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Do You Still by Helen Gillet

From the album

Album Title: Let It Shine
Label: Ear Up Records
Released: 2021


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About the Album

Do You Still, composed by Ernst Reijseger, is featured on "Let It Shine", the forthcoming duo album from cellist Helen Gillet and mulit-reedist Jeff Coffin. Helen says of this track: "I first heard a Sitar player sit in at Fred Anderson's club near Chinatown in Chicago in 1998 and thought if sitar can do it, so can a cello right? Right. Soon after I had begun devouring recordings of jazz cellists and my path into improvisation was set. I love this track because it pays homage to a great teacher of mine, Dutch Jazz Cellist Ernst Reijseger. I've improvised this tune for years in lots of different instrumentations but never recorded it until now. The cello's role in the song is of a harmonic arpeggiated bowed accompaniment with the bow which morphs into live looping for the solo section. I have developed looping techniques over the years to sound as fluid and natural as possible in the context of improvisation and rhythmic and harmonic building. I am deeply interested in the transformative aspect of live loops coming in and out of improvisation in the most seamless way possible. The whole album "Let It Shine" is a spiritual meditation of collaborative melding of texture and timbre between Jeff Coffin's multiple instruments and the cello. I love how the bass flute and cello sing together on "Do You Still.""

Song Listing

01) The Sun Never Says (Composed by Jeff Coffin/Melody based on a text by Hafiz) - 2:04 Jeff Coffin / soprano sax Helen Gillet / cello 02) Lazy Drag Jig (Composed by Jeff Coffin) - 4:56 Jeff Coffin / soprano sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet Helen Gillet / cello Roy ‘Futureman’ Wooten / cajon 03) Round And Around (Composed by Jeff Coffin) - 3:36 Jeff Coffin / D whistle, curved soprano sax, voice Helen Gillet / cello 04) Unzen (Composed by Helen Gillet) - 5:50 Jeff Coffin / tenor sax Helen Gillet / cello 05) Sometimes Springtime (Composed by Jeff CoffinLyrics by Helen Gillet) - 5:42 Jeff Coffin / soprano sax, bass clarinet Helen Gillet / cello, cello looping, voice 06) Lampsi (Composed by Jeff Coffin) - 5:26 Jeff Coffin / soprano sax, percussion Helen Gillet / cello, cello looping & pizzicato Roy ‘Futureman’ Wooten / cajon 07) Second Wings (Composed by Jeff Coffin) [for Ryoko] - 5:40 Jeff Coffin / clarinet Helen Gillet / cello 08) The Sandman (Composed by Jeff Coffin) - 6:55 Jeff Coffin / bass flute, alto flute, bass clarinet, didgibone, percussion Helen Gillet / cello, percussion, cello looping, cello slap 09) Should I Stand (Composed by Jeff Coffin) - 5:05 Jeff Coffin / tenor sax Helen Gillet / cello 10) Do You Still (Composed by Ernst Reijseger) - 7:03 Jeff Coffin / bass flute, tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet Helen Gillet / cello, cello looping


Jeff Coffin

Additional Personnel

Ray Futureman Wooten - cajon

Date featured

March 9, 2021

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