Kool Kitsch!

In 2003 I had just completed writing and arranging a group of tunes for the CD, “The Game’s Afoot!” Prior to that I had attended the IBMA in Louisville where I met the incredible be-bop 5-string banjo player, Pat Cloud, and the fabulous jazz mandolinist, Don Stiernberg. We jammed together at one of the trade show booths and ended up in one of the open rooms playing until the “wee hours”. What a blast!! We knew then that we had to keep it going and get into a studio.

Don Stiernberg John Carlini Pat Cloud
Don Stiernberg John Carlini Pat Cloud

Kool Kitsch is one of the tunes from the CD and I think that it is a wonderful representation of the music this group can make.

Completing the group is the perfect rhythm section of Brian Glassman on bass and Steve Holloway on drums.

Brian Glassman
Brian Glassman

Here is an interesting fact about this track that I still find hard to believe. Because of scheduling problems, Steve could not make the Kool Kitsch session. He actually came in later and overdubbed the entire drum track in one take! I am amazed every time I listen to Steve’s groove on Kool Kitsch.

Steve Holloway
Steve Holloway

The engineer was the super talented, Bob Harris. Bob and I have worked together on multiple projects and it is always a rewarding high level experience.

Bob Harris
Bob Harris

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Bolero Impressions

I was born into a classical music household. My mother, Phyllis Mansfield Carlini, was a brilliant pianist, student of Harold Bauer, and on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. My father, Luigi Carlini, was a violinist in the New York Philharmonic for 25 years. I have a lifetime love for classical music and for all of the “Great Composers”.

Harold Bauer with Phyllis M. Carlini
Harold Bauer with Phyllis M. Carlini

 

Classical music in all of its forms is incredible ground for interpretation through the prism of jazz arranging. This recording of my impressions of Maurice Ravel‘s master work, Bolero, was done first on score paper, and then played into Logic on my Godin ACS.

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Tony Rice & John Carlini Live Concert

Live in Cashiers Cover

In 1995 Tony Rice and I released “River Suite for 2 Guitars” (Sugar Hill). Over the years the recording has garnered countless accolades and continues to be a best seller. Now David Grisman‘s web site, Acoustic Oasis has released the one and only duo concert that Tony and I ever performed together. You can get it here and listen to a few samples also.


Here is a bit of “back end” info on the original recording of River Suite. Tony and I recorded the CD in his music den using a Tascam portable DAT machine and an Audio-technica AT822 stereo mic set up on a coffee table! Tony then brought in an analog tape machine that we used to transfer the DAT recording and to do some editing. We then brought the finished product to the great Bill Wolf who did the mastering. The entire project cost nothing but the time and work we put into it!

The tunes are ones that we developed over the years of jamming together during Tony’s tenure with the David Grisman Quintet. During that time, Tony and I developed a treasured personal friendship and professional association.

There will be more to come in this blog about those special times with the original DGQ. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this live concert.

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