As with all good jazz records, this is best taken during the quieter times in the evening to drown out the city sounds. It's an album that sits in the background, yet you can lean in and take notice of all the emotional intricacies of the piano phrasing and allow the music lead you where ever you want.
This record represents more than a collection of music. It feels more akin to a personal enlightenment, drawing on experiences that evoked strong emotions across the spectrum. In each track, an experience and emotion are represented by one prominent colour which, even with the passing of time, instantly recalls its origin.
This was the inspiration for this record - emotion defined through colour. An emotion which resonated within me, that I could reflect on, could sit with, often for days or weeks at a time. Those emotions find an outlet in these songs, the composition of which, though credited to me, happened almost involuntarily; an innocent bystander as the music found its way to the piano and the page. It is by this metric, the emotional rawness and honesty, that I feel so proud of this record. It speaks of sadness, love, hope and fear, of happiness, regret and excitement.
Emotional expression is hard. For me, at least. Talking about emotion, particularly negative emotion, is a painful process. This record provides me freedom of expression, in a language with which I’m more comfortable.
This record is intensely personal. It has challenged me and left me exhausted, but at the same time, has inspired and energised me. I hope it will do the same for you. I hope this record will help you to pause, to reflect, to feel and to express your inner self as honestly and fearlessly as possible.
released May 13, 2017
Composition by Brenton Foster
Produced by Brenton Foster
Piano: Brenton Foster
Trumpet: Tom Jovanovic
Saxophone: Gideon Brazil
Trombone: Nick Pietsch
Double Bass: Marty Holoubek
Drums: Aaron McCoullough
Recorded by Allan Neuendorf
New Village Studios, Melbourne, Australia
Mixed by Tom Barnes
Mary Street, Adelaide, Australia
Mastered by Robert Thomas
Ten Eight Seven Mastering, London, UK
Photography: Madeléna Rehorek
Art Direction: James Bobridge
Brenton Foster continues to establish himself as a unique voice in the Australian original music scene. Brenton’s 2016
release, Two Cities, was nominated for Best Jazz Album in the 2016 The Age Music Victoria Awards.
Brenton's new record, The Nature Of Light, is out on May 13 on Bold Future Records, released as part of the Stonnington Jazz Festival 2017....more