|Hi Excellent Folks!
Coming to you surrounded by blues jazz guitar riffs as funky as they come. It’s Kenny Burrell and Stanley Turrentine greasing up “Chitlans Con Carne” from his 1963 Midnight Blue recording. What a vibe, what a sound! It fits this early grey day perfectly and it’s not downer material, instead there’s hope and redemption buried inside those bent notes and sharp nine chords.
Maybe I’m onto this flavor of jazz guitar this morning as a result of thinking back a week or so to the Orange County house concert that NYC guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and I had the pleasure of partaking. Great jazz guitar times two all built into a cozy house with enthusiastic fans and wicked good chocolate chip cookies. Roni plays up a storm and you couldn’t find a kinder soul this side of the Mississippi. I’m looking forward to the next time he glides into the west coast and we’ll try for another gig, hopefully this time in San Diego.
Next, 7 days of beautiful sun, uncrowded ocean and beach, killer grinds (food), great fellow surf folk and their family members including two little astute kidsters, and a high end pool where most of the hang time took place. The days went a little like this:
The ride home was so much easier. Relaxed with a layover day in Mazatlan (crazy town), the CBX crossing lived up to it’s easy promise and sooner than you know it we’re back into the U.S. and zipping on home. It’s great to be home and what a fun trip!
Gearing up for live music this week, on Sunday late afternoon we’re playing a trio hit at the Handlery Hotel. It’s Mack on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on the twin neck. We three met up yesterday at SpragueLand to form a plan and it’s looking and sounding good including a first time ever to be played new one of mine called “Insist On It”. Remember those old Tide laundry soap ad taglines? “Don’t just try it, insist on it”! Vintage stuff, vintage blues!
The music setup at the Handlery Hotel is full on listening with a great sounding room and tah da, ample parking! Hope you can make it out and see you then.
That’s the story for the week and thanks for tuning in, best, Peter