These are the web pages of Jamie Revell - Jazz Guitarist and Composer.
Jamie tunes the guitar EADGCF. In fact - he's been playing in Perfect Fourth tuning for
over 30 years. "After an initial crusading excitement, followed by the reticence of being
out on a limb, I now find that most people are unaware or indifferent to the tuning, and just
accept me as a guitar player."
In a 2007 QEH Masterclass, guitar great Allan Holdsworth admitted that "if I was starting
guitar again, I'd tune in Perfect Fourths."
I haven't updated these pages for a while, so here's what I've been doing.
I've remixed the Aura Rhanes CD. I wasn't happy with the sound and the new
mix has more clarity and definition. If you've bought the original pressing and
would like the new one, send me your address to my hotmail email and I'll send
you a new CD free of charge. Should be ready the end of the year or early next.
The Loafers album is finished and mastered and will be out next year.
I'm currently working on an album of Standards and Jazz Classics, based on
arrangements I've done over the last few years. There are horns or strings
on some tracks as well as some trio ones. The music is more individual than
just doing standard covers. I'll be showcasing the three albums in the new year.
My regular trio with Lester Bennett and Wally Shaw has ended. Lester and
Wally had a major row over the Brexit vote, and I understand Lester is working
full time on his design business again. It's a shame when people fall out, but the
music goes on. I'm still looking for a regular outfit - watch this space..
Must change that photo - I had a cataract op and the specs are gone, not
to mention the hair is longer now.
LOAFERS ON THE SOFAS
New album project is now mastered awaiting production.
9 originals, ranging from Post-Bop to 13/8 fusion. This one is another trio, again with
Lester Bennett on drums, but this time with Wally Shaw on Upright Bass. Five of the
pieces feature a four piece horn section; while two of the introductions feature a string quartet.
The title track "Loafers on the Sofas" is an extended piece, like a concerto for Jazz Trio and horn
section. Several of the tunes feature Hammond B3 and/or electric piano. There are a couple of dedications.
This part of the third track, an homage to Pat Martino - "Now and Then":
You can check the chart out on the Scores page.
The 13/8 tune "Imperial Measures" is a Frank Zappa tribute, which was
inspired by the bass ostinato on "A Pound for a Brown", originally in 7/4. I wrote a little fugal
intro which is a quartet for Shanai (Indian Oboe)/Xylophone/Glockenspiel/Bass. Here's the
Sibelius audio: IM_Intro.mp3 Really getting into arranging now - after years of minimalism, I
can now see that big can be beautiful, too!
I'm now playing a Godin LGX-SA AAA guitar and two handmade Michael Ameson Solid State
heads into two EV cabs. I find this gives me the full warm clarity I've been looking for.
BLUES FOR AURA RHANES
The 2008 CD "Blues for Aura Rhanes", featuring Jamie with
London based players Claudio Leisse (electric bass)
and Lester Bennett (drums) is available here or from
The title track is a minor blues in 11/8. I got the idea from something
I read (in the loo!) from a sci-fi trivia book. In the 1950's, a highway
maintenance worker called Truman Bethuram said that he was abducted by
aliens and taken back to their spaceship, where he met the beautiful
commander, Aura Rhanes. He reported that he saw her eleven times,
before she left forever. Boy meets alien, boy loses alien, alien becomes 11/8
Click on a link to listen to an MP3 excerpt.
1. Daylight Exchange
2. The Jeep Steps Out
3. Blues for Aura Rhanes
4. Desperate Dance
6. It Happened One Night
8. A Small Peice of Pudding