May 20, 2013

Jay Gore - Identity

Continuing on in my musical adventure this year, I have discovered that I am literally surrounded by talented musicians.   Almost every night this week I have been to a show or venue where someone I know played something or was involved in the musical entertainment.   It's been very cool to be a part of this and at this point in time I literally have seven different blog posts to write after this one- which is problematic because I try to leave each one up for about a week.

On my trip down to San Diego last week I listened to this next album I am about to discuss.   On repeat.
Jay Gore is a superb guitar player.   Like- from a technical point of view as well as from my own rock junkie one.   His album is called Identity, and it is a bit of a departure from what I tend to review here on my blog- but definitely worth a listen!

Three of the tracks have vocals (Losing Ground, Anchor Me and Summer Girl).   The others are gorgeous blends of guitar (naturally) and other instruments, mixed with perfection and played with skill and precision.
By far, my two favorites are Noodles and Punjabi... I found videos of them on youtube (link to Jay's youtube below) but instead I wanted to link the Itunes page so you can hear the actual sample- it is so clean and crisp on the album, it's fantastic.

So who is this guy who makes guitars speak?   Well, to me he was just a cool member of a group of musicians who jammed out every Tuesday.   Then as I started to get to know everyone better, I discovered he had his own album out, in addition to being part of another band (All Day Sucker, whom I have written about previously and intend to do so again).   He is also, fun fact, the first person who ever took me to Disneyland.   Still one of the best days ever AND we know the secret to the Bengal Hut's hot sauce.   Because we are cool like that.

I am including a video he sent me- I mentioned seeing Jeff Beck performing at the MSG Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert and having an almost religious experience when he played...and totally relating to that, Jay said I had to watch this one.   He was right- so I am sharing it can also see him perform Noodles and Punjabi on this same youtube channel by the way.

Back to music- and yes, I am totally copying his bio from his facebook page...he is just so accomplished and so normal and to start listing everything he has done would take eons, plus he sort of has it ready to go here for me- check it out:
Jay Gore first picked up the guitar at the age of 8. Today he is a leading guitarist and in-demand session player in Los Angeles. 

For over seven years you've seen, Jay, performing next to saxophone great, Mindi Abair. Jay has toured the world, sharing the stage, with artists as diverse as Hilary Duff, Lauryn Hill, The Pointer Sisters, David Pack (Ambrosia), Keb’ Mo, Marcus Miller, Christopher Cross, Debby Ryan (Disney), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Lalah Hathaway, Peter White, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Paul Taylor, Eric Darius, Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Jeff Golub, Warren Hill, Sheila E, Jeffrey Osborne, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, Jake Shimabukuro, Eddie Money, Seal, Rick James, Tia Carrere, Ray Gillen, Scott Grimes, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.

You can also hear some of the songs Jay has written and produced, for hit TV shows, such as 90210, Miami Ink, American Dad, E.R., Party of Five and others.

Jay has recorded with the likes of Sly Stone, Anna Vissi (Greek Superstar), Kimberly Caldwell, Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Stephen Bishop, The Veronicas, Jordis Unga (Rock Star INXS), Siedah Garrett, Tyler Hilton, Scott Grimes, Evan Frankfort, Mark Needham, Tom Fletcher, Greg Ladanyi, Ross Hogarth, Noah Shain, The Matrix, Edgar Winter, Byron Gallimore, Kristine W, Jamie Green, Mike Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Paich and Robin DiMaggio.

So, in summary, if you are into actual talent, appreciate good music and want to hear something cool, check out his album, follow him on facebook and keep checking back because he will be involved in future posts...besos dolls.

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