"It's The Little Things, Vol 1" - Mark Lewis
About 'It's The Little Things, Vol 1'
Most of the music I have created throughout my life disappeared into the ether the moment it was created (improvised). And that's fine - that is the essence of improvisation.
But - like rare fossils - some musical ideas did get captured along the way, one way or the other. I have dozens and dozens of such ideas. Some pretty much full pieces, some not much more than fragments of ideas.
And while by no means are all of them worthy of seeing the light of day now, I do feel some of them do deserve their time in the sun, and being dusted off and offered up.
There are perhaps three albums-worth of such material, and this is the first collection. Although quite varied in style, this collection is generally more jazz-funk or jazz-rock fusion based. (The next collection will be more orchestral/classical/acoustic in nature).
There are 20 tracks in this collection, and over an hour of music. It is mostly medium to up-tempo, but with 3 (I hope) gorgeous ballads to change things up a bit. I hope you enjoy it!
Those with open ears may hear a lot of my influences here. Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Lyle Mays, Joe Sample, Steely Dan, George Duke, Chick Corea and many others. But hopefully all synthesised through me to be a unique statement.
If you'd like some idea of what to expect...I was in the car the other day with my 5 year old son, Luca, and a couple of his friends. A Stevie Wonder song came up on my playlist ('Boogie On Reggae Woman') and Luca said "This sounds like my dad's music". Then a Steely Dan song (a track from 'The Royal Scam') and Luca said "This sounds like my dad's music". Finally a Jaco Pastorius track come on ('Come on, Come over') and Luca said "This sounds like my dad's music!".
And there you have it ;) I don't think I can explain it better than that! But also much else as well. I hope you enjoy it.