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1. Interview 8-15-12 Steve Gadd /Joe Caro/Robbie Ray Mana'o Radio 91.5 FM Maui Cocoland Jazz Radio

Interview 8-15-12 Steve Gadd /Joe Caro/Robbie Ray Mana'o Radio 91.5 FM Maui Cocoland Jazz Radio

2000's DATE ARTIST TITLE 2012 The Gaddabouts Look Out Now 2012 L'Image NOW 2011 Kate Bush Director's Cut 2011 Kate Bush 50 Words For Snow 2011 Cinque Catch a Corner 2011 Various Jazz For Japan 2011 The Gaddabouts The Gaddabouts 2011 Nils Landgren The Moon,the Stars and You 2010 Steve Gadd & Friends Live at Voce DELUXE 2010 Ratko Zjaca Continental Talk 2010 Tomo Fujita Pure 2010 Lesley Meguid The Truth About Love Songs 2010 Alain Clark Colorblind (Special Edition) 2010 Mika Yoshida Mikarimba 2010 Mika Yoshida Marimba Madness (DVD) 2009 L'Image 2.0 2009 Ratko Zjaca Continental Talk 2009 Joss Stone Colour Me Free 2009 James Taylor Other Covers 2009 Harper Simon Harper Simon 2008 Randy Crawford & Joe Sample No Regrets 2008 James Taylor Covers 2008 Tracy Chapman Our Bright Future 2008 Manhattan Jazz Quintet V.S.O.P. 2008 Michel Petrucciani Non Stop Travels (DVD) 2008 David Sanborn Here & Gone 2008 Stuff Live At Montreux 1976 (CD & DVD) 2008 Roman Klun Kingsway 2008 Jonatha Brooke The Works 2008 Tom Scott Cannon Reloaded 2007 John Tropea 10-The Time is Right 2007 Russ Miller Arrival 2007 Alain Clark Live it Out 2007 John Tropea Take Me Back to the Ol' School 2007 Various The Last Mimzy (Soundtrack) 2007 Art Garfunkel Some Enchanted Evening 2007 Michael Lee Hill Music From Here To Andromeda 2007 Joe Brucato Free 2007 Paul Simon The Essential Paul Simon (CD & DVD) 2007 Paul Simon Graceland (Special Edition: Bonus Tracks) 2007 Etta James Gold 2007 Art Garfunkle Some Enchanted Evening 2006 Garland Jeffreys I'm Alive 2006 Earl Klugh Music for Lovers 2006 O'Donel Levy Simba 2006 Marc Black Stroke Of Genius 2006 Janis Ian Revenge 2006 Randy Crawford & Joe Sample Feeling Good 2006 Various Joy! Celebrate Upstate Holiday Vol.1 2006 Various (*DVD ) From the Big Apple to the Big Easy 2006 James Taylor A Christmas Album 2006 Al Di Meola Consequence of Chaos 2006 Toshiki Kadomatsu Prayer 2006 Various (*DVD ) A Musicares Person of the Year Tribute 2006 Gadd/Corea/McBride Super Trio 2006 Paul Simon Suprise 2006 Chick Corea The Ultimate Adventure 2006 Livingston Taylor There You Are Again 2005 Sunlight Square Sunlight Square 2005 Gordon Johnson Trios Version 3.0 2005 John Wackerman Drum Duets Vol. 1 2005 Eric Clapton Back Home 2005 Chick Corea Rendezvous in New York 2005 David Sanborn Best Of 2005 David Sanborn Closer 2005 Rickie Lee Jones Duchess of Coolsville/ Anthology 2005 Lee Ritenour Friendship/ Captains Journey 2005 Chiara Civello Last Quarter Moon 2005 Stuff Live in N.Y. / More Stuff 2005 Aztec Camera Love/ Stray 2005 Freetempo Time & Love: A Tribute to C.T.I 2005 John Tropea Standard Influence II-Rock Candy 2005 Michael McDonald Ultimate Collection 2005 Zucchero Zuccchero & Co. 2005 Russell Morris Z 2004 Gato Barberieri Millennium Collection 2004 Gap Mangione Family Holidays 2004 The Ebony’s Close to You 2004 Stephen Bishop Deuce of the Heart, His Best & More 2004 Wayne Shorter Footprints: Life & Music of Wayne Shorter 2004 Paul Simon Graceland Bonus Tracks 2004 Paul Simon Hearts & Bones Bonus Tracks 2004 Paul Simon One Trick Pony Bonus Tracks 2004 Paul Simon Rhythm of the Saints Bonus Tracks 2004 Paul Simon Still Crazy after All These Years 2004 Paul Simon Studio Recordings 1972 – 2000 2004 Paul Simon You’re the One Bonus Tracks 2004 Chick Corea Very Best Of 2004 George Benson Very Best Of 2004 Lalo Schifrin Towering Toccata 2004 The Bee Gees Too Much Heaven: Songs of the Brothers Gibb 2004 Soul Generation Stop, Look & Listen 2004 Little Jimmy Scott Someone to Watch Over Me: The Definitive 2004 Michel Petrucciani So What , The Best Of 2004 Eric Clapton Sessions for Robert Johnson 2004 Carly Simon Reflections: Greatest Hits 2004 Eric Gale Part of You ( Japan) 2004 Montreal Jazz Fest Vol. 1 Very Best Live, Petrucciani 1 Cut.. 2004 Christian Mostert Midnight Breeze 2004 Claus Ogerman A Man & His Music 2004 Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy 2004 Janis Ian Janis Ian, 1978 Bonus Track 2004 Grover Washington Jr. Inside Moves/ Paradise 2004 Will & Rainbow Harmony 2003 The Nighthawks Metro Bar 2003 Peter Gabriel Hit 2003 Edie Brickell Volcano 2003 Lonnie Smith Afrodesia 2003 Peter, Paul & Mary Carry It On 2003 Jim Hall Concierto 2003 Grover Washington Jr. Feels So Good/ A Secret Place 2003 Jeremy Steig Firefly 2003 George Benson Greatest Hits of All 2003 Joe Cocker Greatest Love Songs 2003 Bob James Hi-Fi 2003 Gap Mangione Stolen Moments 2003 Claus Ogerman Man Behind the Music 2003 John Tropea Standard Influence 2003 Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love 2003 Selena Jones My Love 2003 Jaco Pastorius Punk Jazz: Anthology 2003 Chick Corea Rendezvous in New York 2003 The Dynamic Superiors Skies the Limit 2003 David Sanborn Time Again 2003 Elaine Elias Timeless 2002 Peter Gabriel Up 2002 Edie Brickell Ultimate Collection 2002 Quincy Jones Ultimate Collection 2002 Christopher Cross Very Best Of 2002 Dave Grusin Very Best Of 2002 Ashford & Simpson Very Best Of 2002 James Taylor October Road 2002 Eric Clapton One More Car One More Rider 2002 Will & Rainbow Over Crystal Green 2002 Bob James Touchdown Bonus Track 2002 Bob James Two Bonus Track 2002 Wild Thornberrys Soundtrack 2002 Tribute to Jaco Pastorious Who Loves You? 2002 Bob James BJ4 2002 Bob James Lucky Seven 2002 Bob James Essential Collection, 24 Smooth Jazz Classics 2002 Herbie Mann Best of the Atlantic Years 2002 Rusty Bryant For the Good Times 2002 Leo Sayer Endless Flight (Expanded) 2002 Manzanera Mackay Complete Explorers 2002 Bob Mintzer Bop Boy 2002 George Benson Bad Benson 2002 Ron Carter Anything Goes 2002 Carly Simon Anthology 2002 Zawose & Brook Assembly 2001 Ornella Vanoni Ornella 2001 Eric Clapton Reptile 2001 Teo Macero Impressions of Miles Davis 2001 Dusty Springfield Dusty Springfield 2001 Herbie Mann Brazil : Once Again/ Sunbelt 2001 Herbie Mann Gagaku and Beyond/ Astral Island 2001 Simon & Garfunkel Concert in Central Park/ 20 Greatest Hits 2001 Zachary Richard High Time: The Elektra Recordings 2001 Everything But The Girl Home Movies. “The Best Of” 2001 Hank Crawford I Hear a Symphony ( Japan) 2001 Grover Washington Jr. Love Songs 2001 Charles Mingus Me Myself & Eye/ Something Like a Bird 2001 Quincy Jones Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones 2001 Loleatta Holloway Queen of the Night: The Ultimate Club Collection 2001 Bob James Restoration: The Best of Bob James 2001 Herbie Mann Turtle Bay / Discotheque 2001 Michael McDonald The Very Best Of 2001 Michael McDonald Voice of Michael McDonald 2001 Herbie Mann Waterbed/ Surprises 2000 Joe Cocker 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection 2000 Kimiko Itoh Kimiko Itoh: An Evening With Kimiko Itoh (DVD) 2000 George Benson Absolute Benson 2000 George Benson Anthology 2000 Al DiMeola Anthology 2000 Carly Simon Bedroom Tapes 2000 Jason Miles/Various Celebrate The Music of Weather Report 2000 Cyrus Chestnut Charlie Brown Christmas 2000 Peter Gabriel OVO 2000 Janis Ian God and the F.B.I. 2000 Freddie Gardner Japanese Sandman 2000 Natalie Cole Greatest Hits Vol. 1 2000 Paul Simon Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National Guitar 2000 Chick Corea My Spanish Heart Bonus Track 2000 Luciano Pavarotti