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

Copyright © 2016 John Carlini

Bach 2-Part Inventions for Mandolin and Guitar

The incredible classical mandolinist, Carlo Aonzo, and I have been friends for many years. We had played a few of the wonderful Bach Inventions and at some point we decided to record all 15 of them. What a project!

Here is a sample, Invention #13.

Carlo Aonzo and John Carlini
Carlo Aonzo and John Carlini

Carlo lives in Savona, Italy, so we had to prepare the  manuscript and rehearse via the internet and some Skype phone sessions. Finally, Carlo was here in NJ for a while and we were fortunate to get the talented Bob Harris to engineer the project. Once it was finished and mastered, the Hal Leonard company expressed interest in doing a book.  We are happy to say that the book is now available and provides a download code for the audio, so anyone can enjoy playing this fantastic music!

Bach Inventions for Mandolin and Guitar
Bach Inventions for Mandolin and Guitar

Copyright © 2016 John Carlini