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JazzMain creates a Sound for Sore Ears
(Published: July 03, 2014)

Scottish-based quartet JazzMain, has released its debut CD "A Sound for Sore Ears" having waited almost 18 months since they first entered the studio, such was the band's intense attention to detail in selecting the most appropriate tunes from their vast repertoire of standards and compositions.

A lush palette of superb musicianship awaits from the first track - from which the CD takes its title - the Jimmy Heath-penned 'A Sound for Sore Ears', interspersed with some interesting shifts in approach to tunes like 'Willow Weep for Me' - which moves into a 6/8 feel with hallmarks of Miles Davis' 'So What' topping and tailing the track.

These musical jousts among the band members are the hallmark of this long-awaited debut from a band who have worked across the Scottish jazz scene for around ten years.

Tenor saxophonist and band leader, Nick Gould ekes out a hauntingly beautiful fragility on the ballad 'You Don't Know What Love Is',but the band is equally at home with its superb funk version of Jaco Pastorius's classic 'The Chicken' or Charles Mingus' timeless classic 'Nostalgia in Times Square'

Other tracks include 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, Mornin', George Coleman's 'Amsterdam After Dark', Dizzy Gillespie's 'Tin Tin Deo' and the standard, 'It's Almost Like Being In Love.

Jazz Main has its origins firmly in the Blue Note camp - most notably influenced by the late Horace Silver, Benny Golson and Cannonball Adderley. The band plan to record a follow up CD later this year.

JazzMain is Nick Gould (tenor), Steve Grossart (keys/piano), Kevin Dorrian (drums/percussion) and Iain Harkness (electric bass).

On the CD, two other double bass players shared the duties - Owen MacDonald and Jennifer Clark.

The album was recorded at Sound Cafe in The Scottish Borders under the watchful eye of producer, David Gray and is available on the iTunes Store - priced GBP 7.99 / USD 10.00

More Information: http://www.jazzmain.com

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