Featuring the funky trumpet of Ray Davies
With so much good music around these days, the difficulty when compiling material for an album is deciding what to leave out! When Tony Palmer and I got together to discuss this problem we finally decided to choose tunes that would be suitable for the unique sound that we get from the Button Down Brass, coupled with the Quad 4 D recording technique, and yet still be able to let you listen to the individual qualities of the members of the group.
“I Don’t Know How To Love Him” from the musical “Jesus Christ, Superstar” is really a show case for Johnny Edwards on Trombone, but also note the fine percussion work by Stan Barratt who really enjoyed himself playing the Verdi drum and tymps, while Denis Lopez caused havoc with the hand cymbals!
Eric Ford (accoustic guitar) Dave Richmond (bass guitar) and Barry Morgan on drums gave us tremendous rhythm throughout the whole record, (just listen to “Shaft”), while Alan Parker’s (electric guitar) solo on “Truckin'” just has to be heard to be believed! Alan. Hawkshaw and Harry Stoneham supplied the Electric Piano and Organ work. Need I say more?
Morricone’s Theme from the film “The Red Tent” gave me the chance to play a more legitimate style trumpet solo than usual, and with some fine tunes from Carole King, James Taylor and Leon Russell I’m sure you’ll have as much enjoyment listening to this album as we all did making it. As the song says:- “Why Can’t We All Get Together?”
Label: Pye Records Quad 1004
Photography by Paul Chave