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Mr. Businessman

by The John East Project

Melodic vocal jazz with blistering solos, led by Hammond organ
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hello, Haven't I Seen You Before
4:17 $1.29
2. I Will Be There
3:46 $1.29
3. I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now
7:11 $1.29
4. Mr. Businessman
4:05 $1.29
5. Both Sides Now
6:08 $1.29
6. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
3:09 $1.29
7. I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
4:00 $1.29
8. Rio de Janeiro Blue
4:42 $1.29
9. Some Other Time
4:19 $1.29
10. Spinning Wheel
2:46 $1.29
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Album Notes
Mark Fletcher – drums, shaker on Track 8
Neville Malcolm – bass guitar
Carl Orr – guitar
Dave Lewis – tenor sax
Dan Hewson – trombone on tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 and 10
Scott Baylis – trumpet on tracks 1,2,4,6,7 and 10, flugelhorn on track 9 and piano on tracks 1,3,5 and 7
John East – vocals, backing vocals on track 4 and Hammond organ on tracks 2,3,4,6,7,8 and 10

Mark Fletcher plays Bosphorus Cymbals, Liberty drums and Regal Tip sticks and brushes
Carl Orr plays Picato Musicians Strings and uses MI Effects

Produced by John East and Paul Bailey
Recorded at Eastcote Studios, London on July 12, 13 and 14 July, 2016 by George Murphy
Mixed at Eastcote Studios by George Murphy
Mastered at Metropolis Studios, London by Tony Cousins
Photography by Monika Jakubowska
Artwork by Guy Carnegie

This is our second album and, looking back to our first gig together in March 2010, we’ve come a long way. We like to enjoy ourselves when we play or perform, but we never forget that if you come to see us, or are listening to this album, you should enjoy it too. So we like to keep our music accessible. The selection of tracks on the album are taken from those we play at our live gigs; Mr Businessman, the title track, is a new addition for the album, although now in the gig set too. I’ve always liked the track and have had this new arrangement running around inside my head for years, so it’s great to hear it now, just as I imagined it. It’s just the tiniest nod in the direction of my old career!

There are a lot of people to whom I owe thanks. Firstly, the great musicians in the band: Mark Fletcher, an ever present on drums. His brushwork is a constant revelation to me. “Level” Neville Malcolm’s great work on bass underpins everything. He was in the band before the beginning, as he and I were working together on the initial repertoire all those years ago. Carl Orr on guitar has been in the band since the third gig in 2010. His sensitive comping and great solo work are always a joy. Dave Lewis on tenor sax joined the band four years ago and immediately made a difference. Straight ahead, lyrical, or downright funky are all the same to him! Catch the great solos on the album. Dan Hewson on trombone is new to performing with us, but not to the band, as he’s been helping me with the arrangements from the very beginning – even when he lived in Portugal and we were sending music files back and forth over the Internet! I asked him to join us on trombone for the session and we all loved the sound so much, that he’s now an addition to the band. And finally Scott Baylis, on trumpet, flugelhorn and piano. I’ve known Scott since before he was born, as he’s the son of very old and close friends. He’s been with us since the second gig and it’s great to have him in the band. His versatility and musicality are an integral part of the sound.

Many thanks also to Philip Bagenal and George Murphy of Eastcote Studios; to George for his outstanding work on the recording and mixing of the album and to Philip for creating such a wonderful place to record – not to mention the Portugese custard tarts. And not forgetting Julie Bateman for making sure that everything just happened! Thanks are also due to Tony Cousins of Metropolis Studios for mastering the album so beautifully. And thanks too, to Monika Jakubowska for the photographs and to Guy Carnegie for the artwork. And last but not least to my old friend Paul Bailey, (Scott’s father) for his experience, input and help in producing the album.

And finally, to you, for listening to this album. I hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it, because we had a ball!



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