Pavarotti & Friends For Cambodia & Tibet 2000 Jaco Pastorious Rare Collections (1 Track) 2000 Eric Clapton & BB King Riding With The King 2000 Susan Oskorn Signature 2000 Steps Ahead Smokin' In The Pit 2000 Al Jarreau Tomorrow Today 2000 The Choice Four The Very Best of the Choice Four o1990's 1999 Jim Croce Words and Music 1999 Grover Washington Jr. Ultimate Collection 1999 Michal Petrucciani Trio in Tokyo 1999 Joe Lucien Sweet Control: The Best Of 1999 Harry Chapin Story of a Life: The Harry Chapin Box 1999 Natalie Cole Snowfall on the Sahara 1999 John Tropea Simple Way to Say I Love You 1999 Donny Gerrard Romantic 1999 Paul Simon Anthology 1999 Ellie Greenwich I Can Hear Music: Ellie Greenwich Collection 1999 Quincy Jones From Q With Love 1999 Eileen Ivers Crossing The Bridge 1999 Eric Clapton Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton 1999 Michael Franks Barefoot on the Beach 1999 Joe Cocker Anthology 1998 Gap Mangione Planet Gap: Big Band 1998 Dave Grusin Priceless Jazz 1998 Michal Petrucciani Both Worlds 1998 Kimiko Itoh Sophisticated Lady 1998 Joe Sample The Best of Joe Sample 1998 Michael Franks Best of Michael Franks: A Backwards Glance 1997 Stanley Clarke Bass-ic Collection 1997 Meco Best Of 1997 Spyro Gyra The Best of Spyro Gyra: The First Ten Years 1997 Various Bridge School Concerts: Volume 1 1997 Various Burning For Buddy: Tribute To The Music of BR 1997 Tania Maria Europe 1997 Judy Collins Forever: An Anthology 1997 Ray Charles Genius & Soul: The 50 th Anniversary Collection 1997 Bob James Playin’ Hooky 1997 Sergio Salvatore Point of Presence 1997 Joe Sample Sample This 1997 Art Garfunkel Songs From a Parent to a Child 1997 Al DiMeola This is Jazz Vol. 31 1997 David Garfield & Friends Tribute to Jeff 1996 Rory Block Turning Point 1996 Maynard Ferguson This is Jazz Vol. 16 1996 Bridget St. John Take the 5ith 1996 Didier Lockwood Storyboard 1996 Grover Washington Jr. Soulful Strut 1996 Leo Sayer Show Must Go On: Anthology 1996 Stuff Right Stuff 1996 Andy Pratt Resolution: The Andy Pratt Collection 1996 Various Artists The New Grove: Blue Note Remix Project Vol. 1 1996 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter 1996 Loleatta Holloway Greatest Hits 1996 Ed Calle Double Talk 1996 Ennio Morricone Cinema Paradiso: The Classic Film Music Of.. 1996 Chick Corea Return to the 7th Galaxy 1996 Tania Maria Bluesilian 1996 Al Jarreau Best Of 1995 Janis Ian Revenge 1995 Richard Tee Real Time 1995 Various People Original Soundtrack 1995 David Sanborn Pearls 1995 Phil Manzanera Manzanera Collection 1995 Al Dimeola Acoustic Anthology 1995 Al Dimeola Electric Anthology 1995 East Bounce East Bounce 1995 Barry Manilow Another life 1994 Andy Snitzer Ties That Bind 1994 Al Jarreau Tenderness 1994 Bob Berg Riddles 1994 Manhattan Jazz Quintet Concierto de Aranjuez 1994 Edie Brickell Picture Perfect Morning 1994 Dave Grusin Orchestral Album 1994 Al DiMeola Orange & Blue 1994 Stephen Bishop On & On: The Hits of Stephen Bishop 1994 Bill Withers Lean on Me: THe Best of Bill Withers 1994 Herbie Mann Herbie Mann Anthology Evolution of Man 1994 Al DiMeola Essence of Al DiMeola 1994 Sadao Watanabe Earth Step 1994 Joe Sample Did You Feel That? 1994 St. Johns College Choir Christmas Carols from St. Johns 1994 Various Burning For Buddy. The Music of Buddy Rich 1994 David Wilcox Big Horizon 1994 Patti Austin Best Of Patti Austin 1994 Jim Croce 24 Karat In A Bottle 1993 Abraham Laboriel Dear Friends 1993 Ray Charles My World 1993 Will Lee Oh! 1993 John Sebastian Tar Beach 1993 Chick Corea Compact Jazz The Seventies 1993 Steely Dan Citizen Steely Dan 1993 Tania Maria Best Of Tania Maria 1993 Paul Simon 1964-1993 1993 Michel Jonaz Au Zenith 1993 Sleepy Matsumoto Papillion 1993 Stuff Made In America A Rememberance Of Richard Tee 1992 Garland Jeffreys Matador & More 1992 Original Soundtrack Lethal Weapon 3 1992 Barry Manilow Complete Collections And Then Some 1992 Earl Klugh Best Of Volume 2 1992 Manhattan Transfer Anthology Down In Birdland 1991 Paul Simon Concert In Central Park August 15, 1991 1991 James Taylor New Moon Shine 1991 Marc Cohn Marc Cohn 1991 Andy Gibb Greatest Hits Collection 1991 The Gadd Gang The Gadd Gang 1991 Georgie Fame Cool Cat Blues 1991 Earl Klugh Best Of Volume One 1990 Christopher Spendel Spendel 1990 David Foster River Of Love 1990 Paul Simon Rhythm Of The Saints 1990 Manhattan Jazz Quintet Manhattan Blues 1990 Carly Simon My Romance 1990 Bob Malach Mood Swing 1990 Dave Weckl Master Plan 1990 Carly Simon Have You Seen Me Lately 1990 Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt Collection 1990 Art Farmer Best Of Art Farmer 1990 Tania Maria Bela Vista o1980's 1989 Eddie Gomez Street Smart 1989 Kimiko Itoh Follow Me 1989 Nancy Wilson Nancy Now! 1989 The Bee Gees Rare Collection 1989 Jorge Dalto With Super Friends Rendevouz 1989 Sadao Watanabe Selected 1989 Ringo Starr Starr Struck Best Of Ringo Starr Volume 2 1989 Laurie Anderson Strange Angels 1988 The Gadd Gang Live at the Bottom Line 1988 Steps Step By Step 1988 The Gadd Gang Here & Now 1988 Claus Ogerman Claus Ogerman Featuring Michael Brecker 1988 Dave Grusin Collection 1988 Masahiko Satoh Double Exposure 1988 Harry Chapin Gold Metal Collection 1988 Luiz Bonfa Manhattan Strut 1988 Paul Simon Negotiations And Love Songs 1971-1986 1988 Roberta Flack Oasis 1988 Randy Bernsen Paradise Citizens 1988 Lyle Mays Street Dreams 1988 Superfriends Taste Of Superfriends 1987 David Sanborn Change Of Heart 1987 Jennifer Holliday Get Close To My Love 1987 Jill Jones Jill Jones 1987 Diana Ross Red Hot Rhythm & Blues 1987 Manhattan Jazz Quintet Live in Tokyo 1987 Paul Winter Whales Alive 1986 Smith Dobson Smithzonian 1986 Manhattan Jazz Quintet Sidewinder 1986 Manhattan Jazz Quintet My Funny Valentine 1986 Manhattan Jazz Quintet Live at Pit Inn 1986 Eddie Gomez Mezgo 1986 Eliane Elias Illusions 1986 Grover Washington Jr. House Full Of Love (Music From The Cosby Show) 1986 Gloria Loring Gloria Loring 1986 Steve Gadd Gadd A Bout (Limited Domestic Release) 1986 Bob James & David Sanborn Double Vision 1986 Diane Schuur Collection 1986 George Benson Best Of The CTI Years 1986 Art Garfunkel & Amy Grant Animals Christmas 1986 Patrick Williams New York Band 10th Avenue 1985 Masahiko Satoh Amorphism 1985 James Brown CD Of JB 1985 Original Soundtrack A Chorus Line 1985 Paul Winter Consort Concert For The Earth 1985 Steely Dan Decade Of Steely Dan 1985 Eddie Gomez Discovery 1985 Manhattan Jazz Quintet Autumn Leaves 1985 Diana Ross Eaten Alive 1985 Explorers Explorers 1985 Joe Beck Joe Beck And Friends 1985 John Tropea NYC Cats Direct 1985 Ronnie Cuber Pin Point 1985 Jennifer Holliday Say You Love Me 1985 Teruo Nakamura Super Friends 1985 Michael Franks Skin Dive 1984 Rickie Lee Jones Magazine 1984 Manhattan Jazz Quintet Manhattan Jazz Quintet 1984 Frank Sinatra L.A .Is My Lady 1984 Grover Washington Jr. Inside Moves 1984 Eddie Gomez Gomez 1984 Steve Gadd Gadd A Bout (Japanese Release) 1984 Various Every Man Has A Woman 1984 Chuck Mangione Disguise 1984 Dave Grusin NY-LA Dream Band 1983 Sadao Watanabe Redezvous 1983 10cc Windows in the Jungle 1983 Michael Franks Passionfruit 1983 George Benson Pacific Fire 1983 Al Jarreau Jarreau 1983 Paul Simon Hearts And Bones 1983 Bob James Genie 1983 Tony Banks Fugitive 1983 Bob James Foxie 1983 Sadao Watanabe Fill Up The Night 1983 Spyro Gyra City Kids 1983 Christopher Cross Another Page 1983 Paul McCartney Pipes of Peace 1982 Bill LaBounty Bill LaBounty 1982 Simon & Garfunkel Concert In Central Park 1982 Janis Siegel Experiment In White 1982 Steely Dan Gold 1982 David Matthews Grand Cross 1982 Dionne Warwick Heartbreaker 1982 Joe Sample Hunter 1982 Roberta Flack In The One 1982 Michael McDonald If That's What It Takes 1982 Spyro Gyra Incognito 1982 Lalo Schifrin Lalo Schifrin 1982 Dave Grusin Out Of The Shadows 1982 Paul McCartney Tug of War 1982 David Sanborn Backstreet 1982 Al DiMeola Tour de Force Live 1981 Chick Corea Three Quartets 1981 Larry Carlton Sleepwalk 1981 Rickie Lee Jones Pirates 1981 Hubert Laws Pavane 1981 Manhattan Transfer Mecca For Moderns 1981 The Bee Gees Living Eyes 1981 George Benson Collection 1981 George Benson GB 1981 Al DiMeola Electric Rendezvous 1981 Al Jarreau Breakin' Away 1981 Tom Scott Apple Juice 1980 Tom Scott Best Of 1980 Herb Alpert Beyond 1980 Grover Washington Jr. Come Morning 1980 Grover Washington Jr. Winelight 1980 Dave Liebman What It Is 1980 Carly Simon Come Upstairs 1980 Richie Havens Connections 1980 Teramasu Hino Daydream 1980 Brecker Brothers Detente' 1980 Jeff Tyzik Farthest Corner Of My Mind 1980 Kate & Anna McGarrigle French Record 1980 Steely Dan Gaucho 1980 Barbara Streisand Guilty 1980 Sadao Watanabe How's Everything ? 1980 Sesame Street In Harmony 1980 Stuff Live In New York 1980 Loleatta Holloway Love Sensation 1980 Warren Bernhardt Manhattan Update 1980 Richard Tee Natural Ingrediants 1980 Jun Fukamachi On The Move 1980 Paul Simon One Trick Pony 1980 Jeremy Steig Rain Forest 1980 Stephen Bishop Red Cab To Manhattan 1980 Steps Ahead Smokin' In The Pit 1980 Chuck Mangione Tarantella 1980 Al Jarreau This Time 1980 David Sanborn Voyeur o1970's 1979 Dr.John Tango Palace 1979 Neil Larsen High Gear 1979 Bob James Touchdown 1979 Bob James Lucky Seven 1979 Bob James All Around Town 1979 Steve Khan Arrows 1979 Ralph McDonald Counterpoint 1979 Ray Barretto Cuna 1979 Art Garfunkel Fate For Breakfast 1979 Lee Ritenour Feel The Night 1979 Steely Dan Greatest Hits 1979 David Sanborn Hideaway 1979 Dave Valentin Legends 1979 Michel Colombier Michel Colombier 1979 Sadao Watanabe Morning Island 1979 Janis Ian Night Rains 1979 Mark Colby One Good Turn 1979 Mongo Santamaria Red Hot 1979 Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones 1979 Al DiMeola Splendido Hotel 1979 Carly Simon Spy 1979 Richard Tee Strokin' 1979 Herbie Mann Sunbelt 1978 Original Soundtrack The Wiz 1978 Stephane Grappelli Uptown Dance 1978 Stuff Stuff It 1978 George Benson Space Album 1978 Quincy Jones Sounds...And Stuff Like That 1978 Mark Colby Serpentine Fire 1978 Gato Barbieri Ruby Ruby 1978 Allessi Brothers All For A Reason 1978 Angela Bofill Angie 1978 Art Farmer & Jim Hall Big Blues 1978 Steve Khan Blue Man 1978 Carly Simon Boys In The Trees 1978 Michael Franks Burchfield Nines 1978 Hank Crawford Cajun Sunrise 1978 Lee Ritenour Captains Journey 1978 Lee Ritenour Friendship (Japanese Direct To Disc JVC) 1978 Jon Faddis Good & Plenty 1978 John Hall John Hall 1978 Doctor John City Lights 1978 Chick Corea Friends 1978 Dane Donahue Dane Donahue 1978 Roberta Flack Roberta Flack 1978 Kate & Anna McGarrigle Pronto Mondo 1978 Ralph McDonald The Path 1978 Mark Almond Other Peoples Rooms 1978 Garland Jeffreys One Eyed Jack 1978 John Tropea To Touch You Again 1978 Larry Coryell Difference 1978 The Stylistics Sun And Soul 1978 Gladys Knight The One And Only 1978 Bobby Humphrey Free Style 1978 Van McCoy My Favorite Fantasy 1978 Eric Gale Multiplication 1978 Weather Report Mr.Gone 1978 Eddie Daniels Morning Thunder 1978 Stanley Clarke Modern Man 1978 Charles Mingus Me Myself & Eye 1978 New York Community Choir Make Every Day Count 1978 Chick Corea Mad Hatter 1978 Joe Cocker Luxury You Can Afford 1978 Yutaka Yokokura Love Light 1978 Joe Farrell La Cathedral Y El Toro 1978 Kate Taylor Kate Taylor 1978 Jun Fukamachi & The New York AllStars 1978 Mary Travers It's In Everyone Of Us 1978 Tom Scott Intimate Strangers 1978 George Benson In Your Eyes 1978 David Sanborn Heart To Heart 1977 Art Garfunkel Watermark 1977 Steve Khan Tightrope 1977 Lucy Simon Stolen Time 1977 Meco Star Wars & Other Galactic Funk 1977 Love Childs Afro Cuban Blues Band Spandisco 1977 Ashford & Simpson So So Satisfied 1977 Melissa Manchester Singin... 1977 John Tropea Short Trip To Space 1977 Sergio Mendes & Brazil 77 Sergio Mendes & Brazil 77 1977 Jun Fukumachi Sea Of Dirac 1977 Ringo Starr Ringo The 4th 1977 Elliott Randall Randalls New York 1977 John Blaine We Belong Together 1977 Phil Upchurch Phil Upchurch 1977 John Tropea Short Trip To Space 1977 Philippe Wynne Startin' All Over 1977 Jose Mangual Buyu 1977 Noel Pointer Phantasia 1977 Dave Grusin One Of A Kind 1977 Phoebe Snow Never Letting Go 1977 Stuff More Stuff 1977 Urzula Dudziak Midnight Rain 1977 Grady Tate Master Grady Tate 1977 Rev. Maceo Woods Maceo Woods & The CTB Choir 1977 Mike Maineri Loveplay 1977 Earl Klugh Living Inside Your Love 1977 George Benson Livin' Inside Your Love 1977 David Ruffin In My Stride 1977 Stanley Clarke I Wanna Play For You 1977 Bob James Heads 1977 Bob James Four 1977 Steely Dan Aja 1977 Yuseef LaTeef Autophysiopsychic 1977 Roberta Flack Blue Lights In The Basement 1977 Al DiMeola Casino 1977 Ben Sidran Cat In The Hat 1977 Kenny Loggins Celebrate Me Home 1977 Paul Winter Consort Common Ground 1977 Rainbow Featuring Will Boulware Crystal Green 1977 Harry Chapin Dance Band On The Titantic 1977 Kate & Anna McGarrigle Dancer With Bruised Knees 1977 Brecker Brothers Don't Stop The Music 1977 David Matthews Dune 1977 Jun Fukamachi Evening Star 1977 Earl Klugh Fingerpainting 1977 Jeremy Steig Firefly 1977 Barbara Carroll From The Beginning 1977 Garland Jeffreys Ghost Writer 1977 Paul Simon Greatest Hits, Etc.. 1976 Cory Braverman Fire Sign 1976 Joe Cocker Stingray 1976 Deodato Very Together 1976 Stuff Stuff 1976 David Friesen Star Dance 1976 Bette Midler Songs For The New Depression 1976 Steve Marcus & Counts Rock Band Sometime Other Than Now 1976 Weldon Irvine Sinbad 1976 Phoebe Snow Second Childhood 1976 Stanley Clarke School Days 1976 Hubert Laws Romeo & Juliet 1976 Andy Pratt Resolution 1976 Henry Gross Release 1976 George Benson Best Of (WB) 1976 Tom Scott Blow It Out 1976 Judy Collins Bread & Roses 1976 Lou Courtney Buffalo Smoke 1976 Esther Phillips Capricorn Princess 1976 Deodato Caravan 1976 Carla Bley Dinner Music 1976 Wlodek Gulgowski Soundcheck 1976 Funk Factory Funk Factory 1976 Nancy Wilson This Mothers Daughter 1976 David Ruffin Everything Is Coming Up Love 1976 Ralph Graham Wisdom 1976 Al DiMeola Elegant Gypsy 1976 Patti Austin End Of A Rainbow 1976 Leo Sayer Endless Flight 1976 Joe Thomas Feelin's From Within 1976 Herbie Mann Gagaku And Beyond 1976 Eric Gale Ginseng Woman 1976 Hank Crawford Hank Crawford's Back 1976 Joe & Bing Joe & Bing 1976 Joey George & Lewis Mcgehee Joey George & Lewis Mcgehee 1976 John Tropea John Tropea 1976 Al DiMeola Land Of The Midnight Sun 1976 Earl Klugh Love Songs 1976 Chick Corea My Spanish Heart 1976 Manhattan Transfer Pastiche 1976 Maynard Ferguson Primal Scream 1976 Chuck Mangione Main Squeeze 1975 Ron Carter Anything Goes 1975 Brecker Brothers Back To Back 1975 Deodato Caravan/Watusi Strut 1975 Rashaan Roland Kirk Case Of The Three Sided Dream In Audio Color 1975 Jim Hall Concierto 1975 Grover Washington Jr. Feels So Good 1975 George Benson Good King Bad 1975 Hank Crawford I Hear A Symphony 1975 George Benson In Concert Carnegie Hall 1975 Stanley Clarke Journey To Love 1975 Judy Collins Judith 1975 Michael Urbaniak Fusion 3 1975 David Ruffin Who I Am 1975 Frankie Valli Lady Put The Light Out 1975 Steve Satten Watcha Gonna Do For Me 1975 Barry Miles Magic Theater 1975 Kate & Anna McGarrigle Kate & Anna McGarrigle 1975 Merry Clayton Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow 1975 Chick Corea The Leprechaun 1975 Margie Joseph Margie 1975 Tom Scott New York Connection 1975 Leon Redbone On The Track 1975 Melba Moore Peach Melba 1975 Don Sebesky Rape Of El Morro 1975 Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years 1975 David Sanborn Taking Off 1975 Bob James Two 1975 Herbie Mann Waterbed 1975 Nikki Giovanni Way I Feel 1974 George Benson Bad Benson 1974 Mary Travers Circles 1974 Peter Allen Continental American 1974 Herbie Mann Discotheque 1974 Herbie Mann First Light: Family Of Mann 1974 Henry Gross Henry Gross 1974 Johnny "Hammond" Smith Higher Ground 1974 Hubert Laws In The Beginning 1974 The Joneses Keeping Up With The Jones 1974 Bob James One 1974 Phoebe Snow Phoebe Snow 1974 Richard Harris The Prophet 1974 Maggie Bell Queen Of The Night 1974 Chet Baker She Was To Good To Me 1974 Bonnie Raitt Streetlights 1974 Eddie Palmieri & Lalo Rodriguez Unfinished Masterpiece 1974 Phil Upchurch/Tennyson Stephens Phil Upchurch/Tennyson Stephens 1974 Jackie Cain & Roy Kral Wilder Alias 1974 Aretha Franklin With Everything I Feel In Me 1973 Bette Midler Bette Midler 1973 Steve Feldman Steve Feldman 1973 O'Donel Levey Simba 1973 Joe Farrell Penny Arcade 1973 Chuck Mangione Land Of Make Believe (Tympani) 1973 Stardrive Intergalactic Trot 1973 Jim Croce I Got A Name 1973 Rusty Bryant For The Good Times 1973 Arthur Hurley & Gootlieb Arthur Hurley & Gootlieb 1972 Bill Watrous Bone Straight Ahead 1972 Mike Maineri White Elephant 1972 Milt Jackson Goodbye 1972 Chuck Mangione Alive 1972 Chuck Mangione Together 1972 Fred Lewis Orchestra F.L.O. 1972 Gap Mangione Sing Along Junk 1972 Janis Ian Janis Ian 1972 Luiz Bonfa Bonfa 1970 Chuck Mangione Friends And Love o1960's 1968 Gap Mangione Diana In The Autumn Wind

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2. Vinyl Night - 07/06/16 Tom Scott – Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger with Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston

Vinyl Night - 07/06/16 Tom Scott – Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger with Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston

Tom Scott is a veteran composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist, having earned 3 Grammy Awards and 14 Grammy nominations over four decades. He made his first record as a leader in 1968--at age twenty. The number of solo recordings in his catalogue now stands at 35. In addition, his music has been sampled by dozens of recording artists including 2Pac, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Snoop Dog, Massive Attack, Wu-Tang Clan, N.W.A. and The Chemical Brothers. Tom’s career as a guest artist spans more than 500 recordings—by such diverse artists as Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Thelonius Monk, the Blues Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Aerosmith.  His numerous contributions as a player and arranger include Joni Mitchell’s Court And Spark, Steely Dan’s Aja; hit singles like Carole King’s Jazzman, Paul McCartney’s Listen To What The Man Said, Rod Stewart’s Do You Think I’m Sexy, Blondie’s Rapture, Captain Tenille’s Do That To Me One More Time, Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love For You; and on movie soundtracks such as TaxiDriver, Bladerunner, Heaven Can Wait, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. just to name a few….. His television composing and conducting credits include the themes for Family Ties, Starsky Hutch, Square Pegs and background scores forBaretta, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Streets Of San Francisco, National Geographic Explorer, and numerous T.V. Specials and Network Movies. He has served as Musical Director for the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Celebration At Ford’s Theater, the People’s Choice Awards,Comic Relief, the Carol Burnett Show, the Pat Sajak Show, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Olivia Newton-John, and the GRP All-Star Big Band, among others--and has toured five continents as leader of his own group. He is also active as a clinician throughout the U.S. and Canada, performing and teaching Master Classes in Woodwinds, Arranging Film Composing.

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Higgins is a band comprised of old pals who mine the fertile wells of the classy rock. The grooves are slow-burning and good-feeling. The playing is expert and soulful. There are layers of delicious melody tucked in every crevasse. Head Hig Kevin Fish writes the songs with an elegance and timeless sophistication rarely encountered in our post-post-modern existence. You can trust in Higgins. Z's was crafted slowly at Serious Business Music recording studio in New York City during the span of November 2006 to June 2008, produced by the band in collaboration with engineers Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison. The band relished in crafting larger-than-life arrangements with varied and sometimes exotic instrumentation. "Everybody (Thunder Mountain)" is positively titanic in scale with two drum sets, strings, horns, autoharp, and even flutes vying for space with guitars, bass and Fish's rich, mellow tenor. "Write It Down" is delicious AM gold, soft rock if you will, definitely cut from the cloth of the smooth 70s, but endowed with a lyric so eloquent and genuine that it breaks your heart right away. Add in a purely poetic Josh Kaufman string arrangement, impeccable playing from the band, and the gentle touch of Fish's voice, and you have yourself a soon-to-be American classic. On a completely different side of the sonic spectrum, "Charly" is fine full-on raging riff-rock showcasing the thunderous gifts of drummer Brian Kantor who bashes with a power and musicality unequalled by any rock drummer today. PRESS: Tris McCall's assessment for --- "Trouble is, even though all genres aspire to classic status, making "classic rock" isn't really a viable commercial enterprise. Band-pigeonholers, marketers, and riyl-ers don't know how to work with it, and rock critics will resent you for making their jobs harder and duller. The head honcho at Serious Business Records tried to sidestep the issue by describing Higgins as the "classy" rock, which is literally true: Zs plays like it was recorded by unabashed musical aristocrats. No concessions whatever have been made to the marketplace - instead, they're out there chasing rock excellence in its Platonic form. Now, nobody loves the local emo-pop kids more than I do; they're venerated around here, and for good reason. They're brave enough to give voice to generally-held, valid human sentiments that the cool people want to smirk out of existence, and for that, they've got both my thanks and my ears. But I am also a lover of music in its pure form (and yes, I do believe that exists), and I cannot deny that Kevin Fish crams more musical ideas into a single verse of a Higgins song than the members of Houston Calls and Hidden In Plain View and Jet Lag Gemini and Saves The Day have had in their entire lives. In fact, let me go out on a limb and