Dolphin Dance
2015
Dolphin Dance is a jazz standard by Herbie Hancock. from his 1965 Maiden Voyage album, though Herbie also re-recorded it in 1974 and again in 1981. I figured it was about time it was recorded again fresh for 2016! I play high bass, keys and guitar on this track. It's a sensitive composition so I resisted my usual inclination to do something rebellious when playing jazz standards. Dig the double bass solo at 2 mins 24.
Fields of Gold
2015
Everyone loves a wistful ballad and this is one of the best. Sting has written several landmark tracks and this one must be up there in the top three, along with Every Breath You Take and Roxanne. I haven't tried to jazz it up much, keeping the rock feel.
Benny Sutton plays... Herbie Hancock.zip
2015
A collection of Herbie Hancock re-works and includes Chameleon, Rockit, Maiden Voyage, Still Time, Watermelon Man and Cantaloupe Island

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Blue Notes (album)
2015
This album 'Blue Notes' celebrates the pioneering Jazz record label, Blue Note Records. Not all the tracks made it onto the Blue Note catalogue yet none would exist without the space Blue Note created for Jazz to evolve. Even if the track was on another album the original artists depped for Blue Note sessions at one time or another. Such was its influence in the jazz sphere. I have tried to respect the originals but update them to be relevant 50 years after first release. Jazz must move on or die so I have done some crazy things like adding modern hip hop beats, jumping genres across blues, rock, funk and acid jazz. I've used electric instruments and effects not available to the original artists. Some purists might call it sacrilege but to them I say the phrase Miles coined - So What!

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If you Love Somebody
2015
This is one of Sting's classic tracks with a lyrical sentiment; if you love someone set them free. My version is an instrumental so concentrates on the melody. If I say it myself there's a scorching heavy rock guitar solo that makes the eyes water and reminds me of my blues roots. I was experimenting with some new software and found just the right setting for this tone.
Bulan di Asia
2015
An original track by the immensely talented Devian Zikri. I don't get to do 3/4 often and appreciate the possibilities when I do. It made for a nice solo on high bass.
Giant Steps
2015
John Coltrane, the saxophonist, is another influential Blue Note Artiste. He was certainly a virtuoso player. This track is notoriously difficult to solo over due to having three tonal centres that change almost every bar! I got around this by slowing it down and playing in Pentatonic scales sparingly. It's a great track and I found that doing it in the style of Weather Report worked best. The faux lead bass line is me playing the lower registers of my Nylon stringed electro acoustic again. How do you like my trumpet solo, not a real one, the melody was played into MIDI and used a VSTi enhanced by a breath controller to make it more realistic. It's not 100% but almost indistinguishable from a real horn.
Waltz for Debby
2015
I've always loved this track by Bill Evans. Bill, as far as I can tell, never recorded his own material on Blue Note but I think he may well have done as a sideman. In contrast to the rest of the tracks on my album I've not mixed it up, I've approached this very simply and traditionally. I don't get to do 3/4 often and appreciate the possibilities when I do. It made for a nice solo played on my Nylon stringed electro acoustic.
Footprints
2015
My version of Footprints is very modern and could have been written yesterday, not 1996 when it first appeared. Footprints is written by American jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter who had many albums on Blue Note before going on to found jazz fusion band Weather Report with Joe Zawinul.
Blue Bossa
2015
Devian Zikri's arrangement updates the bossa nova beat of this Latin Jazz standard. Don't miss the drum solo at 3 minutes 10 seconds. Blue Bossa is a composition by Kenny Dorham. It was introduced on Joe Henderson's 1963 album Page One on, yes you've guessed it, Blue Note records.
Autumn Leaves
2015
This is Autumn leaves as you've never heard it before. It's Autumn leaves on acid! There's a loop mash beat, some crazy Techno stutters, and inappropriate instrumentation. Originally it was a 1945 French song "Les feuilles mortes" (literally "The Dead Leaves") with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma.
All Blues
2015
For this track I've gone back to my blues roots. The solo starts off very clean but soon descends into anarchy. The name of the preset I used on my guitar pedal is 'Bonamassa' that should tell you all you need to know! Seriously, the wah wah Rock Blues thing is how I used to do it. So now I have proven I still can get down mean and dirtay. All Blues is classic Miles Davis first appearing on the influential 1959 Columbia album Kind of Blue
Blue In Green
2015
Another Miles Davis track from his landmark Kind of Blue album. On it I play my Nylon stringed electro acoustic again. Blue in Green's structure is modal. It has long been speculated that pianist Bill Evans wrote it, not Miles. See if you can spot my nod to 'So What' on it!
Goodbye PorkPie Hat
2015
This track is composed by Charles Mingus originally recorded by his sextet in 1959 as listed below, and released on his album Mingus Ah Um. Mingus wrote it as an elegy for saxophonist Lester Young, who had died two months prior to the recording session, and was known to wear a broad-rimmed pork pie hat. It's been covered by many including Miles (hence the link to blue note), Joni Mitchell, Jeff Beck and other notables. I follow the Marcus Miller arrangement so I'm playing High Bass again.
Milestones
2015
My version of this track is a mix of conventional interpretation and acid jazz! Milestones is one of Miles first forays into the developing modal jazz experiments. There's a high bass solo followed by a Jimi Hendrix style heavy rock lead guitar solo. I'm sure Miles would approve, he was the ultimate musical pioneer!
Maiden Voyage
2015
Another classic from Herbie Hancock's Blue Note years. It's the title track off his fifth album and was recorded on May 17, 1965. It was arguably a concept album long before prog rock bands adopted the idea. It's a modal Jazz piece and consequently not easy to solo over. I stuck with a clean tone and adlibs, no recognisable guitar solo. It's very much a 'vibe', not really seeking to go beyond the laid back ethereal groove. This is the sort of chillout that Miles Davis did so well on his In A Silent Way album (Shhh and Peaceful).
Between The Sheets
2014
This is my smooth jazz guitar version of the great Isley Brothers song. It's done more in the style of Fourplay who covered it famously. I play High Bass, lead guitar, and piano solo on this.
Rockit
2015
The classic Herbie Hancock track that invented Hip Hop!
EG blues
2015
this is a track by the Icelandic jazz funk outfit Mezzoforte
Shining Star
2014
Classic EWF track. The first EWF track I ever heard and it blew my mind!
Take Five
2015
My 2015 Latin take on an oldie but goldie! The Jazz standard first played by Dave Brubeck written by Paul Desmond
This Masquerade
2015
The Jazz standard, written by Leon Russell, famously covered by George Benson and feat. Rio Marino on keys
Cantaloupe Island
2015
The classic Herbie Hancock jazz standard from 1964 as you've never heard it before. My version features a House beat to drive it along and some mix and mash Hip Hop style!
I'm Not The Only One
2015
My instrumental version of the 2015 Sam Smith hit