New Music For Old People: Erick Turnbull, The Beauty Room, Bob Carpenter

Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. Erick Turnbull – “Bomba-Checka”

Now this guitarist was unknown to me until I tried this out on iTunes. WOW! Completely skilled in every aspect of acoustic playing and composition, I’m sorta scared to hear more. This’ll hold me for awhile as I hear another amazing thing each time I play it. As a listener, this is pretty close to perfection for my old, yet still discerning ears. Could this be the bastard son of the unlikely union of Larry Graham and Kaki King?

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2. The Beauty Room – “Holding On”

The key members of this band are Kirk Degiorgio (producer, keyboards, vocals) and Simon Jinadu (lead vocals, keyboards) They are the songwriters as well and there is sophisticated work going on here.It was basically one album in 2006 and then two other versions of it over a two-year period. This is all great work and if you like this track, follow the beats to the rest of their work. Wonder what they’re doing NOW? Lotta great talent involved.

3. Bob Carpenter – “Falling Night”

Soooo, back in the late ’70s, I was toiling on the production of some album at The Record Plant studios in LA, when my friend Bob Carpenter popped in to say hello. Bob is one of the original members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a fellow keyboardist so he is ALWAYS welcome. So I take a break and he says, “Can I play you a song I just wrote?” So I set up a Fender Rhodes piano and a vocal mic, and sit in the booth and tweak the echo and tone controls a wee bit and record it so I can REALLY listen later that night. The song was amazing and very commercial to my ears. So all this time has passed and Michael McDonald STILL hasn’t recorded this gem. So I bumped into it while I was looking for songs for this week and it is the perfect closer for this column. I hope someone else out there feels the same way and jumps on this puppy ’cause I’m still singing it and it’s forever etched in my mind. It’s a little screwed up from being transferred to MP3 back in the day when we didn’t have what we have now, but somehow all that hiss is welcome sometimes. Happy Autumn, everyone, especially Bob “the song” Carpenter. He does GOOD work — not woodwork.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

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