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|Well, it seems like it’s taken years to finish the CD, and for good reason it has! In fact, when we started this thing vinyl records were still hip! Well, it hasn’t been quite that long but it sure did feel like it I think it was worth the wait and hopefully you listeners will agree?
It all started about 3 years ago when I was over Gregg’s house one evening. He was plucking away on his guitar, as he usually does when you enter his confines, so I picked up a drum (as a percussionist should) and started playing with him. We ran through the tune a few times and it really swung, so we decided we should record it. Off to the studio we went, which happens to be a short journey, 12 steps down to his basement. We laid down two rhythm tracks in 5/4 time and later we each added instruments to fatten it up a bit. It sounded great but it needed something else. It needed a sax in the mix. The problem was neither of us could play the thing – we needed help. So we called on Middle Eastern Jazz great, Sudan Baronian. We knew he would work cheap because he happened to have the same last name as I did (he also happens to be my dad). It took us a while to pin him down on a date, but we finally caught him between European tours. He came and banged it out in a few takes. We mixed it and named it “Five for Chick,” five for the meter and Chick for jazz pianist, Chick Corea. We both found the result very rewarding and knew that musically things just worked. Between us we had enough material and resources to put together a CD thus the project began.
Steve Bogoshian a B-flat clarinet player (as opposed to G, which sounds a bit different hear for yourself) was our next guest musician Steve couldn’t wait to record with us, well that’s not entirely true In fact, it’s not true at all’ I nearly had to club him over the head and drag him to the studio
“For Eddie’s Ears” is a song named after my godfather, Eddie Malkasian He’s since moved on to a better place and never actually heard the tune but I know he’s out there listening This piece features Gregg quite a bit and is a nice change of pace on the CD Enjoy it. Uncle Eddie’
Next up is “Which Way’s Wes” named after the end of all guitar players, Wes Montgomery This song was written more like a standard jazz tune than the rest of our pieces with Gregg adding some octave chords-classic Wes Sudan Baronian took a great soprano sax solo and one of my favorite drummers, Mal Stem, helped me round out the rhythm section.
“Tales of Uncommon Time,” an appropriate title due to its multiple meters, 16/8 5/4 7/8 4/4, was our next effort First order of priority was to find a drummer who was comfortable playing in those times Mal Stem was the logical choice So Mal, bless his heart, made the trek from lower Manhattan one evening to lay down the drum track while I played guitar True to form, a couple of takes later a solid groove was set hats off to ya, Mal! Gregg added some nice mandolin work and Sudan made the final touches on the G-clarinet (as opposed to a B-flat).
Laz is a term sometimes used in Middle Eastern music to describe a specific 7/8 meter With that meter in mind, throw in some rock chords and jazz chords and you have a fusion tune appropriately named “Seven”.
|Listen track samples below:|
|Total time of CD: 40:30|
|Gregg Terlizzi – Ac. Guitar, Mandolin, Bass,|
|Sudan Baronian -Soprano Sax, G-Clarinet,|
|Lee Baronian – Dunbek, Kaval, Percussion,|
|Mal Stein -Drums,|
|Steve Bogoshian -B-flat Clarinet,.|
|Recorded at: Everdell Studios Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA|