This trio outing explores the music composed by Harry Woods, Tin Pan Alley composer and great-granduncle of Jesse Simpson. Many of Woods' songs have been forgotten despite being historically performed by major artists and this is an effort to broaden their horizons.
A few of Woods' songs enjoyed various revivals over the years, such as 'Try A Little Tenderness' which was brought back in a different light by Otis Redding. Many know 'Midnight, The Stars and You' through Kubrick's 'The Shining', during the scene where Jack is in the ghostly ballroom. 'What a Little Moonlight Can Do' is known primarily through Billie Holiday. The fact remains, however, that a majority of his compositions have faded into obscurity or become too historical, thus prompting a more contemporary instrumental take.
released November 18, 2016
Jesse Simpson, Piano
Joe Peri, Drums
Jeong-Lim Yang, Bass
Recorded at Samurai Hotel, September 2015 by David Stoller
Mixed and mastered at Avatar Studios, October 2015 by Katsu Naito
Photos by Jesse Simpson, artwork by Mariana Meraz