Play Lost and Found From an excellent Gino Vannelli CD, I executed this entire arrangement in Logic (including a nice “poor man’s Stevie” harmonica solo on a Kurzweil K2000), programming the drums/percussion as well. Gino is a BMF with the writing and production!
 

Play Words Can Kill Another Gino track, again programmed entirely in Logic, this one features a kind of cool blues nylon-string guitar break…
 

Play I'm Easy A re-thinking of Lionel Ritchie’s great track, my arrangement is in a minor key, something that I thought was kind of a nice ironic twist on the lyrics. Singing this demo myself; when we did it on Drew Zingg’s CD, we got Michael McDonald to sing it 😀

 

Play You Make It Right When It Rains For a minute, when I was working on tracks for Celine Dion, I thought I might have a way to get a big gospel ballad to her. This idea for a lyric had been floating around my head for a while, so I decided to write a track and demo it up. Never did manage to get it to her, but it’s a pretty damn big track by the end with a lot of nice harmony in it. I am singing this demo myself as well, wish I still had high chops like this!

 

Play Let It Go I sure had fun working on these records with Randy Brecker. This one is entirely programmed with the exception of live horns (and what a horn section: David Sanborn, Fred Wesley, Mike Brecker, Randy and Ronnie Cuber). A good example of my very detailed drum programming and “bloody fingers” bass concept, mixed it myself, too. This disc won a Grammy in 2004 for Best Instrumental Jazz CD or some such.

 

Play Firefly And now for something…completely different. An A Capella, sort of doo-wop tune I wrote and sang several years back, kind of as a grooving little vocal experiment for me…

 

Play New York, New York (It's A Helluva Town) “Keys To The City” was a cool project: get a bunch of really good NYC pianists to each do a tune about…NYC. By the time I picked my tune, most of the obvious ones were taken, so I decided to do this piece, and take it pretty left, like NY used to take me kinda left! So I did it as a latin/orchestral thing (again, entirely programmed) in 7/4 and played some kind of kinetic piano on it…