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    New Jazz/Fusion Release From Bill Graham

    Hi Everyone, my name is Bill Graham, and I'm a pianist/composer. I used to hang around here a bunch about 10-15 years ago, not sure if anybody remembers me, but I wanted to let you know about a new fusion track I just put out.

    https://billgraham.bandcamp.com/album/running-behind

    https://open.spotify.com/album/4qGzYlOWJLxYP0bXmPqrrF

    https://music.apple.com/us/album/run...576052331?uo=4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0v31GkP11A


    This is the first of my pandemic-era recordings to be released.

    A huge part of jazz music is interacting with the musicians around you. Being unable to get together and play with other musicians this past year, I decided to write some things that would be more densely arranged, with much more in the way of composed ensemble background parts to make up for the fact that there wouldn't be the usual real-time interactivity amongst the players. This piece combines elements of jazz harmony and improvisation, big band arranging, world music rhythmic ideas, and contemporary classical composition.

    Bill Graham - Composition, Arranging, Rhodes, Clavinet, ARP Odyssey, and Fender Bass

    Eric Fontaine - Clarinet, Saxophones (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bari, and Bass)

    Emrah Kotan - Drums

    Janna Graham - Vibraphone


    I hope you dig it! Thanks so much for listening!

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    Very nice! I like it.

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    Agreed! Very professional.
    What can this strange device be? When I touch it, it brings forth a sound.

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    Thanks for checking it out!

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    Oh how could anyone forget you Bill? Nice to know you're still active, yay! And it sounds glorious. Loveliness

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    Another new release, figured I'd keep it on this same thread.

    Paths Of Transmission, Music For Socially Distanced Jazz Orchestra



    Audio also available on Bandcamp https://billgraham.bandcamp.com/album...
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    https://open.spotify.com/album/0onXBo...

    This piece is for a sort of "Woodwind Big Band" type of ensemble. Typical big band instrumentation is a trumpet section, a trombone section, and a sax section, plus rhythm. Here, I instead used a flute section, clarinet section, french horn section, and sax section. I really enjoyed having all of those woodwind colors available.

    When the reality of the pandemic set in, that it was going to be quite some time before I'd be able to be in a room improvising and interacting with other musicians, I decided to write some music with more arranged ensemble background parts to try and account for that lack of real time interaction. I embraced lots of ideas from early masters of big band arranging, like Don Redman, Fletcher Henderson, and Duke Ellington, mainstream arrangers like Nelson Riddle, Frank Foster, and Sammy Nestico, as well as relatively more modern arrangers like Gil Evans, Don Sebesky, and Clare Fischer, to name a few. In the last section, however, I dispensed with the written backgrounds entirely, and had Eric improvise along with my rhodes solo on all of his overdubbed wind parts, which makes quite an interesting ensemble texture.

    Bill Graham - Composer, Arranger, Fender Rhodes, ARP Odyssey, Fretless U Bass, Shakers

    Eric Fontaine - Saxes (Alto, Tenor, Bari,) Clarinets (Bb, Alto, Bass, Contrabass,) and Flutes (C, Alto)

    Dylan Reyes - French Horns

    Janna Graham - Vibraphone

    Radley Fricker - Drums

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polypet View Post
    Oh how could anyone forget you Bill? Nice to know you're still active, yay! And it sounds glorious. Loveliness
    Thanks Kim!

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    Back with another new release. "The Third Design" features myself on Acoustic Piano, Synths (Behringer Model D, Korg Arp Odyssey, Arturia Minibrute,) Fender Bass, and Vocals, William Barnes on Pedal Steel Guitar, Eric Fontaine on Alto Flutes, Bass Clarinets, and Bari Sax, Dylan Reyes on (French) Horn, Chris Burroughs on Drums, and Janna Graham on Bells, Shakers, and Ocean Drum. I'm not entirely sure how to describe this one. Atmospheric soulful progressive jazz pop fusion? I hope you dig it.


    Audio also available at https://billgraham.bandcamp.com/album... and https://open.spotify.com/track/6eV3Eu...

    Thanks for checking it out!

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