth and soulful to hard driving, a great mix of jazz and blues guitar, with some surprises thrown in.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Make Beauty
7:11 $0.99
2. I Loves You Porgy
6:36 $0.99
3. Guitar Rhumbo
3:07 $0.99
4. Alabama
5:25 $0.99
5. Nightshift
7:49 $0.99
6. La Mesha
7:13 $0.99
7. Dancing Pants
4:29 $0.99
8. Frosty
2:57 $0.99
9. Ain't Nobody's Business
5:20 $0.99
10. You Know I'm No Good
5:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Well, after another long wait, I’ve finally finished work on my new CD, “Make Beauty”, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.
The thread that ties it together is that all of the songs are beautiful to me in one way or another.

The Songs

Make Beauty, the title track and an original, was inspired by my life long friend Marian Tiemann, whose beautiful painting Meteor Showers graces the cover. I used the Pat Martino trick of turning the words “make beauty” into musical notes, and the melody of this tune is the result. Cool!

George and Ira Gershwin’s wonderful I Loves You Porgy is next. A timeless melody for sure.

Guitar Rhumbo is originally a recording from Louisiana guitarist Guitar Gable, that I had the great pleasure of hearing Snooks Eaglin play in New Orleans. His performance has always stuck with me. “We’re going down to the crypt for this one” he would yell and then rip these chestnuts off like it was nothing. And check out John R. Burr’s piano solo!

Alabama is certainly the most serious tune on the collection. This is John Coltrane’s haunting line inspired by the cadence of Martin Luther King’s eulogy for the 4 young girls killed in the 16th street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham in 1963. I was 8 years old. These events shaped my feelings about race and injustice in America, and resonate so much with me today. And I've always loved this melody.

Nightshift is another original composition that evokes what it feels like to play those late night sets sometimes. Skip Edwards adds some great B3 to this.

La Mesha is a beautiful composition by trumpet player Kenny Dorham, made famous by Joe Henderson who is always an inspiration and always out of reach. Glad to have Erik Jekabson playing trumpet so beautifully. Deszon Claiborne’s brushwork is really great. And so is the whole band.

Dancing Pants is a Bb blues. Inspired by my old Charles Brown band mate sax player Clifford Solomon, who used to stick his hands into his two back pockets and wiggle them back and forth in time to the music, which made his pants look like they were dancing. I guess you had to be there, but funny!

Frosty is just a flat out homage to Albert Collins whom I had the great pleasure to hang out with a few times, and hear play live many times, and just be blown away by over and over. I wanted to learn the tune, and ended up recording it.

Ain’t Nobody’s Business is a tune I’ve liked forever. Finally got to record it with one of my oldest friends Glenn Appell on harmonica. We just played it like we were in the living room…which we were!

You Know I’m No Good is a great song by Amy Winehouse . A few years ago we went on a trip to Cuba and the music is so amazing there. Even though I don’t play that style at all, I love it. I heard the New York based band Spanglish Fly do their great vocal and salsa version and thought it might make a cool guitar instrumental. So here is my take, with some horns arranged by Mike Rinta and I. After much deliberation, the melody was played on steel string acoustic. Hope you like it. It was really fun to do.

Danny Caron
March 2019



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Ron Levy

Proud of my ol' pal...........
Danny was great with Charles Brown & others but he's really found his own voice here and indeed, it is BEAUTIFUL!