Buy cymbalta without prescription, Denizen of the West Village coffee house circut. Recording first solo album A Picture. A night at the Fillmore East with John Lennon and Frank Zappa. Meeting Cannonball Adderley and band. 1970-1971
After camping out in the woods of Southern Oregon for a couple of months and going through a cathartic healing process, I was ready to strike out and play gigs as a solo artist again. Hitchhiking around the country I played wherever I could, working on my song selection, between-song patter, and delivery, buy cymbalta without prescription.
My path eventually led back to NYC and Greenwich Village, where I played the coffee house circuit regularly. Cymbalta in us, The Bitter End, Café Fenjon, Café A Go Go, Gerdies Folk City, and especially the Gaslight were the places where I really honed my skills as a troubadour.
The Gaslight was a classic Village coffee house: a little hole-in-the-ground basement club frequented by the usual tourists and an assemblage of colorful local characters including poets, comics and mainly folk and blues musicians. This was 1970, already nine or so years after Dylan’s arrival and subsequent meteoric rise, cheap cymbalta internet. Buy cymbalta without prescription, But it was still essential to play the Gaslight. The room was tiny and cramped with maybe half dozen wooden tables and benches, the audience only three feet away from the small stage. Yet so much magic transpired there night after night year after year.
Next-door was the Kettle of Fish bar and grill - a major hangout for the denizens of MacDougal Street. I met composer David Amram, songwriter Len Chandler and poet Charles John Quarto there. Dylan’s one-time cohort Bobby Neurwith livened up the joint from time to time, buy cymbalta without prescription. The sawdust-on-the-floor place vibrated with raw creative energy. Buy cymbalta no rx, One night between sets at the Gaslight my sideman Steve Burgh and I slipped outside and sat down on a stoop on a quiet street around the corner. We lit one up and within two seconds a couple of undercover narcs jumped in our faces and threatened to haul us off to jail. Talk about a bring-down. Buy cymbalta without prescription, We somehow convinced them that we were just a couple of musicians playing at the Gaslight, and not big dealers or anything. To our shock they took our film can of stash and let us go>
Everybody came through the Village to play when in NYC. A young Bonnie Riatt, Kris Kristofferson, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Mose Allison and a holy host of other artists could be seen on any given night. In '67 I had seen Van Morrison with his group Them at the Bitter End, buy cymbalta overnight delivery, singing ‘Brown Eyed Girl’. Within minutes you could walk over to the East Village and catch John Coltrane’s pianist McCoy Tyner, playing at the Five Spot. Or head up to Bleecker Street to the Top of the Village Gate and hear Bill Evans playing deep solo piano, buy cymbalta without prescription. If you were a songwriter this was the place to be. The whole neighborhood oozed creativity and art. The Village was legend, and a great place to work on your craft. Order discount cymbalta online, I played in the West Village for two years off and on. Buy cymbalta without prescription, During a weeklong gig at the Gaslight Seymore Stein’s Sire Records offered me a four album record deal. This was a major boon, a huge opportunity and a boost to my self-confidence. I felt fortunate to be chosen because there were so many other gifted artists in the Village that would have given anything for a record deal. Deep down I always knew I wasn't one of the most talented of writers or singers by any stretch of the imagination, but still felt there was a place for me somewhere in the realm of recorded and live music.
The producer was Richard Gottehrer, a cat probably in his mid-thirties who was soft spoken but knew his shit. I appreciated his laid-back but all-business attitude and enjoyed working with him throughout the whole process, buy cymbalta without prescription. Having been a recording artist and writer himself he knew how to coax the best performances, cymbalta bangkok. He'd had a hit in his youth with a group called the Strangeloves, and would later produce the Go Go's and Joan Armatrading among others.
Richard agreed to fly in three of my musician buddies from around the country for the sessions. They would be the main players and rhythm section. Buy cymbalta without prescription, The boy's stayed at my folks house in Brooklyn, and Sire had rented a car for me to bring us all to rehearsals at Baggies in the Village for several days.
