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DEPARTMENT of HISTORICAL IRONIES

Posted on December 31, 2010 with 3 comments
In 1977 Ricky and I, along with guitarist Joe Gaeta, had a band called Luther Lane. Members included trombonist Davey Dahlsten, bass player George Prado and drummer Mike Kowalski. One of the band's biggest supporters was Dub Taylor, the head of Varese Saraband Records. Even though the label was primarily known for contemporary classical music and had distribution mainly in Europe, Dub really wanted to do an album by the band. Since Varese had no studios in Los Angeles, Dub delivered 2 Ampex multitrack tape decks, a Tascam board and some outboard effects processors to our studio and left them for us to play with for 3 months. The result was an album titled "Other Places", which did surprisingly well considering Varese had little distribution in this country and were not set up to promote a jazz band. It's an interesting album on a number of levels. Ricky had just discovered the possibilities inherent in incorporating a synth and each side (this was an LP) was conceived as a full piece with transitions between the individual tunes and different sections within the tunes for different solos.

Thirty three years later the album is starting to generate some buzz. There is an initial mention and very nice comments in jazz blog http://katonah-privatepress.blogspot.com/2008/12/wants.html. A blog reader responded with a link to a site where the album is apparently available for free download: http://www.mediafire.com/file/zzmijjmym2y/LutherLane.rar. Haven't checked it out but we'd be interested to find out if this works and any reactions to the album. If there is sufficient interest, we may consider remastering it for rerelease on CD. We should also mention that there are currently 4 copies of the album (sealed) being offered on Ebay at prices ranging from $9.99 to $95.00.

Claudio

October 15, 2015

I found this on vinyl when I was about 12 or so - I fell in love. The entire album is great but this track is one of the most brlnailit, sexy and unique arrangements that I've ever heard. Something to listen to on a rainy day. Thanks Chez.

Tom

June 30, 2012

Red Hill Quartet plays very distinctive and indeed eclectic jazz that's simply a joy to listen to. As Cowboy noted, the music carries you away. My only wish is that they played more often! Hint Hint.

cowboy

January 4, 2011

Thease guys are very cool jazz band
they have a type of music that really can carry you away!
I recommend to EVERYBODY
to come out and just listen and enjoy!