Wow! It’s been some time since I’ve visited my blog. I’ve been busy, which in my line of work is good. Lots of fun gigs, rehearsals, students all on top of the family stuff that keeps us pretty busy here in Austin.
Honorable mention was a trio date with my buddy and saxophonist Ponder East and bassist Chris Thomas. Chris plays in the Brian Blade Fellowship Band. He’s a super nice guy and a fantastic player. Ponder and I both agreed that Chris’ groove was a smooth as the glide of a 1972 Cadillac El Dorado at 35mph back in it’s day!
Ponder and I took our working jazz quartet into the studio in April to record some lesser known standards and a few of my originals. The group included Terry Bowness on B3 and Aaron Lack on drums. We’re hoping to have the CD out this fall. Also, a big thank you to all the people that came out to the Elephant Room for the tribute to Wes Montgomery. We had a great time and it was a really great experience getting all that music together. I’m already thinking about another tribute gig for my other guitar hero Grant Green. Stay tuned…
My blues/ R&B group, now titled The Chris Bell Group has been working more and more and things seem to be settling in regards to the personnel and the arrangements. It a fun group and I get to sing and explore all the music that started me on the guitar like BB King and T-Bone Walker as well as my present influences: Dr. John, Ray Charles, and Snooks Eaglin. Aaron Lack holds down the drum chair in the Chris Bell Group while bass whisperer Ed Friedland works his magic. What a rhythm section. You have to hear it to believe it. We’ll be at Momo’s in July for a couple of trio gigs. Check out my calendar for the details and if you’re at the gig, come up and say hello. Be well.