THE LAST SONG IS THE FIRST SONG. HUH?
by Mark Esakoff
The birth of the CD, Bamboo
Blue, began inside a little bungalow in the coastal town of
Chasm carried on as a foursome with Brad Strickland on guitar, Arne Anselm on bass, and I on guitar & marimba along with various drummers sitting in. Later Brad brought Aaron Winters onboard as a steady drummer with his hi-bred djembe trap kit. It was during this period that new songs were written, developed and improvised in front of live audiences, unlike the music from the first two Chasm releases (self-titled CHASM and Panorhythmica) that were developed during the recording process. By the time we hit the recording studio for Bamboo Blue we were quite ready with various arrangements of each song to pick from. The sessions went very smooth and some first takes were chosen to be on the album.
After the four of us recorded our parts I asked
Michael to reunite with the band ~ virtually that is. He agreed to track his
flute, percussion and keyboard parts up in
At the end of the recording process it was this track, A Balance OF Extremes, that we disagreed over. Michael thought the song did not fit the jungle jazz vibe of the rest of the album and therefore should not be on the CD. I agreed with the vibe part, but as producer I still thought it should stay. Conceding this, he then suggested I remix the song to make it even mOrE different than the other tracks by pumping the drums, fuzzing the flutes and slap-backing the vocals. Counter intuitive! I loved the idea and felt that as long as it was the last track on the album, no matter how unrelated to the rest of the music, when played on a CD wheel it could sound like the first song on the next disc. Huh? What? Iíll let you the listener be the judge of all this.
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