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New York, New York,
April 22

FEBRUARY 2, 2013 6:00PM

Open Salon Rock Group's Quiet Afternoon

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The Open Salon Rock Group is back from its sabbatical and today we are presenting our first song since 2012 when we had a lot of fun with the presidential campaign playing songs that were designed to poke a lot of fun at the Republican candidates.

Today's song, Quiet Afternoon, goes back to June, 1976 when Stanley Clarke recorded the very successful jazz fusion album School Days:


The above graphic is from the Wikipedia entry on the album.


Here's our version that's a bit different than the original, for example, more grand piano and less electric bass:




 Stanley Clarke's superb live version from 1977:





My photo of Stanley from the spring of 2007 when my brother and I went to the Blue Note in the Village to see him perform. We were the first ones in the door and I sat just three feet away from him...what a great concert!

I have a post about the concert that was published in 2008 here. It was one of my first EPs except Kerry forgot to put the EP logo on the post, but he did put the story on the cover.







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Keep those juices flowing...
I saw him perform in the seventies, though I saw him on an acoustic. I think a piccolo bass.

So I've got two questions about the "group":

1. Is this you in a studio or are there actually multiple players here?

2. Do you play rock aside from this? I certainly wouldn't call this rock.
Algis, I'll drink to that! Thanks and cheers!

K, from the various videos I've seen of Stanley he's played a host of bass guitars, including acoustic and electric. What a great treat to have seen him back then!

Regarding your questions:

1. It's a group of us, but I'm the only one that is a blogger on OS so the name of the group might be considered misleading and...

2. The majority of the songs posted over the past couple of years were rock, with this song we ventured into Jazz fusion which is still in the general neighborhood as compared with Beethoven :-)

Thank you for the great story, comment and questions!

Zuma, thank you! Also, isn't time for the OS Pirate Wimmin to be taking over the site for a weekend or two?
Toritto, thank you for checking out the music and for your nice compliment!
Really lovely. What do you play?
Seer, thank you for the wonderful compliment and the genius of Stanley Clarke remains the number one recipient for compliments, as well!

J, I play the piano and also handle the production end of things. Thank you very much for the kind words!

Lunchlady, thank you for the listen and your positive feedback :-)
Now that I know which one you are, I'll listen a little closer. I'm also primarily a piano player.
Sounds like you're either overdubbing or you've got more than one piano player because it sounds like three hands' worth when the head is playing. I can't tell what the instrumentation is on the head but it sounds like piano in unison with something, plus you've got the chording and I think you've still got a piano bassline going, but that's a bit harder for me to make out there; I suppose it's possible the piano bass line dropped out for those portions.

So, what did you do?
K, many thanks for checking the music out in such detail! It was overdubbing that we used as we only had one grand piano--that's also the case with some of the other pieces from the past few years. A lot easier to go that route in this day and age compared with years ago when multi-track reel to reel tape was the starting point of most recordings!
You folks fuse, I mean rock!

He and Jaco Pastorius were IT in the day.

I was so moved by a RTF concert in Berkeley that 6 months later in Albuquerque I bought the record by humming the predominant motif to the clerk. Al DiMeola, Lenny White, Clarke and Chick Corea rearranging sub-atomic particles 30' from my nose.

I'm at 9:24, waiting to hit "post this comment."

Commenter at YouTube thinks that was the piccolo bass. I think it was his everyday Alembic fretless and the guitar player is hitting the studio album's piccolo bass line. Makes no nevermind.

Well done! (r)
Just what I needed just before the SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! R.
He played an Alembic? I fooled around with one of those once, though the one I tried was fretted. That was the first superpremium bass I ever saw up close.

I've seen Al DiMeola in concert, I think over at Hopkins in Baltimore, because guys I knew were running sound for the show. Great. I saw Pastorius once, not very close to stage, on Joni Mitchell's Miles of Aisles tour, with Pat Metheny (who I'd seen years before as Gary Burton's sideman).

Due to bad weather, I missed the opportunity to go to a concert down in Atlanta last weekend - Gary Burton and Chick Corea. I've seen them together before years ago. I like Gary Burton as an older musician better than I did as a young one - when he was young, he had unbelievable chops but he hadn't grown into being soulful yet. Back in those days, I had a better time when I saw Milt Jackson - strictly two mallets but I was more into what he was playing.
Maybe those are frets KS (sure are shiny) but the fretless models often have fillers in the fret slots as markers. In Berkeley, it was fretless, I'm sure. Sounds like our record collections have more than a few commonalities.
I don't remember where most of my vinyl is after a few moves. I've got some of my old stuff on CD but a lot of it I don't and I don't really listen like I used to. Oddly enough, I play much more. I'm in a bar band, some covers, some originals, the first time I've ever been in a bar band and I'm in my late fifties. I'm also in a klezmer group, this one has sort of bluegrass influences. In that I play melodica - blown keyboard, sort of like a cross between harmonica and accordion. The coolest thing about melodica from a player's standpoint is when you figure out that what you've got is a keyboard with breath control which, particularly if you can do multiple tonguings (I can because I used to play a lot of early music, a lot of that on recorders), opens up some interesting avenues of expression.
Stacey, what a great experience to have seen RTF in Berkeley! It was a nice aligning of the planets that I was also able to see/hear Lenny White perform with Stanley at the referenced concert in 2007. Thanks for the great story and compliment!

Trudge, thanks so much and I hope your team won!

K, I'd love to seen even half of the concerts you've attended! Thanks for the additional stories!

VA, your compliment is much appreciated and thank you!