|Hola Good Folks, bossa nova and Rosa Passos fill the airspace over here at control central, the sun is trying to poke out, I’m putting some words together for you, and all and all, it’s a good Cali moment in time. Later today Kylie and I are heading for Torrey Pines to take in a hike and a swim and then we’re off to Uncle Tripp’s for his birthday celebration. Gettin’ older but grooving nonetheless.
Last week we had an incredible ride through the sonic unfolding of “Suite Judy Blue Eyes” at the park in Del Mar. The band was on fire and for me, having the opportunity to solo over the great acoustic guitars of Jim Soldi and Mark Twang was a true joy. Folk rock bliss!
I came across this cool vid of these four young singers sitting across from each other at a table and not only singing up a storm but supplying rhythm by way of clanking cups on the table. Brilliant and check it out!
I’ve been in a mixing mode and I just finished a Russian Orthodox vocal record for a fellow named Vlad. Before that I’ve been immersed in the finishing touches on my jazz vocal recording project featuring Leonard, Kevyn, Lisa H., Matt, Katie, Fletcher, Sharmala, and Allison. I’m almost done and look for it a little further down the way.
We had a great Roxy gig last week with some fun sit-ins including young Eliza Kiy on guitar. She was fantastic! I met her earlier in the summer at the UCSD Jazz Camp. We played a couple of standards and the highlight is when we went off the page and she just flowed with the freedom and what immerged was a Bach 2 part invention of sorts, less organized but still highly contrapuntal.
So this week is the Roxy gig once again on Thursday and it’s always a great hang. A steady troupe of good folks make it out for the music and the second set morphs into a looser jam. Hope to see you there!
Coming up later in the week on Friday night, I’ll team up with Gilbert Castellanos at the Westgate Hotel downtown. He’s one of my all time favorites and the last time I did this gig it was a true hit. Can’t wait!
And for the rest of the week I’m driving between here, Fallbrook, Coronado and Del Mar for a collection of private gigs. See you on the freeway!
I’m zipping off to play with Dianne Reeves next week in Michigan. We’re gigging at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island which has a ton of history included. It’s a place that cars aren’t allowed and still lives in the past century. The commute there is a car to a plane to a 2nd plane to a limo to a ferry to a horse drawn carriage to the venue kind of a deal. Giddeup and see you there!
I got to thinking about my Dad lately and this led me to revisit the recording we made back in 2004 called Hurry Home. I’m so glad we pulled this project together. My Dad had been part of a few of Tripp and my CD’s with Blurring the Edges and the idea was to do a recording where he was the boss and got to choose the songs and direction and even compose for the project. It was a hoot with Bob Magnusson on bass and my Dad Hall on drums, the amazing rhythm duo he would joking refer to them. We recorded for 2 days and Hall loved jazz standards and that was the heart of the project. My favorite was his own tune called “Hurry Home” and it was amazing to me, this dude had no formal musical training and came up with a cool melody out of thin air. He conveyed the melody to me via his funny whistling and from there I outfitted it with some chords and there it is, “Hurry Home” from the creative penmanship of Sir Hall Tripp Sprague senior! Check it out here!!