Jack Howard – The Passing Parade EP
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.
Highly recommended track.
Version: Independent Australian CD album.
Album length: 27 minutes, 8 seconds.
ReplayGain loudness: -8.37dB (2016).
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.
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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