Mandolin Mondays #57 - w/ Special Guest Jason Bailey
by, Jan-30-2017 at 12:52pm (2687 Views)
Time for some progressive jazz mando coming at you from Jason Bailey on a sweet Heiden F5 mandolin. Hear Jason play through a cool tune called "Unity Village" composed by jazz guitarist guru Pat Metheny.
Jason Bailey is at the forefront of the creative acoustic music scene in Birmingham, AL. He is always reimagining the role of the mandolin, drawing from such musical styles as jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, and more. You can hear Jason play around the Southeast with his own group, the Jason Bailey Band, as well as countless other projects.
Here's a word from Jason about the tune: "I was first introduced to this tune while on a jazz trio gig with Mark Kimbrell (guitar) and Todd Brasher (bass). Unity Village really struck a chord with me. The song and the trio I was playing with when I first encountered it inspired me to do an album. I loved the way the song shifts around different keys and I especially love how the melody incorporates the angular and dissonant major seventh intervals in the first few bars. For this video I decided to approach the whole song as one improvisation. There was no arrangement (other than playing the melody first). Basically, I hit record and let the song lead me on a journey. I hope you enjoy."
You can hear this song and a some other great jazz-oriented mandolin music on Jasonís trio album, Waltz for Somebody (featuring Mark Kimbrell and Todd Brasher) released in Dec of 2015. You can find the album on iTunes or just about any music download site. You can also get a physical copy from CDbaby at this link http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JasonBailey.
Jason is also offering a free transcription of the tune in this video. You can contact him through his website to get a copy and to hear more of his music: http://www.baileyjason.com/home.html