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2022 18 Jul

A day in the life of Ashley Paul

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | Comments off

Pushing sounds and songs towards an area of the ungraspable, that may be one of the working ideals of  Ashley Paul. No nostalgia, no common sense, no simple formula. But a deep sense for the elemental, the heartfelt, the now. More about  this in my upcoming JazzFacts edition at the Deutschlandfunk, on August 4, 9.05 p.m.


I wasn’t wrong assuming she got, at one point in her life, obsessed with Julee Cruise and Twin Peaks. Amongst other things, I kindly asked her to tell about a „normal day“ in London town. Starring: a tortoise named Zoe, Richard Brautigan, and a tropicalia compilation from Soul Jazz Records. And why not add her ten records for the famous desert island …





„I come from a very musical household. My sister, who is 8 years older than me, was always practicing piano and voice, my dad plays jazz guitar, and my grandfather was a saxophonist and clarinetist. So there was pretty much always music around. I remember that when I became aware of Paul Desmond (sometime around age 5 or 6), I began to tell EVERYONE that I would grow up to be a saxophonist. This near-obsession with Paul Desmond lasted into my twenties. I started transcribing his playing when I was ten. First song was “Skylark.” Other favorites are “Hi-Lili-Hi-Lo” and “Taste of Honey.” I think he instilled a strong sense of the importance of melody and the power of understatement in me. His work is perfectly distilled and crafted with absolutely no excess.“ (from foxydigitalis)

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