The first jazz album I've done in a while, and my
first real "playing" album. I pushed the racks of synths aside and revisited my first love, the Hammond
Organ. Most of the CD is in the classic organ trio format and
features great performances by guitarists
Joe Beck and
Gottlieb. My brother Tony is
sitting in on bass, playing lead on a beautiful Jimmy Giuffre ballad. The album has a few originals and several
of my jazz arrangements of classic pieces - Erik Satie's
"1st Gymnopedie", Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues", Ralph Towner's "Icarus"
& the Beachboys’
"Sail On Sailor."
The cover photo was taken by photographer
It was supposed to be used for a CD cover but was rejected. I've been using it as my PR image shot for years and finally
got to use
it on a CD cover as I had hoped to. Thanks Sally.
We played this one
last October. Big club - a great venue with great
audiences. It was a lot of fun to be back here. Once
again, we stayed outside the city (enjoying our un-jetlag day)
at a quiet hotel in Castel Gandolfo.
View from the hotel. In Italy,
everywhere you look is history coming alive. We're told
that the lake was a volcano at one time. Popes have been going
to that castle on top of the hill for hundreds of years for a
summer hang. It's about 30 miles outside of Rome - barely
an hour by car for us but in the old days that qualified as a
who cares about a bunch of dead Roman guys anyway? Much
more important, the hotel had a good wireless internet
connection in the lobby. Here
Tony and Larry ignore history and the breath-taking view for more important things;
4/29 Capo Liveri, Elba, Italy at Sugar Reef
This one will go
down as one of the toughest gigs on the tour, but with the best
view - no contest on that one. On the fabled Island of
Elba, Sugar Reef is a smallish music club sitting high on a
cliff. Just take a look! The club was way too small
for us. With a logical capacity of
maybe 75, they jammed in 300 or so revelers. We did two
shows starting at 12:30am and didn't get back to our hotel until
5am. We'll know to avoid that
scenario again! But man, what a view!
"I'm Bald and Proud Of It"
Not sure what inspired it
since the club owner has plenty of hair, but this sign was over the door to
the liquor storage room. A definite photo op for Tony and
I. On the down side, the tiny 5x10 room
under the sign was our 'green' room. With the shelves and
refrigerators there was barely space for 4
people standing close together and in a line - and no place to sit down.
Club owner/host Pierro introduces
the band. Come to think of it, he is a little thin on top.
He kept handing me shots of rum during the show. After a
while I ran out of excuses to not drink them, and suddenly the
room wasn't so small. It was a nice rum. I think.
Photo: Betina Tesi
4/30 Foligno, Italy at Auditorium San Domenico
View from the stage
From the rear of the hall
A full auditorium
concert performance ... a radical change from the much smaller
club stages of the last few days. We're told that the
paintings on the walls date back to the 14th century, and the
restored building to considerably before that.
Unfortunately the light was low during this show so I had
trouble getting usable photos. Got a couple of good ones
I reconnected with a friend from The
States, guitarist Caris Arkin, who's been living in nearby
Assisi for 14 years. That's Caris in the center, with his
daughter Emma and Ricardo, a musician from Assisi.
5/3 Torino, Italy at The Noise Club
Sometimes a disco,
sometimes a performance venue - whether the name is a
tongue-in-cheek thing or one of those questionable translations,
Noise turned out to be a terrific venue and a good show for us.
Coming off an 8-hour drive, we really needed that! The
club was packed - and definitely one of the best audiences we've
had. They were very responsive - rockin' with us but totally quiet and
attentive during the ballads. That's turning out to be an
ongoing issue for our shows.
Our set covers a very wide dynamic content range, and people
tend to drift when we do something quiet. Not a problem