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October 14, 2005

The Greatness: Recording Artist

Last night, I played a concert to unveil a new album on which I have all the drumming credits. Read about singer-songwriter Joyce Saunders and her new album in The Coast. The concert went relatively well; attendance must have been around 100 and there weren't any major musical gaffes. The concert got me thinking, vaingloriously, about how little I've produced for posterity in my eighteen years of drumming. Believe it or not, this recording is actually my first full-length album as a sideman that wasn't irretrievably lost (Adam Short Blues Band), recorded with 400 other people, or produced in jest using a boombox.

I should also note that our "opening band", Benn Ross' Fabulous Band, played an impressive early set in support of their new EP. The best thing I can say about the Fab Band is that I don't understand them. To describe the overall effect of their music, I'll channel my best too-cool music writer impression: imagine a trio of sonorous backup singers belting out William Carlos Williams poems to the tune of some giddy 50's jingle, backed by the full-throated percussion of a Bali gamelan parade. No, I doubt hearing them in person would clarify that word picture at all. Better yet, imagine Weather Report minus Wayne Shorter plus half of Manhattan Transfer. Still not clear? Then I can't help. Anyway, I enjoyed their playing.

Posted by The Greatness at October 14, 2005 09:56 AM