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Straight From The Source 2

by Greg Walker

Cool, melodic, brazilian and latin-jazz flavoured instrumentals... straight from the source
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Degrees South
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2. One Moment One Summer
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3. After All This Time
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4. Two Sugars For Louis
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5. I Should Know By Now
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6. And the Rain Came Down
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7. In Another Life
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8. As Was Wes
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9. The Other Side of Here
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10. Baleriac
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Album Notes
Straight From The Source 2 - cool, melodic brazilian and latin-jazz flavoured instrumentals featuring Greg Walker on guitars and Pete May on piano.

RELEASED MARCH 2006

A finalist in four of the past five years' prestigious UK Songwriting Competition (including second place in the Jazz/Blues category of the 2002), Greg Walker is now making waves in the highly popular independent artists download charts at mp3tunes.com, where Straight From The Source 1 has held the No.1 position simultaneously in the overall Jazz chart, the Latin Jazz chart and the Brazilian Jazz chart - the latter, almost without break for several months.

March 2006 sees the release of the eagerly anticipated Straight From The Source 2, an album of ten new compositions by Greg Walker (guitars/other instruments) featuring Pete May (piano) and guest horn player Dave Pugh.

A couple of reviews...

"...fans of SFTS1 won’t be disappointed. Let me make this clear: not only is Straight From The Source 2 as good as the first, it is even better. It isn't just very good, it’s outstanding. Blending latin, jazz and Brazilian flavours in a rich mix that manages to be both diverse and unified, SFTS2 is assured without being brash – the playing acts as a support to the compositions which means it never becomes pretentious or self indulgent – it's just a real listening pleasure.

Given Greg Walker's insistence on refining and refining his work until he reaches a level he’s satisfied with, we can’t expect a third album just yet, so savour this one. Those with a discerning musical palate will recognise they’ve got a treat in their hands. Play it once. Play it twice. Play it over and over. You’ll be smitten."


Another review:

"Where To Begin To Tell The Story Of Two Albums That I Have.
Yep, It's a love story. Beautiful playing, restrained and tasteful, gorgeous production, lovely tunes. I have a confession "I Should Know By Now" made me cry! Greg my man, why aren't you huge?! These albums are destined to become two of my favourites. My first instinct was right - 'kin brilliant!"


And another...

Your music is absolutely gorgeous. You have a command of making music that takes the knees and buckles them out from under you. It is amazing the lush sound you create on Straight from the Source 1 and 2, it is beautiful what you are writing. I can't stop listening, I have the hard copies, I have it on my iPod, I have it in the kitchen cd player, you know, everywhere music. I have an article coming up on www.juliansflight.com where I talk about your artistry (Maxwell's lounge).


and yet another...

"Beneath the simple yet striking packaging lies a superbly crafted, eminently listenable and thoroughly consistent album, different in mood from its predecessor, Straight From The Source 1. UK-based guitarist and composer Greg Walker has crafted ten supremely lyrical tunes that make this the consummate second album. His subtle programming paints a vivid musical palette, with many inspired flourishes throughout. His deft, 'clean' guitar lines (whatever guitar he chooses to play), whisk your mind instantly away to Pat Metheny's breeziest, most light-filled playing - never more so than on the intriguingly-titled 'Two Sugars For Louis', with its lovely harmonica/synth motif. There are even echoes of Acoustic Alchemy in the pristine ‘The Other Side Of Here’. Pete Mays' contributions on piano are exquisite, and guest flugelhorn/trumpet by Dave Pugh is sublime – there’s no other word for it.

Several tunes epitomise this album's uniqueness for me, however - real standouts. Perhaps the most striking is 'I Should Know By Now', graced by Dave Pugh’s exquisite flugelhorn solo, radiating a gorgeous 'northern English' feel, redolent of lazy afternoons in the sun. Bathes you in a warm glow, does this track! Maybe it's the glorious 'As Was Wes', with subtle snare drum loop underpinning the gorgeous piano-rich melody. Or perhaps it's the superbly ambient 'And The Rain Came', where the mood is languid and more than a tad melancholy – who cares? They’re all delicious!

This album could well prove to be the perfect soundtrack to summer 2006 for lovers of ambient jazz."


Latest News - August 2006
I Should Know By Now reached the finals of the 'Instrumental' category UK Songwriting Contest (details at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk), the results of which were announced this week, August 9th. This makes it the fourth time in five years that I have had a composition in the finals.

