These recordings were made in May 1998, immediately following the conclusion of my freshman year of college at Central Wyoming College. While attending CWC, I was a percussionist for every instrumental ensemble, including the Concert Band, the big band, the touring jazz ensemble, and the jazz combo. These tracks are recordings of the jazz combo, KD and the Backdoor Slammers. Though at gigs I would play some other aux. percussion, on these recordings I specifically play the vibraphone.
This first track is a jazz piece titled “Sandu” written by Clifford Brown. I was given a solo while recording, and if memory serves, this was the first time that I had soloed on this song.
This second track is ballad titled “Angel Eyes” written by Matt Dennis and Earl Brent.
This third track is a funk piece titled “Mr. Clean” written by Weldon Irvine. This was a standard solo song for me. (It’s easy to improvise a solo when you only have to worry about one chord.)
This fourth track is a bossa titled “Blue Bossa” written by Kenny Dorham. I normally played the congas on this song, but they had already been put away for the summer at this point. Thus, my solo on it is also the first time I soloed on this song.
This fifth track is a swing piece titled “Twisted” written by Wardell Gray and Annie Ross. Our vocalist, Liz, does an absolutely amazing job singing this song at an insane tempo for the number of words she has to fit in.
This last track is a combination of the jazz song “Oleo” by Sonny Rollins and the funk song “Modadji” by Dave Grusin. Like “Mr. Clean”, this was a standard solo song for me. (Only one chord in the solo section again.)