Archive for April, 2018

Lonesome Town

Lonesome Town” was written by Baker Knight.  Ricky Nelson’s version became a hit single in the United States, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958. The song was also featured on his 1959 album, Ricky Sings Again.

The Ventures released a version on 1961 on their album The Ventures.

My instrumental arrangement actually uses a setting closer in spirit to Ricky Nelson’s version than the Ventures.

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April 30, 2018 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

(theme from) Silver City

The “(theme from) Silver City” was released by the Ventures on their 1961 album, “Colorful Ventures”. This album featured a color in every song title. It was also released as a single that year, but did not chart.

The music was written by composer/arranger/producer Hank Levine, and — though it sounds like it could be — it is not a Western movie theme.

My version is more an arrangement than a cover.

April 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

Baja

“Baja” was a surf-rock single in 1963. Strictly speaking it was a “hit”, as it did crack the Billboard Hot 100 — peaking at #94. Released by a Colorado-based group called the Astronauts, it was written by Lee Hazlewood, known for being Duane Eddy’s producer and co-writer. It was also covered by the Ventures.

My version starts out in a manner similar to the original, but works in a few rhythmic changes to add a bit of variety.

April 29, 2018 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Hot Wings Blues

“Hot Wings Blues” is an original jazz/funk/fusion track. The bass line was inspired by Jaco’s work in “The Chicken”.

April 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

One Morning Before

“One Morning Before” is another original instrumental 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. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of the Shadows.

April 25, 2018 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

You Must Be

“You Must Be” is an experiment. Having just finished it, I’m not sure how I think it turned out. Perhaps you can let me know what you think.

The track is something of a mashup of several of my major influences: Smooth Jazz, Jazz Fusion, 80’s Pop Ballads, and Hank Marvin with the Shadows.

April 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

When We Say Goodbye

“When We Say Goodbye” is another original instrumental 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. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of the Shadows.

April 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

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