Jason Swagler and pianist Adaron "Pops" Jackson have teamed up for a new recording, Map of the World, to be released next Tuesday, January 28.
The EP (pictured) includes duo versions of four ballads from an eclectic group of songwriters, starting with Pat Metheny's "A Map of The World," and continuing with Henry Mancini's "Dreamsville," Ivan Lins' "Choro Das Águas," and Randy Newman's "When She Loved Me."
"As we worked through arrangements for a full length ballads album, these four tunes began to stand out almost as a collection or suite," said Swagler in an email to StLJN. "The original idea was to create an intimate and introspective backdrop, and these four songs did just that, and they stood best on their own. So we decided to release the four tunes as a singular statement, rather than as part of a traditional full length album."
Map of the World was produced by Swagler, engineered by Miles Vandiver, and recorded and mixed in the studio at SIU-E. It will be available as a digital download from iTunes and Amazon, and as a physical CD available for purchase via CD Baby and at Swagler's and/or Jackson's live shows.
Coincidentally, Swagler, Jackson and guitarist Rick Haydon also will be performing at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 25 at Jacoby Arts Center in Alton. While the concert is not specifically intended to promote the album release, Swagler said they may have advance copies for sale if they arrive from the manufacturer in time for the show.
Edited 1/29/14 to add links to iTunes and CD Baby.