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|September 7th. Los Angeles.. I have begun recording my album with Hollywood film composer Klaus Badelt in Santa Monica and Hollywood. Yesterday we ventured into Swinghouse studios with the following musicians who played some of the most beautiful music around my songs. I feel blessed and honoured to have shared time with these guys. They are going to play on the rest of the record..
Abraham Laboriel is a world renowned bassist and the founder of the band KOINONIA. He was born and raised in Mexico City where he received his earliest musical training from his father, a gifted guitarist and composer. His first recording was at age 10 as part of a "rock and roll" group called "Los Traviesos". After performing in Mexico thru his teen years as both a musician and an actor, he moved to Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the Berklee School of Music in 1972. During that time he recorded with faculty member, famed vibraphonist Gary Burton. He traveled with Johnny Mathis, Michel Legrand, and Henry Mancini and moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to begin a very diverse and fruitful studio recording career.
He has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including George Benson, Larry Carlton, the Crusaders, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, John Klemmer, Manhattan Transfer, Joe Pass, Joe Sample, Lalo Shifrin, Diane Schuur, Sara Vaughan, and Joe Zawinul. He recorded with Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts, and Alex Acuna in a band called "Friendship" and has continued to record and travel with Lee and Dave Grusin for GRP Records. He also has been much in demand for work with artists like Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Jeffrey Osborne, Chaka Khan, Robbie Robertson, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Ruben Blades and countless others. He was in fact voted by his peers in the LA Chapter of NARAS as the "Most Valuable Player" in the Bass chair for the three years in a row, joining Ray Brown and Chuck Domanico in that honor.
Abe Laboriel Jr. is a world-renowned American drummer, best known for working with artists like Paul McCartney, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, Eric Clapton, K.D. Lang, Shakira, Jewel, Jonatha Brooke, Meredith Brooks, Duran Duran, Liz Phair, Chris Castle, Johnny Halliday, MylÃ¨ne Farmer, Vanessa Carlton, and others. Laboriel is the son of bassist Abraham Laboriel.
In addition to the artists listed above, Laboriel has also recorded and performed with artists like Crystal Lewis, B.B. King, Les Paul, Ashlee Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, Letters to Cleo and others. Lewis and Laboriel were also both a part of the Nickelodeon Television Series, Roundhouse in the 1990s.
Laboriel was mentored by many well known percussionists and drummers including Alex AcuÃ±a, who had formed the band Koinonia with his father in the 1980s. On the side, Laboriel was part of a power trio by the name of The Raging Honkies. He is currently part of the collective that is Chocolate Genius Inc.
Musician and composer Michael Landau was born and raised in Los Angeles. He grew up with the music of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream and The Band. His grandfather Ernani Bernardi arranged and played the alto sax and clarinet during the "swing era" with the Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman. Michael began playing the guitar at age 11, as a teenager he quickly became very interested in jazz and electric jazz music. Weather Report, Pat Martino and Jaco Pastorius were some of his early obsessions. In the mid '70s Michael played in the L.A. dance clubs with an R&B band and toured the west coast with The Robben Ford Band which included members of the Yellow Jackets, Jimmy Haslip and Russell Ferrante. At age 19 he joined Boz Scaggs for a world tour and by the age of 20 he started to do session work with the help of long time friend Steve Lukather, Jeff Porcaro and Danny Kortchmar. Some session highlights over the coming years would include Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, BB King, James Taylor, Seal, Ray Charles and Rod Stewart. There is a complete session discography at allmusic.com. with over 600 records and soundtracks listed. In 1984 Michael toured again and recorded with Joni Mitchell. This tour was called "The Refuge Of The Roads" with Vinnie Colaiuta, Larry Klein and Russell Ferrante. In 1989 he released his first solo studio album "Tales from the Bulge", an instrumental record initially released in Japan and on "Creatchy" records in the US. Wayne Shorter, Steve Tavaglione, Vinnie Colaiuta, Carlos Vega, David Garfield and Jimmy Johnson were among some of the players on this release. In 1990 he formed the blues rock band "Burning Water" with his brother Teddy Landau, David Frazee and Carlos Vega. They put out 4 discs of original material and played in Japan, Los Angeles and parts of Texas. It was also around this time that he started to record and tour with James Taylor. In 1993 he won the readers poll for "Best Studio Guitarist" in "Guitar Player Magazine". In 1994 Michael formed "The Raging Honkies", a naughty rock band with Teddy Landau and Abe Laboriel Jr. They released 2 discs and toured Europe and the US. In 2001 he released a double live album of original material and a studio album "The Star Spangled Banner" on his own label "Unconscious Records". Michael has also produced and or mixed some selected artists and side projects including: Scott Henderson, The Jazz Ministry, Stolen Fish and Freak Juice. He currently tours and performs with his own Group, The Wreckers, Robben Ford, The Jazz Ministry, Stolen Fish, Hazey Jane and James Taylor. His most recent project, a double live album was released in October '06 on "Tone Center" records in the US, "Mascot Records" in Europe, and "Vega Music" in Japan. His current heroes and influences are Kirk Fletcher, Dustin Boyer and Derek Trucks. He likes sandwiches, old things, the earth, beer, playing music and spanning time with his beautiful wife Karen.
James Carrington - Bush Hall, London - Wednesday 11th July 2007
James Carrington is one of those artists who you think you've never heard of but when you hear his voice you're certain you know him from somewhere. For most people this will be because his songs have featured on the hit shows The O.C and Smallville. Word of mouth for Carrington is doing the business at the moment so it is with intrigue and excitement that we went along to see him at a rare London gig at Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush.
Supported by the incredible Kate Aumonier and the acoustic strummings of Joshie Bray, Carrington took to the stage to perform a 60 minute set, occasionally joined by distinguished Hollywood movie composer and collaborator Klaus Badelt. The relaxed and intimate surroundings of Bush Hall meant that the focus was most definitely on the music and nothing else.
Opening his set with the acoustically haunting Jonas, Carrington had the audience in the palm of his hand from the moment he opened his mouth. As well as being immensely charming whilst talking between songs, Carrington possesses a depth and emotion in his voice that comes from raw talent as well as a passion for what he does. His lyrics are straight from the heart and startingly honest and raw.
Set highlights included the beautiful Reach featuring a beautiful piano melody from Klaus Badelt and Lights, another song with Badelt using the composer's score from the forthcoming Werner Herzog movie Rescue Dawn as the backing track.
The best was saved for last when Carrington played his best-known song Ache. It's the kind of song you can imagine young lovers dedicating to each other the world over. The song lays bare the feelings of love and longing in a way that everyone can relate to it. When the song was over the audience seemed disappointed that they couldn't spend more time in the company of Carrington.
Carrington is on the verge of recording his debut album and if his Bush Hall gig is anything to go by it's going to be a debut to watch out for. He combines the lyrical honesty of the best singer/songwriters with the kind of guitar melodies that work their way into your head as well as your heart.