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cover centered 440xJazz guitarist John Penny’s Urban Tumble release is the first in a series of four CDs that makes public some hidden gems from the composer’s history. The Urban Tumble tracks are derived from studio sessions that mostly took place between 1991 and 1999. One track is from 1981. During the 1990s, while scoring music for films, Penny recorded an array of music that expressed his personal visions. From these recordings come Urban Tumble and the collections that will follow. They are musical diaries that mark the path of evolution to Penny’s current location in his musical journey. The Urban Tumble CD features performances by great musicians that joined John Penny across this extended production timeline. The skills of these musicians shine through on every track.  Read More Below:

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Penny laid out his song guidelines on a variety of musical canvases, and his musical guests in turn graced them with exotic live murals. The result is a group of musical experiences that are as grooving as they are romantic. They get funky and are spiked with pleasant surprises. By the time Penny produced these songs, he had become aware that the best results for producing Jazz were found in giving talented musicians the freedom to use their instincts. Urban Tumble is the last project of legacy songs that employed substantial use of electronic instruments. Penny moved to bringing in live musicians from the start of production with the next set of shelved songs.

On Urban Tumble, a pair of the songs employ so-called remixing techniques applied. The piece called Béla merges two points in history when its 1981 Spanish guitar duet crossfades over to its 2015 re-rendering with a classical guitar duet. The piece reaches maturity as its closing theme is augmented by a string and woodwind ensemble. The title song Urban Tumble in its initial version was a five minute small ensemble piece without guitar tracks. The 2015 rebirth of this song opens with an urban soundscape made of elements from the streets of New York City and Minneapolis, MN. Sound clips from one of the song’s early mixes spill from passing cars. An energized Jazz Fusion groove emerges from the traffic. Its theme is handed over to a swelling symphony orchestra that further develops it and hands it back. With the sound design and remixing aside, the musical conversations throughout the Urban Tumble collection breathe in and out with organic resolve. Throughout the listener experience that the collection offers, the evocative presence of Penny’s electric and acoustic guitars are never lost in the mix.

Dance The Three

Sidetown Walk

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One Way Back

Another Journey

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Urban Tumble

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Béla

Dr. Walker

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