say that if North Jersey has produced a truly musical genius in the past decade, Fish is that guy. Ironically, it is because pop is such a glorious and wonderful thing that musical genius is so rarely appreciated: when a red guitar, three chords, and the truth is all that is required to scale the heights of greatness, Beatlesque innovation is hardly needed. It is nice that Higgins have lately found some modest recognition for their sustained excellence, but that's almost beside the point: if pop music was truly the meritocracy that the most fatalistic contingent of the record-making public thinks it is, Kevin Fish would be king of the hill. Luckily for the rest of us, pop music isn't a meritocracy, nor is it a game to see who can come the smartest. But just for the sake of argument I'm assuming that you're the type of listener who is wild about record albums, who really digs into them and gets dirty with them; and if that's you, I can't recommend Zs to you enthusiastically enough. There's enough going on here to merit scores of repeat listens, and you don't have to invest in a thousand-dollar pair of headphones to get hypnotized. The album's excellence might not be instantly apparent, though: Fish is an understated guy and a reserved lead vocalist, and while he's as deft at writing melodies as anybody you'll ever come across, he's far too classy (there's that aristocratic comportment again) to hit you over the head with one. The first thing you'll probably notice about Zs is that just before the set ends, the musicians stop the proceedings cold for a three-minute drum solo. Let me be more descriptive: they stop the proceedings for four consecutive solos, each one performed by a different member of the outfit. On paper, this sounds self-indulgent, but in practice it's hellaciously entertaining, and not merely because nothing else on the set has prepared you for such a blatant show-off move. It turns out that the members of Higgins are, on top of everything else, truly engaging drum soloists - including Fish himself, who makes the most of his turn on the skins. "Charly", the track that follows the artillery barrage, is the set's most arresting: Brian Kantor's drums segue straight from the solo without flagging for a second, and Kevin Fish and Brian Kauffman overdrive their cabinets to keep pace. The next thing you know, the guitarists are soloing in unison, one in each stereo channel, and stopping short to let the vocal harmonies spill into the gaps like warm caramel. It sounds like Ray Davies fronting Mott The Hoople (no kidding), and it's merely the most obvious sign that, yes, we've really got something cooking here. On the next track, they split the band one more time, letting Kantor drum in the right speaker as producer Travis Harrison pounds away in the left; the whole cast is ushered back onstage, and everybody oohs and aahs over violins, horns, woodwinds, harpsichord, and anything else they've got crammed into their practice space. Thus, in a shower of twinkling sonic confetti, the disc ends. And so you play it again, and as you do, you realize what you missed the first time around. There's "Yes I Know", a remarkable Revolver-era George Harrison fake. There's the hushed "Write It Down", a track decorated with a string arrangement worthy of the Left Banke. There's the gorgeous "Wall Of Dumb", Fish's only slightly recalcitrant tale of humility learned and lost. Best of all is "Ok", a song that begins at the doorstep of Grateful Dead's Mars Hotel, and wanders over the fluorescent hills into spectral fairyland. Some will point out that "Jamy" and "There He Is" prove that Kevin Fish is more a latter-day High Llamas junkie than a Beach Boys true believer. But that ignores the very real contributions that Sean O'Hagan has made to our understanding of Brian Wilson's work; and in any case, Fish does O'Hagan at least as well as O'Hagan does Smile. Jersey rock aficionados (and drum nuts) will recognize Brian Kantor's name from the credits of many well-loved indie records; his parts are always imaginative and rock-solid, and Zs is his crowning achievement. It's a testament to the band's McCartney-esque perfectionism and commitment to quality control that even the walk-on players shine: Annie Nero's slipper-soft cello chug on "Always Something", Harrison's frenetic tambourine on "Yes I Know", Scott Gropper's towering Hammond on "Charly". Together they've made one of the best records of 2008, and better yet, they know it. Ratify that or not, it won't shake their faith; that's the aristocratic privilege. " Tris McCall --- "Kevin Fish could be John Lennon reincarnated. Softly crooning in his golden tenor, Fish sings in what sounds like a dreamy British accent, belying his New York heritage. Heading Higgins, a collective of musician friends since 2002, with drummer Brian Kantor, Fish has composed an album of songs ranging from Beatles piano rock ("Wall of Dumb"), dreamy 1960s multi-part Beach Boys harmonies ("Always Something"), and lo-fi instrumentals with monstrous feedback and drumming ("Prelude to a Charly") and Led Zeppelin- inspired riffs and bass-lines ("Charly"). Sometimes their AM gold sounds deliciously yacht rock, as in “Jamy”, recalling the smooth jazz flow of Steely Dan’s “Aja”. Steely banjo enters to make this piece somehow down home. Amidst the classic rock sound is a band with its own quirks well-worth exploring." Pop Matters, Sarah Moore "Higgins. Zs. The triumphant Big Star guitar chords of "There He Is" signal the beginning of Higgins' excellent album Zs, perhaps the best record yet from the standout, critically-acclaimed young record label Serious Business. Higgins is a lovely pop band influenced by seventies-era power-pop and AM radio fare. It's songwriter Kevin Fish's lyrical proficiency that has led to such a well-executed melodic result for the six-member band. "Yes I Know," with its sterling guitars and wonderfully chiming chorus, is one of the record's most memorable moments, while monster epic "Charly" (complete with its own prelude) is an acid-drenched psych-pop track soaked in dense guitars and rolling organs. On the slower end of things, the wistful "Write It Down" and "Ok" recall Third/Sister Lovers-era Big Star. Higgins harbours an unusually consistent devotion to the music of yesteryear. Rarely does Fish integrate more recent influences into Zs' eleven songs. Although "Wall Of Dumb" is distinctly reminiscent of the Magnetic Fields, this disc as a whole has a remarkably consistent 'classic' vibe. The only other constant is the record's level of quality. Zs is an unquestionably satisfying release." -Michael Tau - The McGill Tribune "Higgins-Zs. I featured this NYC band a while back when they had a teaser mp3 out from this disc, and now that the full-length is out, they're worth revisiting. In many respects they fit the classic power pop paradigm, but with little quirky twists here and there. Opener "There He Is" illustrates this dynamic, with its George Harrisonesque flavor and its ability to never quite go where you expect it. The playful "Always Something" channels Jellyfish in spots while "Wall of Dumb" is right up Sir Paul's alley and "Write It Down" recalls some of Alan Parsons Project's slower numbers." -Absolute Power Pop "Higgins does a pretty credible job of mining the Emitt Rhodes/Beatles/High Llamas sound and then twisting it around so it no longer resembles a retro one trick pony. Lead