Multi instrumentalist Jack Lee came in from Nashville where he was working with Tracy Nelsons band Mother Earth. Bassist Steve Edelman flew in from L.A. and Bill ‘Fuzz’ Weicht joined us from Dayton Ohio to play drums. Cymbalta online sale, These were brothers I'd met while hitchhiking around the country the previous couple of years. I felt a special energy with each of them when we played my music and thought they would play well together on the album regardless of having never met, buy cymbalta without prescription.
This is the way I wanted to record rather than using all NYC session players. We did have overdub sessions with studio heavy hitters Buddy Lucas on tenor sax, and George Devins on cabasa and vibes. Ellie Greenwich and crew sang back up vocals on a couple of tunes as well. They were Richard’s choices and their addition to the album was perfect. Buy cymbalta without prescription, Richard and I picked 10 of the thirty or so songs I had written in the 1967- 1970 period. The sessions were at Media Sound on west 57th street. Veteran Neal Ceppos was the engineer.
The title track 'A Picture', buy cymbalta online without prescription, was written on Halloween in Boulder Colorado in 1970. The lyric endeavors to paint a picture of slices of life using colors and images as a metaphor for things I have seen and experienced.
Richard asked me if I wanted my photo to be on the cover of the album, and after some thought I declined, buy cymbalta without prescription. I actually had reservations about being recognized in the street should I achieve fame, losing my anonymity, but I didn't tell him that.
He suggested having Frank Gauna - a noted painter living in New Jersey - paint the album cover. He was supposed to have been a compadre of Andy Warhol. Cymbalta overnight, This idea struck me as novel right off the bat. Buy cymbalta without prescription, The lyrics had to do with "painting a picture for you so you can see what I've seen too". Frank, during a handful of sittings, painted a portrait of me with a brush and easel in my hands, my face and head in the center of a gold painted picture frame, with the sky behind me. He had painted the main lyrical idea. I loved it. Pretty cool for a record company to have initiated that kind of artwork I thought, cymbalta without a prescription.
Later the painting would win Frank an award, and it was displayed in an art gallery in Manhattan for a while, buy cymbalta without prescription. Frank was a personable man and left a good impression on me. He'd put on classical music and jazz to paint to, and we would go on about our perspectives on life in general, and music and art in particular. He also told me about a great little Cuban Restaurant on Tenth Avenue.
After the main sessions with the rhythm section, I recorded 'A Picture' and also 'Circles' with another friend and sideman, Order cymbalta no prescription, Jack McGann. Buy cymbalta without prescription, We played acoustic guitars and I sang live.
'Circles' was written on a foggy day in Venice California in 1969 while tripping alone. I was staying in a small house only 2 blocks from the ocean at the time. The rent was dirt-cheap. I kept thinking how everything moves in circles and cycles and always leads back to the center in endless repetition. The earth spinning, the breath moving in and out .., buy cymbalta without prescription.
'D Train' is a shuffle in E. about the subway line I would ride late at night from my folk’s home in Brooklyn to Manhattan and back. How you would bump into characters of every stripe, and you never know what might befall you, buy cymbalta online. It was one of the very few times I modulated key in an original song. Buy cymbalta without prescription, 'Ridin' was a groove shuffle in A major which came to me all at once while playing for change on the campus at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The song promises to take you on a ride, and all you have to do is listen. 'Ridin' was also a metaphor for making love, and for the energy that is everything. That's what I like, an all-purpose word. Discount cymbalta no rx, Buzzy Linhart performed the tune later as an opener in his electrifying live sets.
'Nine to Five Routine', a slow blues in A minor, opened the album and was my declaration of independence, buy cymbalta without prescription. I'd decided that I'd never work normal hours again, and just spend my time working on my craft. The tune was written in Central Park, where I was prone to write from time to time.
