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Sarah Manning: Shattering The Glass Ceiling

By Published: June 14, 2010
SM: Marc Free was the producer of the record. He asked me to include two tunes that were not originals. I chose those particular tunes mainly because of their melodies. For years I have been haunted by "The Peacocks." The Wayne Shorter version, actually. When Marc asked me to choose a couple of tunes, that one immediately came to mind. As far as "The Windmills Of Your Mind" is concerned, I'm sort of obsessed with that tune. It's cyclical in nature. One of the things that I really get into as a composer is sort of hypnotic manifestations of time. And that particular tune is a 14-bar phrase. It seems like it could go on forever. That's what really attracted me to it.

AAJ: Is there anything else you would like to say?

SM: Actually, there's one thing I would like to add. There's one tune on the album that is completely improvised.

AAJ: "Through The Keyhole"?

SM: Yes. That's also something I'll credit to Marc. I didn't know, going into the studio, that we were going to do that. It turned out to be something I'm very proud of. It's like somebody turned the lights off and turned the tape off, and we got a chance to play without knowing we were being recorded. Everything I'd internalized over the past six months finally came to the surface. I was struck by how much I love playing with who I'm playing with, and how they really listen. I think it really comes out in that particular piece.

Selected Discography

Sarah Manning, Dandelion Clock (Posi-Tone, 2010)

Sarah Manning, Two Rooms, Same Door (ArtistShare, 2006)

Sarah Manning, House on Eddy Street (Elflion, 2004)

Photo Credits

Pages 1, 3: Renee Allen

Pages 2, 4: Courtesy of Sarah Manning

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