his last album Short Stories and Tall Tales, trumpeter Jim Manley is preparing to put out a new recording, Chilled Brass, on Monday, June 23.
The album (pictured) features ten of Manley's original compositions plus cover versions of "Wade in the Water" and "Walk on By."
Like its immediate predecessor, Chilled Brass is a solo album, and represents Manley's second venture into putting together backing tracks using samples, loops and synthesizers. "The one thing different this time is I added a lot of keyboard parts including some bass lines - and I can't really play piano - just enough to get me in trouble!" said Manley in an email to StLJN.
Another difference was that in addition to spending more time on mixing, "I did have some funding to get this release mastered by Greg Trampe from Music Masters," said Manley, "and that made a huge difference in the final product."
You can hear some audio excerpts from Chilled Brass in the embedded video window below. The album will be available for purchase in CD format at Manley's gigs and via his website, and a digital version will be sold on iTunes.