My Latest Album (2023)
Demos and Works-in-Progress
First, a live recording (done pre-pandemic): Acoustic guitar, drums,
and a great vocalist--like a night at an old Delta blues joint:
Chain of Fools
Next, my newest solo pieces, a combination of experiments (mostly to get down ideas).
Finished versions of some of these will eventually be released in future albums:
1) Passing Lane--Because
with engines, size definitely matters.
2) The Open Road--The
sound of freedom.
3) Swing Street--Because
sometimes you have to get Jazzy.
4) Beck's Bolero--Page
and Beck with a little extra flash.
5) Thor--The Hammer of the
6) Bad Moon--A Jazzed-up
Shred version of John Fogerty and CCR.
7) More Life (Reprise)--Brief,
like its subject.
8) Spaceman Blues--Anthemic
and a little spacey.
9) Cock Rock Blues--Self-explanatory,
10) Open That G--A raunchy
blues-rock in open G tuning.
11) Nostos--A return song.
12) Black Magic Jimi--A
tribute to two of the very best.
13) La Danza--A Flamenco dance
that builds as it goes.
the slightest touch of MC5.
15) La Guitarra Triste--A
Santana-style blues number.
16) Cadenza--A solo bass line
builds into symphonic rock.
17) Black Hole Sabbath--Birmingham
18) The Devil's Interval--A moody piece
that builds to a climax and then fades away.
19) James Brown in Shred Town--Funky
metal, and blues.
21) The Long Goodbye--And
yet, never long enough.
22) Blues Messenger--He
comes around on a regular schedule, that guy.
started long ago in the Fertile Crescent.
24) Flight--Because sometimes,
when I am playing, it feels like I can fly.
25) Exile--Blues on Shred Street.
26) Twenty Years After--Alvin
Lee at Woodstock on shred pills (and after having been at CSUN for too
27) Hey Joe--an
all-instrumental blues-shred Hendrix cover with a fingerstyle foundation.
28) Metallaguena: Malaguena
through a Marshall stack.
29) Sinfonia: Flamenco crossed
Santana at high speed. Easily my best playing to date.
A Punk/Rush mashup.
Phrygian Blues: a guitar
workout with a bit of blues and a bit of flametalco.
32) Because it's the end of 2020, and Fuck the "New Normal":
33) Pandemics and Politicians be damned:
Proof of Life
34) Because sometimes you just have to raise the middle finger to everybody:
35) A Jeff
Beck-ish melody in the 2nd and closing sections, with a rock intro/middle: Epiphany
36) A slow
blues with a hip-hop beat: Inner Core
Rutger Hauer, for Roy Batty, for all of us:
More Life (a flamenco-metal piece)
reworked version of one of my old jazz-rock pieces:
Sunday in Central Park
on the Mediterranean sands of old Moorish Spain:
Hard-driving guitar and drums: Signal
between the galaxies: Desire
grungy-funk-metal piece: Toxic
43) Early-80's Stones crossed with Nile Rodgers
and a touch of shred: Too Many Fools
all-verse piece that builds into some pretty hot guitar soloing:
45) A bit of
jazz-fusion with a touch of flamenco: Duet
blues-metal paean to the ancient goddess of love and war in the desert
quick/hot blues shuffle: Big Motor
48) A little
Malmsteen, a little Paganini, and a touch of Milton's Satan:
Better to Reign
heavy-metal Iranian disco inside a video game:
Isfahan in Black
Flamenco piece with some of my best playing:
with the three sections named below:
ii) Desire and
iii) With Loss of Eden
(on an off night), playing a club in the Mission:
Dia de los Muertos
54) A tribute
to the hundreds hours I have spent in the blues bars of Chicago:
Chicago Saturday Night
vaguely Middle-Eastern sounding electric blues trio:
56) A rough
blues cross between Jeff Beck and early-days Al DiMeola:
extremely brief Samba-esqe piece with guitar, bass, and percussion:
58) A rough
instrumental demo of a song from my band days (and even before), Guitars,
Bass, Drums (a pseudo-anthemic piece that originally had vocals):
Walking Through Fire
59) 16th-century folk combined with flamenco and just a
touch of arena rock. My brother Alan is on bass and maracas, and I am on
electric and acoustic guitars:
Greensleeves in Heaven
An older piece inspired by the always-good-for-a-laugh "Shakespeare didn't
write Shakespeare" crowd:
Big Dumb Hoe Reading Shakespeare Blues
And some of the even older pieces:
La Guitarra Ardiente, La Cuarta Parte--an
entirely acoustic piece (the fourth part of a suite). I'm pretty happy
with the playing in this one.
Russian Tango--A slow acoustic/electric combo piece...kinda Jeff
Beckish, perhaps a touch Santana-ish in the electric part.
