The song was inspired by our love of early sixties jazz, in particular the Stan Getz and Charlie
Al Ross and The Planets
released “Faith,” the latest digital single and lyric video from the group’s upcoming second album. Blue Crystal
follows September 10 on CD and download.
Gliding on a light samba rhythm, “Faith” shares the smooth jazz crossover appeal of such European acts as The Blue Nile, Matt Bianco, Double, and China Crisis. Bandleader Al Ross takes center stage with a richly romantic vocal.
“’Faith’ was written by me and Alex Mungo,” Ross said. “The song was inspired by our love of early sixties jazz, in particular the Stan Getz
and Charlie Byrd
collaboration Jazz Samba
. I had seen the jazz trio Tantrum perform in Oxfordshire, and was so impressed that I invited Paul Jefferies
to play double bass on our session. ‘Faith’ came together fairly quickly at Abbey Road Studios. Marc Rapson recorded the piano part on the famous Steinway Grand in Studio 2. He also used the very same Hammond organ that The Beatles
played during the recording of Abbey Road
Additional musicians on the track are drummer Terry Mascall, saxophonist Dave Brammer, guitarist Julian Mungo, and backing vocalist Lyndon Connah.
When Al Ross and the Planets entered Abbey Road to commence 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 truly 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.”
Blue Crystal Tracklist
- Something Changed My Mind
- Blue Crystal
- In the Middle of the Night
- All the Things We Started
- Checkin’ Out the Vibe
- Sweet Memories of You
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