Intersystem Crossing - Introspection
Introspection is excited to present Intersystem Crossing, a brand new jazz-rock composition by Julian Woods, performed with award-winning special guests Josephine Davies and Tim Giles.
Track available to stream/download for free on bandcamp:
Produced in collaboration with Oxford University Jazz Society
Released 19th June 2018
Recorded on 17th October 2017 at Master Rhythm Studios, Oxford
Recording engineered by Darren Hasson-Davis and Tim Roberts
Mixed by Tim Roberts
Filmed by Jacob Barrell and Daniel Kim from Pedestrian Media
Video by Julian Woods
Produced by Julian Woods
Matt Ward - Trumpet
Josephine Davies - Tenor Sax
Harry Baker - Fender Rhodes
Julian Woods - Guitar
Richard English - Bass Guitar
Matthew Venvell - Percussion
Tim Giles - Drums
Big thanks all those involved, and to Gabriel Zucker and Corrie Dick for their tips on the mix.
Introspection is a 7-piece contemporary jazz and jazz-rock ensemble.
The band is lead by composer and guitarist Julian Woods and plays his original compositions and arrangements, which explore blues language, dense minimalism-inspired textures, colourful chromatic harmony, open improvisation, contemporary through-composition, and dirty, rock-like tones.
Introspection released their self-titled debut EP in April 2017, available on bandcamp at
introspectionmusic.bandcamp.com/. The EP consists of two pieces: The first a modal-sounding Woods original titled ‘Ultimatum’, and the second a jazz-rock and free jazz take on McCoy Tyner’s legendary standard ‘Passion Dance’.
Introspection is the primary project of composer and guitarist Julian Woods.
The band's music partly spawns from Julian's wide array of musical influences, fuelled by his habit for extensive listening. These include:
-The free jazz works of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, and others.
-The blues-rock sounds of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Peter Green, and modern rock music such as PJ Harvey, Rage Against The Machine, and Nine Inch Nails.
-The contemporary jazz and fusion music of Troyka, Cuong Vu, Nicole Mitchell, Steve Lehman, The Delegation, Chris Potter's Underground, Adam Rogers DICE, Django Bates, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, and others.
-The contemporary classical ideas of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Arnold Schoenberg, as well as the works of historic composers Claude Debussy and Richard Wagner.
-The bebop and straight-ahead works of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, and others.
-The R&B and hip hop sounds of Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Lords Of The Underground, Gorillaz, D'Angelo, Michael Jackson, and Robert Glasper.
Amongst other things, the band's music explores the use of blues language, dense minimalism-inspired textures, colourful chromatic harmony, open improvisation, contemporary through-composition, and dirty, rock-like tones.
Introspection released their self-titled debut EP in April 2017, available on Bandcamp at introspectionmusic.bandcamp.com.
The EP consists of two pieces: The first a modal-sounding Woods original titled 'Ultimatum', the second a jazz-rock and free jazz take on McCoy Tyner's legendary standard 'Passion Dance'.
Julian is a current student of Oxford University. He has been prolifically musically active during his time as a student.
As the leader of the Oxford University Jazz Society house band he has performed with many UK-leading jazz musicians, including Nigel Price, Alex Hitchcock, Vasilis Xenopolous, Alex Munk, Tim Giles, Josephine Davies, Jim Gold, and Will Barry.
He recently debuted the new play 'Dark Suit and Lavender Shirt, Standing' at the Chelsea Theatre, his first show as musical director and composer, as a member of the Clearwater Collective. The music was performed with Jim Gold and Seth Tackaberry.
Other engagements have included playing for a production of Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes' at the Oxford Playhouse, a performance of Philip Glass's second string quartet arranged for four electric guitars at Modern Art Oxford, and performances at dozens of college balls and other events in numerous small jazz ensembles, playing guitar, bass guitar, electric upright bass and, on occasion, keyboard.
He has received tuition from Rob Luft, Nigel Price and Will Davies, as well as studying under Marc Ribot, Joel Harrison, Miles Okazaki and Steve Cardenas during the 2017 Alternative Guitar Summit camp in New York. In addition, he has attended masterclasses with Steve Reich, Tim Garland, and Thomas Dolby.