Take a sound, set it free and feel where it goes--that's the concept behind Jazz Rosco's "Rosco's Place", the latest creation from master jazz keyboard artist Roger Smith as he delivers an unstructured, all natural, pure jam-band project where the plan is: there is no plan!
Featuring music conceived, written and performed on the spot, "Rosco's Place" invites listeners to a freewheeling, two-day live studio session with seven of the finest talents in jazz, funk and R & B. Besides Smith, who produced "Rosco's Place," this includes drummers David Garibaldi (joining Smith from Tower of Power) and Steve Self, along with guitarists Ray Obiedo and Mick Valentino, and bass guitarists Mike McKinnon and Mike Kirkhouse.
"The idea was to come up with something raw and natural. I would call out the changes, and we just went for a ride," said Smith, keyboardist-organist for funk-rock's Tower of Power. "When you're blessed to have this kind of talent in the same place, at the same time, you can forget about rehearsals and having sheet music."
The effect is that of walking into a nightclub and happening onto a one-of-a-kind, live performance by unmatched, unscripted talent. Smith and fellow members decided to skip the standard industry approach of recording or overdubbing each instrument separately.
"We wanted to go in the opposite direction of overproducing it and making it slick. Friends came in and out of the studio during the session, having fun--some more than others. That's why you hear chatter and clapping in the background. With people in the studio, it gave me the atmosphere I wanted without having to deal with the logistical hassles of a nightclub or concert venue," Smith said.
Come on out to Rosco's Place.