'Headin' for the Open Road' was my usual state of mind in those days. I looked to the open highway for freedom and release. Buy cymbalta without prescription, My need for the unpredictable and mysterious could always be satiated by just picking up and leaving wherever I was.
'Hitchhiker Song', was completely autobiographical, buy cymbalta canada. With a Richie Havens-type acoustic guitar blazing away in D. It was about the means of transporting myself from one place to another, and the lessons, interesting people, and situations you find yourself in when trusting in your Karma on the road. I was searching for something and didn't know what but if I just kept in motion all would be known and experienced. The song was born in a farmhouse in Southern Wisconsin in the spring of 1970 while visiting Jack Lee and friends, buy cymbalta without prescription. Jack played kick-ass Hammond B3 on the track. Cymbalta overnight delivery, 'Let it Flow' was a bossa nova groove in A minor; a tip of the hat to the music of Brazil which I so resonated with at the time. Bob Cardwell, a Chicago-born guitarist and friend was instrumental in turning me on to Brazilian guitar rhythm grooves that are plucked first thumb, then three fingers simultaneously. Later I would learn and perform the Antonio Carlos Jobim tune 'Aguas de Marzo' (Water of March) in this same mesmerizing type groove. Buy cymbalta without prescription, In those mellow days of '69 "let it flow" was a hipster’s phrase like "chill out" is today. I used the analogy of planting a seed and nurturing it, in order to allow it to grow to it's fullest potential, as you would do, or hope to do, cymbalta, in a relationship with someone you loved. Session master George Devins played insanely beautiful vibes on the song, and with Jack Lee's melodic nylon string rhythm/lead part the track had a great feel to it. Unfortunately for me, my vocal was so-so.
My Aquarian nature - whatever that is - must have been responsible for the song 'Communication'. Which lamely but earnestly pleas for us all to reach out and try to communicate better with children, buy cymbalta without prescription. The tune was written in jail just before my release. Order discount cymbalta, I was worried that if we don't reach out to young kids they might end up where I had just been. This is however, no excuse for poor writing. The track had dynamics all right, but was slow in tempo and took forever getting there. Buy cymbalta without prescription, The ballad 'In The Rain" was one of my favorite tracks, a 'Mother Natures Son' type sentiment. Again George Devins played Vibes and Jack Lee Nylon String, with Steve on upright bass bowed. Fuzz played some nice brushes on this one. I was real happy with my vocal performance, approved cymbalta pharmacy. The jizz factor was way up the scale on this one. The tune went out with a building improvisational tag, buy cymbalta without prescription. It was raining the day I wrote it in my fathers '67 Plymouth in Brooklyn.
'Walls' was also one of my favorite tracks. A mid-tempo finger picked groove in D, written in Coldwater Canyon Southern California around 1969. An allegory involving my coming split with my then manager Val Williams, about how misunderstandings can devastate a relationship. Buy cymbalta without prescription, In the end I wasn't all that overjoyed with a couple of my vocals, and never did get them 100%. Order cymbalta from canada, I hadn't a lot of experience working with headphones and singing to tracks, but I nailed a few of them for sure. At one point I took the rental car and drove way out to the tip of Long Island to practice singing with the tracks.
All in all I was pretty satisfied with the albums performances. It was definitely an accurate picture of where I was at as a singer and songwriter only three years into my game. There was a long way to go but I felt like I was growing and stretching my wings, buy cymbalta without prescription.
During breaks in the sessions I met Richie Havens, one of the few black solo singer songwriter’s wielding an acoustic steel string in the folk world. Richie was a charismatic, big-hearted cat, cymbalta online stores, who had played at Woodstock and who was recording one of his albums in another room.
Downstairs in the church-like basement Stevie Wonder was recording his ‘Talking Book’ album with Bob Margouleff and Malcom Cecil producing and engineering. Bob and Malcom befriended me and over the years I was a guest of theirs at several Stevie Wonder sessions. Buy cymbalta without prescription, Just before the release of my Sire album I met a fellow artist who was also recording for Sire. I won’t mention his name because he was a big hashish dealer in the city at the time, and always had the best fresh stash.
