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Contingency Plans

by Laura Austin Wiley

This cd is a collection is instrumental songs I wrote for jazz quartet. They are influenced by Standards, bebop, fusion and 1970s jazz, although they don't fit neatly into any one category.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Contingency Plans
6:43 $0.99
2. The Daily Grind
3:12 $0.99
3. Decades Ago
4:48 $0.99
4. Contact Info
4:36 $0.99
5. Work in Progress
3:51 $0.99
6. Multitasking
3:06 $0.99
7. What We Were Told
4:38 $0.99
8. Remembrance
4:43 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Bruce Barrett--upright bass (tracks 2, 4, 6, 8)
Edo Castro--electric bass (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7)
Glen Iwaoka--percussion (all tracks)
Steve McQuarry--keyboard (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7)
Gary Zellerbach--guitar (tracks 2, 4, 6, 8)
Laura Wiley--flute, alto flute (all tracks)

All songs written by Laura Austin Wiley
Total playing time approximately 35 minutes.
Recording Engineer: Bob Levenson
Cover Design: Brian Moran

Notes on the Songs:

Contingency Plans:
When I wrote this song, I was thinking of scrambling around to implement some "Plan B" with a mixture of frustration and hope after "Plan A" had failed.

Daily Grind:
This song mirrors, musically, the daily treadmill we walk on.

Decades Ago:
When I wrote this song, I was thinking of how we often enjoy viewing past events through the filter of idealism and nostalgia, while being fully aware that this memory is not accurate.

Contact Info:
For me, this song evokes an awareness of how we have lost touch with one another. Or how contact info is our new substitute for social contact.

Work in Progress:
The melody in this song is delayed, and seems to move forward more slowly than the listener thinks it should, just as an artistic work progresses slowly, landing in unexpected places.

This is a frantic tune inspired by the age of information, where we are never focused on one thing at a time. Like any project undertaken with a short attention span, the song is kind of amusing, but goes nowhere in the end.

What We Were Told:
This song was inspired by the Gulf oil spill. It relates to the slow awareness of misinformation, dishonesty, greed, and to the impact of all this on the environment and creatures who live in the Gulf. The B section is a little glimmer of hope.

This is a ballad in the style of a movie soundtrack for a romantic European film.



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Clark Suprynowicz

Laura Wiley: a brilliant, shapeshifting improviser
Here's a great musician of the kind you only (occasionally) get when a classically trained player devotes themselves wholeheartedly to jazz in adult life. Ms. Wiley is also a force to be reckoned with in theater & the written word, and has a lovely, heartfelt singing voice. A triple (or quadruple) threat. Do these skills make her a more fascinating & imaginative jazz player? Could be. Whatever she's got going on, it's working. Love this album. She's picked some very fine supporting players from the SF Bay Area that have distinctive and often quite virtuosic skills to match her own. Check out Laura Wiley: a brilliant, shape-shifting improviser.


West Coast Sound
Laura Austin Wiley's new instrumental jazz release is flush with mysterious linear melodic lines and mellow grooves reminiscent of the '70s. Her two solid groups of musicians alternate so instrumentation varies from tune to tune. On keyboards, Steve McQuarry's just-right phrasing harkens to days when Fender-Rhodes was king. On upright bass Bruce Barrett lays down classic walking lines and delivers the "sonic glue" to hold it all together. Over on the other tracks, Gary Zellerbach's electric guitar has a bell-like ring that complements the clear tones of Laura Wiley's flute. Edo Castro delivers moaning electric bass lines that remind me of Eberhard Weber. Laying down a subtle texture on all tracks, Glen Iowaka sails on the drums as only a seasoned veteran can. Laura Wiley is at her best when she is laid back and her thoughtful flute playing can unapologetically sing out. Listeners who enjoy "cool jazz" or the West Coast sound will enjoy this collections of tunes which pulse like the soft waves a the edge of the bay.


Great selection of songs.
This contains samples of various styles. This would be a good starter purchase for someone unfamiliar with this artist's work.