|Good On ‘Ya Folks of Jazz, coming to you from SpragueLand and for some reason today Creedence is hogging all of the airwaves. I always turn on some music as I sit in the office to do my emailing and digital outreach and gravity pulled me over to unearth some classic Clearwater sides. I grew up with this blues infected hick music and these cats still deliver. “Susie Q” just passed on by and I remember tripping on this tune as it blasted out of the La Paloma movie theatre speakers way back in the day. It was part of a classic Hawaii surf sequence in I forget which movie. Anyone remember? But it really worked and it kept us young surfers in a trance and wanting more.
Maybe the reason for this morning’s musical choice is a subconscious effort to balance out the marathon Jobim Brazil immersion that I’ve been in the middle of this past week. I’m down to the last closing segment of an epic medley of Jobim’s classic tunes and it’s so involved and huge that after we learn and perform it we might all turn to laughter or dissolve into dust. I can’t really tell yet as I’m still in the middle of it but I’m having a fantastic time and can’t wait until tomorrow’s rehearsal to hear it in person.
I’ll keep you posted.
“Born in the Bayou” just went by and it’s a kick-a** tune!
I’ve been a fan of Dirty Loops ever since I heard them a year ago and this came across my desk this week and it blew me away. These guys are ripping it up and this is why I love fusion hard-hitting music! Have you heard Adelle’s version of the tune? Listen to that first and then check out where these cats take it. New harmony, new phrasing of the melody, new tempo, a new tune really. If you like this piece then hunt down their morphology of Justin Beiber’s “Baby” cover. Wow!
I had a super fun concert last week with vocalist Allison Adams Tucker and we plan to do more. This gal can sing!
This was fun and different. Last Sunday some surf friends of mine sailed their boat and anchored it out in the kelp beds beyond the breakers at the surf spot by my house called Beacons. They invited a bunch of us out to have sandwiches and to enjoy the view from an entirely different angle. Summer is still in air!
For this week’s gigs, first up, I won’t be at The Roxy on Thursday night. I’ve been in the middle of so many rehearsals and upcoming concerts and private gigs, I need to leave a little space for my hands to rest up. Sorry if you had plans for the Roxy this week but please know that I’ll be back for all of the Thursdays in October. Stoke!
The Bop Mod Band lives it up this week and we’re thrilled to be part of the Carlsbad Music Festival on Saturday. We’ll be playing at Magee Park at 5pm and if all goes like Monday’s rehearsal the cook factor will be engaged! Hope to see you there!
On Sunday afternoon we’re playing a free concert at the outdoor amphitheater in front of the music building at San Dieguito Academy in Cardiff. We’ve worked out a cool blend of Astor Piazzolla’s tango masterpieces, some classic Latin gems that Coral unearthed, Clare Fisher’s “Morning” and Chick’s “Night Streets”. The theme is Latin Jazz Blendo and we’ve got the amazing accordion wizard Lou Fannuci in the house along with Coral MacFarland-Thuet singing, Beth Ross-Buckley on the flute, Monette Marino playing percussion, Gunnar Biggs bass-ing it, and yo on la guitarra. I’ve had a wonderful time working the arrangements and I can’t wait to hear them realized in 3D. To quote James Taylor, “bring the baby, bring the blanket, bring the bucket of beer” (actually you probably can’t bring the beer but bring the food for sure!). Bring yourself and best friends and lets have some fun in Cardiff! Hope to see you there!
That’s the story for now and thanks for tuning in. See you down on the bayou, Peter
“Dance of The Universe”
I was and still am a big fan of Earl Klugh’s music and when I wrote “Dance of the Universe” his influence was in the room with me and the guitar. The tune is a peppy little samba and it was part of our song list back in the day. A real highpoint on the track (and actually this whole album) was having pianist Mike Wofford in the loop. Check out his Fender Rhodes solo on this tune and I love how he scoots in and out of the straight up Bb major tonality and bends the rules beautifully. Bravo Mike! Check it out here!