Larry Garlington | Crossing Jordan

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Crossing Jordan

by Larry Garlington

This debut project is a wonderful mix of jazz and funk with interesting melodies, harmonies and funky grooves. It touts both instrumental and vocal selections, great solos and a hot horn section.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Playing With U
8:08 $0.99
2. Changes
4:16 $0.99
3. The Funk Chronicles
6:03 $0.99
4. Crossing Jordan
9:44 $0.99
5. One Accord
9:03 $0.99
6. Simplicity
5:33 $0.99
7. Said I Not Unto You
5:00 $0.99
8. Contemplation
6:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
This project was an awesome undertaking. It was three years in the making. I am so grateful for the opportunity to record this CD. It has been a wonderful journey.
Crossing Jordan has great spiritual significance. In scripture, the children of Israel crossed over the Jordan River to enter the land of Canaan. Simply put, it means there had to be a death of the ego. Awesome things await us, but we cannot experience what has been prepared unless we are humble. Likewise, music can only be expressed through an ego-free vessel.
God knows I have learned many lessons during this project in areas regarding ego death, health challenges, family and relationship issues and just coming to know why I am actually here in this dimension, which I cherish. So Crossing Jordan has deep meaning for me and I hope you enjoy it. It is said that music soothes the savage beast. The music that has been given to me definitely is highly therapeutic.
This project would not have seen the light of day were it not for one particular person…my biological and spiritual father, mentor and teacher, Paul Garlington. I’ve received truth, guidance, correction and encouragement when I’ve lost my way. In fact, it was while my Dad was speaking that I got the inspiration for the title song, “Crossing Jordan.” Thank you Dad for being the constant in my life. I would not be where I am and have what I have if it were not for your presence and influence in my life.
Then the band…Quincy Jones said that when a group of guys come together ego free in harmony and jump without a net, space is created, God comes in and awesome music is created! This is exactly what happened.
Herb Smith – my brother-in-law and friend. He plays a masterful trumpet and many of the tunes I write are designed for his trumpet and what I just know he will do, and it is always perfect. There would be no Crossing Jordan without you. Thanks man.
Drummer-Ulysses Owens, Jr. It was not until he put down those beats did I fully know how I wanted the tunes to sound. Thank you, l’il bro for your time and for being a channel for the awesome beats to come through.
Bass-Peter Chwazik. Such a great bassist. Peter is always right where he needs to be, deep in the pocket. And when I needed a guitar player, Peter played guitar as well and put it down like a pro. Thanks so much Peter for all your hard work.
Piano-John Nyerges. The maestro!!! John played the piano solos on this project and background as well. He is very generous. What he heard and played is exactly what the music needed. I’m so grateful, John.
Wycliffe Gordon served up some gritty bone solos on this project. Wycliffe has been all around the world over the last few years but he played and put some nice touches on the CD for me. You da man, Cone! I appreciate you being there man.
Quinn Lawrence. In the time that I have known him he has become a good friend. He played sax for me, both section stuff and killer solos. What a talented guy and also very humble. He’s easy to work with and has awesome feel. Thanks man.
Carl Atkins. I like to refer to Carl as the Godfather of jazz. He has been a wonderful resource for this project. While he is a sax man at heart, he wrote some great horn charts for me, played on the CD and assisted me in the mixing process of this project. Your help was invaluable. Thank you.
Percussionist Freddy Colon. He has many years of experience in the Latin music world but is quite funky himself. He’s a dynamite musician but he’s also very humble, gracious and easy to work with. Much appreciated, man.
Mark Kellogg played trombone section parts for me. Mark is the epitome of kindness and graciousness. I am very grateful for your expertise on the project.
Justin Jones plays a different instrument. He’s my recording engineer. While the initial rhythm section recording was done at Black Dog Studios in Rochester, NY, much of the rest was recorded at Just Intonation Studios, his own independent studio. He managed my tracks, recorded new ones and did some amazing editing for me. He has a tender place in my heart because he is my future son-in-law. Thanks so much for all your diligence, hard work over many hours, and being true to yourself.
Kelly Garlington Smith, my sister, gave that beautiful, sweet voice for this CD. Growing up together we had the normal brother-sister run-ins, but when she sings, it’ll bring tears to your eyes. I wrote the song One Accord specifically for her and she agreed to do it and I am so grateful. Thanks Sis.
Carlye Jones is a very dear friend/family member who I have known all of her life. She is a wonderfully gifted and published poet. I was deeply impressed to put one of her poems that Herb and I put to music on my CD. I was overjoyed when she agreed to participate. Thank you so much Carlye.
Lewis Banks came in to sing along with Kelly on One Accord and did a masterful job. He has a wonderful voice and is very humble and willing to work hard to give you what you ask for. Much appreciated Lewis.
Lori Gacioch designed the cd cover art. You put on paper what I saw in my mind’s eye and in my heart. You too are my lil sis and I thank you so much.
There are no small gifts. My daughter Teresa gave of herself to put together flyers for me. My daughter Kaitlyn is always there to cheer me on. My girls. I love them so!!
Lastly, but certainly not the least, I thank all of my family and friends who have supported me in this, but most importantly my wife of 21 years. Monique, you have been there every step of the way and as long as I stayed true to myself, you supported me. You’re true blue and I love you baby. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.



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