Ararat--Another acoustic electric combo. All the soloing is done on
acoustic guitar, with electric serving in melody and rhythmic doubling
functions (along with acoustic rhythm guitar).
Fall from Grace--A
really old piece...my attempt to imagine, in terms of heavy guitar
feedback, the "Farewell happy fields" speech of Satan from book 1 of
One Minute Flamenco--More like 90 seconds, but who's counting?
Bellissima--A variation on flamenco, with acoustic rhythm guitar and an
Caprice--Part Paganini, part Al DiMeola, part grunge, part pure showing
off...perhaps more athletic than musical, but it was fun.
Elegy--A combination of David Gilmour and Santana, I guess...
With Ease--An electric/acoustic number, trading solos
Turning Point--And another electric/acoustic number, trading solos into the
In Solitude, We Cry--Another in a series...
Siren Song--Blues and Flamenco mixed...
Metaphysical Graffiti--A shamless Jimmy Page ripoff...
1) The recording is a little rough (as is the performance), but this is a
piece I have been working on for a while...gypsy crossed with flamenco and
Guitar Suite, Second Movement
Guitar Suite, Third Movement
Guitar Suite, Fourth Movement
Guitar Suite, Fifth Movement
2) An old piece...my attempt to imagine, in terms of heavy guitar
feedback, the "Farewell happy fields" speech of Satan from book 1 of
Fall from Grace
3) Another old
instrumental...a guitar ballad in the Santana tradition
Cry for No One
4) Two guitars--one acoustic, one electric. A pseudo-Spanish piece.
No Me Toques
5) This one is a really
basic two-chord garage-punk thing, very rough, but the guitar player (who
is all of about 19 at the time) has just recently discovered the sheer joy
Say Something Nice
6) An old song from my pre-academic career. Guitar (me), bass, drums, lead
singer. Hard rock with a heavy bass riff...
Open Up My Eyes
7) Another old song...same band, even heavier bass riff. Hendrix crossed
with Parliament/Funkadelic, or some such thing.
8) Same band, more of a Santana/Al DiMeola feel to the guitar. Hard
She's What I Need
9) Another one...guitar solo in the middle is vaguely Indian or Middle
Eastern. The drum work on this one was always my favorite part, though.
10) Last one. No more, I say! The vocals on this are all over the map
sometimes (he had a tendency to flat when he over emoted...and he over
emoted a lot). But the guitar at the beginning, and then the bass/drums
combo throughout still works well.
11) OK, I lied. One more. More
heavy bass and guitar...
Don't Play With My Heart
12) One more piece. An all-acoustic retake of the basic idea behind #4 above (I like this one better)...
13) And yet another. Variations composed on Jimmy Page's Bron-Y-Aur.
14) Variations composed on Jimmy Page's Kashmir.
15) Another guitar suite, in four parts.
La Guitarra Ardiente
Part 2 of the above...
La Guitarra Ardiente, La Segunda Parte
La Guitarra Ardiente, La Tercera Parte
La Guitarra Ardiente, La Cuarta Parte
16) Like the title says...
Totally Self-Indulgent Guitar Solo
17) And another...
Midnight Mass with Electric Guitar
18) And another still...
19) A reworked/remixed version of the above...
Morning Song (Redux)
20) Variations very loosely based on Jimmy Page's Black Mountain Side.
Black Mountain Side Variations
21) Agressive and vaguely prog-metally....
22) More agressive and vaguely prog-metally stuff....
23) Vaguely Middle-Eastern sounding metal track...
24) Self-explanatory, really...
Grunge in D
25) Another Jimmy Page-style acoustic piece...
Light and Shade
26) An Al Di Meola crossed with Soundgarden exercise...
27) A piece written in response to Christopher Hitchens' recent (2010) revelation of espophageal cancer...
Denial, Bargaining, Acceptance
28) Like the title says...
One Minute Flamenco
29) A piece about paths not taken...
What Might Have Been
30) Garage-y grunge...
31) Part Paganini, part Al Di Meola, part grunge...
32) An acoustic/electric combo piece...
Dadivania / Finding Home
33) A slow piece based on an old melody...
34) An electric varation on Flamenco...
35) A Flamenco(ish) piece with a touch of Kashmir...
36) Metal crossed with Morroco...
37) A Blues number...more Jimmy Page influence here...
End Times Blues
38) A really old piece, from the garage band days...a
pseudo-trippy mashup of Robert Fripp and David Gilmour...a kind of
Pink Crimson (or King Floyd) piece, I suppose.
39) A new piece, a combination of David Gilmour and Santana, I guess...
40) Another electric/acoustic number, trading solos
41) And another electric/acoustic number, trading solos into the
42) Another in a series...
In Solitude, We Cry
43) Blues and Flamenco mixed...
44) An old open-G Blues...
Old Scratch Blues
45) A shamless Jimmy Page ripoff...
46) Another Page-esque acoustic/electric piece...