Play/Record On Someone Else’s Music (Passion) And You’ve Definitely Walked A Mile In Their Shoes!

Playing on a recording composed and produced by another musician presents an abundance of opportunities on all levels. It’s kind of like being invited into someone’s home- very personal.

Playing On Mike Freedman's Recording Was A Very Special Event For Me

Playing On Mike Freedman’s Recording Was A Very Special Event For Me Photo: Henry Faber

When your particular task is outlined to you, you really want to do more than rise to the occasion, you want your contribution to enhance the sum of the whole!

I was asked to double the melody and solo. For me it’s a very welcome challenge to get inside someone else’s work/head. This is not just a shedding proposition as it is permanent. It has to be ABSORBED not merely LEARNED- that is, if it is to enhance the work and be a contribution to the whole and not just an add-on.

The experience means I get to grow in all directions mentally as well as technique wise.

Picking up on the general color solo-wise as well as matching the nuances of HIS execution of the melody are what it is all about for me.

I really welcome any chance to grow with my craft and as a person.

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We Are What We Listen To Or One’s Musical Garbage Is Another One’s Musical Treasure!

I have been writing about the pure JOY of music for a number of years now. That is, JOY from a listening, performing and creating perspective. Next to my family, music is everything to me. I teach, preach, perform and CREATE music.

I am extremely passionate about the improvisation component of JAZZ but still get goosebumps from Beatle tunes; dig in to Tower Of Power; put on my attitude with The Who; close my eyes and teleport with Charles Ives; remember fondly with Oldie Goldy radio stations and LEARN from the music my kids dig; ETC. …

To create music that is believable, I have to acknowledge my roots, even if it is only a tipping of my hat because, all I am really interested in, is what is happening NOW, as it evolves into the future.

I respect Pat Metheny a lot. Besides his uncanny ability to reinvent himself, I love listening to his honest, progressive musical ideas as they reflect NOW and respect the PAST but are clearly NOW, pointing toward the FUTURE.

Past Meets Future

You can’t have a NOW without a PAST and you can’t have a FUTURE without a NOW! Think about it!