Through his connections he’d gotten tickets and back stage passes to the Frank Zappa concert at the Fillmore East, down in the east village. Cymbalta generic, My brother Richard and I met the dude at his apartment not far from the Fillmore, where after pleasantries were exchanged he fired up a bong with some of the most potent hashish I’d ever had the pleasure of tasting. That out of the way he gave us the tickets and we were off to see the wizard, I mean the show.
Rich and I made our way to the theater but security was being real assholes, buy cymbalta without prescription. After much finagling we got backstage. We followed the scent of hash, and the sound of music up a staircase until we found ourselves at the entrance to a small room where John Lennon, Frank Zappa, and Yoko Ono were jamming, order cymbalta overnight delivery.
What unbelievable luck. We edged our way into the doorway and stood there transfixed. Buy cymbalta without prescription, Lennon and Zappa were sitting down on a couple of chairs jamming on a Chuck Berry tune. Yoko was doing her weird high vocalizing trip. I don’t even know what you'd call it, screeching is closest to the mark. It sure didn’t sound like any singing I’d ever heard before or wanted to hear again either. But it was easy to forget her and hone in on John and Frank.
I had recently been practicing a type of vocal yodel that I learned from Buzzy Linhart, buy cymbalta without prescription. Find discount cymbalta online, Buzzy had copped the lick from a John Coltrane record that Pharaoh Sanders was singing on. You could call it a jazz yodel; saxophone players do this scale as well. Out of nowhere I had the bright idea that now was the perfect time to try it. Boldly in the middle of John and Frank’s riffing I let out this yodel. Buy cymbalta without prescription, No one gave any indication of noticing it; they just kept on jamming and having a ball. Guess I wasn’t meant to get discovered right then, but it didn't matter. Nothing mattered except seeing these two icons at play.
The show started with Flo and Eddie, a couple of real cut-up’s, buy generic cymbalta, doing lead vocals with the Zappa band. They sang their Turtles hit ‘Happy Together’ which they portrayed as a funny parody. Later during the show John and Yoko joined Frank and the band, buy cymbalta without prescription.
During the jam that ensued Frank and John started singing “Scumbag Scumbag”. I couldn’t believe what they were saying. Was it “Scumbag Scumbag”. Yes it was. Buy cymbalta without prescription, Then they had the whole audience to join in with “Scumbag Scumbag”.
A night of nights. Order cymbalta in canada, Rich and I were in high spirits as we rode the D train back to Brooklyn late that night.
Sad to think that both John and Frank are gone now, but you can bet if there is a Rock and Roll heaven they’re up there trying to get the angels to join them in a rousing chorus of “Scumbag!”
Upon releasing an album you are obliged to play as much as humanly possible to promote the record. Touring with an album under my belt had it's benefits. I was able to travel - which I loved to do anyway - get paid well, and play for new enthusiastic audiences all over the country, buy cymbalta without prescription. Most of the time the venues I performed at hired me in part because I had a record out. They’d advertise my gig, and my albums could usually be found in the local record stores.
My booking agent at the time was Shadrack Artists. They booked me on the college, buy cheap cymbalta internet, club, and coffee house circuit, with the occasional opening act slot at concerts. Buy cymbalta without prescription, The money was decent and sometimes fantastic. Many times the venue would provide lodging.
I opened shows for a diverse group of artists including Joe Zawinul’s jazz group Weather Report, jazz singer Carmen McRea, the English pop group Mark Almond Band, Buy cymbalta low price, Richie Havens, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor, and blues singer’s Bukka White and Arthur Cruddup. One time I even opened for bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and the Kentucky Bluegrass Boys out at Stony Brook University in Long Island. They were something else.
