From the Archives of Something Blue May 28, 2023
Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a song I wrote, recorded at New Jazz In Jonesboro.
In 2013 we scheduled New Jazz In Jonesboro once a month at TheArts@311. We often played charts that had never seen a music stand before and although we were reading charts we leaned heavily into group improvisation and free jazz.
On July 6, 2013, we recorded the songs that would become the “Cookin’ For Piper” album. Matt Jackson wrote “Cookin’ For Piper”. Joseph Curtis wrote “Working, P.M.”. And I put “Monkey Walk” up, for the first time.
It’s got a tricky rhythm with a bass vamp on the Rhodes starting and ending the song. Personnel on “Monkey Walk” were Hairy Larry – piano, harmonica, vocals, and percussion; Mike “Zif” Lovell – guitar; David Shade – guitar; Matt Jackson – bass; Joseph Curtis – trumpet; and Cody Ballard – tenor sax. James Carvell added percussion on tracks 3 through 6 including the title track that I will be playing on Something Blue this week.
The cover art for “Cookin’ For Piper” was “Euterpe” drawn by Emily Dewbre-Young. I love the image, depicting a muse playing pipes, and Emily gave us permission to use her drawing on the album cover. Then she sold me the original artwork, very reasonably, and it’s now hanging at Eclectic Geekery in Walnut Ridge. Visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com to see the album cover and hear the whole album.
Ok now, recorded at New Jazz In Jonesboro on July 6, 2013 here’s NJHB playing my song, “Monkey Walk”.