Great stuff from both Docs! I've been listening to a couple of Gene Harris CDs. His work as a solo pianist has inspired me the same way that Keith Jarrett did in the late 70s, and his work with his quartet is excellent as well. I prefer Gene's solo performances because they showcase his entire ability without the distractions that a full band can add to a virtuoso performance. I sit here and do graphics while my son Nick's bands play in the garage. The band's names are Urine Trouble (death metal), Gorilla P**s (more of the same), and Macrocosm (techno-funk)...I like all of them but Macrocosm is the most intriguing and intelligent of all 3 bands. Highly melodic, trance-inducing music with a soulful bottom that propels toe-tapping and impure thoughts with a tincture of Sci-Fi added to keep it all on edge. It's all instrumental...a keyboard player named Austin and Nick at this time but they get a full sound. I like the other groups but they bludgeon you to death with breakneck speed and nuclear power whereas Macrocosm produces an intergalactic pulse which vibrates cerebral landscapes and makes your booty shake at the same time...sometimes I want to go in and jam with them...but I probably couldn't play gigs with them because I'm already booked through 2012 with Pee Wee and OTA, so I won't waste their time playing bass to their music. They are great, though, in my opinion. I'm playing in 2 cover bands that are very popular in this region, yet most of what I know, I wrote. Nick and his boys are all-original, so I relate to their stuff more. I also listened to some new Chris Youlden (his voice and style changed...he's a rhythym and blues tenor now as opposed to his hardcore hell-raising deep-voiced years fronting Savoy Brown) and Alan Price's music on youtube. Alan Price was the keyboard player for the Animals in the 60s and I always thought he was by far the best musician of the early-to-mid British Invasion (with respects to Rod Argent and Denny Laine...Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott came along soon after)...self-taught, affable and uncompromising, he took Dylan under his wing in London in '64 and helped plant the idea of folk-rock in Dylan's imagination (His version of "House Of The Rising Sun" galvanized Dylan, who had recorded a solo acoustic version on his first album). Alan's playing made me a fan and his personality helped give confidence and creative inspiration to a lot of people, including me. Cheers, WC1
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