Playing standards is a major part of playing jazz, where the original intentions of the composer are not the important thing; rather, the musician makes decisions about how to make use of the music in a personal way, by altering harmony, rhythm and melody. I have been writing my own «standards» for many years; that is to say, writing pieces which can be approached from several angles – by anybody – without the essence of the music being lost. The pieces all exist within a framework of functional harmony and fixed structure, and I’ve played most of them with many other musicians in various settings, from jazz clubs to dance events. In this CD, the idea is to interpret my own jazz compositions in a new way, almost as if they were not mine.
As has always been the case in my solo recordings, I have not made use of any studio editing, and the pieces are presented exactly as they were played in the studio.