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Marriott and Starwood Hotel Engagement

October 21, 2016

I was very pleased to play for the executive management of the Marriott and Starwood hotel chain here in Houston today.  Thank you for having me!

Clarinet Ragatony!

October 9, 2016
Clarinet Ragatony, written by Tony LaVorgna, from our CD, The Last Whoop-dee-doo! now with exciting video!
 

The Track That Made Me Want to Play Guitar

October 3, 2016

This is the track that made me want to play the guitar (“Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” written by Vince Guaraldi). Even now I admire the playing on it.

In the mid-60s, Al Sherman (Alshire and Budget Sound, Inc.) produced the 101 Strings Orchestra records to sell at a budget price between $2.00 and $3.00.
Fantastically successful with sales of the physical product, he hired hundreds of players, arrangers and conductors over the years, all the top people, such as Nelson Riddle, Les Baxter, Tommy Tedesco, Al Caiola and so many others… I have often wished I could get my hands on his session records, if they still exist!

Muzak, yes, but the guitar playing is awesome — find me a dozen American players who are playing this lyrically today and I’ll buy you a flute of champagne, no, make that a bottle of Veuve Cliquot!

And one other track from that album, Guitars Galore, with four guitars and sensational solos. Very 1966!

The Old Stage Show…

September 30, 2016

A blast from the past from a number of years ago, when Tony Lavorgna and I were on the card with Alkahest Artists.

Richie Kaye and Tony LaVorga
When Richie Kaye and Tony LaVorgna were on the card with Alkahest Artists

The LOVE Guitar at Sugarhill Studios

September 26, 2016

Another still from the recording session this month (Sept. 2016) at Sugarhill Studios in Houston, this time with the LOVE guitar that Kevin Muiderman made for me to my specifications (yes, there is only one of them).   The camera (of which you can see the viewfinder) is a Sony EX-3 HD.   (Photo: Sam Kuslan)

Richie Kaye at Sugarhill Studios
Richie Kaye Through a Sony EX-3 at Sugarhill Studios

 

Another Still from the Sugarhill Recording Session

September 21, 2016

 

Another still from the upcoming video. I’ve picked up the solid-body electric once again after many years, for additional variety in my solo show. Isn’t this the change of pace? I think you’ll be enthusiastic about it when you hear it.
 
I’ve been open to working on electric music with Houston/Austin players and though I’ve not yet met them, I’m sure they’re out there and at some point, we’ll meet.  (Photo: Sam Kuslan)
Richie Kaye at Sugarhill Studios playing a Don Grosh Electrajet
Richie Kaye at Sugarhill Studios playing a Don Grosh Electrajet

More New Songs Added to the Solo Show Repetoire

September 19, 2016
New tunes added to the solo show repetoire:
 
A Sunday Kind of Woman (Charlie Rich)
One Note Samba (yes, there are lyrics!)
Heaven (Bryan Adams)
I’ve Heard That Song Before (everybody under the sun)
Lean Baby (Frank)
 
And coming soon:
Danke Schoen (Wayne Newton)
My Sugar is So Refined (Nat Cole)
Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings (Don Gibson)
Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries (Judy)

Recording at Sugarhill Studios, Take 1

Last week, I visited Sugarhill Studios in Houston to lay down a few tracks with a film crew for an upcoming video. Here’s a preview image from the session.   (Photo: Sam Kuslan)

Richie Kaye at Sugarhill Studios
Richie Kaye at Sugarhill Studios

 

Something Fine to Listen to: Rita Lee, Aqui, Ali, Em Qualquer Lugar (2001)

September 12, 2016
It’s been a long time since anything rock ‘n roll-ish has excited my ears as once it did. It’s funny because I keep getting younger, so you’d think the opposite.
 
But then I heard Rita Lee‘s “Aqui, Ali, Em Qualquer Lugar,” a Brasilian re-imagining of Beatles songs, sung in Portuguese and English. There is something intelligently “new” and mature and inventive about these tracks that I thought I ought to share.
 
Voice is gorgeous; the guitars are just awesome support for her (not to mention the rest of the band and the engineer who mixed it). Just listen to the first track and you’ll get a sense of it.
 
Very helpful to me, this album, I think about the next album, which will be all original music, to be recorded in 2017.
 

And this vital, exotic and intimate re-imagining of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

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