"Que Pasada" (original)
inspired by The Coasters'
"Smokey Joe's Cafe"
and "Down in Mexico."
"Things Ain't What
They Used To Be" is
a popular riff
from Duke Ellington.
"Dawgies" (original) my take
on the very popular
soul jazz of the mid-60s.
Bill Doggett, Quincy Jones,
and even James Brown
(with his "big band")
were doing things like this.
I recorded 15 instrumentals for this website
(Six are originals)
I am assisted here by
Bud McNeely, guitar
Smitty Flynn, keyboard
Chad Gibson, Charlotte drum stylist (drums on "The Hog")
Nat, Original Rivieras, MPHS reunion (2013)
Paying tribute to R&B and jazz of the 50s and 60s
Nat and Smitty Flynn
The songs were recorded to hard drive using
Cubase, Power Tracks, and Studio One software.
My Toshiba laptop was the recorder,
my living room the studio.
"C C Rider" is a great old traditional blues (Ma Rainey, 1924) most bands like mine, The Rivieras, would do at every gig as a warm up. We "stretched out" and jammed for a few minutes, practicing our blues riffs and our knowledge of some of our favorite jazz players like--Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, and David Newman.
"Hello Mary" (original)
My tribute to early Motown and Mary Wells.
My trio rendition of "The Glory of Love"
was inspired by The Five Keys
whose simple but soulful 1951 vocal version is #1 with me!
"My Babe" is the great Willie Dixon/
Little Walter tune. I'm assisted here by
Van Coble and Allen McLaurin.