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Thanks for visiting this page and considering buying my new CD, 'Join the Club.' I'm quite happy with it, as it gave me the opportunity to realize some of my stranger musical ideas and re-arrangements of other peoples' songs, with some of my favorite musicians. Here they are, by the way: M.S. - piano all selections, voice (10) Kim Nazarian - voice (2,3,7,10) Club Meeting 1: Berklee Session (1/17/2005) - tracks 2,4,6,9,10 Andrew Rathbun - tenor sax Taylor Haskins - trumpet Jay Ashby - trombone Eric Byers - guitar (2,6) Fernando Huergo - electric bass Bertram Lehmann - drums, percussion Ernesto Diaz - percussion (4,6,9) Club Meeting 2: Peter Kontrimas Session (3/19/2005) -tracks 1,3,5,7,8 Donny McCaslin - tenor sax John Dirac - guitar (5,8) Evan Gregor - acoustic bass Jordan Perlson - drums Here are some notes about each of the tracks, which I didn't have room to include in the CD packaging.... ENJOY! Take 5: God I hate this tune, so much so that I changed ALL the chords... Where the original changes were static I introduced movement, and where there was movement I put in a pedal point. Friends with Benefits/Just Friends: this is something that the college kids talk about. The idyll it describes cannot exist in nature, but this tune is based on a reharmonization of 'just friends', which I then re-melodicized... in 3-part counterpoint. Come Rain or Come Shine: There is a long, funny story about my doing gigs with the Luciana Souza band, where we would play concerts for inner-city elementary school students to teach them about Brazilian music, wherein we would demonstrate a 3/4 samba feel, about which I knew nothing, and during which I also realized I suffered from lactose-intolerance. Ask me about this story sometime (but enjoy this 3/4 samba version of this great standard). Lovefool: Everyday I had no gigs while Taylor Haskins and I lived in NYC I would order takeout from La Caridad (a great Cuban-Chinese place on 79th and Broadway) and set up my keyboard in the living room and play along with VH1. This tune was on a lot. It is awesome. Tap That...: I wrote (and performed) this tune as a feature for Jazz Tap Pioneer Josh Hilberman. We will record it together someday. This version is a FIRST TAKE, and, to me, so slamming that I couldn't help but release it without him. Alone Together (Juntas a Solas): This is a 'mash up' of sorts. Thomson Kneeland, Dave Jamrog and I played this version for the first time on some kind of afternoon gig at the Meridien Hotel. Buena Vista Social Club was taking the nation by storm. This was a wonderful movie by German director Wim Wenders, chronicling the process of Ry Cooder jamming with Cuban jazz masters (often finding them driving cab and other non-musical professions). 'Chan Chan' is the first tune on this record, and it was ubiquitous at the time. We use the groove of 'chan chan' on the perennial standard 'alone together,' then go into a tune that is a surprise, suffice it to say that I met the composer of this tune at a wedding, where I was playing this tune during the cocktail hour, where he introduced himself to me by saying 'hearing you play this tune as a cocktail jazz number is like hearing it as muzak in an elevator.' Anyway... I've played this arrangement for years at all kinds of gigs, wallpaper to concerts, and people like it... it's kind of like my 'alison,' my 'roxanne.' Longing: there is a book of which a friend of mine made me aware, chronicling (and exaggerating) the relationship between J Join the Club
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