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Back Home

by Jamie Ousley

Jamie Ousley takes us "Back Home" with his highly anticipated second release, featuring Ira Sullivan and Ed Calle.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Tune, Sir
6:10 $0.99
2. Nashvillatino
5:49 $0.99
3. My Favorite Things
7:15 $0.99
4. This Is It!
5:22 $0.99
5. Clearing
4:45 $0.99
6. Back Home
6:04 $0.99
7. Nocturne In E-flat
5:13 $0.99
8. So Long
4:51 $0.99
9. Pasaje Tennessee
4:06 $0.99
10. Prayer
5:19 $0.99
11. Back Home (Instrumental)
4:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recorded in Osaka, Japan and Miami, this eclectic collection of songs is influenced by bassist-composer Jamie Ousley's travels around the world. However, the melodic themes and compositions remain true to his home. "I've lived away from home for a long time, like so many of us do," he notes, "but my heart is still there in the mountains of Tennessee, and it's reflected in my music."

The highly acclaimed rhythm section of Ousley's debut CD "O Sorriso Dela" returns for this new project, with Phillip Strange on piano, Larry Marshall on drums, and Jamie Ousley himself on double bass. Multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan is featured prominently on six of the tracks playing flugel horn, soprano saxophone, and alto flute. Ed Calle is featured on soprano saxophone in a heart-felt reprise of the title cut "Back Home" presented here as a bonus track. The renowned Costa Rican percussionist Carlomagno Araya (with Ruben Blades, Paquito D'Rivera, Nestor Torres, Eddie Gomez, etc.) brings a Latin flavor to many of the tracks, and Venezuelan concert master violinist Jhonny Mendoza is beautifully featured on violin, mandolin, cuatro, and maracas.

Three distinct vocalists present Ousley's debut compositions complete with lyrics. The title cut "Back Home" was co-written and performed by SAMM, who regularly tours and performs with Ousley as the "Unorthodox Duo," with just bass and vocals. Miami native LeNard Rutledge, in his deep baritone voice, delivers Ousley's heart-felt lament "So Long" to a lost loved one. Finally, rising star Japanese vocalist Nanami Morikawa sings the children's bedtime "Prayer" with the voice of an angel.

The eleven tracks feature eight new original compositions as well as a Flamenco inspired arrangement of "My Favorite Things," and a Cuban Danzon version of Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat. The entire recording encompasses influences that span the globe, yet it's clear that to Jamie Ousley, "Back Home" is where the heart is.



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Jazz Artist with good EARs
South Florida's Bassist Dr. Jamie Ousley aka... 'The Vagabond" shows his profound ability to create music that feeds the Heart and Soul of mortal man. As I sat and listened, I was compelled to hit the repeat button 5 times trying to capture what I didn't hear the first few times and then some. Back Home is an audio seduction of music that simply floats in and out of the conscience mind as it releases a sense of spirituality, awearness, hope, happiness, love and esteem for one's self. Yes! Jamie you've done it again, you have allowed the universe to become part of your BIG Dream by touching all senses via your music. Never stop giving! FABULOUS!!!!

Chuck Vecoli, Staff writer for JazzReview.com

Deeply Spiritual and Timeless
Jamie Ousley is an accomplished bassist, and while I am familiar with many of the headliners he has been a sideman for, I am not familiar with his music. But then again, I rarely go out to hear jazz music when I am in Miami! But the next time I am in Miami, I will be looking to catch one of his shows! Ousley's lastest release Back Home, is a collection of originals and covers that display his wide range of musical influences and talents. As player, composer and writer, Ousley gives you the full array of talents.

What impressed me about this CD was the careful combination of songs on the disc. Each a lyric and singly entertaining piece but when taken as a whole, a solid story of comfort and expressiveness. Ousley brings together some solid talent in the musicians he chooses to accompany him on this project. Ira Sullivan, a talented multi-instrumentalist is a featured artist on a number of songs and leaves his mark on them. The rhythm section of Ousley, pianist, Phillip Strange and drummer, Larry Marshall are tight and work well together.

This CD has spiritual underpinings and each song has such depth and emotion, even "My Favorite Things" (Rodgers & Hammerstein) with its Flamenco arrangement has a new feel to it.

From the first cut, "A Tune, Sir?", an Ousley original composition featuring Sullivan, the CD sets the tone of being a worthy listen. Ousley shows us his comfort in delivering songs with a melody that is descriptive, moving and full of expression. This cut is a great opening number.

"Nashvillatino" is a paradox, because you come into it on the back of a tightly executed ostinato groove and then Strange enters and raises the melody over the groove and the song speeds on. The Latin groove here is pure Miami!

Ira Sullivan is fantastic on the track "My Favorite Things". I only mention this again because I have heard this song played by countless musicians and rarely do I enjoy their versions as much I did this one. I don't know if it was the Flamenco flavoring, or the treatment of the melody by Sullivan on the flute. Either way, it was refreshing. Ousley's rhythm section and percussionists held the groove together nicely and laid out a solid fabric for the melody to weave into. Strange puts together an energetic solo for this cut.

Ousley comes out in full force on the double bass for the track "This Is It", but again, Sullivan is highlighted playing soprano sax. The two of them bop their way through this one. Strange is ever present and makes the whole song pop! I challenge you to sit still listening to this funky groove!

At this point the CD takes a notable turn to the spiritual and emotional side. The following few cuts show a sensitivity and beauty in the compositions and arrangements that make this an overall moody listen. From the cut "Clearing" to the end of the CD with the instrumental rendition of "Back Home" the songs have deep emotion, and played with a passion that is felt through each note.

The vocal version of "Back Home" featuring SAMM, a Miami area vocalist who tours with Ousley as the "Unorthodox Duo" lends a soulful flavor to the lyrics co-written by Ousley and herself. This title cut speaks to the need to go back to that place where one is from and where one can be complete. SAMM's deep emotional tone is an interesting compliment to the melody.

Chopin's "Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No 2" is treated to a Cuban Danzon rhythm and for some reason sounds like a popular love song. You listen and think, " I know this song", but are at a loss for the lyrics, but you swear you have heard them! It is a nice touch to put this classic in that genre.

The rich baritone vocals of Miami native, LeNard Rutledge, add a texture and depth to the track "So Long", an Ousley composition dedicated to his Uncle Lea. This cut has the strength of melody and vocal treatment to anchor the entire CD's them of "Back Home" feelings.

When speaking of a "Back Home" feel, the cut "Pasaje Tennessee" takes you around the world to bring you back! Jhonny Mendoza, Venezuelan concert master violinist is featured on violin, mandolin, cuatro, and maracas. The song is fully of worldly tones and motifs, but underlying it is a reel, or call and response melody that would be as comfortable at a Tennessee gathering as it would be in the Venezuelan highlands.

"Prayer" opens with another beautiful solo by Sullivan on flute. This song also features the vocals fo Nanami Morikawa begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, who has the "voice of an angel" and serves the song well.

Back Home comes full circle with the final instrumental version of the title track. This is a nicely put together collection of songs played expertly by the musicians featured on this recording. The compostions are all deeply spiritual pieces and have some real depth to them. They approach timelessness, even though you just heard some of them for the first time. That to me is a sign that Jamie Ousley understands the place he wants to take the listener and when he gets you there, he provides familiar surroundings in which to settle and become relaxed in the music. Ousley has delivered a wonderful piece of musical comfort in Back Home. This is an enjoyable listen from start to finish with some really fine moments of individual and ensemble excellence. My hat is off to Ousley on his latest creation, Back Home.