It was great fun and I was always meeting interesting characters, something I've always been drawn to, buy cymbalta without prescription. Sometimes I lucked out and met women with a weak spot for musicians. I worked on my rapport with the audience, and as most of the gigs were in intimate settings it was easy to feel comfortable and look them in their eyes. I started telling stories between songs about my traveling adventures, cheap cymbalta tablet. These gigs took me Boston, Albany, Nashville, Chicago, Washington DC, Philly, Dayton, Cheapest cymbalta prices, Boulder and Denver Colorado, and of course my native Manhattan. Buy cymbalta without prescription, Having spent all of 1968 and half of 1969 in jail, I was now fulfilling my dream of traveling, and at the drop of a hat I’d hitchhike across the country for a gig. My sound at the time was acoustic guitar based so I was usually billed as a folk artist, but because of my rhythm and blues, and jazz leanings, I was way left of the folk world, as such.
I used a lot of major seventh, minor seventh, cheap cymbalta without prescription, and ninth chords so I was more of a jazzish folkster, and occasionally I would scat improvisational solos to make up for the lack of a sideman.
As usual no one knew how to classify my music, but this never stopped me from anything. My usual attire was a blue denim shirt with blue jeans. I had a mustache, beard, and bushy afro-type hair, with rimless glasses, buy cymbalta without prescription. I was thriving on the energy exchange between performer and audience.
Like a rolling stone, Cost cymbalta, I wound up in Boulder Colorado, a great college town with heaps of beautiful co-ed’s and fun places to play. My first album was out and I had no trouble getting good gigs. I’d signed a contract with a prominent local booking agency to open for the jazz vocalist-pianist Les McCann, at a club called Tulagi’s. Buy cymbalta without prescription, Les had had a hit with ‘Compared to What’ recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, with Eddie Harris playing tenor sax.
A couple of nights before I was to open for Les I went to Marvelous Marv’s in Denver to hear the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Cannonball Julian Adderley was my all-time favorite alto sax player. Originally from Tampa Florida, he had played with the legendary trumpet master Miles Davis, overnight cymbalta, and the groundbreaking tenor sax player John Coltrane. They were at one point all three in the same band in the fifties, and recorded the classic album ‘Kind of Blue’.
Cannonball had had a hit in the sixties with a Joe Zawinul song called ‘Mercy Mercy Mercy’ and was considered to be one of the seminal alto sax players of the time, buy cymbalta without prescription. His gift for extended improvisations made him renown. His sound was soulful and exuberant, and his stature as a human being immense. When he spoke he was very articulate, Order cheap cymbalta online, especially to an audience.
The intelligent presentation of his music (often explaining what he and his musicians were going to play) helped make him one of the most popular of all jazzmen. Buy cymbalta without prescription, In his playing he was articulate as well, bringing forth all the emotions from the dark, to the light, and all moods in between.
Cannonball's brother Nat, another warm-hearted unassuming cat, who played cornet, usually played in Cannon’s ensembles, as was the case when I first went to hear them that fated night in Denver. I had a few of Cannonballs records back at my parents house, and used to play them in my basement bedroom late into the wee hours, cymbalta online cheap.
A few months before I had played at Marvelous Marv’s, opening the show for Carmen McRae, one of the top women vocalists in the jazz world. I was on good terms with the manager of the club, Casey, who said he would book me again if he found the right act for me to open for. On the Cannonball Adderley Quintet's opening night a comedy act opened the show, but they were bombing, buy cymbalta without prescription. No one was laughing at their jokes. Cymbalta online review, Casey rushed over to me in between sets and asked me if I was interested in opening for Cannonball for the rest of his six-night stand. I was honored but I was under contract to open for Les McCann in Boulder starting the next night for three nights running. He told me he knew the booking agent who booked Tulagi’s, and that he would speak to him on my behalf, to get me off the hook so I could do the Adderley gig. Buy cymbalta without prescription, I readily agreed that if he could square it with the Tulagi's booking agent I would do the gig. It would be a dream come true to open for the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. I’d be able see them for six nights in a row, and maybe even meet the great man himself.
