April 5th, 2006

ICARUS ... 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 Mike DeMicco, and drummer Danny 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" and the Beachboys’ "Sail On Sailor."

The cover photo was taken by photographer Sally Anderson-Bruce.  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.

ICARUS is available now from Woodstock CD.  I'm looking ahead toward a wider release in the fall of 2006.  Meanwhile, I've got stacks of CD boxes!Any help cleaning my basement will be much appreciated.

I was keeping a log here on the home page, but there's too much stuff here anyway so I moved it to it's own page - the Icarus Log.


The Tony Levin Band

The Resonator Tour 2006

Just released: The Tony Levin Band: RESONATOR

Available on Tony's website (click the image)

The band is currently on tour promoting the new release - in Europe and the U.S.  The full schedule is on my LIVE page.

I'm keeping a log on the tour, with photos coming as I can deal with them.




Tony Jesse Gress Larry Fast Pete Levin Jerry Marotta


July 21, 22  Mexico City at Salon 21

My first time playing in Mexico.  Tony's been there many times, but this was his first chance to bring his own band and do his own music, so it was pretty special.  We spent 4 days there, doing interviews, a live TV broadcast, and a show at Salon 21, a club that is really a dance hall, but often has live shows.  Easily one of the biggest club venues we've played, we had a crowd somewhere around 1300.   The Mexican people are very passionate and demonstrative.  It was all we could do to match the energy coming from the crowd at Salon 21 that night.

Our first full day we did a live TV show - Animal Nocturno, with Ricardo Rocha.  Setup and soundcheck at 4pm.  Hang around in a spartan dressing room.  Dinner = veggies & dip, coffee.  Live 3 song set at 12:30am.  (We're talkin' some serious downtime here!)  Pack up while the show continues around us.  Load the van in a torrential downpour.  Sounds pretty glamorous, right?

The logic of TV production often escapes me.  For instance ...

During the long wait in the dressing room, Jesse asked if they could bring some beer to go with "dinner".  They said they weren't allowed to do that.  OK.  Alcoholic beverages aren't allowed, which of course makes sense.   But wait:  10 minutes later a waiter came in with a tray of shot glasses, a container of salt, a bowl of fresh cut limes, and enough tequila to get us all totally hammered!  And THEN they would trust us on live television!  Anybody who sees the logic there, please let me know.

P.S.  The tequila went unopened. 

TV Azteca

Jesse grabbing a smoke outside the studio
Pete & Jesse.  Tony's precedent for taking photos from the stage has become the band's hobby.

Our audience - way on the other side of the studio.
I hope they could see us on video monitors.
  The show hosts interviewed Tony between tunes.
Fog machines on stage.  I guess this looks dramatic on TV, but it's a big drag for us. It smells awful, you inhale gallons of it while you're singing - and we could hardly see each other across the bandstand During the drum solo on Elephant Talk, Jerry got bored and started grooving on some metal pipe that was part of the stage set.  Since it wasn't miked, I doubt if anyone heard it but us.

Saturday night at Salon 21.  Check out the size of this place.  With our audience of around 1300, it was only about 1/2 capacity.  Amazing!

During "Phobos" I wandered off stage to take some photos.  I wasn't wearing my all-access laminate and a non-English speaking security guard wouldn't let me go back.  Fortunately some fans explained it to him - the ones in the close-up audience shot below.  Thanks guys!
Pete gets creative:  Jesse & Jerry - shadows on the rear stage wall.


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