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by Chris Conway

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about

I laid grand plans for my solo album in the spring of 1990. I called up a lot of musicians - mostly friends from my jazz bands or from The Rain Garden band extended family. I also experimented with electronics, live sequencing and even electronic jazz drums which sounded cool at the time. There were some very ambitious arrangements and listening now I can sense the charged energy of these sessions.

Jazz, elaborate pastoral works, minimal organ pieces and electronic adventures can all be found here. Atmosphere with a capital A was the holy grail of the time. A permanent twilight magical world - that was the kind of bubble I dreamed of and tried to create.

There was a lot of influences from ECM artists like Rainer Bruninghaus and Ralph Towner, plus Terry Riley and on "And Suddenly It's Evening" a complete homage to Terje Rypdal.

Heady days - amazing to think it was all done on a 4 track recorder.


influences - Steve Kuhn, Terry Riley, Ralph Towner, Rainer Bruninghaus, Palle Mikkelborg, Terje Rypdal, Bobo Stenson, ECM, Oregon, Collin Walcott, The Rain Garden

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released May 5, 1990

Chris Conway - piano, keyboards, acoustic & electric 10 string guitars, electronic drums, percussion, bamboo flute, samples, kalimba, zither, voice, recorder, bombarde

Blackbird - voice - 13
Steve Cooke - bass - 3
Chris English - acoustic & electric violin - 3, 8
Dave Everitt - bass - 10
Nick Hislam - soprano saxophone - 9, 13
Dave Hunt - snare drum - 10
Steve Lee - bass 2, 12
Andy Nicholls - tenor saxophone - 1, 11
Anne Parker - cello 4, 8
Carl Peberdy - tabla, kalimba, percussion, zither - 1, 12
Renuka Russell - shakuhachi - 12

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Chris Conway Leicester

Chris Conway is a superlative jazz pianist.
Modern, atmospheric ECM, blues, Latin and other styles mix, match & alternate.

He also is a wonderful jazz singer and writer of jazz songs.

In jazz he has worked with Guy Barker, Andy Sheppard, Stan Sulzman, Martin Speake and the legendary Finnish sax player Sakari Kukko (leader of Piirpauke band) amongst others.
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