“A recording of one’s own can mean many things to a musician. It’s a vehicle for self-expression. It’s a chance to pay tribute to some of our musical influences. It’s an opportunity to stretch ourselves, to challenge ourselves. It’s a statement – this represents me musically – this is what I’m into. A series of recordings is a documenting of one’s development and evolution.
This is my second release as a leader, and as on my first recording, I’m joined by Kieran Overs on bass, and Barry Romberg on drums. We’ve been playing together as a trio for a few years now, and have developed a level of comfort and trust that comes with that. Kieran (my husband) is undauntedly flexible, with a big sound and a big heart. Barry is supportive, dynamic, fearless.
Dortmund-born, Winnipeg vibraphonist Stefan Bauer and I had played together a couple of times in a duo setting, and had felt a definite musical kinship. When I had the chance to play a cherished week-long engagement at The Top O’ The Senator on Toronto last summer, I called Stefan to join Kieran, Barry and me for the gig. It was a great sound, and subsequently Kieran and I thought it would be a nice addition to have Stefan play with us on this recording.
The release of a recording of one’s own is also a “birthing” of sorts, conceiving of a musical concept, nurturing and developing original tunes and arrangements, labouring over decisions, finally letting your baby go out into the world, and supporting it. I feel as I did the first time, richer for the experience, and eager to start again.” Nancy Walker, April 2000
- Nancy Walker: Piano
- Kieran Overs: Bass
- Barry Romberg: Drums
- Stefan Bauer: Vibes (Tracks 1,2,6,7,8)
- Syndrome (C. Bley) Alrac Music BMI
- Twice Around The Park (N. Walker) Split Personality Music SOCAN
- Lonely Woman (O. Coleman) MJQ Music BMI
- Luminosity (N. Walker) Split Personality Music SOCAN
- The Inside Line (N. Walker) Split Personality Music SOCAN
- Old Souls (N. Walker) Split Personality Music SOCAN
- Angelica (Purple Gazelle) (Ellington) ASCAP
- The Long and Winding Road (Lennon/McCartney) ATV Music./Maclen Music BMI
Produced by Kieran Overs and Nancy Walker
All arrangements by Nancy Walker
Recorded at Reaction Studios, Toronto by Jeff Elliot, September 22 & 23, 1999
Mixed at Inception Sound by Chad Irschick January 17 & 18, 2000
Mastered by Ted Carson at Music Lane February 1, 2000