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Eric Lilley Trio | Joie De Vivre

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Joie De Vivre

by Eric Lilley Trio

Fresh, vibrant, original compositions performed in the classic piano trio format by three of Colorado's finest jazz musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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1. Twirler
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2. Tournesol
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3. Burnt Ribs
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4. Zooey
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5. Poppy
3:34 $0.99
6. Everybody Knows
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7. Luck of the Draw
4:38 $0.99
8. Rouac
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9. Joie De Vivre
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Album Notes
Eric Lilley-Piano and Compositions
Mark Diamond-Bass
Paul Romaine- Drums

Twirler-I was staying at Art Boutons' house while we were playing a production of "It's a Wonderful Life", the musical. He had a photo of a baton twirler in his practice room which he has subsequently lost. That was the inspiration for this tune.
Tournesol- Tournesol is French for sunflower. The song sounds like Vincent Van Gogh painting crows and sunflowers in France to me.
Burnt Ribs- Bop in G minor. It's dark and bluesy enough to me to invoke images of a smoky rib joint with jazz being played.
Zooey- Friends tell me this is my "Waltz for Debbie". Inspired by actress Zooey Deschanel. Paul Desmond wrote a tune called "Audrey" for Audrey Hepburn which she reportedly loved. Hope this gets a similar reaction.
Poppy- For my grand daughter. I needed another song for the album and this was a spur of the moment, spontaneous performance in the studio.
Everybody Knows- Sometimes a melodic line will suggest a lyric to me which is the case with Everybody Knows. Tom Allsage passed my blindfold test when he correctly identified the quote on the outro as "Look to the Rainbow" from Finians Rainbow.
Luck of the Draw- When I wrote this I associated it with Rat Pack era Vegas. Hence the name.
Rouac- Short for Kerouac as in the great beat writer Jack Kerouac. When I was younger everyone was reading "On the Road" and "Dharma Bums". Kerouac was a big jazz fan. I tried to capture the hard bop sound he would have been hearing in the late 40s' and early 50s'.
Joie de Vivre- I love playing in 3 as evidenced by the four cuts on this album in 3/4 time. For whatever reason this kind of light, happy mood made me think once again of France and of a joy of life.

Eric Lilley was born the 17th of November, 1954 in Corona, California to Neil, a Marine lieutenant 2 weeks from discharge and his wife of 2 years , Donna. Donna was a piano teacher, church organist and life of the party. After brief stops in Kansas City and Lincoln, Nebraska the family settled in the Denver area where Eric has lived, left and returned many times. Other residences have included Boston where he attended the Berklee College of Music, Houston, Phoenix, Nashville and Branson, Missouri as well as more than a dozen cruise ships of various ports and destinations.

I've known Mark Diamond and Paul Romaine since the early 1980s' and knew I wanted them for this project from the conception. Mark is one of Colorado's most in demand bassists whose interest in music is as eclectic as mine. A few of his credits include Richie Cole, Earl Klugh, Fred Wesley and James Moody.
Paul is every bit as much in demand as Mark as one of Colorado's premier jazz drummers. He has performed with Woody Herman, Eddie Harris, Benny Golson, Eddie Gomez, Clark Terry and Dave Grusin to name a few.
I've heard Paul and Mark playing together in many different situations and knew they would have the cohesiveness I needed. Mark Derryberry at Derryberry Studio provided a great Yamaha piano and relaxed atmosphere to record in. I dropped myself into the mix and the result is this album.



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