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Originals Mike & Jason

January 22nd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Jason Brubaker explains: #1 thru #7 were probably recorded at the same time–I’m thinking the winter of ’86–when Dave was on break from his first year at Berklee. Mike and I were still in HS at the time.

#1 This was totally based on the opening drum beat…from a Hendrix tune that I am blanking on right now. I used to warm up with it. When I played it the first time, Dave immediately started playing to it and it developed into this. I think Mike came up with the opening key riff. All of our stuff was very free form…we basically just let it fly.

#2 thru #5 are the same song with #5 being the most “complete” of the batch. I am so happy you found this one as I feel that this is some of Dave’s best playing. It’s also the closest to a complete “song” that we ever recorded. I’m pretty sure Mike came up with the chords and minor arrangement and Dave was off and running. It’s very Hendrix–Band Of Gypsy’s type stuff. Love the solo on this one. In my opinion this really gives a good taste of what Dave was all about with respect to playing straight rock.

#6 and #7 are the same song–this was a Dave original. I really like this. Dark, yet bright and free. Very cool.

#8 This sounds like it is from the “shawdow jam” sessions, which were recorded in Pete Jesick’s basement. Probably the summer of ’86. Dave used to turn all the lights off…and see what we could come up with without having the benefit of our vision. I also remember there was quite a bit of experimenting going on that did not involve music that night–you can hear that in the music as well. This was called “shadow jam”.

The thing that strikes me the most about listening to all of these recordings now is how generous Dave was. I mean, he had all kinds of other drummers in town (Ken Lubinsky, Chris Irarte) or elsewhere that that were so much better at the drums than I was at the time. Ultimately though, I feel very fortunate to have had the playing time I had with him.

[The thing that strikes me is that this kicks f*ing ass! -ka]

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01 track 1
02 track 2
03 track 3
04 track 4
05 track 5
06 track 6
07 track 7
08 track 8

Dave Cawthon – guitar
Mike McConnell – keys
Jason Brubaker – drums

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  1. ken accardi
    November 14th, 2010 at 03:28 | #1

    I absolutely love track 5. I can’t believe this was 24 years ago. Dave’s guitar on this track was so clean and driving. Seemed to be in such control of the tune and it’s direction.