Jack Howard – The Passing Parade EP

The Passing Parade (cover)

The Passing Parade (cover)

 

Buy Now (2016 original release album):

 

 

Jack writes, performs and produces on six warm tracks that engage though rich vocals, brass and big choruses.

Released In: [Australia / NZ].

Release Date: 22 February 2016.

Australian Chart Position: N/A.

Availability: Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital forms.

Value: A$10-A$20.

 

Track Listing(s)

Legend:

 Highly recommended track.
 Commercial single.
 Promotional single.

 

Version: Independent Australian CD album.

Album length: 27 minutes, 8 seconds.

ReplayGain loudness: -8.37dB (2016).

  1. A Foggy Night 
  2. Simple Men
  3. Don’t Freeze Me Out
  4. One Word
  5. City Lights
  6. Ball of Confusion

 

Review

Jack Howard has had his Prince moment with his latest release, the beautiful 6-track EP, The Passing Parade.

Performed, produced, programmed and written by Jack, it’s at once familiar yet full of new sounds and voices.

Jack’s long-time compadre, Nicky Del Rey, features with typically brilliant and inventive guitar and Heather Michael (from Jack’s Bacharach band) adds some divine backing vocals; but the rest is all Jack – the rich voice and trumpet, the subtly arranged horns, the big choruses.

The opening track, A Foggy Night, starts with the swirling sound of four reverb-soaked flugel horns from which emerge a simple electronic beat and twisted guitars. The words tell a tale of late night yearning and empty freeways.

Six tracks – from the anthemic Simple Men and the drama of Don’t Freeze Me Out – and Jack continues to offer up high-quality, engrossing, genre-free music.

Jack Howard has been making music all his life. From the early days of playing in orchestras and musicals to the great adventure of Hunters and Collectors; from performing with Rodriguez, Midnight Oil, The Living End and You Am I to jumping up at the local bar on most weekends around St. Kilda; from releasing CDs with his mighty band, The Long Lost Brothers and his great Bacharach outfit to being the go-to trumpet man for shows all over town, Jack has covered an enormous amount of musical ground.

 

Liner Notes

All songs, performances, programming and production by Jack Howard 2015.

Guitars – Nicky Del Rey.
Backing Vocals – Heather Michael.
Mastered by Craig Harnath at Hothouse Audio.
Artwork and design – Flynn Howard.
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