Meridian Odyssey

Earthshine

Origin 82850

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...incredibly talented; their youthful exuberance shines through on urgent and passionate uptempo flights and intense, moody ballads alike...the band's interplay - the musical conversation in each performance - is most striking to my ear.
KNKX, Seattle

Self-recorded in an airplane hangar in rural Alaska during a pandemic exile, 2021's Second Wave delivered the story of a group of young musicians using exceptional circumstances to create personal & musical connection, and ultimately, a stirring documentation of time-well-spent. With this script in hand, Meridian Odyssey returned to Big Lake in August 2021, settling in for six days of intense rehearsals of nine new originals, with time off for sailing, flying and hiking together. With trumpeter Noah Halpern joining the core band of saxophonist Santosh Sharma, bassist Ben Feldman, pianist Dylan Hayes, guitarist Martin Budde, and drummer/producer/engineer Xavier Lecouturier, the group found a new power and focus in their sound, with the expanded front line and the growing conceptual openness the band had developed. Born from the perceivably "lost" years of '20 & '21, Earthshine will speak to the creative read and react of six musicians on the literal threshold of their careers. While a marvelous tale of its own, it portends to be but an entrance into a musical beyond.


Track Listing:

1. XD (Xavier Lecouturier, Dylan Hayes) 6:11
2. Tuesday Wednesday (Martin Budde) 6:46
3. In Front of the Mirror (Ben Feldman) 1:07
4. Behind The Mirror (Noah Halpern) 6:21
5. Searchlight (Ben Feldman) 6:30
6. About Time (Xavier Lecouturier) 5:19
7. Song for Jovino (Dylan Hayes, Xavier Lecouturier) 5:37
8. Reflecting (Dylan Hayes) 0:51
9. Earthshine (Santosh Sharma) 7:06

Performers:

Meridian Odyssey is:
Santosh Sharma - Tenor Saxophone
Noah Halpern - Trumpet
Dylan Hayes - Piano
Martin Budde - Guitar
Ben Feldman - Bass
Xavier Lecouturier - Drums
Ben Lange - mandolin (7)
Jeff Busch - percussion (7)

Production Info:

Produced by Xavier Lecouturier
Recorded by Xavier Lecouturier at Hangar Sessions, Big Lake Alaska
August 17-18th 2021
Additional Editing: Ben Lange
Mixed by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Dan Dean at Dan Dean Productions, Mercer Island, WA
Photography by Lisa Hagen-Glynn
Artwork Michael Franznick
Cover design & layout by John Bishop




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