Tunesmith

This recording is out of print but can be downloaded free, here. (88mb zip)

The Musicians:
Ken Bloom, Harry Bolick, Sam Zygmuntowicz, Pat Conte, Akira Satake, Henry Sapoznik, Marko Brehm, Bill Christophersen, Jim Garber, Robin Greenstein, Bob Guida, Lisa Gutkin, Jack Hirshorn, Ken Inoue, Scott Kellogg, Kevin Krajick, Bob Melman, Shlomo Pestcoe, Rena Rubin, David Sidman, Liz Slade, and Steve Uhrik.

This hour-length CD from 1988 (recently digitally remastered) contains 23 tunes by 11 composers in the Old Timey style featuring the playing of New York City's finest old timey musicians.

 

The Tunes:

  1. I Think My Brains Fell Out
  2. Walking Past Midnight
  3. Bob On The Job
  4. Bear Claw Necklace (written by Shlomo Pestcoe)
  5. Bustin' Up
  6. (Recorded by Sam Zygmuntowicz 
  7. on "Jump When The Trumpets Blow")
  8. Stranger Every Day
  9. Roll them Cotton Bales
  10. Countin' On Hanna
  11. Visitor and a Half
  12. Diamond Joe
  13. She's A Keeper
  14. Shake Your Little Foot
  15. Buying Some Time
  16. Jailbait
  17. John Aaron's Farewell to Cuyahoga
  18. Becker's Bop
  19. Jonah
  20. Gravois Creek Pump
  21. Pick of the Litter
  22. Crossing The Rockies
  23. Clogger Ladies/Flatfeet and Bloodshot Eyes
  24. Pygmies on Pennsylvania Ave
  25. The Light Of Other Days

Several of these tunes are still played in New York in sessions and I have had reports from Ireland that "I Think My Brains Fell Out" was being well used in sessions there. I'd love to receive email from anyone who has encountered these tunes from a source other that this recording - Harry

"Sometimes I think about things like that when I take the music farther and do my own composing. I mean, I compose with the old-time style, but there are differences. In that sense, I would ally myself with people like the Horseflies, because we have the old music as our foundation, and we'll study it assiduously, and we'll painstakingly try to get it perfect, and for years we'll try to play it exactly the way the old-timers used to play it , but then eventually, we're bound to keep on walking. I think what it comes down to is that we're devoted to the old music,, but still we unabashedly admit that we prefer to let be a part of our lives right now, here in the nineteen-eighties. Because when we're playing what we want to play, and living who we are today, we're not really trying to imitate some kind of music. We are the music. That's what keeps it alive. - New Yorker Magazine, July 20, 1987