My Fourth Release: "Heavy Metal Dream"
Using my trombone through a guitar processor, I’ve created a song that pays tribute to my first love: Rock ‘n’ Roll. All of the sounds you hear on this and all "Electrombonica" tracks are created using the trombone, even the drum sounds!
Artwork my Joel Adams
"Heavy Metal Dream" on Spotify
"Heavy Metal Dream" on Rhapsody
"Heavy Metal Dream" on iTunes
The Birth of "Heavy Metal Dream"
In my high school years I played Keyboards, Guitar and sang in a Rock band called “Vengeance”, and we were getting pretty popular in the local clubs around the Northern Illinois/Wisconsin area. While we in the studio recording some of our music, a tragic accident put a screeching halt on our plans, and soon after that the band was no more. At the time I was building a relationship with jazz music. I decided to put my rock days behind me, and fell in love with jazz. Years later I came to realize that my fascination of lead guitar solos and the power of overdrive never left me. I fell in love with the great guitar superhero bands of the day: Boston, Kansas, Journey, Rush, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, just to name a few. I started to practice guitar while on long road trips on with Maynard Ferguson, and one day Maynard asked me to bring the guitar on stage. I was hesitant at first, but eventually I thought I was ready. I became Trombonist/Guitarist/Musical Director with Maynard, and ended recording a guitar solo for the title track to “One More Trip to Birdland.”
As a trombonist, I have far reaching influences: guitarists being one of them. I was always attracted to how powerful and expressive those solos were, from blues-BB King, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters-to rock crossovers-Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix, Clapton-to the more heavy metal guys-Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore, Gary Moore, Eddie Van halen, and the list goes on and on and on…I could also mention the jazz guys-Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Ed Bickert- but it wouldn’t be appropriate for this tune……oops, just mentioned some of them……Ok, no influence from the jazz guys on this one…….or is there?
Anyway, the lists goes way beyond the guys I’ve mentioned here-you get the point. Hope you enjoy "Heavy Metal Dream."