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Terra Boa

by Jonny Wickham

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When night was young You searched the city You walked alone Yearning to find that very place Where the river rolls Cascading leaves Hear silent oak trees grow Never know Whispers of truth Why can’t you say it You’ll never say such things to me
Berimbau 05:27
Neon Muse 06:03
My fickle old friend you have made me blue You always do I’m violet through a neon muse I wonder too If we're playing nostalgia like we used to I do not know anymore What to believe with you coming round this late to say Im back to stay promise this time I’m back for good So you’ll not play alone
Its rising in the night When the lights are out The garden of your dreams Where the waters golden An unexpected view Of when wrongs is right Reflected in your skin By your restless mind Read between the lines To escape This space and time Your moving with the flow But the currents fast The natural disguise Of a quiet demon beneath a crashing wave Stands a stands a blinding light The ultimate surprise for your weary eyes Beyond all the fear You hold of the unknown That keeps you standing still In motion as you fight You have to Read between the lines To escape This space and time
Terra Boa 04:13
Som que leva a alma Pra perto do ceu Danca samba nego E pro nosso bem Pois toca o tamborim também E cré no que o Brasilero tem Mar, frevo, farofa Sal, maracatu Iemanja sereia Bahia, salvador Traz todo o mundo pra ouvir Encantar ser e sorrir Até o amanhecer Pode também Querer que não se acabe mais E falta o sol que é bom demais Pra nos fazer feliz de ver


My influences for the music on this record were so sprawling, that there had to be some elements (apart from my brilliant band) to hold it all together as one cohesive sound. So fundamentally this is my love letter to the many beautiful Afro Brazilian rhythms that I have studied over the past few years.‘Terra Boa’ is Portuguese for ‘Good earth’. In respect to the vibrant and fertile musical landscape of Brazil. Good earth which nourished the growth of my own unique musical branches from strong and deep roots. The grooves are heavily influenced by Afro Brazilian rhythmic traditions, which along with contemporary jazz harmony and improvisation, form the backbone of the music. The conceptual unification of the music on the album was derived from the Japanese aesthetic concept of Wabi-Sabi. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-Sabi is a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection and the appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. This is exemplified by Enso ̄, a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes with ink to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. These seven dimensions of Wabi-Sabi, Fukinsei (asymmetry; irregularity), Kanso (simplicity), Koko (basic; weathered), Shizen (without pretence; natural), Yugen (subtly profound grace), Datsuzoku (freedom), and Seijaku (tranquility), gave me an idea of balance when composing the seven studio tracks.


released July 7, 2023

All music composed by Jonny Wickham
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Alex Killpartrick
Assisted and edited by Tris Ellis
Over dubs engineered by Alex and Lloyd Haines
Recorded at Livingston studio 2, Basement 10 studio, Harness 7 studio, The Hutch studio and at Home, June 2021
Album art by Daisy Newdick
Design by Pedro Velasco
Produced by Jonny Wickham
Executive Producer: Jordi Pujol

JONNY WICKHAM - bass, guitar, percussion, mandolin
BEN BROWN - drums, percussion
GREG SANDERS - guitars, cavaco
LYLE BARTON - keyboards
JEREMY SHAVERIN - percussion, cavaco
TOM BARFORD - woodwinds
JAMES COPUS - flugelhorn
JONNY MANSFIELD - vibraphone
TOM HUTCHISON - percussion

FSNT 654. This sound recording © & π 2023 by Fresh Sound Records. Manufactured and distributed by Blue Moon Producciones Discográficas, S.L. Warning: All rights of this production, and of the composers are reserved. Unauthorized copying of this recording is prohibited.
D.L. B 22796/2023. MADE IN SPAIN.

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Jonny Wickham London, UK

Jonny Wickham is a bassist, composer and band leader from London.

He has worked with critically acclaimed world music ensembles such as Caravela, Waaju, Juanita Euka, and Samba Azul. Jazz artists Burnheart, Alex Western King, Ian Shaw and The London Jazz Orchestra. Singer songwriters Ellie Dixon, Rosie Frater Taylor, Cherise and Jordan Rakei.

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