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Longitudes and Latitudes

by Lawrence Blatt

Award winning finger-style guitarist, Lawrence Blatt delivers a winning combination of New Age and Smooth jazz licks on Longitude and Latitudes colored by accompanying artists on Saxophone, Flugelhorn, Piano, Bass and Percussion in his 5th release
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2. Longitudes and Latitudes
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3. A Place in Your Heart
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4. Hyde Park Bench
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5. Open Fields and Running Water
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6. Two Steps Down the Line
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7. I.M.A.
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8. Morning in Beerse
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9. Upon Griffy Lake
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10. The Places Left Behind
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11. Park Lane
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12. Noches De Barcelona
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13. Flying over Ellis Island
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14. Slow Walk Past the Bank
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Longitudes and Latitudes:
All Compositions except “Over the Rainbow” Written by Lawrence Blatt
Produced by Will Ackerman,
Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios, Brattleboro, Vermont
and
Knob and Tube Studios, San Francisco, California
Digital Recording, Mixing and Mastering by Tom Eaton (Imaginary Road)
Digital Recording by Corin Nelsen (Imaginary Road) and
Digital Recording by Gary Mankin (Knob & Tube)


If you look at a map of the world you can see a grid pattern dividing the globe into equal sections. The lines stretching from the Artic to the Antarctic poles are called longitudes while the lines circling the globe and intersecting the longitude lines are call latitudes.. Early Greek explorers were the first to derive the idea of creating a gridded map of the world. This concept allowed people to develop maps and navigate the seas and lands using stars and other celestial bodies as guides. I have been fortunate in my life to have traveled to many places on our planet and this album entitled “Longitudes and Latitudes” was inspired by the beauty and diversity of our rich planet.


Compositions


1. Two Shades of Sunshine (Makawao, Hawaii: 20.8569° N, 156.3131° W)
Time: 2:26
Guitar Tuning: EADGBE
Instrument(s): EVD Custom Acoustic: Lawrence Blatt
Hammond B3 Organ: Tom Eaton
Piano: Kelly Park
Alto Saxophone: Premik Russell Tubbs
Electric Bass: Sam Bevan
Percussion: Jeff Haynes




2. Longitudes and Latitudes (Tokyo, Japan: 35.6895° N, 139.6917° E)
Time: 4:43
Guitar Tuning: DADGBD
Instrument(s): Perlman Custom Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
EVD Custom Nylon Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
PRS Electric Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Klein Acoustic Guitar: Will Ackerman
Piano: Kelly Park
Electric Bass: Sam Bevan
Percussion: Jeff Haynes




3. A Place in Your Heart (Florence, Italy: 43.7696° N, 11.2558° E)
Time: 3:03
Guitar Tuning: AEADF#A
Instrument(s): Tacoma Thunder Chief Baritone Guitar: Lawrence Blatt EVD Custom Nylon Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
PRS Electric Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Yamaha Synthesizer: Lawrence Blatt
Electric Woodwind: Premik Russell Tubbs
Electric Bass: Sam Bevan
Percussion: Jeff Haynes

4. Hyde Park Bench (London, England: 51.5074° N, 0.1278° W)
Time: 2:58
Guitar Tuning: AEADF#A
Instrument(s): Tacoma Thunder Chief Baritone Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Soprano Saxophone: Premik Russell Tubbs

5. Open Fields and Running Water (Huangshan, China: 29.7147° N, 118.3376° E)

Time: 5:00
Guitar Tuning: DADGBD
Instrument(s): Gibson J200 Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Ambient Electric Guitar: Will Ackerman
Piano: Kori Linae Carothers
Acoustic Bass: Sam Bevan
Flugelhorn: Jeff Oster
Percussion: Jeff Haynes

