So Far

by Andy Edwards

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about

The playwright Caroline Jester asked me to contribute music to her play 'The Dancing Club'. My initial idea was to base the music on a series of jams between myself and the double bassist Tom Clarke-Hill.

These jams were the starting point for so much music I quickly realised that I had much more music than I needed for the play.

At the end of 2015 I released track called 'Black Corridor' which was a through composed piece lasting 25 minutes and I thought it would be cool to use this unused material to create another piece like that...and here it is.

The first 10 minutes of 'So Far' is written in 15/16 and started life as various exercises I sometimes give to my drum students. Fifteen is an interesting time signature, nearly 4/4 but at the same time nothing like it. And it can be divided in different ways that are interesting for composing with.
After being very tightly composed the piece moves to a very abstract, improvised section between Tom and myself. This is pretty much as we played it with added jingles and drones.
After a cheeky Jimi Hendrix quote from Tom the piece morphs into a swinging blues jam between Tom and myself that I have overdubbed a guitar solo on. This in turn becomes a loop and you begin to hear more and more instruments added and piece becomes more structured and more funky.
There there is an abrupt change as the music moves into the final straight and I attempt to leave Earth's orbit.

I have also included three bonus tracks. The first is called 'So Far (concise version)' and is a cut down version of the first section which just contains all the dense stuff in a quick fix. You can also download this for free too!

I have included a complete, unedited jam from the Tom Clarke-Hill session so you can hear what the jams started out like. There is a very improvised guitar part that I added.

The last track started life as a song on the Murphy McCaleb album 'Mythical and Angry' that I collaborated on in 2015. This is very re worked and I intended to use as an introduction to the piece but now it acts as a fitting close to this album.

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released February 6, 2017

Andy Edwards Drums, Fretless Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Production
Tom Clarke-Hill Double Bass
Murphy McCaleb Trombone on 'So Far (unused introduction)

So Far and So Far(unedited jam) written by AE and Tom Clarke-Hill
So Far (unused introduction) written by AE and Murphy McCaleb)
So Far (concise version) written by AE

Recorded in 'Grumpy's Shed' Dec 2016- Feb 2017

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Andy Edwards has played with Robert Plant, Frost* and IQ. This Bandcamp page is the home of Andy's more experimental or unreleased recordings from the last twenty years.

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