SAM CROWE GROUP - 'TOWARDS THE CENTRE OF EVERYTHING'
Release date: 29/04/2013
"Sam Crowe is a class act, both as composer and pianist." Chris Parker, London Jazz
Crowe's second album, Towards the Centre of Everything, features eight new original compositions and a rehash of a piece from the first album, recorded in New York with some of the most talked about young musicians in jazz: Mark Guiliana (Avishai Cohen, Brad Mehldau), Will Vinson (Rufus Wainwright, Gonzalo Rubalcaba), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato), Adam Waldmann (Kairos 4tet) and Will Davies.
The music is a genre bending mix of Crowe's musical influences and although doesn't attempt to conform to any traditional concepts of what has become known as 'jazz', loses none of the depth and spontaneity. With this music, Crowe offers a musical metaphor on how the human species could function in this universe.
"The compositions are micro-universes with their own parameters such as the chords and the tempo, but within them, there is the opportunity for other perspectives and expression of the individual, which is only made possible by the constant awareness of each individual's intrinsic relationship to the whole. The group is 'creating' the universe. The music is about many different things but the overriding themes and the album title is more about expanding our consciousness and awareness of our place as a species in the universe. I believe humans are the consciousness of the Earth itself. When we realise that greed, war, money and the destruction of the environment all stem from our obsession with our own egos andour preoccupation with the things that separate us from nature and other people; then we will realise that we have the potential to evolve and fulfil our huge potential. I have attempted to exploit the incredibly unique 'sounds' of the individuals on this recording to emphasise the different musical influences we've all had, whilst also attempting to create a sound world that expresses my feelings about the world. Hopefully this comes across infused with a sense of hope and beauty."
Sam Crowe 2013
'Making of"... film:
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