Déjà Blue

by Chris Conway

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about

An album of jazz and blues songs. It's late but the bar is still open. Bartender Joe is asking "What will it be, sir?"

After several albums of quite impressionistic jazz and world music jazz fusion, around 1995 I was getting a lot more work singing jazz and playing piano in bars and restaurants. This tended to be jazz of a more mainstream blues influenced kind. Kind of Ray Charles influenced plus songs from the 30s movies I loved.
I had written quite a few jazz songs by then so it seemed a good idea to record them.

The TRG Studios I was using then had a bar, so for the ambience I set up there and, on my own, recorded my songs - no overdubs then - using different kayboard sounds to vary the feel.

15 years later when I decided to remaster the album for CD I decided to add harmonies, and light percussion on a couple of tracks - I've always heard the harmonies in my head on those songs - I just hadn't the means to record them back then.

I've written more jazz songs since, but this album captures my bar room set of songs nicely - so pull up a stool, let Joe the bartender pour you a drink and listen to songs of depression, madness, celebration, and love gone wrong.

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released May 5, 1995

Chris Conway - vocals, piano, keyboards, shakers

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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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