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Evenings On the Coast

by Nicholas Bridgman

Upbeat yet relaxed contemporary jazz evoking the sun setting over the coast.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Skyline
3:16 $0.99
2. Taking It Downtown
4:27 $0.99
3. Meeting Place
2:56 $0.99
4. Sandy Paradise
4:56 $0.99
5. As the Day Unfolds
3:10 $0.99
6. Staying Ahead
3:47 $0.99
7. Evenings On the Coast
3:52 $0.99
8. Among the Stars
4:00 $0.99
9. In Motion
4:40 $0.99
10. Walk in the City
4:36 $0.99
11. Falling Leaves
4:15 $0.99
12. Cooking It Up
2:57 $0.99
13. Pushing the Limits
4:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Evenings on the Coast grew out of many evenings spent playing piano in a small city on the California coast. It was enjoyable to improvise various harmonies and melodies, sometimes coming up with ideas to shape into whole songs, sometimes just having fun with half-formed ideas, or sometimes revisiting melodies written years before and refining them into fresh new pieces. In all cases, the upbeat yet relaxed mood of this album represents the great amount of time spent going deeper into the music as the sun went down on the coast, the light fading over the keyboard and the peacefulness of the night ocean surrounding the city.
“Skyline” was the first piece written for this album, infused with an energetic rhythm that evokes the different shapes and heights of skyscrapers in a night city.
“Taking It Downtown” and “In Motion” are dance pieces written also emphasizing rhythm, but with sophisticated jazz harmonies in the piano parts increasing their energy and appeal to straight ahead jazz listeners.
“Meeting Place” is a straight ahead ballad named because it suggested the kind of music that one might hear at an upscale party where people go to meet new people.
“Sandy Paradise” grew out of a bright melody traded between piano and flute over an electric piano groove, written ten years ago. New B and C sections were written that preserved the energy of the original while adding complimentary and more complex parts to the song. The lively upward-moving introductory phrase in “Staying Ahead” was also written around the same time, as well as the smooth jazz-infused scale and two chords at the beginning of “Walk in the City.” Both of these were updated with new sections that again kept the music’s original intent while shaping them into a more logical and structured whole.
“Evenings on the Coast” is another ballad in the tradition of Bill Evans, suggesting in its relaxed rhythms and harmonies the quiet peace of living as a musician on the coast.
“As the Day Unfolds” is a cheery piece with an energetic solo that evokes how one might feel as things progress nicely through the day.
“Among the Stars” and “Cooking It Up” are both uptempo straight ahead pieces driven by interesting harmonic changes.
“Falling Leaves” is a new age-inspired ballad, with downward moving intervals that suggest leaves falling from trees in a forest.
Finally, “Pushing the Limits” is a tight, driven piece with jazz organ that propels the album to the end on an upbeat note.



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