Sunday, May 28, 2006

Exotica, Night Fever and The Godfather

Frgrance of the Moment: Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio--a light and fresh Soft Marine Floral, a skin scent that smells like a day at the beach. It's light rain in NY, cool and grey.

Today, an Electronic-Downbeat song called "Exotica" which I collaborated on with artist Fred Kimmel is on the Earth Top 10 chart on Broadjam. I'm going to let you guess which parts I played on the keyboards.

Broadjam Earth Top 10

The chart might be different by the time you log on as the standings move in real time. "Exotica" is currently at #7, #1 on the Electronic chart.

There are more instrumental Fred Kimmel-Sali Oguri collaborations floating around in cyberspace for your listening pleasure. Check out previews of "Does It Ever Rain In Heaven?" and "Twilight" recorded by guitar legend Carmine D'Amico, two cuts off of his solo Jazz CD, You Speak To Me In My Dreams. Fred and I are co-composers on both tunes (tracks #2 and #3).

On "Does It Ever Rain In Heaven?", I played bass (on the keyboard). On "Twilight", I'm on piano and actually atttempted to solo which is a little embarrassing but it is what it is. I'm no Carmine D'Amico--now, he's a bonafide monster, a world renowned guitar god, a fixture in the recording business who's had hit records since he was 9 years old. He doesn't even need a band because he can play every part by himself. You might know his guitar works on famous Grammy-winning soundtracks such as Saturday Night Fever and The Godfather (that's him on the mandolin). He's also been a ghost player on countless albums. I'm always very honored to work with extraordinary musicians. He gives guitar lessons over the web as well--you might want to ask him a few questions while you have the opportunity to hear from The Man.