Al Ross and The Planets
today service their latest single, All the Things We Started," to smooth jazz radio. The track appears on the London band's second album, Blue Crystal
, which was released in North America by MVD Entertainment
on September 10.
The new single follows the success of Faith," a previous track released in July that has enjoyed UK airplay from influential deejays Cerys Matthews at BBC Radio Two and Janice Long at BBC Radio Wales, plus additional exposure on Radio Caroline.
Much like its predecessor, All the Things We Started" builds on a light samba groove with soulful accompaniment by Paul Jefferies
on double bass, Jamie Wall on trumpet, Terry Mascall on drums, Blue Crystal
producer Marc Rapson on piano and percussion, Al Ross providing the lead vocal, and Alex Mungo and Lyndon Connah on backing vocals.
“The song was inspired by our love of late 1950s jazz, in particular Chet Baker
and Miles Davis
’ Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud
LPs,” said Ross. “There are quite a few epic tracks on Blue Crystal
so we wanted to take a ‘less is more approach’ with this one. Most of the instrumentation and vocals were recorded in Abbey Road’s Studio 2, with Marc Rapson playing the famed Steinway Vertegrand which can be heard on The Beatles
’ 'Penny Lane' and 'With a Little Help from My Friends.'"
When Al Ross & The Planets commenced recording Blue Crystal
in January 2020, they never guessed that a pandemic was about to turn their plans upside down. Members would soon be sidelined by the virus, travel around London became forbidden, and—when sessions did finally resume in May—there was a long list of safety measures.
“Facing huge obstacles in a horrendous year, with two members getting Covid, we managed to produce a great album,” said Ross. “It was a wonderful way to pass the hours rather than staying at home feeling depressed. We were able to create something positive out of 2020.”