Bridges Album Cover

Bridges Album Cover

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

One-Eyed Jack

Today I posted this video on Youtube:
The process of recording "One-Eyed Jack" was rewarding and memorable for me in a lot of ways. We (David Spinozza, Al Gorgoni and myself) actually built the time into the album making process so that I could rehearse the medley "Three Gamblers" with the rhythm section (Barry Lazarowitz on drums; Francisco "Frankie" Centeno on bass) in the beautiful House of Music in West Orange, NJ the night before the session. It was a rare luxury to rehearse in Studio A where so many great recordings had been made, and we made the most of it. Barry had played on Janis Ian's huge record "At Seventeen" and also on my all time favorite Steve Forbert recording "Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home," and I told him how much I admired his drumming on that (it's still one of my all time favorite "folk-rock" drum parts.) He surprised and impressed me by asking for, and working from a lyric sheet- the first drummer I had ever worked with who had done that. And I think you can really hear it in the end result- especially "One-Eyed Jack." He swaggers where the guy swaggers.
Frankie was his typical ebullient self; always easy to work with, bringing a lot of energy, good humor, and musical ideas to each session. (And dead accurate- never any retakes because of him.) On the tracking session I was playing an Ovation acoustic (which I think we miked, plugged in direct, and doubled.)
But the highlight of the song was the overdub session when we were fortunate enough to get Elliott Randall to come in. That session is worthy of a separate post, which I'll make in the near future...

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