TOO BIG POWER
Original Rock and Roll
met Joseph Frisina in 2004. He was invited to play guitar
in a J.D. and the
Sons of Rhythm studio session. I've never seen such a
sophisticated guitar set up! Joe let me play some tracks for the
album using his rig, and it was amazing how many great sounds
were possible. Joe plays on Beyond Attention and
of Time, contributing to eight cuts overall.
2005 Joe approached me about playing bass on his upcoming
recording project. Jayson Hopkins had been drumming with him,
learning his songs and creating parts and arrangements. They had
fourteen songs down, so I began creating and learning the bass
parts to go along.
music was refreshing. There is a touch of jam-band feel, some
country flavor, some hard-rock, latin, soul, and even a
peppering of jazz. It is fun to play and to listen to.
recorded our tracks at Midtown
Recording, with Randy Hetherington at the console. Thanks to
J.D. Hopkins for sponsoring the initial sessions. After
recording the basics with Jayson and Joe, they had me overdub
the keyboard tracks, acoustic guitar solos, and some of the
electric guitar solos, all on Joe's rig, as I recall.
A Wave is a great-sounding CD. Jayson is a rock-solid
drummer, someone with whom I felt completely comfortable from
the first time we played together as a rhythm section. Joe
brings his highly creative originals to life with his guitar
playing and singing, with a trio sound that's incredibly
available from cdbaby.com,
this disc allows me to stretch my rock-and-roll chops, my
earliest music, and to play some serious bass, which I haven't
had a chance to do since my Boston days in the 1980s. I also
enjoyed playing acoustic guitar, something else I haven't
recorded on in quite a while. Thanks to Randy for the use of his
acoustic/electric guitar for the sessions, the same guitar I
used in the J.D. sessions.
played some live gigs since the recording, some as a trio and a
few with Kelley Smith on bass and myself on keyboards. Hopefully
this will continue, even as Joe continues to write and Hopkins
son Rickie steps in for Jayson on the live gigs.
A Wave is now available online. Pick
up your copy today.
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