Author: Gary

Getting the band back together

Time marches on, but we’re not dead yet! Back in 1979, long before CDs, the Internet and streaming, I recorded my very first vinyl album, Just a Word, in a…
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Blue & Lonesome: The Stones in 3 Days

I remember practicing my drums to a  ‘Under my Thumb’ from the 1966 release of Aftermath. That was a long time ago. Who would have thought that that very same…
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In search of perfection: Learning to type (again)

  I’m typing this now. I’ve been practicing on and off for 50 years. I should be good. I suck. I’m of the opinion that I simply can’t improve from…
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What’s the deal with John Baptiste?

If you’ve ever watched The Late Show with Steven Colbert, you’ve seen John Baptiste. He’s Colbert’s bandleader, pianist, mellotron aficionado that quietly, but very masterfully, brings the Jazz out of…
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No Smartphones, No Nintendo or iTunes for Nicky Ridge

Gary's got a new book out and it isn't about music, pepperoni or politics. No cell phones, no tablets, not a single PlayStation, not even a laptop could be found…
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Rocket Jazz is released

We started working on this album on 1996 – starting with a Roland XP-50 synthesizer, a set of Ludwig Drums, and a Les Paul, we put together seven instrumental tracks.…
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Rediscovering Leon Russell

Leon Russell has always been one of my major influences. The silver long hair and mirrored sunglasses aside, Russell’s keyboard style and performance charisma were traits to be admired among…
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