About "Low-down, No-good" The title track, "Low-down, No-good, Downright Nasty Blues", was inspired by the song "Man of Constant Sorrow" as featured in the Coen Brothers movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou?. I sought to capture the same type of mournfulness, allude to the music of the Deep South, and give it a period "hard times" feel. Since the movie that inspired me took place in the Depression, I researched photos of people from the period, and took note of their clothing and surroundings. Once I chose the title track, I went with the period theme for the photo shoot. I think it was very effective, in the end. However, it is but one mood of eight on the CD; I don't want you to think that the cover represents the style of music for the entire disc. Nor does it represent an untoward fondness for overalls! About Bill Prouten He holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Music from McGill, a Diploma in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Bachelor of Education from York University. Bill worked as a freelance musician and composer in Winnipeg, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Vancouver prior to moving to Alberta to teach in August of 2002. After nine years as Woodwind Instructor at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, Canada, Bill relocated East to Toronto, Ontario and is now a member of that musical community. His CD, Low-down, No-good... is his first release, and a good introduction to his style of jazz. Please take some time and have a listen online. Then buy a copy for all your friends; they make great stocking stuffers!
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