singer Kevin Fish has a vocal timbre that recalls both Andy Partridge and Ray Davies at once. The Opener "There He Is" sounds like it fell off of Badfinger's "No Dice" with it's warmly laid down harmonies and memorable laid back riffs. "Always Something" then mixes a few other influences here, like a Kinks ballad, a lamented Fish intones "There is always something to keep someone from loving me." Using bits of McCartney-styled piano flourishes in "Wall of Dumb" it also evokes the Bearnaked Ladies self-effacing humor in a gentle baroque way. "Jamy" uses its horns and banjo in that subtle Beach Boys nod with lazy sounding percussion section that ends the song off like it was played by a group of stoned musicians. Up to this point, Higgins does it's best to keep the sound intimate, and that's when it's pure pop master stroke is revealed in "Yes I Know" with it's XTC styled dualing guitar parts, and multi-part harmonies. It dials down to a sentimental violin lead in "Write it Down" - one thing for sure, this album is not predictable at all, because it drives off the Prog Rock cliff with a psyche-pop drum solo in "Prelude To Charly" and then the trippy "Charly" with it's meaty riffs and wild bass lead melody. Mixing all these dramatic elements is the last song "Everybody (Thunder Mountain)" and like the ending of "Strawberry Fields Forever," I half expected to hear "I buried Paul" buried somewhere... Overall this is a very special album, that will please retro pop enthusiasts, like a puzzle box of influences that requires multiple listens to appreciate fully." Power Popaholic "The triumphant Big Star guitar chords of "There He Is" signal the beginning of Higgins' excellent Zs, perhaps the best record yet from the standout Serious Business label. The songwriting project of Kevin Fish, Higgins is a lovely pop band influenced by seventies-era power-pop and AM radio fare. Although a hefty six band members make up the core of the band, it is Fish's songwriting proficiency that has led to such an extensively well-executed melodic result. "Yes I Know," with its sterling guitars and wonderfully chiming chorus, is one of the record's most memorable moments, while monster epic "Charly" (complete with its own prelude) is a acid-drenched psych-pop track soaked in dense guitars and rolling organs. On the slower end of things, wistful "Write It Down" and "Ok" recall Third/Sister Lovers era Big Star. Despite their existence in the twenty-first century, Higgins harbours an unusually consistent devotion to the music of yesteryear. Rarely does Fish integrate more recent influences into Zs' eleven songs. Although "Wall Of Dumb" reminds me distinctly of certain Magnetic Fields material, this disc as a whole has a remarkably consistent 'classic' vibe. The only other constant is the record's level of quality - Zs is an unquestionably satisfying release, and one of the year's best at that. You know what to do" Matt Shimmer, Indieville "Apparently this bunch, led by main songwriter Kevin Fish, have been around in one form or another since 2002 and while he has plenty of help it's Fish's baby. And boy is it an ambitious effort and a good one. I'm enjoying this new renaissance where bands like Higgins, The Rollo Treadway and Blue Skies for Black Hearts are aiming for lush, melodic efforts like their forefathers (The Beatles, The Zombies, etc.). There's plenty to lie on Zs and to find you need to listen to it" Tim Hinely, Dagger ezine THE ZSTHIS "Higgins write songs. Higgins compose music. Higgins are performers. Higgins is a band. My, how Higgins have grown. No really. What used to be two has now grown to six. You would think there should be the obvious signs of growing pains or the usual good and bad traits exhibited by most large families. Higgins have somehow escaped the expected and as always never do the obvious. In this day and age of studio trickery the possibilities are endless when it comes to recording sounds to tape. In most cases the magic of the ones and zeros in the digital realm expands those options to the ends of the Universe. Not so for Higgins. The band is home in the studio and the musicians interact as friends and family would. There is a mutual respect and admiration amongst the musicians and this is no better represented then by simply listening to Zs. A typical Higgins composition is complex and deep with similarities to such greats as David Axelrod, Brian Wilson, Richard Evans, and the like. Higgins get the most out of each musician because they would not have it any other way. Live they are raw and real. Raw like an exposed nerve and not like a drunken Punk band. On stage the band performs as a well oiled machine. Their performances have enough loose moments to separate studio from club. The connection the musicians have to the music and to one another is awe inspiring and is sure to send a chill down your spine. These are performances that as a musician you can only hope to one day be a part of and as a fan you know years later you will proudly detail how, you were there. Making comparisons of one sound to another or one band to another is only useful if the listener, reader or audience know the points of reference. To make obvious comparisons to Higgins seems unfair. There is something in their sound that harks to a more professional time in the world of music. A time when all musicians were musicians and schooled or rehearsed as such. This and this alone does not make a great band. Look to the rawest and best of Punk and Garage bands and you will know that professionalism is not even last on their list of priorities but not on the list at all. No, I am talking about music performed by true artists and craftsmen who are just as concerned with the notes as they are with the arrangements. To say their music is wise beyond their years is only appropriate because we don't expect this level of quality from the pedestrian performances and complacency with levels of mediocrity that are praised now-a-days by fans and sadly critics alike. Higgins stand above all in the studio and the music halls both of which seem to long for great sounds. This is not to say that Higgins don't know what it means to be primitive. They know that raw is no more powerful than polish and can embrace the two qualities with equal understanding and finesse. A typical Higgins song is layered with sounds, instruments and vocals all of which blend together like a chef preparing a signature dish. If Higgins were painters they would be Impressionists. If they were a movie they would be Film Noir. Zs is a journey. Zs is an expression. Zs is music and it deserves to be heard. Zs: "There He Is" There is always something sweetly familiar about a Higgins song. Maybe it is the perfectly placed aggression reminiscent of bands like The Faces against the warmly laid down harmonies of so many late 60's and early 70's masters from the Raspberries to Badfinger. Maybe it is just their ability to interpret these sounds and make them their own. Many bands claim this, but fall deeply into the pit of good intentions and poor imitations. "There He Is" never loses itself in clichés and Pop trappings. Perfectly short the way a great Pop song should be and lastingly memorable. "Always Something" Kevin Fish can do more with his voice than most bands can with an orchestral backing. Sublime and wise beyond his years like Peter Sellers in "Being There." His words and delivery float through the compositions as a true storyteller and not just a singer songwriter (a title which is tragically thrown around and handed out far too easily). You can feel his presence around you as he walks through his life, and yours, as both observer and participant. The chorus, "There is always something to keep someone from loving me" is turned a few times to even include, " keep someone from mugging me." Our hero comes to his realization not sadly, but with full understanding that he has only himself to blame. "Wall Of Dumb" The piano intro to "Wall Of Dumb" sounds so similar to something you know that as it pulls off into unfamiliar territory your stomach drops like a ride up and down rolling hills. The rolling hills continue and so does the breeze as Mr. Fish's voice stretches to reach the top of each peak and then happily glides to the bottom as his sorts the meaning of life. Maybe not the big meaning, meant to answer all of our insecurities, but just enough to get him through another day. The band rattles along like an old car, cranked up just enough to carry him from one revelation to the next but not simply as a vehicle but also fellow passengers on this journey. To great effect the Guitars, banjos and keyboards pluck and bounce along with the broken beat of the drums and tastefully placed percussion never allowing things to become settled. "Jamy" Each subsequent track on Zs becomes more layered with sounds. The level of composition goes up and so do the chances the band takes. "Jamy" has one of the coolest intros I have ever heard. There is even a synthesized breeze to make the point more definitively and by all rights should be corny yet feels perfectly genuine. Right before the first chorus passage there is a Guitar, Electric Piano and Drum part that passes in a fraction of a second but one I can get hung up on for a lifetime. It comes again and never loses its affect. Simple, pure and soulful. It is a moment that cannot be spoken, a moment when words are not enough or maybe too much to do it justice. Somehow Banjo manages to come off just as soulful as the more obvious choices of instrumentation but then with the swirling Wurlitzer and spectacular Guitar solo it would be hard to break the mood. "Roy G. Business" Somber and zombie like "Roy G. Business" lumbers in with the band. There are moments when you can feel them lose their balance as if the band is playing on the deck of a storm tossed boat. Cymbals crash and tom toms roll like the waves crashing to the deck or at times trying to roll the boat and end the misery. The Suffolk County Man Pipes drunkenly try to save their souls with a sea worthy chant. Hopelessly trying to raise the dead or alert rescuers through the darkness but sadly all is in vein. No one hears, no one is coming; all is lost and the world has gone calm. "Yes I Know" Pure Pop perfection has had its moments and nothing is more pure than "Yes I Know." You can almost hear the crowd singing along with Kevin as he repeats "I found a new way" throughout the song. The band raises the excitement and tosses us around just because they can. The singer remains grounded and determined to make sure that we know he is enjoying a moment. This is a moment of clarity and happiness, a moment of pure bliss. At these moments we are best on our own. We are no longer needy, no longer wanting. We have reached a simple state of being. Egoless. This is what a flower must feel. In typical Higgins style, mere seconds before the song concludes Mr. Kaufman treats us to just enough of a guitar solo that we are both left wanting and satisfied. "Write It Down" "Write It Down" is sentimental. Thinking of all the great things you could have said; the perfect sentiment, the timely quote or the humorous finish at the end of a thought. All the things you wish you would have said and sometimes things you should have said. Write it down, it doesn't mean any less. Sometimes it may even mean that much more. Drums drive a sharp string arrangement and lilting keys throughout. At times the voice peaks out of the darkness as if lost in thought, clouded by the possibilities to say the right thing. "OK" Fuzz Guitar threatens to shatter the gentle sounds that open "OK." The mood is mist like and airy. Eric Jackson cuts the atmosphere with layers of feedback exposing the storm that is raging inside. Brian Kantor opens up and attacks his kit as if to prove that sometimes what we think is so delicate and fragile is actually quite stable. Prelude To A Charly" A band is only as good as its drummer. Period. Regardless of genre. Higgins is not a good band. Higgins is a great band. What makes them so is drummer extraordinaire, Brian Kantor. Rarely on a Pop record does the drummer get to express his or her greatness in such an overt way. Not only does "Prelude To Charly" demonstrate his aggression and skill but he invites and arranges three other drummers to pound his point home. "Prelude" whirls and crashes in what can only be described as a moment of Prog Rock brilliance. Big beats coming at you from all sides, Percussion, heavy Bass and Keyboards come together as one and at times separate as if unaware of each other. You are trapped in the vortex as the musicians surround you driving you closer and closer to the edge of insanity. Suddenly the mood shifts lulling you to sleep with rim shot driven rolls and gentle piano. The nightmare or ecstatic moment, depending on your perspective, builds back up before we are dropped hard and shot through the grease. "Charly" Southern Rock with a boogie base is a very good place to land after the prelude. Kantor continues his brilliant assault and the band seems very revved and ready to join him. Fish comes on like he is ten feet tall and the band have an invincible quality to their sound. The addition of Hammond Organ is a great choice and one that more new bands need to explore as it is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century. Grooving with harmonies, several slashing guitars and thunderous bass "Charly" is one bad mother-fucker. The Prog flavor is evident in the vocals but the band is all business up front and you guessed it, you know what's going on in back. The outro shows just how sharp the band can be even in territory that is not necessarily familiar to them. This is like Queen meets Black Oak Arkansas. "Everybody (Thunder Mountain)" Saying goodbye with a mix of what has come before is a nice way for a band to go out. "Everybody (Thunder Mountain)" combines all of what makes Higgins great and is certainly no throw away at the end of side two. By this point the band has grown to ten players all of whom complement each other as well as shine brightly. The rhythm section continues to kick up some dust, strings and flute dart back and forth avoiding the percussion and ducking cymbals while the keys challenge the bass and trombone to be heard. This is an explosive closer but after you catch your breath and begin to process what you just heard you will want to start it all over again from the beginning." Audio Visual Triumphs and Disasters "A haunting early 70s McCartney/Emitt Rhodes inspired album, Higgins manage to pull off the classic era Wings vibe(pretty much on most of the songs here), some Badfinger and Beatles “White Album” while we’re at it but “Zs” is not a retro fest for while the bands’ inspiration are convention by pop standards, they spend a lot of time here messing with