The NEW YORK-LONDON SUITE was composed by Sam Barnett at age 14. It is a set of 5 pieces representing jazz heritage in New York and my heritage in London.
The first two pieces of the album reflect my experience of briefly visiting New York. 'Morning Shadowplay' describes the angular impact of the shadows from the skyscapers as they fell against the city. 'Liberty' was written on the Staten Island ferry as we passed the Statue of Liberty and addresses modern New York. 'Maiden Flight' shows a journey in itself (with a nod to Herbie) and joins the two sets of pieces together. The final two pieces represent London and my personal thoughts on my home and the city I grew up in. 'London Meditation' is a reflective piece representing the city as I have come to understand it. 'Theme for Hope' invites the journey to continue, and leaves the suite open to possibilities of further adventures as well as thinking over memories from early childhood.
New York London Suite’s pieces are designed to flow and compliment each other as do the two great cities with their different energies of chaos and calm. The album pays homage to the classic jazz albums of the 50’s and 60’s while sounding exciting and fresh. The pieces can be seen as separate pieces in their own right, just as the memories of an inspirational journey are fragmented. This body of work as a whole represents the outcome of my experiences so far.
released February 27, 2017
Sam Barnett Quintet:
Sam Barnett (alto and tenor saxes)
Timur Pak (piano)
Zoe Pascal (drums)
Michele Montolli (bass)
Laurence Wilkins (Trumpet)
Thanks to David Barnett (cover design), Fraser Kennedy, Judy Gordon, Pat Pascal (photographer), Jazznewblood, Derek Nash, Dave Silk, Stephen Keogh.