|HOMAGE at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/charlieaustintrio2|
Last year, Rene Worst, a well-known bassist from Vancouver, accepted my invitation to record this trio CD. I had known of Rene from the band ‘Skywalk’ in the 80's and 90’s and for many years he has been a first call jazz bassist. I had met and hung out with Rene when we were on the road together with singer Barbara Blair in the mid-nineties. Rene is a great guy, a consummate musician and a very hip player and record producer.
Well, he flew in, and I had the charts ready and away we went, along with my friend and part time mentor, Mike Gillespie on drums, and Pat Strain on the controls.
I had a Steinway D available for this project. The piano was wonderful and really lived up to my expectations. We had a rehearsal on that Wednesday and recorded for the next two days, producing some happy usable tracks, some of which we selected for HOMAGE.
|Live at the Blue Chair, with Mike |
Gillespie on drums, Rene Worst on bass.
There is actually another recording of the same trio live at The Blue Chair (the evening of the second recording day) where, thanks to Don’s Piano Warehouse I had a glorious grand piano to play, and therefore, I had a chance to take another run at it. So it turned out to be an efficient use of the musicians' time here and my resources. I hope to be taking another look at LIVE at The Blue Chair (Featuring Rene Worst) sometime soon.