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Tides

by The Ann Arbor Guitar Trio

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Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Bright Size Life
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2. Be Good
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3. Union Pacific
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4. Circle of Life
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5. One and Done
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6. Stolen Moments
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7. You Still Believe in Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Tides" is the first release by the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio, and features works by composers with local Ann Arbor ties such as Ellen Rowe, Abby Clemens, and Malcolm Dean. There are also pieces by Pat Metheny, Oliver Nelson, Brian Wilson, and Marc Johnson. The album as a whole explores creativity in arrangements, improvisation, density, and harmonic concepts.

From Alex -
This arrangement of Bright Size Life passes the melody back and forth between each member of the trio. It’s an exercise in working together as each musician switches from melody to harmony and back again multiple times throughout the piece. This spirit of togetherness is what inspired us to include a section of group improvisation at the end of the solo sections. Evan takes the first chorus followed by Alex, and then the three of us play together before returning to the melody.

From composer Abigail Clemens -
Be Good is a waltz that I wrote while thinking of one of my greatest musical influences and friends, Harmony Allred. As a pianist, she has a profoundly warm, inviting, and gentle sound, so I wanted to create a piece reminiscent of her musical sensibilities. The rendition of Be Good featured on this album by the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio is a wonderfully humble and atmospherically sensitive recording. Their instrumentation gives my piece a certain ambience and fragility that it did not have with the original piano-bass-drums trio, so I’m really flattered and excited about what they’ve achieved through playing my music. At the core of “being good” lies a desire to be kind and understanding, but also self-critical and striving for clarity. Alex, Evan, and Adam went above and beyond in nurturing my piece to sound like the gentle tune it has become.

From Adam -
Union Pacific is one of the first tunes that Alex took and arranged for A2G3. We all took to it immediately and performed it from our earliest gigs -- it just grooves! The recorded version you hear is exactly how we would play it live, except for one thing. Right as our engineer Geoff gave us the go-ahead to record, I shouted out, “Hold on, I gotta come up with an intro!” We all cracked up. Then, I improvised an intro, which starts off our rendition of the tune on the album.

From composer Ellen Rowe -
I composed Circle of Life for my quintet in 2013, specifically writing it for a CD entitled “Courage Music". It is an upbeat, joyful paean to life and probably reflects the influence of Pat Metheny, an artist and composer who I greatly admire. I wrote the original tenor saxophone and trumpet lines with the sounds of my quintet players in mind, Ingrid Jensen and Andrew Bishop, but am thrilled with the way that it translates onto guitars. I am incredibly flattered that Alex chose to arrange it for the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio and grateful that they chose to include it on this CD.

From composer Malcolm Dean -
One and Done is a delightful melody that I composed in the early nineties and finally gave a formal debut in 2015. The trio's elegantly slender arrangement demonstrates that it only takes a few notes played in the right places and at the right times to render a complete and satisfying musical performance. Evan’s lyrical rendition of the theme gets just the right amount of support from Adam’s gentle chording and Alex’s subtle counterpoint. Each performer takes a tasteful turn at soloing before the melody returns and the tune is brought to a gentle close.

From Alex -
With Stolen Moments I wanted to reference the version from “The Blues and the Abstract Truth” as much as possible. The harmonies are really interesting and hard to beat. My approach was to give one guitar the first and third parts while putting the second and fourth parts on a second guitar. The third guitar covers the bass, tuning down to a low C. We all solo on this classic minor blues, and this track really showcases our different approaches to improvisation, as well as our love of playing together and interacting creatively. Evan solos first, followed by Alex And Adam.

From Evan -
You Still Believe in Me differs from the typical A2G3 sound in a number of ways. First, instead of using our typical “jazz boxes,” Adam, Alex, and I use solid body and semi hollowbody “rock” guitars. I play a Fender Jaguar (popularized in the surf craze of the ’60s), Alex plays a Gibson ES-339 (a semi hollowbody with a woodier sound), and Adam plays a Danelectro 12 string (another ’60s style guitar with a chiming timbre). In addition to this different sound, there is no improvisation on this track, a rarity for our group. The arrangement itself is fairly true to the original. Alex plays the Carol Kaye bass part, Adam plays the harpsichord part, and I play the Brian Wilson lead. The most difficult thing was trying to capture some of the unusual sounds and instrumentation of the original. For example, the first 15 seconds of the original recording feature Tony Asher playing the inside of a piano with bobby pins as Brian Wilson holds down the proper keys to make the melody ring out. To capture this sound, Adam and Alex play the melody in hocket using artificial harmonics. This is the first of a series of Pet Sounds arrangements that I have been working on, which we will most likely debut in their entirety in the summer of 2018.

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