When musician, composer and keyboardist Jamie Craig decided to create an album of contemporary instrumental music, he wanted it to appeal to audiences who enjoy smooth jazz and a jazz-rock-fusion sound, but he knew his rock’n’roll background would take the sound in a slightly different direction. His CD, The Lost Dream, is smooth jazz with hints of progressive-rock due to its edgier-than-usual backbeat.
“I wanted to make an instrumental CD for anyone who grew up on rock music and still enjoys a solid bass-line and a full drum-kit,” states Craig. “But I also like to hear jazzy saxophone breaks and piano solos as well as some improvisational jamming in the middle sections. I was always impressed by jazz acts such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke and John Scofield.”
Jamie Craig’s The Lost Dream CD, is available at www.Cdbaby.com, various online digital download locations such as iTunes, and at the artist’s own website (www.myspace.com/craigsounds).
Craig was a rock’n’roll electric bassist for many years before expanding his arsenal to include electric guitar, piano and an ever-updated collection of keyboards. Now he composes on piano, but creates the full band sound on his recordings exclusively using keyboards, synthesizers and computers. For example, The Lost Dream features the sounds of eight distinctively-different bass guitars, all synthesized. “Sure, I could plug in my bass guitar and record, but there’s no reason to do it that way when I can play those exact sounds, and countless more, using electronic keyboards.” In addition to the core band sounds (piano, guitar, bass and drums), Craig utilizes many others including acoustic steel guitar, saxophone, flute, organ, congas and French horn.