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Weaving

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ABOUT: WEAVING

When Jeff Coffin asked me about recording my music, I was a little hesitant about it at first. I’d never really thought about preserving my music. I’ve always thought of my music as being a temporary experience. So, to be asked to record my music and to have him as an integral part of it was a humbling feeling. I can’t be thankful enough for all that he has done.

This project includes a variety of pieces that I’ve written over the last few years. When we started the project I wasn’t sure what compositions I wanted to record. I was lucky to get my favorite players who are also my dearest friends involved. I knew that I wanted to showcase their talents more than anything else. Also, I wanted to create frameworks for the sounds and shapes that I find interest in. I tried to create context and structures for the melodies, harmonies, and rhythms that I like to play on that would also hopefully inspired my fellow bandmates/friends. – JW


the players:
jonathan wires – bass
josh hunt – drums/percussion
jeff coffin – tenor sax/soprano sax/clarinet/bass clarinet
matt endahl – wurlitzer


guests:
don aliquo – bass clarinet
lindsey miller – guitar
james westfall – vibraphone
jamey simmons – trumpet


the music:
01) WEAVING (6’ 42”)
jonathan wires – bass
josh hunt – drums
jeff coffin – tenor sax/bass clarinet
matt endahl – wurlitzer

(From JW) Weaving:

Weaving: The piece starts out with a 9 beat bass figure broken into a 4 and 5 beat syncopated ostinato. It then gravitates to a modern waltz-like section with a few bars of 4/4 tucked away safe measure. It also incorporates some cross-rhythm ideas, which is something I like to play around with. If you ask me, Matt and Jeff’s solos are really the highpoint of the piece. This piece was inspired by the fabric weaving of my wife’s father. I love how all the strands of thread interact with one another creating a variety of geometrical shapes, reminiscent of music.

02) SECOND THOUGHTS (5’ 21”)
jonathan wires – bass
josh hunt – drums
jeff coffin – tenor sax

Second Thoughts: I suppose is an attempt at synchronizing the funky with the cerebral. I like the interplay between the bass and sax during the initial melody statement. The solo section jostles between two tonal areas. The drum solo is over one bar of 4/4, a bar of 6/4, and then three bars of 4/4 for a total of 22 beats. And let me say that Josh kills it!

03) BEFORE THE WIND (9’ 08”)
jonathan wires – bass
josh hunt – drums
jeff coffin – soprano sax
matt endahl – wurlitzer

Before the Wind: This is a pretty simple ballad piece. I felt that I needed something that wasn’t overly “cerebral” and could just live in a quite space.

04) IT SEEMS TO BE (10’ 09”)

jonathan wires – bass, percussion
josh hunt – drums, dumbek, percussion
jeff coffin – soprano sax, percussion
matt endahl – wurlitzer

It Seem to Be: In recent years I’ve found a lot of inspiration from Balkan folk-dance music traditions. I’ve always been interested in asymmetrical time feels. I try to make those kinds of rhythms feel “natural” and not forced, just as they do in those parts of the world. It’s based around a based around a 14 and ½ beat ostinato in the A sections with the bridge in 4/4. We decided to extend the bridge and free it up with a beautiful duo played between Jeff and Matt. The coda then migrates to a 9 beat cycle with a wonderful and inspiring solo by Josh.

05) IN MY SLUMBER (8’ 42”)
jonathan wires – bass
josh hunt – drums
don aliquo – bass clarinet

In My Slumber: There is this moment between sleep and wakefulness where my mind starts to wonder freely and hearthings. This piece came out moments like that. It is basically broken into three main sections. I wanted to capitalize on the beautiful darkness that the bass clarinet offers. There was no better that I could think of to truly capture it than Don Aliquo. His keen sense of musical direction and while being like an untamed beast truly inspire me. It’s not an easy piece by any measure. But Don and Josh tamed that beast!

06) IN FLUX (9’ 06”)
jonathan wires – bass
josh hunt – drums
jeff coffin – clarinet/tenor sax
matt endahl – wurlitzer
lindsey miller – guitar

In Flux: I wrote this piece some time ago. It reflects a time before I moved to Nashville when I was living in Memphis and trying to figure it all out. In general, it’s a pretty laid back piece. However, I wanted it to have an edge to it that I knew Lindsey Miller could provide. She has a way to give something a little different to the mix. I wanted this piece to be aggressive, loose, and free. I have to say this is one my favorite solos by Matt. His opening figure is still stuck in my mind. My favorite part is towards the end when we really let loose and get outside a bit.

