My new work, First Essay for Orchestra will be premiered at the University of Michigan-Flint Orchestra concert on December 4th! I wrote this music in honor Professor Emeritus Walker E. Fesmire's recent establishment of the Chieko Fesmire String Instrument Scholarship.
My new CD, Roll The Windows Down will be available for purchase or download here at www.patrickprouty.com on Aug 7th.
The new disc features ten original instrumentals celebrating the music of Motown and Stax.
The tracking and mixing was expertly completed at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor and Kevin Venney's studio in Windsor ONT.
I am fortunate to have the talents of some the best musicians in the Detroit area on this one!
The line-up is...
Al Hill, Kevin Grenier- Keyboards
George Bedard, Kris Kurzawa- Guitars
Bill Higgins, Kevin Venney- Drums
Patrick Prouty- Basses
Steve Wood- Saxophones
Geoff Michael, Chris DuRoss, Kevin Venney- Engineers
Photography, Artwork and Layout- (the lovely) Jen Prouty
Below are two of the tracks. Please give them a listen!
I have a new musical project. I call it Days of The Mantis. The music is all freely improvised and features my regular bandmate Bill Higgins on drums, my colleague from UofM-Flint, Professor Brian DiBlassio on piano and I'm playing double-bass.
I received an invitation from Todd Sager last month to put a group together to record at Solid Sound in Dearborn. Todd teaches recording at Schoolcraft College and he needed a "guinea pig" band for his class to record. Free studio time! Count me in!
I thought that it might be fun to record some "free" playing. Todd said I could bring in whatever kind of group I wanted. The wheels were put in motion.
Bill and Brian have never played before this recording. In fact, they have never even met until the day of the session! Bill meet Brian. Brian this is Bill. Let's make a recording. Ready? Go!
I came up with some titles/themes and concepts for us to play on and I decided how long each "tune" should be ahead of time. I thought that this would give the music some shape.
We discussed what concept or mood we were going after before we played. We then used the stopwatches on our smart phones to keep track of how long had been playing to keep the time constraints relatively accurate. We then just played... No chords changes, no melodies, just play and react each other.
The session was a lot of fun and we made some music I am very proud of.
Thank you Bill and Brian for you artistry and for thank you Todd for the invitation and for capturing the sounds!
Please give the mp3s below a listen and look for a new cd from this group very soon!
I was fortunate to visit Memphis twice this past March. I performed with the Memphis Symphony on the eve of my 40th Birthday and later that month we attended a family wedding at Graceland! During these two trips I got to spend some time exploring the city and I was struck by all of the similarities between Detroit and Memphis. Visits to Sun Studio and The Stax Museum were inspiring to say the least. Walking through downtown on a Sunday morning listening to Bobby Blue Bland, I resolved to write some music that ties my love of the Motown and Stax sounds together!
Featured here are a few pics that Jen took of our Memphis trip. If you don't already know Jen's work, please check it out at http://jenprouty.com/ She is an amazing photographer and I must say it is a definite perk being married to her. She has done all of the photography, graphics, and layouts for all of my recordings.
I love soul music, especially Motown and Stax. My son is named Jamerson for a reason!
When I was a side man with Al Hill here in the Detroit area and also when I was with Bettye Lavette's touring band, I got to play this great music with some great cats with regularity. Since I left Bettye's band and Al Hill has relocated to Nashville I rarely get to play any soul or r&b music.
How do I remedy this...? A new cd of original soul tunes of course!
I have booked time at Big Sky Recordings in August. Al Hill and Bill Higgins will record ten new tunes. The new music is an homage to the sounds of Stax and Motown. It will most likely be an mp3 only release in December.
I gotta go write two more tunes...
New American Daydream, the new Patrick Prouty Quartet recording was honored with the Detroit Music Award for Best Jazz Recording of 2011! This disc contains eight original Prouty compositions featuring Bill Higgins on drums, Phil Kelly on piano and Rob Pipho on vibes.
Remembering Section 403 from The Charmed Life will be featured in episode 4 of season 5 of Damages on DirectTV. This is the little song that could. This is the fourth TV/Film placement for this tune.