3/14/06

Making Lunch- the Ken Schaphorst Big Band


Ok, so have to I admit that I was googling myself tonight looking for possible promo material. While self-surfing came I ran across a CD recorded in Boston by one of the best bands that I've ever played with. This band was really Rob Scheps' True Colors Big Band, but Ken 'borrowed' it for a record date. The players are all incredible and the music is truly whacked out (in a good way). It was released originally on the Accurate record label. This CD got three and a half stars from Downbeat magazine.

Personnel includes: Ken Schaphorst (leader, arranger); Dave Valdez (alto saxophone); Dmitri Matheny, John Carlson (trumpet); Josh Roseman (trombone);John Medeski (piano); Jim Harp (drums).Recorded at Blue Jay Recording Studio, Carlisle, Massachusetts on January 25 & 26, 1989.

Making Lunch audio clips

2 comments:

Ryan Dolliver said...

is that THE John Medeski on piano in the title track? Yow! And who's the guitarist?

David Valdez said...

The one and only madman himself. I don't think anyone expected John to become the Emperor of the Jambands. He was the most talented musician at NEC when he was there though. I had a quintet in Boston with him and Kenny Brooks.

The guitarist is John Dirac. Monster. He graduated from Berklee AND NEC, performance and composition. He and Dave 'Fuze' were roomates with my close buddy Kenny Brooks. John could play ANYTHING. He's living with his sister on Cape Cod last I heard.