07) HOLIDAY OFFERING (8’ 09”)
jonathan wires – bass
josh hunt – drums
jeff coffin – tenor sax

Holiday Offering: These are a trio compositions that feature Jeff. I’ve always loved sax, bass Holiday Offering: I’ve always felt that as beautiful as holiday’s are, there is always a sense of solemnity to them. They are not only a time to celebrate but also a time to reflect. I feel that Jeff completely capsulated the character of what I was after in this piece; hope, thoughtfulness, and reflection. It’s one of my favorite solos on the album.

08) WAVER (6’ 37”)
jonathan wires – bass
josh hunt – drums
jeff coffin – tenor sax, soprano sax
james westfall – vibraphone
jamey simmons – trumpet

Waver: I actually wrote this piece with James Westfall and Jamey Simmons in mind. I really like that James’ sound seems to “wavers” through the air like a balloon. Jamey’s trumpet playing always knocks me out. He’s steep with tradition but never anchored to it. This piece has a variety of influences including Herbie Hancock’s work from the late 60’s, Thomas Tallis, an English Renaissance composer, and some pop-like music. It starts out in 4/4 time before moving to a 7 beat cycle and then morphs into a 3/4 sections with some counterpoint occurring between the trumpet and tenor. I’m a fan of multiple melodies occurring at the same time. There’s just something so wonderful about a cacophony of melodies. Also, one thing I wanted to do with this piece is for it to never come back to the beginning. It’s intriguing to have music bloom from start to finish with little to no repetition.

total time: 63’ 52”


cd notes:
Produced by Jonathan Wires & Jeff Coffin
Recorded December, 2014 / January 2015
ITA Studios, Nashville, TN
Engineered by Jeff Coffin
Mixed by Jon Estes
Mastered by Richard Aspinwall

All compositions by Jonathan Wires


words:
“This thing has more nooks and crannies than an english muffin.” – don aliquo


the players (extended info):

Jeff Coffin: What can be said about Jeff Coffin that hasn’t already been said? He’s a force of nature in the Nashville creative music scene. All you have to do is look at Jeff’s various musical adventures over the years, and you’ll understand why. He has so much positivity, ambition, and respect for music and passes that along to those around him. He’s a gifted musician who is an endless source of inspiration to many, but especially me. His keen ear helps him create beautiful melodies like in “Holiday Offering.” In that tune, he completely encapsulated the character of the composition. It’s such a beautiful solo and has become my favorite solo on the album. I often wonder why Jeff wants to preserve my music. Why does he even want to play with me? I feel so small against his musical presence, but as I’ve gotten to know him over the years, I’ve come to realize that he has nothing but love in his heart and a deep desire to share and give to us all the things that he enjoys, discovers, and finds interesting. His generosity of spirit is something none of us should take for granted.

Josh Hunt: Josh is one of Nashville’s finest musicians. Even though he’d never admit it, he doesn’t seem to ever make mistakes. He’s perhaps the most low-profile person I know but always adds something new and fresh to the music while being supportive and inventive. Let’s just say that he knows how to please those around him. I never have to makes suggestions to him on how to play my music—he intuits the best ways and seems to know my music better than I do.

Matt Endahl: The first time I heard Matt Endahl play, I knew he listened more than he played. He always plays just the right thing. His instincts are spot-on, and he has no fear of going where the music takes him. He’s always right there working his magic.

Lindsey Miller: Fast becoming one of Nashville’s go-to guitarists. She has an amazing sense of flow and direction to her playing. I like that she offers something a little different and has rock-and-roll references in her playing. She has the edge I was aiming for on “In Flux.” Her solo on it is as fierce as it is beautiful.

Don Aliquo: Don will now be remembered as the Squawk Phauwk master for all of eternity! I’ve known Don for years. He’s not only one of the nicest and goofiest people, he’s also a beast of a winds player. While normallya  tenor sax ninja, his bass clarinet skills soar on “In My Slumber.” He always plays music as if it where fresh and new to him, as if he’s discovering it with you for the first time. I love the freedom he brings to the table.

Jamey Simmons: Jamey was my first composition teacher, and he has had a huge impact on my own compositional process. His knowledge of harmony and melodic movements have made a deep impression on me. While I was his student, he was open to helping me shape whatever crazy idea I had. I’m truly thankful for all that he has given me and that he was willing to be a part of this project. I only wish I had used him more.

James Westfall: When I first heard James Westfall was moving to town, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’ve heard him over the years and have always wanted to work with him. His work on “Waver,” which I more or less wrote to demonstrate his awesomeness, blows me away. He’s so rhythmically inspiring in his approach. I’m still waiting for him to give me lessons.

Jon Estes: Jon mixed the record, and I couldn’t be more thankful for what he did. He’s by far one of my favorite musicians in Nashville. Now, he’s my favorite guy to mix records. I don’t know how he’s so good at everything he does—he just is. I’m deeply indebted to him. When I grow up, I want to be like Jon.


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