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Archives for October 2011
Mixing for ‘The Cooker’ with Rupert ‘Master-ears’ Christie…delightful!
My friend Bobby from Bobby’s backing tracks asked me to play bass on ‘Ruby Baby’ by Donald Fagen.
How could I say no to that? It has the wonderful Fran Merante on drums and you have to check out all the other fantastic backing tracks that Bobby has produced over the past few years at http://www.bobbysbackingtracks.com/ I thought I share my bass part with you.
The original is of course impossible to beat but here is my transcription of the fantastic part by Anthony Jackson.
BTW, the original line up is Jeff Porcaro on drums and additional drums by James Gadson (!) as well as Larry Carlton on guitar, Greg Phillinganes playing the piano solo, Randy and MichaelBrecker making up the horn section…it makes me feel hazy just writing their names in a row…what a Killer line up!
PS: Funny coincidence….a few days before Bobby asked me to play ‘Ruby’ I used the track to set up my studio speakers…after all these years (released in 1982) this album is still hailed as, amongst other things, a sonic milestone by engineers and musicians alike.
Bass legend Jack Bruce, Stefan on guitar and the ‘pick of destiny’
I normally play bass in ‘The Stax’ with Funkestra drummer Mike Sturgis and the wonderful vocalist Louise Marshall from the Jools Holland band.
However, on this great occasion at the 2011 Cornbury Festival, I was playing guitar as our guest artist was no other than Mr. ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ bassist and vocalist Jack Bruce of legendary Cream. As we have the master-slinger guitarist Tony Remy in the band, the bandleader and pianist David Fitzsimons was kind enough to let me play ‘me geetar’. And how much fun was it? It was a tremendous amount of fun. Riffing with Jack Bruce on tunes like ‘White Room’ and ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ is an experience that I won’t forget in a hurry. Also, playing these tunes with a 15 piece band (5 horns, lead vox, 3 BVs, Hammond, piano, 2 guitars, bass and drums) makes quite a noise…
Come and see The Staxs at one of our gigs soon.
I will let you know when.
Just calibrated my studio speakers-was it w/Donald Fagen Nightfly,
James Taylor live or Paul Anka Rock Swings or Prince Gold Experience?