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Portrait blends organic Jazz with a mechanical timebase. Acoustic and mechanical - The sampler breathes like an acoustic drummer, the piano and bass wind smoothly around it.

I really should let Derek write the notes for Portrait, as it's his tune. It was originally written for a young, talented jazz quintet which Derek was part of, along with Rudy, Artie, and some other players.

Derek translated it into 4/4 time signature (it was originally in 7/8) and rearranged it only slightly. He passed it to me and I went nuts with beats and things. I quite like the tune: it is so smooth and gritty at the same time. I love Derek's chords. It's the second tune we ever worked on together, and the first that really worked out. It was very exciting to both of us at the time!

It was beautiful to hear what Justin did with the piano parts. Small, subtle things, a grace note here and there maybe, but with a clear forwardness and uncomplexity which still makes me smile when I hear it.

- JM


from northstation, released April 24, 2000
(Written by D. Banach)
Derek Banach - TRUMPET
Mark Harris - SAXOPHONE
Justin Adams - PIANO


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