A few words from
his new CD, "Hornithology":
This album is dedicated to my family and friends.
Thanks to all of you listeners who support us musicians both by buying
our CDs, and by attending live performances. Without your patronage we
would all be in our basements playing to the walls and the crickets. Jazz
is a truly unique American art form and as such deserves to survive, perpetuate,
and evolve; and with your help will continue to do so.
Special thanks to Andrew MacFarland, my junior high school band director.
It was he who in 1965 turned me on to the likes of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton,
and Woody Herman. All this happened after my extensive sports career,
which consisted of the last thirty seven seconds of our first seventh
grade basketball game, where I double dribbled to the wrong basket after
the ref had blown the whistle. It was at this point in my life when I
chose to become music devotee and sports outcast, a decision which I have
never regretted to this day.
IN THE GAP
VERY THOUGHT OF YOU
A DIFFERENCE A DAY MADE
UPON A TIME
COMES A CALLIN'
WANT TO BE HAPPY
TRUST YOUR HEART
IT ON MY YOUTH
DE PLAYA (Samba De Beach)
Photos by David Koether
to super-bassist and dear friend Paul Keller, whose tireless guidance
and helpful direction guided me through all stages of this project. Paul
is as at home in the studio as he is on the couch. We are all fortunate
to have him living in the Ann Arbor area, as he surely could work anywhere
on this planet, and frequently does just that. I am proud to have my album
available through his PKO
Thanks to my old pal Terry Lower, who on land or sea swings so hard and
impeccably, that listeners are compelled to groove uncontrollably. From
Battle Creek, Michigan, home of Kellogg's, he deserves the title of "Terry
the Tiger". He's GRRRRREEATTT!!!!
And finally, thanks to young lion and buddy Sean Dobbins, whose tasteful
and mature style helped propel and complete the rhythm section. It was
a pleasure to have him aboard and I look forward to his continued success
and future recordings.
about "Hornithology" from PKO Records...