Over the past eight or nine years, “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” has become one of the most popular annual events at the Carroll County Arts Center, according to Executive Director Sandy Oxx. So popular in fact, that this year will see a fourth show added for the first time.
Back in May, my boy Tyler and I went to a worship leaders conference in PA. We both run the music programs at our church. It was FANTASTIC...brilliant, for real. I became an even bigger fan of BJ Putnam and William McDowell, we learned a lot, and I bought some vocal warm up CD's that I still owe Tyler, now that I think of it...but it was a great time.
There seems to be a growing trend in the contemporary Christian church that, to be honest?, I don't really know how to feel about it. There is a growing use of tracks in the industry. Stems, tracks - whatever they're called - fill the 'holes' created in the music. So if you have a church with only a guitarist and vocalist, you can create or purchase stems that you can play 'live' to which contain the drums, bass, keyboard parts. You can be a one man band. On one level I think, that's cool. On another I think, whatever happened to live musicians and quality musicianship you can't get out of a Mac laptop?
In the spirit of that I am pleased to announce the new Eric Byrd Trio CD, 21ST CENTURY SWING LIVE. It is a live document of our set at the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival back in Feb 2013. I purposefully scheduled the gig to be the last gig in that space for that evening so that we'd have the option of playing a song twice if necessary...
...we didn't need it :)
It's all live. No overdubs, no fixes, no do-overs. (y'all do know that even major label live releases contain overdubs, right?). What you hear is what you get. Al going off, B securing the groove, me playing and singing all over the place. What you hear is what you get, or what you got back in Feb. There's no autotuning on my vocals; I can sing on pitch thank you very much. There are no places where Alphonso drops time. He's a quality musician that's spent practice hours on keeping time. There are no instances of Bhagwan skipping beats. He has been laying down bass lines for over 25 years. I can humbly but proudly say this document is all 3 of us, being cats, playing the best we can, at that moment. We can play. And, we can be better. Much better.
So no stems on this CD baby...download it from ITunes and check it out. Or see us at a show and purchase a physical copy from the page or cdbaby.com . Hear from yourself. We hope you dig it :)
Don't Miss Our Live Recording at the Jazz Festival!
Well, this will be our first attempt at recording a live gig for a future CD release.