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SJRCD1034 Jay Graydon/Bebop

JAY GRAYDON in the GRAMMY Nominations once again! This time he is competing with the highly praised BEBOP album in 4 categories!!!


Jay Graydon - twice Grammy awarded and 12 times nominated Los Angeles top songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, producer, arranger, engineer, and more - says about how BEBOP actually came about...

The "BEBOP" album happened quite by accident. I get called to consult and beta test product from time-to-time. Marcus Ryle (chief designer of the ADATs and much more, and the co-owner of LINE 6 (guitar amps), typically brings me into such projects. I needed to record a project as to beta test the ALESIS M20s. I considered recording a pop record, but that would typically use 16-bit samplers for drums, etc. I decided to record a bebop album as the recorder format is pro and needed real players as to show the sonics in full. - JAY

So Jay summoned a few of his best musician friends with with long and strong experience in the jazz field and together they made music magic - immortalized on the BEBOP album.

Jay Graydon is an internationally renowned artist with many hits over the years. Among the Grammy nominations is e.g. the prestigious title Producer of the Year and also a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Recording.

The sidemen on BEBOP are not exactly any novices either, or how about Dave Weckl on drums, Dave Carpenter on bass, Bill Cantos on piano and Brandon Fields on sax. Quite a thrilling line up!


Tracks:

Joe Graydon TV show/Oh Yes, There Will/Blow Man/4.2/Go 'Way Moon/Tubs/C Bop/My Hot Girth/G Wizz/Star Spangled Banner

Musicians:

  • Jay Graydon - Guitar
  • Brandon Fields - Alto and Tenor Sax
  • Dave Weckl - Drums
  • Dave Carpenter - Bass
  • Bill Cantos - Piano

The band is surely cooking on this album and the sheer fun factor, the passion and energy is obvious. As you may notice many of the titles are intentionally humorous. For instance the track "Oh Yes, There Will" is of course the answer to the jazz standard "There Will Never Be Another You", "My Hot Girth" is an anagram of "I Got Rhythm" and I think "G Wizz" needs no further explanation...

The musicians on this album have perfect understanding of one another. The versatility of the playing, with harmonic highlights such as Jay Graydon's clean genuine jazz guitar sound, Brandon Fields' warm sax tone, Dave Weckl's swinging drums, Bill Cantos' elaborate piano passages and Dave Carpenter's jazzy bass, makes the album a subtle intelligent masterpiece of quality music, caressing the ears of the listener. The compositions are all new, apart from the national anthem of course. The collaboration of these five skilled musicians, offering each other elbow-room for equilibristic solos, is exceedingly professional and a joy to experience.

The BEBOP album really lets the true musical genius of Jay Graydon shine through. The delicious arrangement and unusual treatment of the STAR SPANGLED BANNER showcases Jay's sensitive feel and touch. Listen for instance to the exquisite flageolets opening and ending his rare arrangement of the national anthem, giving it renewed beauty. The decision to add STAR SPANGLED BANNER to the album has its own story...

I was in Japan doing a promotional tour somewhere in the early 90s. I was asked to play the Star Spangled Banner on a rock video for some TV show (I can't remember the name of the show). The request was to play the first half of the song in a chord melody fashion and play the rest of the songs like Jimi Hendrix (full blown rock!)

I spent the night before in the hotel room working out a chord melody arrangement. I played the arrangement and the rock stuff for the video. When I got back to LA, I found myself playing the arrangement and decided to complete the arrangement in full regarding chord melody style. Some of my guitar player friends liked the arrangement and said I should record it so that is the reason it is on the CD. Ironically, the timing of 9-11 brought a new meaning to the arrangement!!! - JAY


The BEBOP album is getting many favorable reviews by jazz authorities. For instance, Wes Gillespie at thejazzsite.net rates it a 10 out of 10 and says ...

"I have played it non stop for a week"... - Wes Gillespie

and Kenneth Pearson at Jazzmanonline says about Jay...

"His understated approach to guitar playing, along with sidework from Dave Weckl, Brandon Fields, Dave Carpenter, and Bill Cantos, combine to create a sonic treasure of bebop, a digitally recorded masterpiece." - Kenneth Pearson

Jazzreview.com were absolutely amazed by the BEBOP album and here is what their interview editor Suzi Price says...

I am so floored with your musical talent and technical expertise. I can only hope that another jazz CD might find its way to us sometime in the future. As I said many months ago, it is one of the best straight-ahead jazz CDs I've heard in eons. I assure you I've played it many times since receiving it with your presskit.


Review: Mr. West Coast himself, blows the lid off with one of the best straight-ahead jazz albums in recent years. Many may not be familiar with Jay Graydon. Twice Grammy awarded and 12 times nominated, Jay Graydon is L.A.'s top songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, singer, producer, arranger, engineer. If you buy one CD this season, Jay's new CD "Bebop" (on his own SONIC THRUST RECORDS label) is it! Exciting things are happening on this CD. It will knock your socks off! - Suzi Price


Check out Doc Dosco's feature in his column WHAT'S HOT WITH JAZZ GUITAR in Guitar News Weekly in which he for instance says

... In regards to Jay's straight ahead playing, I must say I was a bit surprised. I knew him as an accomplished studio player, but as straight ahead jazz guy... I had no idea he could play changes with such skill, taste and virtuosity. My take: "Bebop is very, very hip ...dazzling solos, burnin' tracks, a real gem of a jazz CD..."


A complete musician - by Rune Johansson rune@digi.no

Jay Graydons "bebop" album is a masterpiece within its genre. I know him from hundreds of session recordings in the more contemporary style and of cource from the classic westcoast-period in the late seventies and early eighties where the Airplay-album was groundbreaking.

With the bebop-album Jay shows new sides of his talents, delivering an impressive collection of tunes that would make every jazz-lover overwhelmed. Not only because of the great tunes, mostly co-written by Jay & Bill Cantos, but also because of the great playing both by Jay and the rest of the guys. And the sound quality? As always with Jay: State of The Art.

The best bebop-album I've heard in a long time.


Rune Johansson - Oslo, Norway

He's a king of jazzguitar too ! - by Torbjørn Alfsen t.alfsen@c2i.net

The Jay Graydon "Bebop" cd is just great ! A combination of the joy of playing, technical and musical skills and very good tunes! These tunes must be included in the next edition of Real Book!!! Being a guitarist I almost get depressed. I did know that Jay was the King of AOR/Westcoast, but in this he shows that he also has the whole jazz school within him!


Jay est super - by Luigi Moretti luigi.moretti@bluemail.ch

le nouveau cd bebop de Jay Graydon est Super


GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

1979 Best Rhythm & Blues Song AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE
WINNER!
1979 Song Of The Year AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE
1980 Best Jazz Fusion Performance,
Vocal or Instrumental
TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE
1981 Album Of The Year BREAKIN' AWAY
1981 Best Vocal Arrangement For
Two Or More Voices
KAFKA
1982 Best Rhythm & Blues Song TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND
WINNER!
1983 Best Instrumental Arrangement
Accompanying Vocals
MORNIN'
1983 Best Instrumental Arrangement
Accompanying Vocals
STEP BY STEP
1983 Best Engineered Recording JARREAU
1983 Producer Of The Year  
1984 Best Album Of Original Score
Written For A Motion Picture
GHOSTBUSTERS
1985 Best Album Of Original Score
Written For A Motion Picture
ST ELMO'S FIRE