This piece and my other entry in this year's competition, Two Sugars for Louis, also scored very highly in the 'peer review', a new addition to this year's competition.


MYSPACE
I now have a page at www.myspace.com which has a couple of clips of the new tunes, blogs, photos and links to other artists – please visit:

www.myspace.com/aygwm

Any other questions? Please drop me a line and I'll be happy to get back to you - and may the source be with you...


And a few reviews from SFTS1:
“We really love all the tracks, to be honest. Great job, I can see why you are doing so well, good luck – you just picked up two fans.”
S & R Badalement Tirrell, USA

“Greg Walker’s CD moves beautifully… this is simply, beautiful music, very well produced, clear, crisp, and I just love it. I hope other people take a chance. Thanks Greg, your compositions are margaritas on the beach – with big sailboats with white sails gliding by.”
M. Collins, USA

”I’ve played the CD several times now and I’m seriously impressed. This is so good to listen to. It’s very relaxing but… occasionally he hits you with something very deep, and then brings you back in
the relaxed state again. Very cunning! My absolute favourite is
While You’re Far Away, that touches something very deep inside. Thank you Greg.”
R van Geesbergen, Holland

“I purchased Greg Walker’s Straight From the Source 1 and was really impressed. This was money well spent – it should be on the shelves in all the music stores! Some of my favorite cuts are Lee’s Summit, Some Day, While You're Far Away, and Denouement. I am definitely looking forward to Greg’s next release! People, this is GOOD music!” J Owen, USA

“SFTS1 is a brilliantly enjoyable album – and in my experience, second albums very often surpass the debut releases, so, Greg, BRING IT ON!!!!”
D Koritsas, UK

“Liking the album very much – we’ve been playing it pretty much all the time over the past week or two – when’s number 2 available?!!”
J Goodrich, UK

“I’ve listened to your CD four or five times now – I particularly like the first cut. You’re a fine player!” D Miller, USA

“Hello Greg – after I come back from Argentina, I had a great surprise: your CD. It’s a great work – are you a famous artist and I didn’t know?! Last three days, your CD is in my computer, I’m enjoying it!.” G Cides, Spain

It’s rare that I can listen to music while I’m working as it breaks my concentration, but I’ve really been able to enjoy SFTS1 as I sit at my desk... thank you!” S Birch, Australia

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Maxwell Collins

people can't stop talking about this on our message boards
I write for juliansflight, a art and music cyber site.I just want to say, Greg Walker's SFTS2 gets the most beautiful comments on our message board from all over the globe. When we actually did a feature on Greg... I'd say the response went through the roof. People are thrilled to find Straight From the source 2, because it is exactly what they crave.Our listeners love Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton, and Michael Franks to give you a feel. I am taking the time to cut and paste comments left at our site,unknown to Mr. Walker,because really,I want to help sales of the hard copy, because I believe in this CD, and as a talent scout for the site...I want him to have the resources to make another! If this isn't a buzz, I don't know what would qualify.A sample of messages for Straight For The Source 2:
"Greg, congratulations on SFTS-2. Like you folks say out there "it's brilliant".- Art,ST.CROUX
"The Greg Walker feature is absolutely delightful with insights from the man himself "-peter, AUSTRALIA
"On GREG WALKER:Yes, I'm posting again! I just visited the click boxes; what a wonderful presentation!! You and Hawk collaborate well. Love hearing the personal side to your music Greg. It makes it that much more special. Thanks for bringing us the "SUNNY"-- --SFTS2. " ....AND....
"Baleriac just welcomed me in and Greg Walker is all over the Flight! You already know how I feel about SFTS2 Greg...and I've been driving all over town with it!
Congratulations on another fabulous CD!"- Ohwenje, NEW JERSEY
"I concur with this: what utter glorious music & text.....congrats on this, Greg "- paul, HOLLAND
"Wonderful collaboration Julian and Greg."- jenny, FLORIDA
"....greg's click boxes on inflight..mmmm, this is like a buffet and everything is so good and the plate is too full, and you know you will be back for a second plate."- Racquel, NEW YORK
"GREG WALKER DAY ON JF! It was a pleasure creating while listening to SFTS2...Hey Crew, how 'bouts a little trip to the UK...See The G.I. on stage "- julian ,FLORIDA
It is a pleasure to see such an amazing musician gain such a well deserved following, thank you greg for filling our site with track after track of beautiful music...we feature just about every one. CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS PROJECT GREG.
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