I keep returning to this album, over and over again. What better compliment can you make a album? Apart from the great musical content and arrangement, it is also excellently recorded, the dynamics and resolution are HQ.
If you were mythical, wouldn't you be a little pissed off that people didn't believe in you? This album loosely expresses the frustration felt by a range of entities (and non-entities) considered mythical around the world through a combination of funk, rock and blues. And what better instrument to convey this pent-up angst than bass trombone?
The second recording by myself and Andy Edwards, this album presents a different kind of creative process than we have engaged with before. Rather than practising and recording each track live, the entirety of this album was constructed in a studio. Andy and I would write, play, or record different musical ideas for each other, and then take turns adding to each track in the studio. One session, I would play a number of solos over a groove that he had laid down a few days earlier, and another session I would record a collection of 4- and 5-part trombone lines for him to add other parts to. Each track evolved in a different way as we added material and edited parts out, rejigging and shuffling slivers of sound until we had crafted each track as you hear it today. Neither of us anticipated exactly where the process of recording this album would take us, but we are thrilled with the result. Enjoy!
Massive thanks to Andy for everything – creative inspiration, technical help, and motivation to help turn a few random ideas into something tangible. Also, as always, thanks to Rob Groucutt for his help mastering the album and enthusiasm for listening to whatever recordings I send him.
released September 1, 2015
Murphy McCaleb, bass trombone
Andy Edwards, guitar/bass/drums
Recorded by Andy Edwards and Murphy McCaleb
Mixed by Andy Edwards
Mastered by Rob Groucutt
Produced by Andy Edwards and Murphy McCaleb
Recorded in Grumpy's Shed
Cover Art and Design by Murphy McCaleb