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NEWS ARCHIVE

This section contains the final 5 years of news items I wrote for this site, until it went on hiatus in May 2017.

The Angel Is Back

Angela Bofill returns in June with her biggest compilation album to date. I Try:The Anthology 1978 - 1993 will be released June 16, available as a 2-CD set as well as digital formats on the Soul Music label. Fortunately for…

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Full Circle

My first foray into music journalism was way back in college. I was attending Hofstra University and figured I'd take a shot at writing for the school's newspaper, the Hofstra Chronicle. It was a cool experience. I got to…

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You're Hired

Like everyone else, I watched last night's stunning, shocking, historic election results. I'm not sure what to make of it all, but I think we learned a little bit more about America's values. Time will tell what to make of…

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Fifteen Years Ago

A few months ago I was on a rare long break during a gig, and was chatting it up with one of the guys in the band. He had been looking at a website on his cell phone, so I…

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Maybe You Don't Have To Change Your Evil Ways After All

Is it 1973 again? Iconic Latin-rockers Santana have just released Santana IV, which reunites original members Carlos Santana, Greg Rolie, Neil Schon, Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello. Original bassist Dave Brown passed away in 2000, but longtime Santana…

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Chauncey Gardiner For President

There's an old movie that starred Peter Sellers titled Being There. The story is about a simple-minded gardener named Chance (played by Sellers) who spends his entire life living in the townhouse of a wealthy old man, tending the garden…

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R.I.P. Maurice White

It's hard to believe how many musical giants we've lost in just the past few months, but yesterday may have been the biggest of them all: Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, who lost his long battle with…

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Late Show Bass 2.0

The January 2016 issue of Bass Player includes my feature interview with Michael Thurber, bassist for the house band Jon Batiste & Stay Human on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Michael's a fascinating guy, really articulate…

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Yes In The Press

Big thanks to Yes for adding links on their official site and Facebook page to my Chris Squire cover story in this month's Bass Player, now online at BassPlayer.com: Chris Squire: A Wonderous Journey.

Thanks as well to…

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For Your Consideration

To our voting friends in the Recording Academy, for your Grammy consideration in this year's 58th Awards:

BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS:

"The Secret Life Of Plants" Camille with Will Lee / arranged by Mitchel Forman and Rick Suchow

ALBUM…

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A Wonderous Journey

I was honored to be asked to write the Bass Player tribute to Yes bassist Chris Squire, who sadly passed away this summer from leukemia. The cover story tribute is available now in the BP November 2015 issue.

I'm…

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The Stars Of David

I've really enjoyed the last two interviews I've written for Bass Player. David Hood is a pretty legendary guy, having built his legacy decades ago with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. He's still going strong (now on tour with…

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Facing East

It seems that every year starts out the same for me: I vow to do less, work less, take it easier, relax more. Hasn't seemed to work out that way yet.

Another brutal New York winter is finally over, thankfully…

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Real Deal Camille

 

"Bravo! Love the version of 'As'... wonderful!" - Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Steely Dan)

"Camille has serious vocal skills and a wealth of experience to make her the perfect performer to attempt this musical 'Mount Everest'." - Raul Amador,

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Let Me Be Your Download

Many years ago, a tune I had co-written with then-Arista artist Angela Bofill snuck onto the radio and got a good dose of regular airplay. From that point on it seemed to have a life of its own, getting re-released…

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New Album, New Label

I'm happy to announce that the official release date for Camille's new album is set for October 7th, which will coincide with the launch of her own record label Camilleon Records. As the date gets closer I'll have…

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Ring Out The Old

It feels like it's been a long and busy year. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty happy to see it wind down. For me, the past few months have been a time of reevaluating where I'm at and…

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Michael Jackson's Man In The Window

Sure, Michael spent some time looking at the man in the mirror, but when he looked in the glass to the studio control room, at the peak of his career, he saw two other guys who were just as creat…

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RIP George Duke (1946 - 2013)

One of the greats passed away yesterday at age 67: Keyboardist and producer George Duke was one of a kind, a brilliant musician and a massively successful producer. Rest in peace George, and thanks for making the music world a…

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