David Hughes – Cruising Along
A composer since he was old enough to reach the piano keys, the release of Hughes debut CD Swoosh united his greatest passions – composing and performing. With the release of Foreign Shores he achieved a new musical level, with more complex compositions and live, interactive performances.
On Cruising Along Hughes straddles the pop and jazz genres and focuses on melodic tunes, using improvisation as a flavor rather than as main ingredient. The goal was to write melodies that will stick in the listeners head and with improvisation as a flavor rather than main ingredient. The album title reflects that the CDs is intended as a sonic backdrop for the open road.
Special guests are Jamey Tate on drums, who along with Hughes tour with pianist David Benoit. College classmate Magnus Fritz recorded his drums in Stockholm, Sweden. Nate Tschetter delivered piano tracks from Nashville and pianist Rique Pantoja performs on a tune dedicated to himself. Hughes recorded former Benoit sax man Andy Suzuki before he left LA for Berlin. Longtime friend and collaborator John DePatie contributed the guitars, with help on one tune from David Archuleta guitarist Pathik Desai.
Cruising Along is available at CDBaby.