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"A distance from here
to there is where I am.
These are the first lines from Steve Shelton's poem, "Acceleration," which is also the title of the new release by the Weston/Saxon Groove Assembly (Orenda Records). Coincidentally, Shelton's opening line fits perfectly with the back story of how this recording came together. "A distance from here, to there"...Philadelphia to Los Angeles.
Legendary drummer Grant Calvin Weston (Philly) and percussionist Jonathan Saxon (L.A.) first collaborated in August 2014 when they recorded the drum and percussion duet, "Road Trip to Downey" (track #5). The chemistry and deep grooves of "Road Trip" inspired Weston to suggest bringing in a few more musicians to record a full length album. With great enthusiasm, Saxon invited Steuart Liebig (bass, electronics) and Wayne Peet (keyboards, engineer, producer) to participate in the project. Along with their brilliant performances, Liebig and Peet's compositions were an immense contribution to the album, as were Peet's remarkable skills as an engineer and producer.
"Imagine a dream
suspended from a wire
so that it can move freely
as the wire disappears into
the axis of rotation,
the center of the dream."
Imagine the diverse collaboration of Grant Calvin Weston (Ornette Coleman, James "Blood" Ulmer, Lounge Lizards), Steuart Liebig (Julius Hemphill, Eddie Harris, G.E. Stinson), Wayne Peet (Nels Cline, John Rapson, Alex Cline), and Jonathan Saxon (Armored Saint, Vogel/Saxon Duo). At the center of their dream they found groove, improvisation, and experimentation.
"Constraints and motion,
and degrees of freedom
Time and gravity
bring the up... down."
...and by "bring the up...down," I'm talking about the proverbial "up for the down stroke!" Sit back, relax, and take a ride with the Weston/Saxon Groove Assembly.
released September 1, 2015
Grant Calvin Weston - Drums
Jonathan Saxon - Congas, Mbira, Electric Mbira, Clave, Bells, Rainstick, Orchestral Bells, Bowed Cymbal, Cowbell, Berimbau, Shakers
Wayne Peet - Piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, Synthesizer, Clavinet
Steuart Liebig - Basses, Electronics, Loops
Drums recorded by Grant Calvin Weston at The Third Floor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2015; "Road Trip to Downey" recorded August 2014.
All other instruments recorded by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio in Los Angeles, California, March 2015; "Road Trip to Downey" recorded August 2014. www.newzonestudio.com
Edited, mixed, and mastered by Wayne Peet
Produced by Wayne Peet
Translation Meditation Music (BMI) - Jonathan Saxon
Sisong Music (ASCAP) - Steuart Liebig
Apocalypse Vision (BMI) - Grant Calvin Weston
Killzone Music (BMI) - Wayne Peet
Poem by Steve Shelton
Design and photography by Eron Rauch
Photos of Jonathan Saxon & Wayne Peet by Stephanie Cabral
Photo of Grant Calvin Weston by Jessica Kourkounis
Photo of Steuart Liebig by Wayne Peet
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