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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

by Gary Alesbrook

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For Louis 04:10
On My Way 03:47
i feel my legs tumble she makes me crumble just one touch of her hand sends my head into a spin over and over again i feel my heart flutter she's like no other now all my friends see why 'cause she's sweeter to the eye than key lime pie mix us both together and the flavour's pretty fine cut another slice of heaven I have never tasted sugar half as sweet as her 'cause she's sweeter to the eye than key lime pie
I wandered up and down a shattered street near where a river used to flow I recognised a man with lines upon his face and as he passed he let me know "you think you're moving but you're standing still. you've lived a life of fear" just let the doubt all go from you," he said his voice was calm and so sincere "take a look you'll see this life is just a dream." "and while the world runs round and round," he said "just be thankful where you dwell this great world i know was built for me dear soul all is well."
Anna 06:12
Fiddlesticks 04:24
take a look, you’re the precious one. faking truths, looking like you’ve won. a blind sincerity, that only i can see. take a look, you’re the precious one. fall from grace, you’re the precious one. leave a trace, to stumble on. it comes easy, but girl believe me. you’re the precious one.
you lingered in the limelight high at the break of midnight you threw caution to the wind pushed your hand all in committed every sin and everybody knew your name drank champagne and you were in the spotlight. but now you know you're time is fleeting aware of company you're keeping your affairs perhaps unwise now they turn their eyes to younger guys and as you're jealous of your prime they've called time and you are left in shadow
dancing in the moonlight i pass my song to you like a flower bends in breeze whispered into bloom late night, we are close now i can almost touch the moon with eager eyes and tempting smiles we take dream awake
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Gary Alesbrook

“The Stories We Tell Ourselves”

Release Date: October 29th, 2019

Jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger and producer Gary Alesbrook is back in the spotlight with the release of his second album “The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” released October 29th, 2019. The album consists of eleven original jazz compositions and features an exciting, diverse range of artists including two time grammy nominated Guitarist and vocalist, Raul Midón.

Alesbrook’s second studio album sees him once again transition from the unassuming sideman to the confident frontman. His early years as a jazz artist were influenced by players such as Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Clifford Brown and it’s the intuitive use of swing that is very evident in his second album. His use of melody and beautifully crafted phrasing hark back to an era of ‘West Coast’ and ‘Cool’ Jazz.
“It was exhilarating to go back to the music that inspired me so long ago and use it as inspiration for this album.”

Gary was born and raised in Plymouth. At the age of 23 he graduated with a BA from Leeds College Of Music. He has recorded albums in a wide range of formations, worked as a session musician for artists as varied as Raphael Saadiq, Kasabian, Rag N Bone Man and Scissor Sisters as well as performed on movie, TV and computer game soundtracks. Each has proved the perfect setting for his warm and lyrical sound and although Alesbrook has shown his dexterity as a player able to cross multiple genres, it is Jazz that drives this album.

“The Stories We Tell Ourselves” is a collection of original songs that convey ideas of love, loss, relationships and identity. Stories reflecting on the past and recognising how our perceptions often change with insight and experience. From the flush of young love, to the challenges of staying authentic in our ever changing and fast paced world, Alesbrook touches on themes that are universal to us all. From the lighthearted nature of songs like “Key Lime Pie” and“Just One More Thing,” to the heart-breaking story of a “Fallen Star,” there is a message here for all.

Gary Alesbrook - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Anders Olinder - Piano
Adam King - Double Bass
Ian Matthews - Drums
Matt Hopkins - Guitar
Ruth Hammond - Tenor Saxophone

Also Featuring:
Raul Midón - Vocals on ‘Precious One.’
Elliott Cole - Vocals on ‘Key Lime Pie’ and ‘My First Love.’
Phoebe Jane - Vocals on ‘Going Home.’
Victoria Klewin - Vocals on ‘My First Love.’
Phil King - Vocals on ‘Fallen Star’

Raul Midón appears courtesy of Mack Avenue LLC

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Gary Alesbrook Bristol, UK

Bristol has been known as a musical melting pot, where cultures fuse and mingle. Jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger and producer Gary Alesbrook is back releasing a number of Jazz Beats & Lo-Fi singles showcasing his talents as a producer as well as a performer. His songs tie together his lyrical and warm sound as he deftly keeps up with the ever changing face of Jazz and improvised music. ... more

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