Title track for the 2011 release “The Lesson” by San Francisco’s original Rock n Soul band Tracorum.
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Put five musicians together in a room and let them improvise. Hit the record button. What will you end up with? This is a song from Mojo Mancini’s stunning self-titled debut.
Todd Clouser, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, is an accomplished guitarist, composer, producer, and writer with credits on over a dozen national releases and a number of albums as bandleader, highlighted by the organic compositions of 2006’s “Baja”, 2008’s modern groove record “Beatnik Highway”, and his newest collective, Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric, an aggressive, intuitive mash of 70’s rock, Curtis Mayfield groove, and modern jazz. Clouser’s production and playing span a number of genres, most recently settling in the modern jazz idiom after years of fronting rock acts.
Rob Drabkin. His hair is a playful cross between The Simpson’s Sideshow Bob character and Jimi Hendrix. His music? Imagine a jazzy improv by Dave Matthews where he invites Paul Simon to join him onstage.
Coming from a farming community in Far North Queensland, 8 Ball Aitken is the oldest son of an impoverished family of twelve children. 8 Ball spent his adolescence on a banana plantation, living in a rough tobacco shed with resident rats, bats, snakes, and spiders as his sleeping companions. He started work as a farm labourer aged fifteen, doing back-breakingly hard work on the mango and banana plantations of the Atherton Tablelands, a man’s work for a boy’s pay. He had to help support his family with these wages.
Flamenco meets Santana via Brubeck — soaring electric guitars (Steve Kimock), driving acoustics (Tim Reynolds), and Dave Matthews vocal improv wrapped in a tightly grooving package. This radio edit omits Mike Sokolowski & Nir Z’s blistering piano/drums duet. Hear the full version on Sokoband (released 3/9/2010).
8 Ball Aitken is authentic — a real-deal Outback character who rattles the roof, stomps the planks, and gets his audiences whooping and hollering along in a frenzy of pure exuberance. He plays a sizzling hot blend of original Australian roots-rock, served up spiced with country and blues — roots music with balls.