11.22.11 Louis Durra “The Best Of All Possible Worlds” CD from Lot 50

Lot 50 New Release
Louis Durra
The Best Of All Possible Worlds

Louis has developed a painstaking way of immersing in the music he performs:

“I’m mostly acquiring repertoire from recordings of groups, focusing on the vocals. I much prefer absorbing music from recordings. There are too many subtle notes-and-rhythms choices great vocalists make, that are really part of the interest of the song for me. I also want to convey, or at least be aware of, the sounds of great ensembles. I do a lot to personalize a song, but I’d rather start from the Beatles’ recording, than from someone else’s interpretation of what happened.”

“I usually sit in bed and transcribe with pencil and manuscript, one hand cueing playback on a laptop. Transcribing itself has become a form of practice for me. It’s great ear-training, and I’m writing out the notes and rhythms of great performers.”

“As a bandleader, I give a lot of thought to what to put in a chart for musicians. I work on conveying musical direction organically through listening and playing rather than words or notation. I often give the musicians the melodies written in detail, but only simple chord symbols and very few written lines for drums and bass. I’d rather let listening and interaction lead us. Often I’m “leading upside down” — playing the melody so as to make the cymbals sound good, or voicing in ways flattering to the bass. One of the results has been great loyalty from the musicians.”

“Many jazz musicians have been brought to a halt by tunes that spend a lot of time on just a couple of chords. I do a lot of “solo and melody at the same time” – cutting back and forth between as-written and new lines, playing the melody with counter-lines or passing voicings. I consider ideas outside the key a good deal. Many of the logical “jazz reharms” are not of interest for me because they’ve been around for decades… I’m currently drawn to having one or more voices travel outside of the key smoothly or abruptly to create interest, emotion. I see unexplored possibilities for being true to the song and being creative at the same time. These things have developed based on what I’m hearing in the songs themselves, not arrived at theoretically. I think I’m done with choices based on anything other than pure sound.”


Produced by: Louis Durra

DJ Rob Swift

Album Photo + Design by: Kio Griffith

Louis Durra website

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