Influenced by Reid Anderson, Todd Sickafoose and Charlie Haden, Cordez also explores the music of Paul Motion, Mogwai, Ethiopiques and Gram Parsons creating a diverse, contemporary soundscape in which both the music and musicians explore space, timbre, melody, and dynamic shape
The themes are melodic, memorable, and often beautiful, but there’s an intelligent, exploratory side to the music that ensures that it transcends mere prettiness’
The Jazz Mann
UK born, New Zealand raised bassist & composer Greg Cordez will release Last Things Last on February 16, 2018, his second album and follow up to his acclaimed 2015 release Paper Crane. Recorded during a cold December in Brooklyn the album was produced by Cordez along with award-winning bassist, composer Ben Allison and features a stellar cast of improvising musicians including Michael Blake on saxophone, Steve Cardenas on guitar, Kirk Knufke on cornet and Allison Miller on drums.
Last Things Last explores themes of coincidence, optimism and the slow dissolution of a personal relationship. Cherry vs Des Moines” takes a distant and dispassionate view of the landmark court case between the Cherry Sisters (widely regarded to amongst the worst musical acts of all time) and the Iowa Supreme Court. Figlock” pays tribute to street cleaner Joseph Figlock, who had the misfortune to break the fall of two babies, on separate occasions, falling from the tower block in which he swept. The title track tells the story of a person in a state of flux over the durability of a relationship and whether to commit to the decision to begin the process of disentanglement. Low Winter Sun” was named after the beautiful vistas and winter light observed during late night and early morning walks around Brooklyn and the West Village. Clementine” is a tribute to a high school crush and All That Is” is an exploration of fatherhood and lake swimming.
Influenced by the work of Reid Anderson, Todd Sickafoose and Charlie Haden, Cordez also explores the music of Paul Motion, Mogwai, Ethiopiques and Gram Parsons to create a diverse and contemporary soundscape in which both the music and musicians explore space, timbre, melody, and dynamic shape. With each day that passes, it appears to me the distance between elation and the desolate narrows and the sense is that these two themes run concurrently,” says Cordez. As best I could I wanted to represent this in both the music and in the album artwork. The beautiful performances of Cordez’s band and the contributions of producer Ben Allison make for a heartfelt, fragile and elegiac sophomore album release.
Notes: Last Things Last was recorded at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn. The album was engineered by Aaron Nevezie, mixed by Aaron Nevezie, Ben Allison and Greg Cordez, mastered by Alex De Turk and produced by Ben Allison and Greg Cordez.
Greg Cordez online: Website, Twitter, Facebook
 
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