Sam Braysher – alto saxophone
Tom Farmer – double bass
Jorge Rossy – drums, vibraphone (on track 4.), marimba (on track 10.)
- For Regulars Only 5:03 (Dexter Gordon)
- Heart and Soul 4:59 (Hoagy Carmichael/Frank Loesser)
- One Note Samba (Samba de uma Nota Só) 2:43 (Antônio Carlos Jobim)
- Some Other Spring 3:51 (Irene Kitchings/Arthur Herzog Jr.)
- Pintxos 3:27 (Sam Braysher)
- Little White Lies 4:55 (Walter Donaldson)
- The Sweetest Sounds 5:02 (Richard Rodgers)
- Reflection (from Mulan) 2:36 (Matthew Wilder/David Zippel)
- Shall We Dance 4:06 (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin)
- This Nearly Was Mine 6:02 (Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II)
- Walking the Dog 1:36 (George Gershwin)Recorded at Bon Repos, Begues, Spain, by Adrian Mateo, 14 & 15 May 2019.
Mixed by Alex Bonney
Mastered by Peter Beckmann
Executive Producer: Harald Haerter
Artwork and design by Mariano Gil
Photos by Maximiliano Martínez
I’ve listened to Jorge Rossy a lot over the years. He plays drums on a number of records that were important to my me and my friendship group, especially whilst we were at music college: albums by Brad Mehldau, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel and others. He’s one of my favourite musicians anywhere, and I feel very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to get to know him and play with him over the last few years – largely in a quintet called REBOP, in which he plays vibraphone. He’s also incredibly nice and one of the most easy-going people I’ve met, and it was brilliant to record in such a lovely setting at his studio in Begues, Catalonia.
Tom is from a little closer to home, but is also someone I’ve looked up to for a long time. He’s a few years older than me, and was one of the top young bassists on the scene in London whilst I was studying at Guildhall (from where he’d recently graduated himself). He’s a brilliant, thoughtful accompanist, an incredibly broad musician, and he’s been extremely helpful throughout this whole process.
As always, I tried to choose an interesting selection of tunes for this set, including some that are rarely played by jazz musicians, although I hope a few of these might at least sound familiar. With the Great American Songbook material in particular, I aimed to learn it deeply by consulting the original sheet music where possible and learning the lyrics. The three of us of course have a multitude
of influences between us, but when preparing these arrangements I was vaguely thinking about the approaches to standard material of Sonny Rollins (especially on the album The Sound of Sonny), Thelonious Monk and Ahmad Jamal.
Thank you for listening – I hope you enjoy the music.