Marc Miralta (d) with Seamus Blake (ts), Ed Simon (p, Fender Rhodes #2) and Omer Avital (b)
In the beginning of 2007 I got a call from Granollers jazz Festival asking me to propose them a project. At first I wasnt sure, but I quickly realized that this was the perfect opportunity to make one of my dreams come true. Id had a fantasy swirling in my mind for the last couple of years: to form a band that would play my compositions.
I had been taking a composition course that had inspired me to fulfill my dream: to sit down and write my own tunes. So now I started thinking about who would be the best musicians to realize my second dream: to play them! I knew the answer right away.
On the bass: Omer, who has been playing with me for a few years in the OAM
TRIO. He guarantees you a solid foundation and, on top of that, has no problem with latin rhythms or odd meters. And of course no one can deny his powerful swing. On the sax: Seamus, my roommate in Brooklyn for three years back when we would play for hours and hours. We know each other perfectly, so I was sure he would give me a very warm sound and some brilliant improvisation.
Finally it wasnt tough either to know who would be on piano. I needed someone who knew the jazz tradition deeply and also had a command of latin rhythms. Ed was the perfect person, Id met him in the gos during a tour and immediately Id loved his beautiful sound and subtle touch on the piano. I knew he was the last piece I was looking for to balance the quartet.
We gave two concerts together before going into the studio where we recorded this CD, a work where youll hear not only my compositions but also one tune by Seamus and another by Ed.
This project is the culmination of two of my dreams come true: to write my own music and to play it with such a special band. This incredible experience accompanied other dreams, like improvising on my vibraphone, having two daughters and making a living doing what I most like to do, living where I live... In other words I go on dreaming, and Im having a lot of fun at it!
02. Way Out Willy
03. Camí del bosc
04. Be Careful What You Dream (...Because It Can Come True)
05. Ara sí!
06. Dim. Blues
Recorded at Studios 44.1, Girona, in 2007.