Title - 'Beyond Images'
Artist - Jordan Seigel
While Jordan Seigel emerged from Berklee College of Music a decade ago as a promising young jazz pianist, you’re more likely to have heard his music on the big screen than in a jazz club over the intervening years.
Since returning to his native Los Angeles in 2010, Seigel has accumulated a host of impressive credits as a composer and orchestrator for film and television - including work on such high-profile projects as The Twilight Zone, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The LEGO Movie 2, and Empire.
On his vibrant debut album, Beyond Images, he brings his musical worlds together in a vibrant and eclectic collection of original pieces inspired by cinema’s greatest composers.
Due out July 17th, 2020, over the 11 tracks, Beyond Images effortlessly combines the inventiveness and interplay of jazz with a feverish touch that perfectly resonates film-like scoring.
2. 'Something's Up'
3. 'Intro I'
4. 'The Lake House'
5. 'No Chance'
6. 'The Woods'
7. 'The Baker Street Caper'
8. 'Intro II'
9. 'Song For Porter'
10. 'Monkey In the Wilderness'
11. 'The Abyss'
Featuring bassist Alex Boneham (Billy Childs, Sara Gazarek) and drummer Christian Euman (Jacob Collier, Kurt Elling) who use their shared experience at the Monk Institute to piece together the vigorous rhythm section along with saxophonist/flutist Natsuki Sugiyama, a frequent collaborator on Seigel’s film scores, the quartet open with the nostalgic nod to Jon Brion on 'Departure' and back that up seamlessly with both the wily tip of the cap to John Williams on 'Something's Up,' before we glide gently into 'Intro I.'
Next up on this album, where as you might well have guessed by now, each of the eleven new compositions is wholly dedicated to, and inspired by, some of Seigel’s favorite film composers, is the quite magnificent 'The Lake House' (which channels Randy Newman), and that is backed by the layered musical wonderment of 'No Chance' (for Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, and which brings forth an incredible vocal performance from singer-songwriter Keeley Bumford), the mysterious allure of a jazzy Hitchcockesque score within 'The Woods' (albeit for Bernard Herrmann), and then Seigel formulates a heist score underlay reminiscent of the great Henry Mancini for 'The Baker Street Caper.'
After yet another slide into musical euphoria on 'Intro II,' this album, chock full of earnest jazz tones and waves together with genuinely rendered film music aesthetics, rounds out with a loving nod to Ennio Morricone on 'Song For Porter' (although the song was actually named after Seigel's dog), the magnificently embodied heartbeat of Jerry Goldsmith within 'Monkey In The Wilderness,' and then closes out with the exquisite oscillations of 'The Abyss' (Thomas Newman).
Incorporating piano trio, woodwind quintet, string quartet, vocals, vibraphone, guitar, mandolin and percussion in varying, kaleidoscopic combinations, Beyond Images is already one of my Top 10 albums of 2020, and I know, given your own listening experience, it could well be one of yours too.
“I wanted to create music that transports people to another place, the same way that a great movie can do,” Seigel explains. “Film scores have that power; a beautiful song at the right moment can make an entire audience cry or jolt them with an adrenaline rush during a chase scene. I hope to bring that type of emotional reaction to my own music.”
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