Friday, April 17, 2015
"Gotcha Rhythm Right Here" with The John Tropea Band in NY, this Saturday
One of my guitar heroes since I heard him on Eumir Deodato's epic version of "Zarathustra" 42 years ago -- followed by a string of great sessions as a leader for Marlin as well by countless sidemen dates with the likes of Lalo Schifrin, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws and, of course, Deodato --, Tropea now celebrates the release of his 11th solo album, "Gotcha Rhythm Right Here."
The ace guitarist will be joined on stage by Chris Palmaro (Hammond B3 organ), Zev Katz (electric bass), Lee Finkelstein (drums), Tommy McDonnell (percussion), Don Harris (trumpet), Larry Farrell (trombone) & Bill Harris (tenor sax).
All these musicians took part of the "Gotcha Rhythm" sessions, that also include performances by such guest stars as Leon Pendarvis, Steve Gadd, Neil Jason, Will Lee, Randy Brecker and my late friend Lew Soloff. Funk-jazz fusion at its best.