was recorded in two days using a different set of
players for each session. The whole thing went down
pretty much live without any punch-ins so the CD
has the vibe of a live record but maintains a crystalline
quality throughout because of the fully digital
recording. I mostly used my Warmoth run stereo through
a Fender Dual Professional and a Peavy solid state
Prospects - This song is based on only
three chords; Emaj, Cmaj and Amaj. The first section
is based on descending E lydian chords starting
with the root on top; 1-7-6-5-#4-3-2-1. The head
is all based on an A lydian theme with the exception
of the one bar of Cmaj for a brief moment before
returning to the E lydian intro. The solo section
is a vamp of Amaj-Cmaj-Emaj for four bars a piece.
When Love Greets You - A blatant love song.
Took the name from a line in a poem I once read.
"Love comes and greets you and the loveless
have nothing to say", or something like that.
The first three chords; Fmin9-C/E-Ebmin9 creates
a nice chromatic bass movement to set things going.
Dale James plays beautiful bass throughout the
song and the solo by Touru Nakashima is soulful.
I made Tetsuya Hoshiyama get out the brushes for
Love Greets You" chart >>>
Extraordinaire - I wrote this song for
Don Coen, the guy who got me started on the guitar
when I was twelve. He lived in the same neighborhood
as me and asked me over to his house one day after
school. He took out this guitar and played some
blues for me. It left such an impression on me
that I asked him to teach me how to do it. He
would eventually get me to go to lessons every
Saturday with him. We would jam the blues after
school everyday. It kept me out of trouble. He
turned me on to Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Led
Zepplin. Without him my life would be completely
different today. People always ask me how I got
started on the guitar and his name always comes
up. I started thinking about him a lot and decided
to look for him to thank him. What I found out
is that he had died. I was deeply saddened because
I never got the chance to to thank him. I named
the song "Extraordinaire" for him because
he had the habit of answering his phone; "Don
Coen, Extaraordinaire !" He turned me on
to the Jeff Beck "Wired" record which
contains Jeff's version of the Mingus tune "Good-bye
Porkpie Hat". I fashioned this song after
that one as my way of thanking Don. It is basically
a minor blues in C with the standard Cmi7-F9-Ab9-G7#9
turnaround bringing it back around.
Shepherd Moon - I used a tap delay for
an unusual effect on my guitar. I liked the way
the band opened up on my solo. They took my rhythmic
cue and took off. I think I must have played for
three or four minutes at the end so I had the
engineer do a fade out because it was way too
long. By the way, the Shepherd Moon is one of
the small moons that orbits the planet Saturn.
It keeps all the other smaller bits and fragments
orbiting from floating out in space. Without the
Shepherd Moon you would have a Saturn with no
Moon" chart >>>
Where Spirits Dance - Got the idea for
this song from Miles Davis' "Nefertiti"
record. Gotta be honest, even though I wrote it,
this is a rough song to solo over. Its full of
odd times and strange changes. E7#9-Bmin11-Gmin11-B7(#5,#9)-Bmin11-Eb7(#5,#9)-C#69.
Spirits Dance" chart >>>
Absolution - Wrote this song for my wife.
The band takes a big breath before my solo that
lets me make a big entrance.
Papa Legba - Dedicated to the guy that
Robert Johnson sold his soul to in order to become
who he became. You know the story, you go down
to the crossroads and all that. It is a vamp in
A with the exception of the standard blues turnaround:
A7-F#7#9-B13-E7#9. Dale plays some nutty bass
that cracks me up to listen too. A fun guy to