Phil Furneaux | A Real Distraction

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A Real Distraction

by Phil Furneaux

An attempt to portray the emotions such as joy and grief in tunes of various grooves, some mellow, some funky, some reggae played on tenor and soprano saxophones.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Sunday Morning in Paris
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2. Funky Dancer
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3. Cataclyptic Calming ...
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4. Hi Dad
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5. 25 Things
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6. Sarah's Letter
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7. Where Are You Now?
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8. Moonlight Sonata
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A Real Distraction

It is a reflection upon the resilience of the human spirit that enables us to derive something positive from a personal tragedy.
This project is a celebration of my daughter Kate’s life.
A real distraction has been a journey of learning, collaboration and determination.

Evolution:
Exploring the melancholy emotions of beethoven’s moonlight sonata was the starting point that gave me the confidence to begin composing my own tunes.
"Sunday morning in paris", was developed with my friend krys in his belle-ville apartment. The raw emotion in the first few takes was amazing and i found this to be somehow cathartic.

The following summer i first performed "hi dad", "where are you now " and "sarah’s letter" (along with the beethoven piece) to my family and close friends in the beautiful chapel of st buenos on the llyn peninsular in wales. These tunes were later developed in collaboration with with david day in brampton, cumbria.
As a celebration of kate’s 29th birthday, i assembled images depicting her "25 things" - as featured on her facebook page -

"Funky dancer" and "cataleptic calming" were developed so i could include upbeat tunes in my stage repertoire.

The tunes are assembled around a limited number of simple musical building blocks which i hope frees my main instrument - the saxophone - to go some way towards transforming a sense of loss into one of joy and celebration.

May the riffs take you to a nice place.

The tunes:
"sun morning in paris" /phil furneaux and krys markowski
tenor saxophone: phil furneaux, piano krys markowski
recorded at Brampton Community Centre, Cumbria

"funky dancer"
soprano and tenor saxophones: phil furneaux, bass, keyboard and drums duncan thornley
Recorded at New Rose Studios, Camden, London

"cataclyptic calming .."
soprano and tenor saxophones: phil furneaux
bass, keyboard and drums duncan thornley
Recorded at New Rose Studios, Camden, London and MAP Studios, Kentish Town, London

"hi dad"
soprano and tenor saxophones and guitar: phil furneaux, bass alex green, drums duncan thornley, keyboards david day
Recorded at New Rose Studios, Camden, London and David Day Studios, Portsmouth

"25 things"
soprano and tenor saxophones and guitar: phil furneaux, bass alex green, drums duncan thornley, keyboards david day
Recorded at New Rose Studios, Camden, London and David Day Studios, Portsmouth

"sarah’s letter"
soprano and tenor saxophones: phil furneaux, bass alex green, drums duncan thornley, keyboards david day
guitar chaz wyng
Recorded at New Rose Studios, Camden, London and David Day Studios, Portsmouth

"where are you now?"
soprano and tenor saxophones: phil furneaux, bass alex green, drums duncan thornley, keyboards david day
Recorded at New Rose Studios, Camden, London and David Day Studios, Portsmouth

"moonlight sonata/ beethoven"
soprano saxophone: phil furneaux, piano gordon barker,
Recorded at Brampton Community Centre, Cumbria

The thanks
A big thanks to duncan …. he’s the man who added the driving drums, recorded the sweet sounding soprano sax and pulled together a truly magical mix. It was fun working with you duncan.
Thanks to david day for his production of sarah’s letter and hi dad his syncopated keyboard playing and for teaching me the recording basics and how to play in tune!
Thank you to musicians- alex, ian and tony - for helping me prepare for the portsmouth recording session, especially alex for the bass riff on human.
Thank you to gerry king for the beautiful recording of the piano.
Thanks to omega music for the use of the steinway piano at brampton community centre.
Thank you to david foley for advice, encouragement and help with the preparation for the mixing process.












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