New CD coming this FALL!!!
It was recorded in North Jersey during my first visit to the States in almost 8 years. I'm reunited with Jack McDuff/Heating Station alumni Jerry Weldon and Rudy Petschauer. Following in the footsteps of veteran Jazz guitarists Randy Johnston, the late Coleman Mellett and Royce Campbell (from my last session) is Masami Ishikawa, a hot guitarist who can be heard playing all over NYC with Akiko Tsuruga and the likes.
My first CD was a bebop tribute to Eddie Jefferson featuring Blue Note alto legend James Spaulding and current chartbusting Jazz vocalese master Giacomo Gates. For the second one I grooved things up in Sweden... Then, was "Them That Swingeth" -- What's the flavor of this one??? Let's just say very different... but you know with the presence of a band like this, its gotta to be good... How good??? o.k. How about a sneak preview... Right now you're hearing a raw mix from one composition...
It's called Y'ALLZ IS CRAZY... Be sure to stick around for the rompy ending I got going... then when its done, try out my MINOR MAD (top right column already loaded!) And keep in mind, these are only the RAW MIXES!!!
The return of Eddie's Lounge???
It's no longer in planning... EDDIE'S LOUNGE IS BACK!!
The location is in NIshi Nippori only 5 minutes from the station... Live music, cheap booze and motsu nabe 6 nights a week. PLEASE, swing on by!!!
***Hey folks, almost all the main pages of this site have snippets from upcoming CD... so please DO EXPLORE!!!!
This composition is called "Eddie's Minor Mad" and I want to dedicate it to some of the people below. It will be appearing on the new CD.
Remembering Some Friends...
Sadly, over the past couple of years, some important friends, mentors, and inspirations have passed away. I regret not to have been able to spent more time in Philly enjoying their presence and now know never to take the presence of great people for granted no matter how acclimated you become to them.
Dottie Smith - Pioneering Jazz and R & B Vocalist, formerly of Louis Jordan and the Tympanny 5. Put me on my first bandstand.
Byard Lancaster - Eternally youthful "Horn of Philadelphia", soulful vanguard Jazz player. Played on that first bandstand.
Austin Mitchell - Best known for "Smooth Sailing", prior to Jimmy Smith, the first Afro-American Jazz Organist to have Played in a Supper club in Philly. Came to my house, got me out of my shell and put me on my first bandstand!
Willa Ward - Legendary Gospel singer, sister of Clara Ward, taught Aretha Franklin and many others.
I'm also thinking of Shirley Scott,, Big John Patton (my primary mentor), Coleman Mellett and Jazz Organist Charles Nesbitt.