Stay Easy Bro

by Julian Hartwell

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"Stay Easy Bro" featuring the full JHP Sextet in action.

The first riff idea for this one came from playing a cheap keyboard on the bed of my brother’s guest-room, in an apartment in Mexico City, Summer 2013, on a visit to experience the “latin gringo” lifestyle in one of the most massive, ridiculous cities in the world.
Coming up with a carefree groove such as this must have been my coping mechanism to a city with more people than I’d ever seen in my life...traffic jams I could've never imagined...the words ‘congestion’ and ‘smog’ taking on a WHOLE new level...yet experiencing a people generally more at ease and unhurried through life than their northern "uptight gringo" counterparts.
That being said, WHEREVER one goes, I highly recommend traveling abroad to anyone and everyone as it is one of the best ways to “get out of yourself” and learn about the human experience through different eyes, different modes of being…not to mention often doubling back as a mirror to one's own home country and seeing it in a new light, sans all filters, bias, and rose-colored glasses!
This apt title was indeed an ode and “Peace Out” of sorts to my big bro (who himself would play on this track circa a year later) as I returned to life in the States …another one of my southern-tinged joints with the whole JHP sextet…oh yeah and I got to play a Rhodes on it too ☺

Composed and arranged by Julian Hartwell (ASCAP), all rights reserved. Copyright Julian Hartwell Music 2015.


released October 30, 2015
Noah Hocker - Trumpet
Seth Ebersole - Tenor Sax
Harry Forlenza-bailey - Trombone
Julian Hartwell - Rhodes
Paul Horner - Electric Bass
Tom Cullen - Drums

Recorded by Dash Williams at Boyer Studios March '14 and Jeff Hiatt at Turtle Studios May '14.

Mixed and Mastered by Jeff Hiatt and Rob Shaffer at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia, PA.



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Julian Hartwell Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader based in Philadelphia, PA. He is inspired by many styles of music which all contribute to his distinctive sound, both solo and in a group setting. He is bandleader for The Julian Hartwell Project, produces for hip-hop band French Street Gumbo, composes neo-classical solo piano works, and performs often as a sideman. ... more

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