Got the essentials…coffee, smokes and beans…and my pals!
Sporting the The Rusty VW mug (thanx Finn Pette!), trying not to look smug, as I work from home, hiding out from the craziness. Hoping that all of you are doing well in the midst of the lunacy, wishing y’all nothing but happiness…a wide cup of coffee and a tall glass of water!
If I haven’t educated the masses yet on the maddeningly technicality of Jazz Fusion, then I would be remiss with an essential part of that education in the vast realm of music. I was at this Return to Forever show, pretty sure, it was at the Universal Amphitheater, on a brief reunion they did in ’83. My three favorite bands in ’83 were Slayer, Crass and Return to Forever, HAH! The jazz fusion thing was something I fell for hard and Moms was okay with me going to those concerts whenever, they were pretty tame. My buddy in Burbank, James Finn and my old pal Alexander Wallace IV, were instrumental in educating me on the whole thing. Dig it or don’t, they don’t care, they’re on a whole other level when it comes to musicianship. This Whistle Stop set is AMAZING!
Brian, go to the 14:15 mark for a bass treat
Frank Zappa was a part of that jazz fusion thing I had going on. Never did see him live, but did see his drummer Chad Wackerman who was also the drummer for Alan Holdsworth, another fusion guy. Sadly I think that Zappa’s biggest “hit” was Valley Girl, with his daughter Moon Unit on vocals. I was living in the San Fernando Valley, THE valley, and a song couldn’t be more spot on when it came to that culture…like totally for sure….
The best song on that album though was the title track, Ship Arriving Too Late To Save a Drowning Witch…