Bass, the final frontier

About

Almost 50 years ago...

I played my first paying gig at Newfane High School in Newfane, New York. I was 13. The band was called Rare Earth, a few months before anyone heard of the Rare Earth that became famous. Since then, I've played bass, guitar and keyboards in many bands. I sat up many nights learning bass lines off LPs from all my favorite Rock and Prog bass players. Jack Bruce, Tim Bogert, Chris Squire, Greg Lake, John Entwistle and Roger Glover, to name a few. I'd also cop licks from guitarists like Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Steve Howe and Robert Fripp. Then I explored the music of ECM artists like Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, Terje Rypdal and Egberto Gismonti. I also loved playing along with Van der Graaf Generator, Gentle Giant, Flash and other bands that were incorporating odd time signatures. Having no formal training, I would just keep dropping the needle on the record like so many did back then. This was my ear training. As time went by, Jaco Pastorious entered the scene and my main passion became the fretless bass. 

Head South...

In 1978, I moved from the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area to Houston, Texas. I played with a few bands in the Houston area, then I joined The Volumatix in 1983. This was my first exposure to recording on a professional level. My tune, 'In The City', ended up being the title track for the second Volumatix record. I played all the guitars, bass and percussion on the track. This was also my first taste of how the music industry works. I quit playing for two years because it was not a very pleasant taste, at all. I had been warned, but I didn't listen. Wounds heal, and I began playing again. Around 1987, my friend Lee Martin, came to record in my home studio and asked me where my computer was. I was syncing a four track recorder to a midi sequencer, using the forth track to record the time code the sequencer would follow. When I said I didn't have one, he told me I would love hard disc recording. Love it I did, and I've been recording ITB (in the box) ever since. 

What music has brought me...

I've made many wonderful friends playing music: The artists I've performed with and the people who have enjoyed the performances. Through the years, I've learned valuable lessons. Not only about performing, how to listen to the other musicians while staying in the pocket. But more importantly, how to work with other musicians. Being in a band is an absolute parallel to being married. Except, you're married to more than one person at a time. I like to think I add a certain energy to the performance. I always try to be one with the performance and give 110%. I also try and bring that energy to getting the most out of whoever it is that I'm recording. I'm all about groove and tempo. Nothing ruins a performance faster than playing too fast. One click of the metronome can be the difference from having and not having the killer groove. 

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Have bass, will travel

If you have questions, need a bassist/guitarist, or want collaborate on a new piece, I'm always up for a new musical adventure. I can help you with your recording project on many levels and have great music service contacts in the Houston/Austin area. Guitar setup/restoration, amp repair, string/horn arrangers, piano tuners, a great list of singers and other musicians. I offer recording services and also have a green screen cyclorama large enough to shoot a band video.