September 2, 2020

Phil Johari - Slow Burn (Part 2)

The first track I wrote horns for on this album was 'What You Talkin' 'Bout''.  It proved to be the most collaborative arrangement I've ever done in fact.  The original brief from Phil was "plenty of hooks and a big Paul Simon/Graceland...

June 26, 2020

Phil Johari - Slow Burn (Part 1)

In the autumn of 2019, I became involved in the debut album project of Lancashire-based guitarist Phil Johari.  Phil is a versatile writer and player and takes real care over his creative process and when I was drafted in as an arranger,...

June 8, 2020

I've loved the music of Django Reinhardt since I became aware of him as a keen jazz beginner in the summer of 2005.  His cheeky style captured my musical imagination and I still play his records if I need cheering up.

Don't be fooled though - Django is a guitarist...

April 6, 2020

Here is a nifty little finger-twister that can be used as a springboard for further exploration.

The theory behind diminished scales is fascinating and the naming of the notes and intervals contained therein is a contentious issue among musicologists - 13/6/bb7 anyone?


December 12, 2019

John ‘Rhino’ Edwards has had a varied career to say the least but is perhaps best known for being the longest-serving bass player in UK rock band ‘Status Quo’ after joining full-time in 1986.  He has also worked with Peter Green, Cliff Richard (on Dave Clark’s ‘Time’),...

September 24, 2019

I've recently been rediscovering the music I listened to as a teenager and, love them or hate them, Level 42 always feature in that list for me (thanks Scott!).  Mark King's basslines are engaging and the funk-pop grooves still float my boat.  Revisiting the music that...

January 21, 2019

I've been away for quite a while!  I'm still out and about playing, teaching and recording but I've neglected my blog for many months!  Is there anything you'd like to see here?  Let me know!

This is a great track from Wooten's debut album 'A Show of Hand...

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