Things Yet Unknown
Things Yet Unknown is the album I have always wanted to make. It features a group of terrific players from my generation performing original compositions. I am always composing, and deciding which pieces to record in order to make a complete and cohesive album was a challenge. However, I think the final product offers a good mix of styles and moods that keeps things interesting. By choosing to record with trumpet and trombone as the front line, I immediately thought of the great JJ Johnson-Nat Adderly recordings of the late 1950's and the recordings put out by Woody Shaw in the 1970's and 1980's that feature himself with Steve Turre. This has given the album a different feel than a more typical lineup featuring tenor sax and trombone would be able to offer. The interplay between trombone and trumpet was a central concept that I focused on when arranging the music for this album. Both horns are featured as melodic voices and in support roles. I tried to blend some of the traditional roles of each instrument in order to create something that adds to the oeuvre of trombone-trumpet recordings. While recording original music was the primary focus of this project, I still wanted to include a few standards. I thought it would be interesting to completely re-imagine both "You Stepped Out of a Dream" and "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning". I tried to alter each of these songs enough in order to make them feel like original compositions but still be recognizable and accessible as the great pieces of American song writing that they are. As a whole, this album represents my career up to this point. Some of the songs I had been performing for several years, while others only a few weeks. This is how I see the career of any complete Jazz musician, continuing to mine for great performance in tested material while always moving forward to new influences. Shawn Bell-Trombone Quentin Coaxum-Trumpet Jonathan McQuade-Flugel Horn Ross Margitza-Piano Nate Brown-Bass Sam Jewell-Drum Set.