Digital Release Date: June 27, 2006
CD release date: January 9, 2007
Distributed by CED Entertainment Distribution and Super D/Phantom Distribution

PRESS INFO

Composed and Arranged by Steve Hillman
Produced and Mastered by Rain
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered December 2005 -
March 2006 at TelosMusic, Guildford, England
Musicians:
Iain Ballamy: Soprano and tenor sax.
World renowned saxaphonist and former
member if Bill Bruford's band Earthworks,
Ballamy scored the award winning film
Mirrormask directed by Dave McKean
for the Jim Henson company.
In 2001, he received the BBC Radio 3
special award for innovation at
the British Jazz awards. www.ballamy.com

Gareth Davies: Flute and alto flute.

The principal flautist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Davies is also professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music and has appeared on many classical recordings as soloist as well as on albums by Charlotte Church. www.garethdavies.org

Steve Hillman: Keyboards, Percussion and Drums.

Having released several albums for the UK Cyclops prog rock label, Hillman's style has developed away from pure electronica, into a rich blend of acoustic and synthetic jazz/pop orchestration. www.stevehillman.net

Rain: Acoustic and electric bass, acoustic and electric guitars.

Rain is a multi instrumentalist, singer, writer and creator of the outstanding and critically acclaimed album Cerulean Blue. www.telosmusic.net

Darrell Davison: Cello.

The son of the well known conductor Arthur Davison CBE, Davison is a former cellist with the Royal Philharmonic. Now a Conductor and Musical Director of The Little Symphony of London, The New Philharmonic Orchestra, he also presents the successful Arthur Davison Concerts at Fairfield, Croydon

Phil Morgan: Violin & Viola.

Morgan is a former member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonia.

Spy Jazz
for an imaginary movie.
Influenced by the great soundtracks
of John Barry,
Steve Hillman has developed a rich blend of
acoustic and synthetic jazz/pop orchestration.

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TRACKS Time: 
(mp3 samples are underlined)
01 FIRED UP 3-09
02 LINDA'S THEME 4-05
03 LONG HOT NIGHT 3-36
04 THE WORLD OVER 3-24
05 AS CHANCE WOULD HAVE IT 1-01
06 FLUTE JAZZ 3-19
07 THIRTIES THING 2-32
08 LOOKING BACK 2-01
09 IN DREAMS 4-14
10 SLOW DOWN 3-11
11 WHAT THE HELL 2-05
12 REGRETS 1-49
13 THE CHASE IS ON 5-09
14 JOURNEY'S END 2-07 Biography:
Steve Hillman was born in 1956 in
Birmingham, England, - home to
Heavy Metal- Ozzy Osborne, Black Sabbath,
Led Zeppelin and Duran Duran

Growing up in the 60's, Hillman had a dual fascination - one for the dynamic, moody and melodic music of film composer John Barry and the other for the new electronic sounds he was hearing on TV and radio. In 1972 fate ordained that he would "accidentally" make himself a rudimentary synthesizer which, to his amazement, was capable of making all the fascinating electronic sounds he had been hearing!

At that same time, Hillman was strongly drawn to "synth" groups such as Tangerine Dream, Hawkwind and Gong etc. So it was that age 16 he made his first recordings with his self-built synth and whatever else he could lay his hands on!

Planning on pursuing a career in art, Hillman was accepted at the Wolverhampton College of Art. But as the 70's progressed, music became his passion. He enrolled in several music and theory courses
and taught himself how to sight read, compose and to play the guitar and keyboards.

Hillman was also fascinated by a wide genre of music, from medieval, baroque, classical, folk, eastern, film, progressive rock, etc, and all were to leave a mark on his musical output over the following years.

In the 1980'S, an embryonic underground music scene of English musicians was carrying on the musical traditions set forth by Tangerine Dream, and Hillman found kindred spirits in the musicians championed by Lotus Records, a Birmingham shop.

He made several recordings on his self-published label Eye Tapes, and Lotus Records agreed to stock them. Hillman subsequently became a part of the underground UK synth music scene.

During the course of the 80's Hillman released ten cassette only albums and played live at several music festivals in the UK, sharing the bill with such luminaries as Wavestar, Ian Boddy, Mark Jenkins, and Neuronium. His cassettes received airplay on radio stations around the world and were stocked in Europe and the States. One reviewer said that Wavestar and Steve Hillman were to England what Tangerine Dream was to Germany, and Jean-Michel Jarre was to France!

In 1993, Malcolm Parker invited Hillman to join the Griffin Record Label, which was to become Cyclops Records. Hillman recorded four CDs for Cyclops.

 Dedication
With many thanks to all the people who have been involved in making
this album a reality -
Linda Hillman, Peter Hillman, Lew Fisher of the Progressive Music Society,
Dominic Shaw for immeasurable help and guidance,
Bruce Wood of Dreamfast Cinema, Beth Osler for the viola
and to all the outstanding musicians involved in bringing this music to life!
I humbly dedicate this album to John Barry.

(c) 2006 Bruce Wood, Inc. all rights reserved
Dreamfast Cinema, Chicago
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