The first release - BEBOP - on Jay Graydon's own record label SONIC THRUST
is the result of the united
musical talents by a group of top-notch musicians, all first rate studio aces with many years of experience in the music
industry. 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
made music magic - immortalized on the BEBOP album.
This video below is featuring one of the songs from the album - MY HOT GIRTH - which is an anagram of ... yea, take a guess ...
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!
Joe Graydon TV show
Oh Yes, There Will
Go 'Way Moon
My Hot Girth
Star Spangled Banner
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!!!
In any case, enjoy this video my PA Kerstin created on the arrangement I did. - 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
"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
We would like to share with you a few photos taken of some great moments of jazz performed by
a stellar bunch of seasoned players at Garden Rake Studios. All photos are taken by
Don Q Hannah and Dave Weckl. The cat in the white shirt is Ian Eales
who has worked as an engineer on several albums. Ian was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1983 for
the "Jarreau" album
and was consulted at this gig as studio technician. If you click on these mini pics
you will get to the bigger pic and some comments.
Jay Graydon and Ian Eales
Dave Carpenter, Dave Weckl, Brandon Fields
Jay and Ian. Don Hannah in the background
The BEBOP album is
also available as a "Jam-with-the-Band" book/CD package - which is a
book with the sheet music
and a CD with the music minus guitar as to play with the band, released on
Hal Leonard. The
other minus one instrument versions are soon to
follow. This is a rare opportunity for young jazz music students to perform with a real bebop band. Since Jay could
BEBOP album leaving out one instrument, he did a few versions in that fashion.
Get your own copy of the package with the
minus one CD and the accompanying book with all the charts from your local sheet music retailer or directly online from e.g. Amazon ...