Fly Away (2017)
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Fly Away is a collection of songs that express the bittersweet awareness of how quickly time passes and in the same breath the excitement of what is to come as we travel the long road ahead.
The passage of time is indeed bittersweet. My wife, Chaunte, and I remember so vividly bringing our daughter home from China at the age of 1 and now she is entering high school. We remember the births of our nephews as if it were last week while they now complete high school and college. We have had to say goodbye to cousins, aunts and uncles who have passed on in recent years. We miss them and are thankful for all the memories they have given us.
Time passes quickly. We must hold on to each day and enjoy every moment we have with each other.
Fly Away is the send off we give to our loved ones whether they are moving on to the next stage of life or beyond.
The project features the Coastal Access Band; Melvin Davis-bass, Allen Hinds-guitar, Dave Hooper-drums and Mark Ellis Stephens and Dave Kochanski-keys. Also featured on the new CD are a few wonderful friends/musicians in the world of Contemporary Jazz; Marc Antoine, Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra, Ricky Peterson on Hammond B3 Organ, Miles Gilderdale of Acoustic Alchemy, Steve Reid of The Rippingtons, Ronnie Gutierrez, Ray Ysles and Brad Dutz-percussion along with the late great Ricky Lawson on drums. In addition to the special guests a beautiful string and brass section is featured throughout the CD. Thanks to all the musicians who have brought the music to life. We hope the music inspires you to be free.
~ Jeff Kashiwa
Produced by Jeff Kashiwa
All songs written and arranged by Jeff Kashiwa `
Marc Antoine appears courtesy of Frazzy Frog Productions
Tom Schuman appears courtesy of Jazz Bridge Music
Rhythm Section recorded at Fox Force Five Studios in Hollywood, CA
Engineer: JJ Blair
Additional recording: Sky Muse Studios Stanwood, WA
Engineer: Itai Schwartz
White Oak Studios Edmonds, WA
Mixed and Mastered by Pete Karam