Originally recorded in
2003, this is Jonathan Tristram's first full-length recording.
Aptly titled, this CD features 12 of his instrumental works
for guitar. Several of these compositions were
profoundly influenced by some of Jonathan's travel
experiences. For example, "Theme for a Lazy Day" the opening
track, was written while sitting on a park bench on a quiet
Sunday morning in New Orleans. This track is followed by
"Hadrian's Wall" a piece of music that hearkens back to
memories of a childhood journey that explored the northern
reaches of Great Britain. The Guitar Speaks is slated to be
remastered and re-released sometime in the coming year.
Over the past four
years, Jonathan has adopted a new means of musical expression
through the lush smokey tones of the Hammond organ. In
2006, Jonathan and fellow musician Rob Jones formed a
guitar/organ duo soon to be called The Hub Kings. The
addition of saxophonist Ben Chapman and drummer Bongo Dave
soon followed. Hailing from the Hub City of New
Brunswick, the Hub Kings create a vibe-a-delic tapestry
ranging in influences from bebop jazz to swanky lounge to the
more contemporary sounds of soul funk.
Think back to
your most intense infatuation. Imagine a day s/he looked you in
the eyes, and smiled. The two of you talked and you were
charming, witty, even memorable! There's a noticeable spring in
your step as you make your way back to the
apartment/car/whatever-that's what Amy's music is like.
Amy approached Jonathan
during the summer of 2004 and asked him if he would "do a quick
demo" of 3 of her songs. The recording of those demos
proved much fun for both of them that they decided in the fall
of that year to begin work on her debut CD. In
addition to his producing and engineering, Jonathan's credits on
this CD also include all of the backing keyboards (Hammond organ
and Fender Rhodes) and all of the bass tracks as well.
Rob Jones is a singer-song
writer who studies jazz and has a penchant for well
constructed pop melodies. Some may remember him from the 90's
New Brunswick scene in such bands as Acoustic Grooves, and
Overlap. For the first several years before moving out to
California, he devoted his creative
energies as the first guitarist for that vibe-weaving keyboard
quartet known as The Hub Kings.
Rob's five song EP
beautifully displays the depth and diversity of his writing
styles. In addition to producing and engineering, Jonathan's
instrumental credits on this CD include keyboards, electric bass, dobro, and drums on "Book