Listening guide to 'Soundpost' by Producer, Peter Inglis

Ike Isaacs and Peter Inglis recording Ian Cooper's debut album "Soundpost"

Listen to the tracks and follow the descriptions to get an idea of how jazz ensemble improvisations are typically structured.

Black Orpheus

  • 00:00 Violin plays the intro phrase unaccompanied.
  • 00:24 Willy Qua on Acoustic bass sets up a monster bossa groove under the sustained violin notes.
  • 00:32 Guitars enter sparingly. The violin holds a beautiful sustained note which transforms into a harmonic and evaporates into the ether.
  • 00:38 Violin plays the head (melody).
  • 01:32 Violin solos.
  • 02:24 Peter solos
  • 03:14 Ike Isaacs solos
  • 04:07 Violin plays melody sparingly
  • 04:57 Violin plays melody again with different embellishments.
  • 05:47 Outro with short violin cadenzas
  • 06:10 Violin cadenza
  • 06:23 final chord.

Legendary Australian bass player and a founding member of Galapagos Duck, Willy Qua.
Legendary Australian bass player and a founding member of Galapagos Duck, Willy Qua.

BOSSA NOVA - A Fine Romance

Intro - my muted guitar comes in first and then Ike Isaacs overlays gorgeous chords. I bubbled away on arpeggios here and there behind the violin melody.... tastefully of course ! - then CUT to my solo. Ike takes over and fade.

Tim Rollinson and Graham Cox, veteran Australian jazz guitarists.
Tim Rollinson and Graham Cox, veteran Australian jazz guitarists.

Gordon Rytmeister, as the name implies, a master of rhythm.
Gordon Rytmeister, as the name implies, a master of rhythm.

JAZZ BALLAD - Misty

I played classical guitar on this one. Introduction - Violin and classical guitar set it up, then Ike Isaacs overlays beautiful harmonies during the melody section.

Ike Isaacs takes the guitar solo in it's entirety with myself backing on nylon string. The two guitar sounds blend beautifully. Of course you can't go wrong with a player of Ike's calibre!

At the end of his solo Ike takes the tune in a completely different direction. FADE TO - the last few seconds - where one of those magical jazz moments occured. Ian Cooper's violin harmonics set off a trigger in Ike and myself and this rocking / contrapuntal 2 guitar figure appeared from absolutely nowhere. That was not how we'd rehearsed it. That's jazz!

Note: I produced and performed on this recording, which helped launch Ian Cooper's international career. web: www.iancooper.com/.