Culmination

from by Josh Maxey

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Celebration of Soul is the Culmination of the series of 10 albums recorded in 3 years. I had been listening to Coltrane's Transition leading up to this record date. I would sit in the car between teaching guitar lessons and play along with Trane. This song is a result of that playing.

The form is simple and is based on alternating between B minor chords that are dissonant and resolved. I love the energy of the band. I wrote a slightly different melody for Brian to play on organ during the first part of the guitar solo and love how he and Jeremy interact throughout the guitar feature.

Chase plays an understated solo that is able to reset after the first feature and build back up to Brian's playing. Brian takes the song out roaring! I heard Brian play years ago (around 2004?) at Smoke and knew at some point I wanted to play with him. He was always friendly and when I finally did call him in Spring of 11' to record Approach, he was ready to play. We recorded Approach, about 5 weeks later: Light Cycles, then The Language of Sound and Spirit and Rhythm of The Sound Current over that year.

What an uncanny, moving and beautiful experience to write music and hear it played at this other worldly level by such good people. Brian, Chase and Jeremy are all on multiple other albums in the series and it was such a challenge and gift to play with them. I learned so much from these recordings because of the people I played with. So grateful for who they are and they work.

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from Celebration of Soul, released August 18, 2015

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Josh Maxey Denver, Colorado

Celebration of Soul is the 10th album recorded in 3 years documenting 50 original compositions with 20 musicians. It has been released on Miles High Records and is the first of the series on a label. Check out all the music here! Play it loud and enjoy! ... more

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