Road Runner got released in November 2021 and is the second song of the new EP Eclipse. This composition is indeed an epic oeuvre of almost 11 minutes of full blast energy. I was searching for a new intensity in the groove and a new kind of swing. I added latin and funk influences too. With this track you will run until you reach the next Galaxy, far away from the place you would call your reality. Two remixes will be released together with the whole EP in March 2022.
Bodo Maier - trumpet, composition, production
Max Treutner - tenor sax
Matthieu Trovato - Fender Rhodes
Roberto Koch - bass
Freddy Benitez - percussion
Florian Haas Schneider - drums
recorded & mixed by Benjamin Gut ; mastered by Erik Zobler Zed Mastering L.A.; video by Pascal Isenschmid; camera - Gergö Nyirö, rhapsodist, Kim Howland; campaign agent Eric Karsenty Bridge The Gap Management
I wrote and produced Lamento Olvidado in winter 2020/2021, which was the darkest time of my life so far. I was stuck in a situation where no exit was in sight. As well there was pandemic, winter, no sunlight, living alone, no work, no reason nor motivation to practice the trumpet, losing embouchure and endurance… losing my music. I almost stopped being a musician. The dark time of a planet is called eclipse. This was my dark time. Nevertheless a beautiful song was the result of it and its production literally saved my life.
The title is in Spanish and means forgotten or lost lament. A lament is a song somebody sings with sorrow, distress or pain. Meaning somebody was singing the sorrows out of the heart but nobody listened, so it was lost and gone for ever. The melody came up in some of those lonely nights and fortunately I managed to record it so it didn’t get lost for ever.
I wanted to have this Spanish ambience and heat in the music I knew from Miles Davis’ „Sketches of Spain“ or maybe „Miles Ahead“. I achieved it mostly by the ornamentation of the Flugelhorns melodies together with the sound of the flute and the chords of the Rhodes Piano.
The song is also a tribute to the great trumpet player Wallace Roney and his genius album Mistérios. He died last year (2020). Wallace was Miles’ only student and Miles used to call him as his substitute, when he couldn’t play a gig.
The bass line and the percussion are derived from salsa, so if you want to label the style of music one could call it latin jazz.