The first jazz album I've done in a while, and my
first real "playing" album. I pushed the racks of synths aside and revisited my first love, the Hammond
Organ. Most of the CD is in the classic organ trio format and
features great performances by guitarists
Joe Beck and
Gottlieb. My brother Tony is
sitting in on bass, playing lead on a beautiful Jimmy Giuffre ballad. The album has a few originals and several
of my jazz arrangements of classic pieces - Erik Satie's
"1st Gymnopedie", Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues", Ralph Towner's "Icarus"
& the Beachboys’
"Sail On Sailor."
The cover photo was taken by photographer
It was supposed to be used for a CD cover but was rejected. I've been using it as my PR image shot for years and finally
got to use
it on a CD cover as I had hoped to. Thanks Sally.
Kind of a special
night. This was the band's first gig in Germany, after
years of trying to hook it up. The Colos-Saal club turned
out to be a perfect venue for us - medium size, very good sound,
comfortable hang (WIFI in the green room ... yaay!) and a
terrific, responsive audience. Packed house too.
I was intrigued by the Jazz Kuche sign by the entrance. It
referred to the restaurant next door, not the club. Nice
5/9 Zaandam, Holland at De Kade
Very colorful dressing room!
3 good lookin' guys - all Chapman Stick players!
The guys on the left and right are Ron Baggerman and Frank Leurs
of Galaxy Gypsy.
Photo: Frank Leurs
5/10 Zoetermeer, Holland at Boerderij
WIFI. Backstage, the band gets
psyched up for the show.