Touch & Go
Latest album by JIM SELF
The Jim Self & John Chiodini Quintet
Ron Stout, Ken Wild, and Kendall Kay
1. Touch and Go
2. Ain’t Misbehavin’
3. Only Trust Your Heart
10. Whisper Not
JIM SELF is one of the busiest jazz musicians in Los Angeles.
Besides being a prolific recording artist, the tuba master is also an in-demand studio musician. On his 21st release, TOUCH AND GO, he once again shares production credits with guitarist JOHN CHIODINI. The two masters have produced three duo jazz CDs together and one with the David Angel Jazz Ensemble.
Each of Self’s recordings have featured different kinds of bands, usually either classical or jazz. For TOUCH AND GO,
The Jim Self & John Chiodini Quintet includes some of LA’s top jazz musicians. Self says, “When Chiodini and I talked
about who we wanted for this quintet recording we chose RON STOUT, KEN WILD, and KENDALL KAY because of
their great playing and impeccable time.” The project was highly collaborative, and all of the players contributed
suggestions, arrangements, or compositions to the project. Like many of Self’s songs and album titles, he took the title
TOUCH AND GO from his 30+ years as a small plane pilot. It is a term that pilots use for practicing take offs and landings
where, after touching down, you immediately take off and “go around” the pattern again.
From the opening high-energy title tune, “Touch And Go,” written by Self, through standards like “Only Trust Your
Heart” and “Whisper Not” to originals like Chiodini’s bluesy “Restless” to the bebop closing tune “Dig,” the swinging, hip
arrangements and original writing on TOUCH AND GO deftly demonstrate that this entire band – Self, Chiodini, Stout,
Wild, and Kay – are all masters of their instruments.