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.
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.
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.
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.
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