Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sophisticated Soloing

Good Evening, Soul Citizens.

Lots of music going on in my world right now.

Last night I got to sit in, or rather stand and boogie, with Adam Marsland's Chaos Band for their 2 Nights of 100 Songs at Cinema. The numbers started with Sly Stone's "Hot Fun In The Summertime." I got to sing Sly's parts, righteous. That song was particularly a propos with the heat we've had this week. We followed that with renditions of the Bee Gees' "Jive Talkin'" and "Stayin' Alive" which featured dueling falsettos between Adam and myself. Always fun (hot or otherwise) to get people dancing. Next Saturday's show will be more of the same. Only one cover though. I'm gonna use my own material to get y'all to groove. We rehearse tomorrow night, so we are going to hone the funk. The show overall was a blast. Adam and his group were in good form and I just love Rob Z, Erik Herrera, Brian Whelan, Aimee Lay, Mike Schnee and Dan Janisch when they guest with the AMCB. Especially Dan, who is so elegantly unhinged, doing Van Morrison.

Today, we braved the century-mark heat to record guitar tracks at Karma Frog Studios in Reseda. The studio has A/C to any valley musician's delight. My songwriting partner/lead guitarist, Bryan came in to lay down solos for "So Sophisticated" and "On The Rebound;" two collaborative tracks. "So Sophisticated" is intentionally jazzy and has a solo section that is pure 70's George Benson meets Parliament. "On The Rebound," guitar-wise, lands somewhere between the Jackson 5 and the Allman Brothers. Again, Bryan is doing a 70's thing with real taste. There is going to be quite a bit of country/gospel/funk going on with this record between Bryan's solos and Adam's Hammond organ sounds. Bryan also supplied rhythm guitar for "Saffron Dancer," a tune that we performed live on our tours of the UK, but never got around to recording properly.

The sessions went well and all three of us, producer Adam Marsland included, were pleased with the performances. Our next sessions will have to wait until after our CityWalk show; but we will tackle two more guitar parts and three more lead vocals before we bring in the remaining guest performers to supply horns (sax and trumpet) and backing vocals. We're getting closer.

Lastly, I am going to do a blog tomorrow on my favorite LP covers of all time as I prepare for a shoot with Julie Sullivan-Shuford to promote So Sophisticated.

Exciting times! Stay cool and peaceful.


Don't forget: Norman Kelsey and His Band take to the 5 Towers Stage on Universal CityWalk for a FREE, ALL AGES show at 9 PM, Saturday, September 3!


Blogger Unknown said...

I am SO pleased to hear about new material, my friend! I believe that Julia, Evan and I will be attending your citywalk performance. I am looking forward to seeing you bring some funk, rock and soul to the stage. Peace and love!

12:20 AM, August 29, 2011  

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