Dream Your Dream, about this album:
(scroll down) My first smooth jazz piano album was written and demo-ed in my home studio, located in a converted air-raid shelter in my back garden in North London that narrowly escaped destruction in World War 2! It was later completed in a converted attic, home of Ernie McKone’s studio Boogieback, in which he previously worked with Count Basic and Brian Tarquin among others.
While working on this album I’ve been thinking about the route I’ve taken in music which has resulted in its creation. I started on the piano at an early age, but I think it was probably listening to my dad play bits of Boogie-Woogie piano and George Shearing’s “Lullaby of Birdland” that first opened my ears to the possibilities of jazz harmonies. I wanted to play chords like that and I can still remember the thrill I got when I found my first dominant seventh chord!
Good To Go
(scroll down) This album has taken a while! Although a few things were tweaked recently, most of the album was recorded over a year ago. The original songs were written in the period before then and my first album in 1998, so they’ve been floating around in my head for quite some time!I enjoyed making the album and think it is a real progression since my last.
There’s a lot of free playing and soloing around the tunes which really brings them to life, showing off each player’s talents to the full and creating a great live feel.Some of the players who gave their great talents to the first album are here on the second, for example, Jacko Peake on saxes and flute, Chanan Hanspal on guitar and Arden Hart on trumpet. However, their are some new guys who make some great contributions, in particular, Damon Browne on flugelhorn, a familiar name on the London jazz-scene. Chris Standring, who’s also from London but based in LA, and who, of course, has had a couple of high-flying smooth-jazz albums, makes welcome appearances on Super-real Feel and Go Fly your Kite.
Free Association, (A One)
(scroll down) A One was an acid-jazz project created by Duncan, and was a kind of return to his jazz roots. The first single, on WOW records got good reviews and this and other tracks appeared on many U.S. compilations. Eventually, an album, “Free Association”, was released on China records.Originally released on Indochina Records, several tracks gained exposure on Moonshine Records acid-jazz compilations and Instinct Record’s samplers.
Subsequently re-released in the USA by Trippin’ ‘n Rhythm Records, Chicago.”Lots of different colours and textures. ‘West By South West’ is a great dance tune” Sounds (UK), Single of the Week“Millar skilfully blends familiar solos way back in the mix so that the jazz listener senses something he may have heard before but can’t quite put his finger on” Jazz Journal International