The blog has been rather quiet this month which pretty much sums everything up! Not had chance to do anything – full steam ahead with work. The set for the next recital is pretty firm now, and I have got almost all of the parts transcribed. The work has been mounting up recently and the productive day I’ve had today couldn’t have come at a better time. I can now devote much more of my time to rehearsing the actual pieces, rather than transcribing, deciding on and learning them. So with the songs picked and almost all transcribed, the next step is to start promoting, and rehearsing. I’ve been in contact with different musicians to try and get a band confirmed and it’s coming along. A few emails have been sent to the venue- no reply, so that one thing to chase up. Once that’s done and there are a few posters around I’ll be able to relax a little. I can honestly say that since starting this second recital, the day after I finished the first one, today has been the first day where I can ‘see the light at the end of the tunnel’, so to speak. That ‘light’ isn’t applicable to Zappa’s ‘Black Page’ just yet though; that song is a complete maze. Well I’ll keep at it I guess!
Anyway, here is the picture so far regarding the set:
- Steely Dan – Aja
- Frank Zappa – Andy
- Frank Zappa – The Black Page
- D’angelo – Spanish Joint
- Paul Simon – Late In The Evening
- Sonny Rollins – St Thomas
- Vinnie Colaiuta – Subway
- Jeff Beck – Led Boots
Currently on the fence with:
- Tower Of Power – Only So Much Oil In The Ground
And as always, the ‘floaters’:
- George Duke – It’s On
- Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five
I have noticed that I picked this set in a similar way to the first recital set. I settled on one song which I knew would be in (Billy Cobham – Sorcery / Steely Dan – Aja) and then branched off from there. In hindsight, maybe that’s why recital 1 had a little more of a ‘fusion’ edge, where as this recital is a little more ‘world’ orientated? Having said that, I knew from the start that this time I wanted to branch out into some world and latin grooves. I suppose when you break it down, I’ve just picked what I enjoy; listening to, and playing. Because I guess at the end of the day, that’s what it’s really all about.