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The State of This City (Live)

by The Myers Swingset

Late night jazz, cool jazz influenced by post bop. Instrumental, piano and saxophone lead jazz. Original jazz music. Jazz quartet. Melodic, not too avant-garde, not too old-school
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. The Green Lady's Jealousy (Live)
6:37 $1.10
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2. Song for Lydia (Live)
7:10 $1.10
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3. Ernestly Melting (Live)
8:09 $1.10
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4. The Mulligan (Live)
6:13 $1.10
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5. Ice Elation (Live)
8:19 $1.10
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6. About a Boat (Live)
6:01 $1.10
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7. Modal Logic (Live)
6:33 $1.10
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sparked by the decision to split time between Austin and Kansas City, pianist Jackie Myers is more and more becoming a model citizen in the jazz scene of Missouri. Myers’ assimilation was assured early on with the release of a live album, The Instrumental One, recorded at The Green Lady and by picking up a gig as musical director on the nationally syndicated program 12th Street Jump at local NPR affiliate KCUR. As leader of The Myers Swingset, she has managed to turn The Green Lady’s sister establishment, Black Dolphin, into a town hall of tunes for a new live instrumental release The State of This City, out November 8th.

Starting off away from the skylines and somewhere along the seaside of South America, album opener “The Green Lady’s Jealousy” begins with a bossa nova beat and solos from saxophonist Mike Herrera. “In many ways I wrote some of it for the sax player,” Myers explains. “I just knew he'd make the tune sing.” The strut and swagger of “Song For Lydia” came down the street from Myers’ home where “the neighborhood kids were blasting music.” With her practice session competing with predominantly hip hop and pop tunes, she decided to play along with the sounds to ear pleasing results. “This is a tune inspired by a local artist named Ernest Melton whom I admire greatly,” says Myers of “Ernestly Melting.” “He is a singular talent: ambitious, unhindered, beautiful. I had listened to his album before I knew him and found myself thinking about it a week later. It was a totally odd interaction when I asked him to play the tune on a gig and explained that it was named after him, but he handled it gracefully.” Followed by another namesake number, “The Mulligan” taps saxophonist Gerry Mulligan as an influence and stirs things up by throwing the chorus to drummer Jim Lower. “I am especially fond of his brush work,” says Myers. “You can definitely hear it on this track and I don't think it's any secret.” The gentle “Ice Elation” draws heavily from the dream-like way in which it was composed. “This is one of those tunes that just fell out of my head one day, like I almost didn't write it,” Myers recalls. “I tweaked it, but it just sort of appeared in my head and I wrote it down. I don't really even have words for the solo Sam Copeland (bass) takes on this tune. Easily one of the finer solos on the album.” A straight ahead rhythm shifts to a shuffle on “About A Boat” - going back and forth as Myers commences to contrast the “angular sounds with something catchy and easy on the ears.” Copeland’s composition “Modal Logic” is the closing track, which Myers is quick to both label and laud - “I'd call it post bop, but first I'd call it good music.”

The State of This City was recorded live by Ethan Erisman with help from Ken Lovern at Black Dolphin in Kansas City, Missouri. Mixing was done by Charlie Kramsky and mastering by Nick Landis - both in Austin, Texas. Myers continues to provide music for 12th Street Jump, perform regularly in Kansas City and Texas, play more Hammond B3 organ, and will spend February of 2020 as a resident artist for Escape to Create in Florida.

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