6. Two Steps Down the Line: (San Francisco, California: 37.7749° N, 122.4194° W)
Time: 3:30
Guitar Tuning: DADGBD
Instrument(s): Froggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Yamaha Synthesizer: Lawrence Blatt
Piano: Kelly Park
Electric Bass: Sam Bevan
Alto Saxophone: Melecio Magdaluyo
Percussion: Jeff Haynes



7. I.M.A. (Indianapolis, Indiana: 39.7684° N, 86.1581° W)
Time: 4:41
Guitar Tuning: DADGBD
Instrument(s): Gibson Emmylou Harris Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Electric Guitar: Marc Shulman
Electric Bass: Sam Bevan
Electric Woodwind: Premik Russell Tubbs
Percussion: Jeff Haynes



8. Morning in Beerse (Beerse, Belgium: 51.3195° N, 4.8548° E)
Time: 1:40
Guitar Tuning: DADGBE
Instrument(s): Perlman Custom Guitar: Lawrence Blatt



9. Upon Griffy Lake (Griffy Lake Nature Preserve: 39.2020° N, 86.5205° W)
Time: 6:15
Guitar Tuning: CADGAD
Instrument(s): Foggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Gretch Electric Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Klein Acoustic Guitar: Will Ackerman
Electric Bass: Sam Bevan
Pizzicato Cello: Eugene Friesen
Vocals: Noah Wilding
Percussion: Jeff Haynes

10. The Places Left Behind (Boulder, Colorado: 40.0150° N, 105.2705° W)
Time: 1:58
Guitar Tuning: EADGBE
Instrument(s): Gibson J200 Guitar: Lawrence Blatt



11. Park Lane (New York, New York: 40.7128° N, 74.0059° W)
Time: 3:06
Guitar Tuning: DADGBD
Instrument(s): Foggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
EVD Custom Nylon Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Piano: Kelly Park
Flugelhorn: Jeff Oster
Muted Trumpet: Jeff Oster
Percussion: Jeff Haynes


12. Noches de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain: 41.3851° N, 2.1734° E)
Time: 4:44
Guitar Tuning: BEADF#B
Instrument(s): Tacoma Thunder Chief Baritone Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
EVD Custom Nylon string Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Charengo: Lawrence Blatt
Piano: Kori Linae Carothers
Violin 1: Charlie Bisharat
Violin 2: Lila Sklar
Horn Section: Jeff Oster Trumpet, Jim Rothermel Alto Saxophone)
Acoustic Bass: Sam Bevan
Percussion: Jeff Haynes

13. Flying Over Elis Island (Elis Island, New York Bay: 40.6995° N, 74.0396° W)
Time: 4:23
Guitar Tuning: EADGBE
Instrument(s): Ladder-braced Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Piano: Kelly Park
Drum kit: Kelly Park
Violin: Charlie Bisharat
Clarinet: Jim Rothermel
Acoustic Bass: Sam Bevan
Percussion: Jeff Haynes

14. Slow Walk Past the Bank (Paris, France: 48.8566° N, 2.3522° E)
Time: 4:57
Guitar Tuning: EADGBE
Instrument(s): Froggy Bottom Acoustic Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Yamaha Synthesizer: Lawrence Blatt
PRS Electric Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Electric Surf Guitar: Lawrence Blatt
Synth-vibraphone: Lawrence Blatt
Piano: Kelly Park
Hammond B3: Tom Eaton
Alto Saxophone: Premik Russel Tubbs
Electric Bass: Sam Bevan
Percussion: Jeff Haynes

15. Over the Rainbow (written by Harold Arlen) (Lawrence, Kansas: 38.9717° N, 95.2353° W)
Time: 4:57
Ukulele Tuning: gCEA
Instrument(s): Island Ukulele: Lawrence Blatt


Acknowledgements and Other Stuff:
Thanks to Will Ackerman for producing this album and for continuing to push me further. Thanks to Tom Eaton and Corin Nelsen at Imaginary Road Studios and thanks to Gary Mankin of Knob & Tube Studios. Also, several solo artists contributed significantly to this project and I am grateful for their individual talents. There is a special bond between musicians who collaborate together, especially when there is only a short lead sheet, as was the case for this album. Lastly, a special thanks to Jim Rothermel who, unfortunately, lost his battle to cancer in 2011. Jim was a true artist and a musician’s musician.

