Night Life

by Kalen Mercer

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Da Wa Doo Ba Wa Da was written with a rhythmic pattern set to an underlying shifting chordal movement that, half way through each chorus of the tune, lands on the progression furthest away by movement from the origin of the sequence before heading back.

Night Life, the title track, is a standard song form tune that I wrote when I was living in NYC last summer (2015) that reflects the time I spent there and how nighttime is the time for musicians to come out and interact and socialize.

Ultraviolet was written with a single motive to be played to keep time and place within the music. Other riffs complete the tune to juxtapose the consistent motive with improvisation.

Five Fifths is aptly named because of the retrogression of five movements of fifths over five measures' time. The solo section goes into a regular dominant chord funk section that lets the band rip.


released May 3, 2016

Kalen Mercer - alto saxophone
Tyler Lee - guitar, auxiliary percussion
Alex Mayweather - bass
Adam Hendley - drumset

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Derek Jones.
Recorded at the WVFS 89.7 Tallahassee studio.
Session filmed by Daniel Wind.



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