Duncan McMillan | Room with a View

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Room with a View

by Duncan McMillan

Original Music composed and performed within The Jazz Organ Tradition
Genre: Jazz: Hammond Organ
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Backstage Antics
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2. Holding Pattern
3:28 $0.99
3. Top Heavy
6:19 $0.99
4. Room with a View
5:05 $0.99
5. You Can't Always Go Home
6:35 $0.99
6. A Minor Adjustment
6:52 $0.99
7. Las Palabras De Verdad
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8. What Will Tomorrow Bring?
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9. My Cherie Amour
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Album Notes
I started exploring the world of sound and music as a young child on the family piano, inspired by my father’s stride piano version of the popular song, “Yes sir, that’s my baby.” The roots of my musical career began under the influence of D. Frederic DeHaven as a chorister in The Boys Choir of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, where I sang from 1980 – 1987.
After a brief hiatus from musical pursuits, my love affair with Jazz emerged from episodic listening sessions to records from my Dad’s collection. Through his membership as a Tenor in the Men’s vocal a capella group, “The Grunyons”, I was introduced to Jazz Pianist/Educator Bess Bonnier. My relationship with Bess is what ultimately inspired me to pursue a career in music.
Upon graduating from Western Michigan University in 1997
(B.M. in piano performance/Jazz Studies), I worked as a musician for Seaborn Cruiselines for six months. I returned home from this intense experience to find my parent’s relationship in a state of transition. Through my relationship with bassist James Simonson (Bettye LaVette), I discovered The Music Menu Café – a club where organist Bill Heid played every Thursday night with Guitarist/Vocalist Johnnie Bassett and a band called The Blues Insurgents, with Keith Kaminski (Bob Seger, The Motor City Horns) on Tenor Saxophone and
R.J. Spangler (Planet D Nonet) on drums. Every week I quietly sat in a booth at the back of the club near the bathrooms - drinking coffee and soaking up the soulful sounds. By coincidence, I renewed my relationship with a friend from high school, Chris Codish (“The Brothers Groove”). A disciple of “Uncle” Bill, he graciously spent time with me, talking about records, bass lines, drawbar settings, and what equipment to acquire in order to simulate the sound of a B-3.
It is the dynamic range of sounds that emanate from this instrument that transformed the direction of my life.
This recording project is the result of this transition. I began the process in 2004 with guitarist Ryan Mackstaller and drummer Steve Nistor (Daniel Lanois, Sparks), and have subsequently been fortunate to document this music with musicians who collectively represent important relationships in my life – both as individuals and as musicians.
“Room with a View” is an audio portrait of how I see and experience the world. Each song has a point of origin, with many compositions based upon standard forms or recordings that have inspired me as a student of Music and The History of Jazz Organ.”
“After almost 15 years since the beginning of this project, it’s become an audio portrait for my daughter, Aynsleigh. It is my hope that one day she will be able to listen to these songs and proudly say – “That’s my Daddy!”



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