If you would like to learn more about me, please visit my website at www.lawrenceblatt.com or send me an email at lawrence@lawrenceblatt.com

Lawrence Blatt

℗ LMB Music 2016 All Rights Reserved

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Kathy Parsons

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I have been a big fan of Lawrence Blatt’s music since his first solo guitar album of original compositions, "Out of the Woodwork," landed in my mailbox almost ten years ago. "Longitudes and Latitudes" is his third album recorded (mostly) at Imaginary Road Studios and produced by Will Ackerman. Five years in the making, this album is a celebration of many of the places Blatt has visited around the world and the rich beauty and diversity of our planet. The album features fourteen original pieces and one arrangement (“Over the Rainbow”) performed on a variety of guitars and other instruments by Blatt and the always exceptional group of collaborating artists at Imaginary Road. The great Premik Russell Tubbs (sax and electric woodwinds) appears on five tracks, giving the overall album a jazzy, upbeat feeling that I really like. Blatt always has intriguing liner notes with his albums, and this time he includes the places that inspired each piece with their longitudes and latitudes as well as the guitar tunings for each piece.

"Longitudes and Latitudes" begins with “Two Shades of Sunshine,” an easy-going jazz piece that puts Premik Russell Tubbs out in front on alto sax. Acoustic guitar (Blatt), Hammond organ (Tom Eaton), piano (Kelly Park), electric bass (Sam Bevan) and percussion (Jeff Haynes) get this one effortlessly soaring skyward. The title track features Blatt on three different guitars along with Ackerman, Park, Bevan, and Haynes. Rhythmic yet relaxed, it’s a soothing toe-tapper. “A Place In Your Heart” has Blatt on three guitars and synth plus Tubbs on electric woodwind playing a gently-swaying slow dance that is oh so romantic. “Open Fields and Running Water” features Kori Linae Carothers making a guest appearance on piano, along with Ackerman and Jeff Oster (flugelhorn). “Two Steps Down the Line” was inspired by the breezy attitude of Blatt’s hometown, San Francisco. The dreamy “Morning In Beerse” is one of three solos by Blatt and makes me wish there were more solos on the album. “Noches de Barcelona” is a really big, exuberant piece that all but dances out of the music player. Blatt performs on two guitars and charengo, Carothers returns on piano, Charlie Bisharat and Lila Sklar on violins, Oster on trumpet, Jim Rothermel on sax, Bevan on acoustic bass and Haynes on percussion. What a great example of the joy of making music! “Flying Over Elis Island” returns to a jazzier style with Blatt, Bisharat and Rothermel (clarinet) leading the way and Park cooking on both piano and drum kit. Reminiscent of a more innocent time, I love this one! My favorite on the album is “Slow Walk Past the Bank,” which features Blatt on three guitars, synth and synth-vibraphone; Tubbs on sax, Park on piano, Eaton on organ, Bevan on electric bass and Haynes on percussion. What makes this one different is the “electric surf guitar” and sax passages - worth the price of the album right there! The final track is Blatt’s expressive arrangement of “Over the Rainbow” for solo ukulele - a poignant ending to an excellent album!

