Posts tagged: Scott Morning

Roy Orbison and Local Music Circles

By , May 28, 2015 11:24 am

orbison

I had a fun opportunity a couple of weeks ago to perform in a tribute to the music of Roy Orbison, a musician whose most popular songs I’m familiar with but who also wrote and performed a lot of material less well-known to me.  It was fun and interesting to play the show and get a little deeper into his sound and style.  Granted, it’s not as though I was playing with the man himself, but the band and lead vocalist really knew the material well, and were into playing it as faithfully as possible.

I also played in the opening band, The James Apollo 5, and I’ve had the opportunity to play with them several times now in a 2-piece horn section with Scott Morning (thanks Scott!)

Playing with the people in both of those groups gave me a view into some Seattle music circles I’m not as in touch with, which can be very enlightening.  It’s easy for me to stay involved and informed about the circles I already consider myself  a part of, or at least circles I have close friends or peers in, but there is SO MUCH music, of all kinds, being played, and I think it was good to be reminded that it can be beneficial to step outside of my musical comfort zone sometimes.

When I stop to think about it, I can think of many musicians in the Seattle scene that move between musical circles comfortably on a regular basis, without ever losing their unique voice and sound, and I really admire that.

With that being said, there’s also so much music happening inside (what I consider) my circles, and musicians that have a more focused or singular vision of what they want to play, which I also admire and respect.  I guess it’s always a bit of a balancing act.

Strong music supporter John Lalonde once compared the Seattle music scene (or, specifically, the attempt to keep up with the scene) to “drinking from a fire hose”, meaning that there is so much great stuff happening all the time it can be easy to get blown away (John, that was you that coined the phrase, right?)  It seems as though this post really just reiterates that sentiment in a different way.

What a great problem to have!

– Art

 

 

Soul Kata audio tracks up

By , August 20, 2009 10:25 am

I went ahead and put up a couple of tunes from the Soul Kata CD release party I was fortunate enough to play on at the Triple Door earlier this month, enjoy!

This show, as with any Soul Kata show, was an immense amount of fun. It’s always cool to do the backing horn section thing every once in a while, and just try to be as tight and clean as possible with the parts instead of worrying about soloing or thinking about how I’m sounding individually. This is always easier with my boy Scott Morning on trumpet next to me, since we’ve been partners in crime on these kinds of gigs for a while, so we have a pretty good idea of how each other plays.

That’s just icing though, the band plays great original stuff and they all sound awesome, plus they put on a great show, something that gets missed occasionally. Props to Katrina, Josh, Nate, Adam, Ben, Eli, Tai, and Bridget.

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