Busy busy busy!

I realized this morning as I awoke in Ottawa, CA, about to play a show with the wonderful Detroit Diva of the Blues Thornetta Davis, that it’s been quite some time since I’ve updated this site. I need to get my show dates on the calendar, put up some new content, and all that good stuff. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the lack of attention is due to being extremely busy!

In late February, organissimo released it’s sixth album, B3tles – A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four, which did quite well on jazz radio, making it up to #6 on the JazzWeek charts. Sales have been good and reviews very positive. We’re also working on a live album to be released hopefully this fall. More on that later.

B3tles-1400-by-1400The follow-up to THEO – The Game of Ouroboros, tentatively titled Portents & Providence is coming along nicely. All the drums are recorded, most of the vocals are done, and I’m just waiting on guitar and bass tracks to be finished up. Then it’s on to mixing. I want to mix it in 5.1 surround, like it’s predecessor. So much fun!

Still working on the session from last summer with Larry Barris and the one and only Harvey Mason on drums. It’s coming! And I’m really excited!

I’ve been gigging pretty heavily with various Michigan acts including organissimo of course but also Laura Rain & The Caesars, who also just released a new album, which I also play on.

And I’ve been doing a fair amount of mixing and recording, including a project I’m very proud of for a local Lansing jazz stalwart and WWII veteran, 92 year old George Howard. We tracked this record the old-school way: Everyone in the same room, no editing, no messing around, just playing and having fun. And it came out great!

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So things have been busy. And busy is good! But look for some new content soon, including a review of the AcousticSamples B5 organ plug-in and the Lounsberry Tall & Fat pedal.

Happy summer!

New CD and Lounsberry endorsement

I’m excited to announce that the new album from my jazz trio organissimo entitled “B3tles – A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four” is now available for pre-order via PledgeMusic. This is our homage to one of the greatest bands ever, The Beatles, and the timeless tunes they wrote. I hope that you’ll consider helping us bring this project to fruition by participating in our PledgeMusic campign. You can do so by clicking here.

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(I think that button is big enough.) Just $10 will get you the AccessPass which includes a download of the album in mp3 or uncompressed FLAC format and exclusive access to updates, bonus material, etc. We also have physical CDs, live bonus material, t-shirts, lessons, hangs, an exclusive invite-only release party, and more.

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You can watch my goofy invitation to participate below.

In other news, I’m very proud to announce that I am now endorsed by Lounsberry Pedals. Lounsberry Pedals make effects pedals especially for keyboardists including the WurlyGrinder to warm up those digital electric piano emulations and the OrganGrinder to smooth out those clonewheel tones. In fact, I’m offering signed editions of both pedals as part of the PledgeMusic campaign for organissimo’s B3tles album. But supplies are very limited. Check out my review of the WurlyGrinder HERE and the OrganGrinder HERE.

Thank you for your continued support and I’ll see you on the road!