At My Old School

At My Old School

Hey gang!  Great news!  I have restarted the project “At My Old School”. I will upload finished tracks here as I complete them. The album is meant to be “jazz fusion” in the genre of some of my personal heroes of old such as Spyro Gyra, Yellowjackets, Rippingtons, and other typical jazz fusion bands of the 70s and 80s. In no way am I attempting to put myself at their level (the bar is too dang high for that!). But at least this is my attempt to express creativity along those lines.

  1. Progress – Hoo boy…how to describe this one. In a sentence: If machines could sing, this is what I envision they would sound like. I will provide a muuuuch more detailed description when I officially release this album.Currently this tune needs a ripping screaming solo in the middle (the double time part). We shall see who I can find to help with that!
  2. Walkabout Redux – long ago, when I was toying with the idea of a “fusion jazz” album, I came up with a rather primitive example and then promptly waited a few years and then produced Palouse. Walkabout Redux is simply a re-imagining of the original tune and a deliberate attempt to write and record a great song using a minimum of instruments (drums, bass, wurlitzer e-piano, B3 organ, and acoustic piano…and that’s it!).
  3. Mancave Strut – Was goofing around with a Steinway piano library on my Yamaha Tyros 5 and came up with this fusion funk tune. 
  4. Introspection – It was the twins 17th birthday. Couldn’t sleep that night. Plinked around on the Tyros 5 and I found this song that only had drums and piano recorded. I pounded out the bass, rhodes, and flute and here is the result. Ooh…almost forgot: note the way-cool fretless bass solo starting around 1:30.
  5. JJ – Wrote this weird little tune and thought of Joe Jackson. That is all.
  6. The Blends (Hoppin’ the Jack) – Somewhere around May, 2016, I started moonlighting at a local restaurant. What a blast! I love the staff, the guests, the environment, the food, the drinks, the whole enchilada, so to speak. As I worked various shifts, I began to notice a pleasing background noise when the joint was happy and bustling. I also had (in my back pocket) a tune that makes me think of the “journey” of a typical dinner “hour” (usually a 2-3 hour period of rush). The instrumental music is meant to sort of describe what it is we’re trying to do in the restaurant biz: have enough qualified staff on hand at any time to handle the amount of guests that will come through those doors. We sometimes liken it to a “beast” that lives and breathes or a huge machine with a ton of moving parts that also somehow becomes nearly sentient in its machinations and purpose. The amount of guests ebb and flow as the night wears on and the music tends to follow that. So hey…all my work peeps…now you’re famous (except for the fact that I’m not really famous at all…but we can pretend!!).