"Longitudes and Latitudes" is a great album! My only complaint is that I wish Blatt had more guitar solos on the album, but the ensembles are very exciting! Very highly recommended!
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Sheila

Journey Around The Globe
Impressive myriad of both acoustic and electric guitars on 'Longitudes & Latitudes' combines elements of smooth jazz, acoustic Americana and contemporary instrumental in a blending of styles. This album is both relaxing and exciting at the same time.
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Samantha Garcia

A trip around the world!
New age guitarist Lawrence Blatt displays his mastery of the genre he represents with his new album Longitudes and Latitudes. As the title implies, the fifteen tracks on this record will take you on a tour around the world. Right out of the gate, “Two Shades of Sunshine” makes you feel like you’re sitting on a warm terrace in Spain. The mood slows down a notch over the next few tracks until stepping it back up on “Open Fields and Running Water” in which he picks the groove back up and introduces new beats and a layering of different, subtle sounds. “Morning In Beerse” transports you into a sun-filled room in Belgium. It’s truly an anthem for those lazy, languid mornings. The next track “Upon Griffy Lake” pays homage to Blatt’s roots growing up in Indiana. The soft female vocals add a dreamy vibe to the already calming tune. He really kicks up the mood with my favorite track “Noches De Barcelona.” It’s a passionate, upbeat track that makes me envision couples swaying in the balmy moonlight. The violin work is truly romantic. Longitudes and Latitudes is the ideal album for all those world travelers out there!
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapesradio.com
San Francisco-based musician and composer, Lawrence Blatt, plays an impressive myriad of both acoustic and electric guitars on his latest album, ‘Longitudes & Latitudes’. Produced by Will Ackerman and recorded at his own Imaginary Road studios in Vermont, Ackerman also lends both acoustic and electric guitars on a few of the compositions. Also joining the musical line-up are Jeff Haynes on percussion, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn and trumpet, Premik Russell Tubbs on electric woodwind and saxophone, Sam Bevan on bass, Eugene Friesen on cello, Charlie Bisharat on violin, and both Kori Linae Carothers and Kelly Park on piano, as well as several others.

A lively mood introduces “Two Shades of Sunshine”, which is carried along by strumming acoustic guitar and a lead saxophone melody, as the composition is additionally joined by piano, organ, percussion and bass. Celebratory and upbeat, the piece combines elements of smooth jazz, acoustic Americana and contemporary instrumental in a blending of styles that characterizes much of the album. The carefree and leisurely “Longitudes and Latitudes” follows next, which is easily one of my favorites. Seasoned with a Bossa Nova flavor, the song is guided by a lovely melody of both acoustic and electric guitar which are joined by piano courtesy of Kelly Park, along with bass and percussion. “Open Fields and Running Water” is also a particular highlight featuring both acoustic and electric guitars, as well as Jeff Oster on flugelhorn and Kori Linae Carothers on piano. “Morning in Beerse” is one of two interlude-like tracks (the other being “The Places Left Behind) which showcase acoustic guitar solos that make for welcoming gentle pauses. “Upon Griffy Lake” is another personal favorite, once again highlighting both acoustic and electric guitars. Here Eugene Friesen additionally provides cello, as Noah Wilding’s wordless airy vocals likewise grace this reflective and gently rhythmic piece. I’m also quite fond of “Park Lane”, a cozily warm and comforting piece that reminds me of taking a refreshing evening stroll. In addition to guitars, piano and percussion, we’re once again treated to flugelhorn courtesy of Jeff Oster, as well as muted trumpet. The savory flamenco-flavored, “Noches de Barcelona”, is potentially the album’s most captivating moment, which feels like travelling back in time to a romantic destination located by the seaside. Here Lawrence plays nylon-stringed and baritone guitars, as well as Charengo (a small Andean stringed instrument), where he is additionally joined by a lively ensemble of piano, violin, trumpet, saxophone, bass and percussion. Winding things down is a solo ukulele rendition of Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow”. Peaceful, innocent and lullaby-like, Lawrence’s beautiful reinterpretation of this much beloved classic feels like being gently tucked into bed.

Inspired by a love of global travel, including some of his favorite places around the world, Lawrence Blatt and company have highlighted a diverse range of musical styles throughout these fifteen compositions. Sure to appeal to many avid guitar fans, ‘Longitudes & Latitudes’ is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary instrumental album defined by both lively festivities and tender moments of reflection!
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