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Gradient

Machado Mijiga

Label: Self-Released
Released: 2022
Duration: 01:18
Views: 984

Tracks

21cc; Sepia; Rev; Gradient; Legacy; Sarcophagus; Solace; Adversary; Rembrandt; Back Home; Archipelago.

Personnel

Additional Personnel / Information

Machado Mijiga: compositions, drums (all tracks). Personnel, by track: Dario LaPoma, piano (1,3,5,6,9); Andrew Jones: bass (1,3,5,6,8,9); Dylan Hayes: piano (2,7,11); Garrett Baxter: bass (2,4,7,8,10,11}. Guests: Justin Copeland: trumpet (1); Jack Radsliff: guitar (3); Darrell Grant: piano (4); Todd Marston: Rhodes (4); George Colligan: piano (8); Noah Simpson: trumpet (8); Rob Araujo: piano (10); Sam Arnold: bass guitar (10); Matt Sazima, vibraphone (11).

Album Description

Gradient is a culmination of a year of planning, a decade of composing, and a lifetime of artistic and interpersonal relationships weaved into a 78-minute package. In 2020, I released, "Journal", where I enlisted a team of 23 drummers to play a mix of old and new compositions of mine. Journal was entirely self-produced, and I played all instruments except for drums. Gradient is more of an "Essay"– I enlisted a team of 13 instrumentalists to play a mix of old and new compositions of mine, but Gradient was entirely a community effort. This time around, I only played drums, and I outsourced all production elements to specialists. Gradient isn't just mine; it was made possible through the efforts of a sonic dream team, hand-picked from within Portland's vibrant and diverse jazz scene. Some of the finest musical minds in the city agreed to be a part of this process, and worked tirelessly to interpret and breathe life into the lines and dots I gave them. I have mild synesthesia, and often hear sounds as colors, patterns, or even shapes. It's why a lot of my compositions have had colors or shapes as a name (e.g., "Auburn", "Isosceles", or "Ultraviolet") Gradient got its name because a wide variety of the colors I see/hear for the pieces in this album are not a solid, but a spectrum or color group– the music is a bit harmonically, rhythmically, and texturally ambiguous. Some of the compositions have strong memories or emotions attached to them, and some are purely fictional. I hope that this music creates entirely new narratives in the capable ears of you listeners. _____ Mix by Sacha Müller Master by Dana White Produced by Machado Mijiga & Sacha Müller Album Artwork by Machado Mijiga (original portrait by Douglas Detrick) Recorded Jan 7th-10th, 2022 at Crossroads Productions in Vancouver WA


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