Some top London-based musicians came together to record Shelter. Chris Wilson plays some delightful montuno style piano; Modeste Hugues, better known as a Malagasy guitarist, nails down a tight bass line on What a Life and Yukio Yamamur plays a sweet guitar solo on the same track. And Isabel Fructuoso's voice is just magical.
The cover design shows a detail from Kandisky's Composition VIII, 1923. It's a rhythmic, musical, colourful style of painting.
Into the Blue is a collection of songs influenced by Afro-Latin music and jazz. The musicians include Chris Wilson on piano, Donald Gamble (Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint etc.) on percussion, and Chris Prosser (see Camden Mews below) on violin.
This design is based on the old Blue Note album covers. The baby is my daughter Anya, learning to play guitar with her toes and listening to my music much more intently than she does now as an almost teenager!
Something completely different, Rivertunes is a collection of original compositions that I have arranged for a woodwind quintet.
It's a mixture of folk, early music and African influences - a medieval and multicultural combination.
The photo shows the River Axe just outside Axminster, Somerset. I think it suits the music because it's tranquil yet full of energy at the same time.
Camden Mews is a collaboration with Chris Prosser. We recorded it on a mini-disk with very little rehearsal, but the sound quality is compensated for by a lively and natural feel to the tunes. There are influences from Spanish music, Klezmers and Celtic music among others.
There are 28 short tunes on the CD, and I have included 12 of them here in pairs.
The cover design shows the yard at Camden Mews.
40 Individual Flavours (40 IF) is a collection of short acoustic guitar pieces in a wide range of different styles and moods (hence the name of the CD).
Some of the pieces may be developed into longer arrange-ments for different ensembles, and some can be used for other media – adverts, games, animations and so on. However, they also sit together well on a single CD.
I have included links to the first 10 tunes on the CD.
Afrocubism is one for the future. I will begin by posting the basic guitar tunes here. These will eventually be played by a full-blown Highlife or Afro-beat combo: loads of percussion, intertwining guitars, Fela-style brass and a bevy of all-singing, all-dancing backing singers.
This design is based on doodles that I did while bored senseless at meetings. There's a strong influence from African textile designs in them, or to be more specific, the Ghanaian and Nigerian materials they sell in Ridley Road Market.
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