Gavin Templeton // Ballast


Gavin Templeton // Ballast


Ballast by Gavin Templeton
(ORENDA 0029)

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Released as a Compact Disc in a 4-panel digipak covered in original artwork by Eron Rauch, with a 12 page booklet with liner notes by acclaimed jazz writer, Carlo Wolff, and photographs from the session, this album is a beautiful collector's item, as well as an incredible listening experience.

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Gavin Templeton - Alto Saxophone
Joshua White - Piano
Richard Giddens - Bass
Gene Coye - Drums

Excerpt from Carlo Wolff's liner notes: 

"BALLAST, the coiled, stimulating album Los Angeles jazzman Gavin Templeton has been crafting for more than a year, was inspired by a range of thought and experience that continues to drive Templeton - and now, thanks to its febrile, probing nature, us. 

"This tough, hopeful recording is uncompromisingly modern, mostly hard, but at times unexpectedly, disarmingly sweet. And while most of its source material is uneasy, joy, even jauntiness, peek out. 

"'Ballast' refers to the weights seamen place in a ship's hold to keep the keel even. It's the cinder blocks people in colder climes put in their trunks to keep their cars from sliding on ice. 

"We all need a ballast, particularly when life, like Templeton's, is so turbulent."

Recorded May 11, 2015 at The Bridge Recording, Glendale, CA

Produced by Gavin Templeton and Daniel Rosenboom
Recording Engineer: Rich Breen
2nd Recording Engineer: Milton Gutiérrez
Mixed by Rich Breen at Dogmatic Sound
Mastered by Dave Collins at Dave Collins Mastering
Album Art, Design, and Photography by Eron Rauch
Liner Notes by Carlo Wolff

Special thanks to Greg Curtis at The Bridge Recording for his generosity and support. 

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, composed by Gavin Templeton (ASCAP) 
Tracks 4, 6, 8, 10 conceived by the Gavin Templeton Quartet
All music © Gavin Templeton Music (ASCAP) 2015