Thursday, May 5, 2011
Jack Jeffery - Passage to Agadir (USA 2006-2010)
JACK JEFFERY's album Passage to Agadir is a record of many different moods. It contains a variety of musical styles, ranging from acoustic folk (Acoustic Mojo) to FLOYDian space psych (Interstellar Echoes on the Dark Side, Passage to Agadir), from TALKING HEADS-style Wave-funk (Build it Up) and ENO-like pop-psych (Whiskey Burns) to more electronic and/or ambient music (Overture for Galaxies and Stars, Where's the Ambient Jam?).
A fantastic "compelling musical journey" (Indie Music Digest) indeed!
The arrangements are always tasteful, playing and recording are excellent. I especially like the occasional Gilmour-like guitar playing (Being Myself, Mind Horizon ...)
Recommended listening for psych heads!
Q: Where exactly are you from?
A: Washington DC area (northern Virginia)
Q: Do you want your real name mentioned? If so: What is your real name?
A: Sure. Jack Jeffery.
Q: How recorded?
A: The "Passage to Agadir" album was recorded in my home studio using the following gear: Martin HD-28 acoustic guitar, Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar, Marshall amp, Roland SH-201 synthesizer, Studio Projects B-1 large diaphragm condenser microphones, Shure SM-57 dynamic microphones, Adobe Audition 3.0 (digital audio workstation).
Q: When recorded?
A: At various times from 2006 to 2010. The title track "Passage to Agadir," for example, was recorded in early 2006, but "I Will Be There For You" (also on the album) was recorded in mid-2010.
Q: Who involved? Who played what?
A: This was a solo project in every sense of the word. I played every instrument, sang the vocals, and programmed some synthesizer, percussion, and special effects. I also produced and mastered the album, and designed the artwork for the CD itself.
Q: Any more releases?
A: Not yet, but am working on material for my next album. Hard to say when it will be released since still early in the process of writing songs.
Q: Since when does this project exist/are you into music?
A: Started recording in 2006, but have been playing music for over 20 years.
Q: Any previous bands worth mentioning?
A: Not really. Before this project, just played informally for fun (solo or with friends).
Q: How'd you "label" your music? (I know... nobody wants to get labeled... bla bla bla...)
A: Progressive/Psychedelic rock; Ambient. (But some Folk -- even Americana -- on the album!)
A: Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, Brian Eno, The Beatles, The Moody Blues, Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Kraftwerk, Procol Harum, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Nick Drake, Ash Ra Tempel, Manuel Göttsching, Tangerine Dream, John Lennon, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Stephen Stills, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Yes, Rush
Q: Anything that you think is interesting, that you'd like to inform the blog readers about...
A: Just to say that it was great fun putting this project together, and I hope that you and your listeners enjoy it. The tracks on the album are sequenced to transport the listener on a trip seamlessly through ambient, psychedelic, electronic, acoustic, and folk rock soundscapes. Headphones highly recommended! Just hit play on your CD player and enjoy the journey! :-)
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“Passage to Agadir” is available from CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jjeffery, iTunes, Amazon.com, and other online music outlets.
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Favourite tracks: Interstellar Echoes on the Dark Side, Parsonian Segue
JACK JEFFERY: Passage to Agadir (USA 2006-2010)
(mp3-zip, 13 tracks, 69 min, 78,4 MB)