Give a listen to the first track off 'The Julian Hartwell Project' - the eponymous debut album from this rising Philly contemporary jazz group coming this Fall. One of the first ever original compositions written by Julian Hartwell, "Street Dreams" is here now in its full-band glory some eight years later. The full-length album drops October 30th, 2015 on all major digital music outlets.
The first track off the debut album...because it’s the first jazz composition I ever REALLY wrote circa 7th grade in ole ‘Bama where my musical evolution began...suthern flavored, laid-back funk at a lazy street pace…I don’t think I had a real ‘concept’ behind this song at the time, but now upon further reflection you could say it represents the daily grind…the working-mans-funk…the varying degrees of 'The Struggle' to make it in this world that we ALL experience, but some of us alot more than others, to be fair…the ‘musician struggle’ notwithstanding…
The repetitive nature of the groove speaks to being persistent through it all, wherever your path is leading you...
The hopeful last section that wraps up the form with bright major chords is just that: That HOPE, that DREAM, that still lies at the end of it all. One I hope is unique to you, one I hope you're still holding on to, no matter what is currently going on in your life...
The HOPE that all of the hard work, the challenges, the failures, are still leading us onward and upward to the Realization(s) of our Dream(s), our greatest desire(s) that we all guard in the vaults of our Hearts.
After all, I’ve heard it said: "The day we stop dreaming is the day we stop living."
So let’s keep dreaming, ya’ll.
Composed and arranged by Julian Hartwell (ASCAP), all rights reserved. Copyright Julian Hartwell Music 2015.
released October 30, 2015
The Julian Hartwell Project is:
Julian Hartwell - Piano
Paul Horner - Electric Bass
Tom Cullen - Drums
Noah Hocker - Trumpet
Seth Ebersole - Tenor Saxophone
Harry Forlenza-bailey - Trombone
Recorded by Dash Williams at Boyer Studios, Temple University 10/17/14
Mixed and Mastered by Jeff Hiatt and Rob Shaffer at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia, PA