Standard Deviation

by David Panton and various associates

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The tracks on this album are taken from, or were intended to appear on, Nondo & Panton Music releases in the 1970s and 80s and, apart from one track, are all standard show tunes or jazz standards which such musicians have used as starting point for their improvised solos. Although I have never considered myself to be a jazz musician in that sense of knowing several hundred such tunes and their chord changes and substitutions intimately – inside out, back to front, and upside down – it has been necessary at times for me to perform some of them in bands other than my own more avant-garde/free-form projects, which led to my working on some of them in that latter context, often as a point of contrast and/or comparison with my own approach to composed/improvised music. For that reason I have given the overall title for the album as ‘Standard Deviation’ – a term which apparently comes from statistical analysis and refers to the degree to which a thing deviates from the norm – since my own interpretations will/do not conform to the accepted conventions as generally accepted by audiences, critics, many musicians, and an increasing number of academics, now that acquiring the necessary skills to play jazz and other improvised music, has passed from the practitioners in the field to tutors in colleges and universities. However, in the case of jazz standards, deviation from previous performances is itself a deviation from the norm given that the larger part of a jazz performance is governed by the improvisatory direction a musician decides to go on the spur of the moment but, with so many different styles within the jazz idiom and many different approaches and individual ‘voices’ within all styles and mixtures of styles, the (rhetorical) question is always going to be about where to place the norm. During the relatively short history of jazz any norms which have been briefly established have themselves been quickly superseded by others, giving this renewal process the only tangibly constant norm in an ever changing sound-world.

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Whether or not the recorded tracks do differ and by how much from any perceived norm is ultimately up to the listeners to decide for themselves and according to their own personal opinions and gut feelings on the subject, and there opinions and feelings are inevitably going to be as diverse as not only these tracks but the whole recorded output of the music to date.

DP March 2016


released March 31, 2016

1 – I’ve Got The World On A String (Arlen/Koehler) (4:35) Jan Steele – alto saxophone, David Panton – piano. EMI Music Publishing Ltd/Redwood Music Ltd.

2 – Smoke Get In Your Eyes (Kern/Harbach) (3:09) David Panton – piano. Universal Music Publishing.

3 – Night And Day (Porter) (5:52) Nick Solomon – soprano saxophone, David Panton – piano. Warner/Chappell North America.

4 - Round Midnight (Hanighen/Williams/Monk) (12:12) Jan Steele – alto saxophone, Bob Jackson – tenor saxophone, Terry Parkinson –trumpet, John Adams – guitar, David Panton – piano, Nigel Phillips – bass, Bob Wilson – drums. Warner/Chappell North America.

5 – As Time Goes By (Hupfield) (7:03) Bob Jackson – tenor saxophone, Terry Parkinson – trumpet, Andy Peate – bass trumpet, David Panton – piano, Bob Boucher – bass, Gary Randall – drums. Redwood Music Ltd.

6 – Stormy Weather (Arlen/Koehler) (7:08) David Panton –alto saxophone, Tony Richards – drums. EMI Music Publishing Ltd/Redwood Music Ltrd.

7 – All Blues (Davis) (16:07) Maggie Nicols – voice, Harry Beckett – trumpet, David Panton – alto saxophone, Fred T Baker – bass, Tony Richards – drums.

8 – Look Beneath The Surface (Nicols) (12:15) Maggie Nicols – voice, Harry Beckett – trumpet, David Panton – alto saxophone, Fred T Baker – bass, Tony Richards – drums. Kassner Associated Publishing.

9 – Out Of Somewhere (Guiffre) (3:16) David Panton – piano. Universal Music Publishing Ltd.

Recordings © Panton Music
Audio CD licensed by MCPS Ltd London



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