"Summertime" by Laurence Walden and the Jazz Connection feat. Womack Howard
(w/Paul Grant, Linda Paul, Bobby Ray and Ben Adkins)
Enjoy the video! Nice, upbeat version of a classic Gershwin ballad... it didn't take me very long to put this together, but I needed something to cheer me up a bit, so here you go.
This man was a legend in jazz bass... and I was a longtime fan of his, and Charlie Haden was a big influence on my playing as well. Sad to hear of his passing today. Let us remember the man and his music! Peace out, Charlie!
One of the all-time greatest folk- & progressive-rock bands, and a true "fusion" band in every sense of the word was - and still is - Jethro Tull.
The outfit that was (& still is) led by Ian Anderson (foreground, at left) since its inception in 1967 went through rather numerous personnel-changes over the years, and despite all those changes the band has only had two electric lead guitarists (Anderson is quite proficient on acoustic guitar & harmonica as well as vocals & flute) in its entire history: of course there's Martin Barre (who joined Tull in '69 right at the cusp of their ascent to prog-rock success, and remains with Tull to this day) - but before Barre, there was a more blues- & jazz-centric guitar-manster - his name is Mick Abrahams.
The 1980's was, to me, when I came of age and was thrust out into the world... it was also when I joined my first band (called "Oaken Dagger"), went to art/photography school in Fort Lauderdale later in the decade, and subsequently was immersed into the South Florida lifestyle in all of its sun-drenched & misogynistic glory. I wrote a lot of tunes then, used my Nikon camera (at one time I had 2 or 3 of them, and a shitload of lenses & accessories) to create art, make money, get laid... you name it, that was me during the 'Eighties.
Check this out...
I did this several years ago... basically this is an 'album' of original compositions (except for the "live" track, which of course is Miles Davis' All Blues, another track is my interpretation of Eric Dolphy's Out To Lunch, the rest are all my originals) I recorded in my home-studio - 'live' guitar & bass-tracks with digital accompaniment (yes, including the "sax solos" in a couple of the tunes) courtesy Apple's Garage Band. Enjoy!
I've just added a Gig Audio section to this site. Click on the Gig Audio box in the upper right corner to view a landing page, or hover over the box to drop a menu of the individual player-pages. These do not have commenting enabled, so if you'd like to comment on any of those you may do so here. Enjoy!
This is the first of a few audio-player posts (hosted remotely on my home-site which is set up for Wimpy MP3-player, embedded here using iFrame) of past gigs I've done. This one is from 2007, at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Jacksonville's Springfield sub-division (north of downtown, near Florida State College at Jacksonville, or FSCJ), with Laurence Walden and the Jazz Connection.
The Wimpy-player embed is set for auto-play. There are also buttons to shuffle the playlist and to turn on/off continuous-play. There are also slider-controls for volume & song-position (though the latter is a little wonky for some reason in this embed - I might have to check Wimpy for an upgrade). You can also click on an individual track to play it. Enjoy!