The next day Casey told me it was all set for me to open the show, cymbalta from canada. The audience was responsive during my thirty minute set, and I was happy to be there. With all the great talent in Denver you would’ve thought that someone entrenched more firmly in the jazz idiom would have filled the slot better than I, but here I lucked out again and slid right in with my neo-folk-jazz sound, buy cymbalta without prescription. It was also cheaper to hire me, a soloist, than a full band. My set over, I put my guitar away and prepared myself for the musical feast I was about to devour. Cymbalta no prescription, Watching their set was a total experience, mind, body, and soul. Their relentless soaring music took me away and brought me back changed. Buy cymbalta without prescription, The live playing was so much more immediate than just listening to a record. There was so much dynamics to the music, one minute slow and bluesy, the next a riot of notes cascading up, down and even sideways, cymbalta rx.
Roy McCurdy, played drums, with Walter Booker on upright bass. Nat Adderley played cornet, and George Duke was on piano. What a dream rhythm section. They were conversing with each other on their instruments, communicating wordlessly, buy cymbalta without prescription. Taking the audience along with them wherever they went. Cymbalta information, It was soul food, and I ate everything on my plate.
The following night Cannonball and some of the band caught my show. Afterward Cannon invited me up to the hotel room they were using as a band dressing room. Buy cymbalta without prescription, There I was, a young twenty-three year old singer-songwriter hanging with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time. I was quietly in awe, but they acted just like regular guys and made me feel at ease in their presence.
Taking a shine to me, Julian gave me a standing invitation to hang with them after each evening’s performance. It was always a scene too, buy cymbalta on line, with delicious women coming to pay respects to the band. One night I managed to reap some of the spillage.
A few nights into the gig Les McCann showed up in the band room, buy cymbalta without prescription. He and Cannonball were the best of friends. After a while Cannon introduced me to Les, and Les said, “Oh you’re the guy”, meaning I was the guy that was supposed to open for him in Boulder. I didn’t know it then but I was in deep shit with the booking agent who had originally booked me to open for Les. Turned out Casey, the manager of Marvelous Marv’s hadn’t really squared it away for me, and so I was blackballed from playing in all the clubs and colleges in the Denver/Boulder area. Buy cymbalta without prescription, But it was worth it in the end to have opened for and met Cannon and the band. I wouldn't have traded that experience for anything in this world.
Cannonball asked me to play a song for Les right there in the dressing room. So I got out my Gurian acoustic and sang ‘Comfort’, one of my up-tempo swing songs. A sweet seventeen-year old girl I’d had a memorable night with inspired the lyric. The drink Southern Comfort had something to do with the inspiration as well, as the two had gone together quite nicely, buy cymbalta without prescription.
I played the song about two feet from Les’s face, with Cannonball standing right there grinning and swaying. Afterward, Les slapped me five and said in his deep raspy voice, “Cool!”
The gig went on for six nights and every night I stayed to hear the band. And every night it was a different show. That’s the thing about real jazz; the real jazz purveyors never play the same thing twice. Buy cymbalta without prescription, I was in school again at Marvelous Marv’s, and was paying close attention.
After the gig was finished Cannonball gave me the phone number of Amber, a lady friend of his, to call when and if I should get to L.A. I gave him my address too, as I didn’t want to lose touch. There was a party in the band room that last night with some fine Columbian and Courvoisier. Cannon played albums of his favorite newly discovered artists including the Brazilian singer-songwriter Milton Nascimiento.
I hated for that gig to end because I really loved those cats and they inspired me to dig deeper, buy cymbalta without prescription. But all good things must pass. I wouldn’t forget this eventful time however.
Later in L.A. Cannonball made sure I was given a handful of albums to check out, and Nascimiento's album ‘Colors’ was one of them. I had been listening to Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell for a year or two, but Milton was new to me and it was an honor to have Cannonball personally turn me on to him.
It was time to move on but my association with Cannonball Adderley was just beginning.
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