At 5 years of age, I received from my parents a clarinet and my studies in traditional music began. With a compulsive interest in South American bossa nova and latin jazz, my first effort at written music was in transposing “The Girl From Ipanema” by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes at the age of 8. I simply could not get the melody out of my head. At 12 I begged my parents to buy me a guitar. At 14 it was a piano and later I picked up the alto and soprano saxophones. Small bands and musicals have dominated much of my adult life until now. The new DAW has awakened limitless possibilities in sound and has made it possible for all of us to create the music our souls want to convey. Thank you technologists!
These compositions in this debut album “The Opening” were all written and recorded between late July 2012 and October 2012. The remixing occurred in November 2012 in my home studio in the San Francisco Bay area of Northern California.
Special thanks for all the inspiration and countless hours of listening to all my guitar hero’s and most specifically Pat Metheny, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Russ Freeman, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton and Tommy Emmanuel. For Keyboard inspiration I never tire of the incomparable masters Lyle Mays, Bob James and Jeff Lorber. And although there have been many woodwind artists that have influenced me over the years, Jay Beckenstein is a never-ending study in lyrical finesse.
I am so grateful to have been a listener and witness to all of them and wish there were more time in the day to soak it in!