After a successful album release at the end of June, my latest endeavor is playing bass for an up and coming musical called Errol and Fidel. It will be part of the 2017 New York Musical Festival. We had two excellent rehearsals over the last two days and these performances are going to be a lot of fun. Check out the images for more details.
One adventure, two heroes. Something’s gotta give.
Cuba, 1958: Revolution is in the air! In his final year Errol Flynn has one last adventure. The dashing star of so many Hollywood blockbusters yearns to be a real hero, and Fidel Castro fits the bill. What Fidel craves is fame, and who better than Errol to show him how? At the height of the revolution an explosive encounter beckons – fueled by envy, lust, and vanity – with a mysterious woman calling the tune. Or could the CIA really be pulling the strings? Who knew revolution could be so much fun?
About Time is Bob DiGiacomo’s first full length release and features four never before released tracks including Let’s Get Started, Gone But Not Forgotten, Stone, and How About That. The remaining seven tracks have seen the light of day before, but not like this. Everything has gone into the shop for repairs, upgrades, fine tuning, and a shiny, new coat of wax. Organ and Rhodes piano parts were redone, live drums were added, mixes were rebalanced, and everything was completely remastered to get it to the same level of fit and finish as the new songs.
The album opens with two high energy rockers Still Doing’ It, and I Dare You. Next, Let’s Get Started puts us in a funky mood while Gone But Not Forgotten takes us right back to the 70’s. After that the archives were opened to showcase two live recordings (The Beginning and Going Home) which were recorded all the way back in 2004. Stone climbs to the high energy mid point of the album which then gives way to a peaceful Six Months that let’s us regain our bearings. How About That and Garage Band hit us hard once again before Sad Waltz invites us to breathe deep and let it all sink in.
The compositions that appear on About Time are ultimately products of Bob’s imagination. They represent the world, not as it is, but as it could be. Even though the world is filled with so much wonderful music, there is still a vast potential that has not been realized. About Time lays the foundation for this new conception and asks the listener to use the fond memories of the past as a foundation to create a beautiful new future.
A lot of movement here, composing and posting new music.
Permit me introduce you December Blues.
Sometimes you can get down during the holidays. But then sometimes all it takes is one good party to turn the mood around. So have a glass of wine or a really good spiked egg nog to go along with this track and enjoy the crispness and spark of that cold December air. Thanks to John Doing for playing drums on this.
Two new songs in store: Garage Band and Still Doin’ It.
This is what I always wanted a garage band to sound like; equal parts rock guitar, funky bass, jazzy lines and Hammond organ. Actually when I listen back to this I can hear the incredible influence that Joe Satriani had on me in my high school days. I listened to his Extremist album on my walkman more times that I can count. I am surprised I didn’t break the tape. I could have cut it down and made it shorter but in the end I decided to let it go on for almost 7 minutes. Just couldn’t get enough of the groove.
Still Doin’ It:
This title really sums up where I am at. I have been a musician for practically my whole life. And I am still here playing, still here having a blast riffing on a groove, grooving on a riff. When I wrote this riff it was so much fun to play that I decided the whole band needed to play it. From there we enter a section that adds a bit of tension. What day goes by that doesn’t have an element of that? From there we release into a more standard grooving part before coming back to that fun riff. Featured on tenor sax is my long time friend and collaborator Dan Puccio. Dan has spoiled me because for a long time I believed that all tenor sax players could play with that much range and killer sound. Dan is a lot like me, he is still soldering on through this game of music, he is still doin’ it.
You can buy them at the store as singles or to buy the whole Album: About Time here: