MP3 Bevin Turnbull - SETLIST
Mixture of Jazz moods and styles like our bands play live.
8 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz Fusion, URBAN/R&B: Contemporary urban
After the travel to the gig, the unloading and setup of equipment comes the sound check. We musicians and our singers have repeated this routine what seems like thousands of times... in different cities;countries. It’s always the same and always new and different. Just like the set list written that day to fit a given situation; to please the audience and not unimportantly, ourselves.
What is the ideal set list anyway? With us, it has something for most every taste. It too tells a story--says something familiar; something strange, daring and spontaneous. This disc is called SET LIST because it is about the length, content and variety of our live presentations at concerts, club dates and pool parties. Whatever the gig, the set list is the game plan-- our intended flow of presentation. I hope there is something here just for you!
CLOCKTIME kicks things off well. Its title, its feel, its brevity--like announcing that something big is about to happen--make it a great way to get the band and the audience warmed up. It has been used as the intro to a talk radio show on one of New York’s top FM popular music stations(KISS).
Let’s face it. It seems that no matter how strong, talented and handsome the band is, audiences love to hear and see a gorgeous diva. Irene Haynes gives them what they crave. We wrote TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS together. I had made a track of the music. She took it home and came back with the melody and lyrics. She is what most people agree upon as “hot,” both vocally and visually.
Although, Irene and Joyce Stovall have never performed together in concert live with me, I can imagine them trying to upstage one another with Joyce following on TUMBLIN’. Wow! What a sequence of songs. Those are Joyce’s background arrangements on both songs. By the way, this song was originally composed for a scene in a film (IRONMEN) produced by my long-time friend, Albert “Sonny” Murray Jr. The film is about a gymnastics team, folks!
Y-O-U-topia is a great song to sting the singers off the stage. Like its cousin, CLOCKTIME, it is a-kind-of transition tune. It is a fun piece to play--sort of a cross between rock n’ roll and gospel/jazz. It sounds really happy to me. What do you think?
Suddenly, the lights dim and constantly shift moody colors. The other band members leave me at the grand piano. I play CRYSTAL BLACK--a solitary moment.
After the last note on the piano, the band returns and I pick up the trumpet. We do DEEPER THAN THIS. The audience, applauding since that final key was touched says, “Oh he plays the trumpet too... and the bass player plays the keyboard. Uh-Huh, pretty impressive.”
We segue into HEARTPLAYER. I close my eyes to play the golden horn as I reflect upon and interpret the memories of the young lady who inspired me to write this piece. She was young and as beautiful a dream-of-a-woman as I had ever seen in my life.
She walked gracefully in her stunning mini skirt, revealing her drop-dead gorgeous legs in heels, over to our table. I was sitting with my friend, Gordon Jones (one of the drummers on NEW JAZZ CITY). She sat opposite me and looked continuously into my eyes. Her perfume thrilled me. I melted. Then she invited us...me to an after-hours spot after our show.
To make a long story short. We met her there and I decided to leave early. I realized that the young lady knew exactly the effect she had on men and used it well. She was surprised, shocked even, that I left and she did not hide her surprise. I called her a couple of times after that night. She called me also. I wrote lyrics to this song and e-mailed them to her.
Well, back to our set list which concludes with the very fast and wild straight-ahead, STOPSIGN. It describes the pace of modern life. Sometimes you just have to put on the brakes.
CLOCKTIME*-- keyboards-Bevin, drums-Tony Archer
TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS- lead vocals-Irene Haynes, keyboards-Bevin, background vocals-Joyce Stovall
TUMBLIN’--lead vocals-Joyce Stovall, keyboards-Bevin, electric bass-Oneal Ward, background vocals-Chandra Armstead, Keith Fluitt
Y-O-U-topia--keyboards and acoustic piano-Bevin
CRYSTAL BLACK--acoustic piano-Bevin
DEEPER THAN THIS--trumpet and keyboards-Bevin
HEARTPLAYER--trumpet and keyboards-Bevin
STOPSIGN--acoustic piano-Bevin, bass violin-John Moody, drums-Tony Archer
*Special Thanks to Nancy, Mike and Joe at Systems II Studios,
Brooklyn, New York