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Boys was first coined by Giovanni while the band listened
to the album takes of Tim’s arrangement of John Lennon’s
Imagine and Raye/Depaul’s You Don’t Know What
Love Is, from a performance at St Cyprian’s in Marylebone
London in January 05 (and confirmed by the pigeon which accurately
targeted Tim’s jacket as the camera shutter fell on the album
Giovanni, recently no.2 in the Japanese Jazz charts and winner of the
“Victoires Du Jazz” and best album from the Django
Rheinhardt Jazz Academy in France, contributed three compositions,
and Tim, described by John Fordham in the Guardian as a “consistently
creative force on the London scene” another three, and other
tracks include Ladies In Mercedes by Steve Swallow.
Four tracks were recorded live in performance, including two tracks from The
Purcell Room on the Southbank on 8th July 05 (see below) and five in Temple Music Studios in April 05.
|What Tim writes about the album:
to the final mixes, I’m struck by the debt of gratitude we owe
to Chris Lewis, our brilliant engineer and essential collaborator in
all HomeMade enterprises, for the talent, commitment and humanity
described in his work.
We recorded this album with the uniquely gifted Italian pianist and
composer Giovanni Mirabassi, after our paths crossed. There was a
genuine opportunity of an exchange on many levels between Giovanni,
myself, Milo and Oli, which we all enjoyed and which I hope is
Lucky Boys was inspired by Dancin’ In The Street (which we
recorded on Personal Standards HMR 047). In Loose Tubes
(a co-operative big band of 22 people) my old friend Dave de
Fries used to say “Let’s dance together before we make
decisions” - it’s enjoyable and spiritual, not planning
every move, a celebration of life. Milo’s spontaneous humour
fuels his intro and the trading at the end.
Des jours meilleurs has all the classic characteristics of a
Mirabassi composition. Sounds deceptively simple, well constructed,
shifts restlessly from one key to another, and is essentially a song
with a human cry.
Imagine and You Don’t Know What Love Is was the
centerpiece of the last gig of our first tour, recorded in St
Cyprian’s Church, Marylebone in London. As we listened to the
tracks, Giovanni said to me “Sometimes we are the lucky boys”.
That’s what I was thinking.
The spirit of New Day for me is renewal, one of the best
abilities all humans have.
We were unsure until midday of the 8th July whether we would
be performing in the heart of London following the bombings on the
London underground the day before, and it is because Giovanni said
“I’m coming anyway” (from Paris) and because
everyone involved, including the audience, carried on, that we
captured in live performance the unique atmosphere of that day which
exudes from Giovanni’s searching, questioning piece Barcarole.
Ladies in Mercedes is for my dancing daughter Maisie.
When Giovanni and I play Tenderness we both think of our children.
Tot ou Tard is Giovanni’s grooving edge with another
celebration on the playout.
"Sometimes we are the lucky boys".