established formula a bit – not unlike recent popsters like Bryan Scary and Starling Electric... Close your eyes and you might hear some Ray Davies, some Beach Boys, some of Zeppelin's rhythm section, some Mike Bloomfield guitar, some McCartney, some Zombies; and all kinds of good good stuff here. There's enough going on here to merit scores of repeat listens, and you don't have to invest in a thousand-dollar pair of headphones to get hypnotized. Zs plays like it was recorded by unabashed musical is because pop is such a glorious and wonderful thing that musical genius is so rarely appreciated: when a red guitar, three chords, and the truth is all that is required to scale the heights of greatness, Beatlesque innovation is hardly needed. GRADE: Solid, Unambiguous “A”. " NotLame Recordings The Zs Roster There He Is Brian Kantor-Drums/Tambo/Shaker Kevin Fish- Vocals/Guitar/Piano/Organ Josh Kaufman-Guitars Andrew Fuller Condon-Bass Always Something Brian Kantor-Drums/Tambo Kevin Fish-Vocals/Guitars/Piano/Wurlitzer Josh Kaufman-Guitar Solos Andrew Fuller Condon-Bass Eric Jackson-Guitar Solos Annie Nero-Cellos/First Bass Coach Karen Waltuch-Violas Travis Harrison-Mouse Gong Wall Of Dumb Brian Kantor-Drums/Tambo Kevin Fish-Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Piano/Wurlitzer Josh Kaufman-Classical(30something)Guitar/Electric Guitar/Banjo Andrew Fuller Condon-Bass Eric Jackson-Electric Guitar Jordan Crowell-Shakers/Muted Triangle/Awesomeness Jamy Brian Kantor-Drums/Extensive Percussion/Bongos in the style of Travis Harrison Kevin Fish-Vocals/Wurlitzer/Piano/Synth/Wah Wah/Bass Josh Kaufman-Banjo/Josh and Kevin's sampled voice Keyboard Eric Jackson-Trombone/I'm Gonna take a Solo.....Guitar Travis Harrison-Bongo Arranger The Suffolk County Man Pipes-Group Vocals Roy G. Business Brian Kantor-Drums/Percussion Kevin Fish-Wurlitzer/Vocals/Organ Josh Kaufman-Drop D Guitar/Piano Eric Jackson-Guitar Andrew Fuller Condon-Bass The Suffolk County Man Pipes-Group Vocals Yes I Know Brian Kantor-Drums Kevin Fish-Vocals/Guitar/Piano/Glockenspiel/Shakers Josh Kaufman-Guitars Andrew Fuller Condon-Bass Travis Harrison-Tambo Write It Down Brian Kantor-Drums Kevin Fish-Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Organ/Wurlitzer Karen Waltuch-Violas/Violins Josh Kaufman-String arrangement OK Brian Kantor-Drums/Shakers/Guitar Manipulation Kevin Fish-Vocals/Acoustic & Electric Guitars/Wurlitzer/Synths/Synth Bass & Electric Bass Eric Jackson-Electric Guitar/Fuzz Box Amp Guitar Prelude To A Charly Brian Kantor-Drums/Bass/Electric and Acoustic Guitars/Piano/4th Drum solo Travis Harrison-Drums/Special Effects/3rd Drum Solo Dan Crowell- Drums/Bell Riding/Fire Cracker Fills/2nd Drum Solo Kevin Fish- 1st Drum Solo Charly Brian Kantor-Drums/Percussion Kevin Fish-Vocals/Guitar Left/Guitarmonies/Flute Organ Josh Kaufman-Guitar Right Andrew Fuller Condon-Bass Eric Jackson-Slide Guitar Scot Gropper-Hammond Organ Everybody (Thunder Mountain) Brian Kantor-Drumkit Left/Acoustic Guitars Kevin Fish-Vocals/Acoustic & Electric Guitars/Piano/Harpsiboard Josh Kaufman-Vocals/Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Autoharp Andrew Fuller Condon-Bass Eric Jackson-Trombones/Electric Guitars Jordan Crowell-Tambo Travis Harrison-Drumkit Right Billy Filo-Acoustic Guitars Karen Waltuch-Violas Meryl Joan Lammers-Flutes "So much better than Badfinger they should be called Goodfinger!" -Roctober "I'm going to make this my best. It's better than my Favorite" Trenton W. Of Ms. Rosica's Class. -

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4. Deacon Blues (cover)

  • Published: 2016-10-15T19:18:53Z
  • By IanKR
Deacon Blues (cover)

My favourite song from my favourite Steely Dan LP (Aja). I can identify with this so much. Fagen: If a college football team like the University of Alabama could have a grandiose name like the “Crimson Tide,” the nerds and losers should be entitled to a grandiose name as well. Becker: “Crimson Tide” didn’t mean anything to us except the exaggerated grandiosity that’s bestowed on winners. “Deacon Blues” was the equivalent for the loser in our song. One of those songs where you hear something new each time you listen to it, and I’ve listened to it so many times over the forty years. I did this with the hugely talented Nigel Brunt on piano the other week at the Plume. I’d really like to do it with a three- or four-piece horn section, which comes in with those gorgeous sustained and extended chords in the second verse (arranged by Tom Scott on the original recording).

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5. Black Cow

  • Published: 2016-02-26T21:30:50Z
  • By IanKR
Black Cow

Black Cow ‘Drink your big black cow and get out of here’ –this is not a rant of racist misogyny. The black cow here is a soda fountain drink, with an adult version that includes Kahlua. I love this song so much. It opens Aja, SD’s sixth studio album, and my favourite LP after Kind of Blue. Some might say that you shouldn’t attempt to play a Steely Dan song on solo acoustic guitar, particularly one that was recorded on or after The Royal Scam. Sheer foolishness. Whatever. It is sometimes difficult to capture the essence of the changes on six strings. Typically in their later songs (and in some of their earlier ones) the chord is spread across several instruments/voices. The electric piano solo on the recording is by Victor Feldman; one of only two British-born musicians to feature on a SD recording (who’s the other one?). The outro is the coolest on any song I know. I love the way the final chorus turns around into the outro on a resolving Amaj7 instead of the D11 of the previous choruses. That C# makes all the difference. In the outro I play a bit of the horn line (Tom Scott on tenor saxophone on the recording). I also make a feeble attempt at the backup vocals (“so outrageous”). These were sung by Rebecca Louis, Sherlie Matthews and Venetta Fields. This is yet another of their songs featuring a loser (and a prostitute). He contemplates in the opening verse raiding his estranged lover’s drug stash, or calling her friends to find a date, but decides against it, realising that though ‘one of these’ may ‘screen out the sorrow’, she’ll still be gone tomorrow. He (the ‘precious one’) complains about having to talk things through with her every night until daylight and ‘make everything right’ after she has returned home from her work on the game. The song features a poetic device that is rare in popular music known as enjambment; the spilling of one line’s content into the next line’s form. Rarer still is a syntax-straddling variation on the device used in the first verse. It represents a two-way species of enjambment in which a transitional line can belong either to what precedes it or to what follows it: ‘It was a crying disgrace / they saw your face / on the counter’ ‘On the counter / by your keys / was a book of numbers and your remedies’ This is a labour of love that still needs a lot of work, not least a decent singer. I have to sing it an octave lower, although I do it in the original key [verse in C (sort of); chorus in A]. As often for me, it’s difficult to sing some of these lines and play a guitar accompaniment simultaneously. I’ve tried to get the feel right more than anything, but it does need more work. And a bass, a saxophone, a piano, percussion, backup vocals…

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