Archive for September, 2017

Impact Zone

“Impact Zone” is an original instrumental in which I try to get a surf-rock/Ventures/garage band vibe.

September 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Ten Weeks

“Ten Weeks” is an original jazz-rock-funk fusion track.

September 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm 1 comment


“Seneca” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This native-American inspired track is similar to the style of the Shadows, who also did a number of American-Indian themed recordings.

September 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment


“Nivram” (Marvin spelled backwards) was a track from the Shadows 1961 album “The Shadows” — the first album release, which went to #1 on the UK album charts.

Writing credit for “Nivram” is given to Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin and Jet Harris. It is a swing jazz tune.


September 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment


One might say that “Rumble“, an instrumental originally released by Link Wray & His Ray Men in April 1958, started the whole instrumental guitar rock thing. One of its most notable features was the distorted guitar tone — largely a new idea at the time.

It was banned in several US radio markets because the term “rumble” was a slang term for a gang fight and it was feared that the piece’s harsh sound glorified juvenile delinquency. In spite of this, it became a hit in the United States, where it climbed to number 16 on the charts in the summer of 1958.

September 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

The Rumble

“The Rumble” is the first track on the Shadows’ 1962 album “Out of the Shadows”. It was written by Ike Isaacs, a self-taught jazz guitarist who was born in Rangoon, Burma in 1919.  He moved to England in the mid-1940’s and became a staple of the music scene there.

My version of this tune is basically a cover of the Shadow’s original.

September 24, 2017 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Good Day Sunshine

Good Day Sunshine” was released by the Beatles on their 1966 album Revolver. It was written mainly by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

My instrumental arrangement follows the original, but is a bit more aggressive in feel.

September 23, 2017 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

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