Days like Today liner notes #3: Points from Centre

Hello everyone! Here are the liner notes #3: Points From Centre, from the new Craig Pedersen Quartet CD: Days Like Today.

The CD will be officially released Tuesday Nov 29th, 8PM, at Club Saw in Ottawa. Tickets are $12/$7 at the door, or $10 in advance. You can preorder the record and tickets online at www.indiegogo.com/cp4 and as of Tuesday the 29th, buy online at craigpedersenquartet.bandcamp.com.
Anyways, here are two little bits about pieces from the new record.

Points from Centre

Points from Centre is a nearly non-sensical piece. I wanted to write something waltzy and inspired by Ornette Coleman. I wanted something very fast and challenging to play, so that it always sounded like it was falling apart.

Think of Ornette Coleman’s “Eventually” as a point of departure:



The approach to the trumpet solo is something new to the piece for this recording. It’s a conducted improvisation. I used hand signals and body language to show Mike and Joel what to play in the moment. There is a really great video of this on YouTube where you can see me waving my arms around. It was a great challenge to record because I had to stay on the microphone the whole time.



I’m really happy with the way the tune turned out on the record, and that we had a chance to feature Mike’s playing.

Listen to the studio version here: