by Ritt Henn
with Leslie Chew
...who I met playin' in a band with Jonathan
Sprout back in Pennsylvania in the early '80s. He did a bang-up job
mixin' this puppy, too.
& Tom Manche
...who also co-produced "It's Me!" I first worked with Tom in
Susan's Room, a band featuring the
music of his wife, Susan Streitwieser. In fact, Susan & Tom's first
date was coming to hear one of my gigs. Yup, my music does that to people.
(If they plucked it, plunked it, strummed it, hit it or blew it, they
are a member of The American Federation of Musicians, Local 47.)
bass, vox, whistling & fluke
You've heard enough about me already, dontcha think?
Gadson: drums (on "Goin' Back" & "Born to Hold You
in My Arms")
James has played on scads of gold records. That's him on "Ain't No
Sunshine When She's Gone." We work together regularly with Blind
Pig recording artist Arthur Adams. It's always a pleasure & an education
to play with him.
Larsen: hammond b-3
Another fellow I met thru playin' with Arthur. He's been Al Jarreau's
musical director, led his own project with Buzzy Fieten, & recently
worked with B.B. King on his Louis Jordan tribute album. The man is just
so dang musical. You play somethin', & he'll throw it right back at
Lou sez I'm harder to work for than Sinatra. He should know; he's played
with Frank, Peggy, Ella & more. Sez Leonard Feather in the Encyclopedia
of Jazz: "Brilliant & exceptionally facile bop-derived pianist."
Hooked up with him thru my buddy Jennifer Hardaway (singer with The Clear);
Lou's her mom's boyfriend.
Joe played with a good buddy of mine, fellow philosophizing bassist Homefry
Niles. He's gigged with Garth Brooks at the Hollywood Bowl & Andrea
Marcovicci, to name a couple. We actually met when I first came to L.A.,
playin' on a big band record (vinyl!) for Rick Jones. (Rick's son, Tony,
is the drummer with the Hodads, a band I've had the pleasure of subbing
with. Any time I ever played "The Macarena," it was with this
A buddy from way back. Was a fellow member of the Concerned Citizens
Combo back in "the early 90s." Met him playing with a guy I
knew from back in NY, Adam Roberts. He plays with & produces that
keyboard-playing singer-songwriter phenom, Bob Malone. We call him "Mr.
Warmth": "Mr. Warmth, Mr. Love/Fist of stone in a velvet glove."
Smith: bari (solos) & tenor sax
Another Arthur connection. We played together in the house band up at
B.B. King's Blues Club up at CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood.
He's played with everyone from Stan Kenton to Buddy Rich to Glenn Frey
to Joe Walsh. Met his lovely wife Bev when they were students at North
Texas State. They've recently left L.A. & bought a pet shop in San
Dahlke-Smith: bari sax (section) & flute
Co-proprietor of Duncan's Pampered Pets. A multi-woodwind threat, including
that double-reeded beast, the oboe. A first-call player in the pits of
some of L.A.'s finest musicals & special events.
Also played with Arthur in the house band at B.B.'s. Has recorded
with No Doubt. Has quite a collection of Native American artifacts. Don't
get him started about partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
L. Houston: vox
I just love this woman. And she sings her butt off. She & Neil are
the only 2 hold-overs from the first CD. She's been on my tv show a bunch,
& was supposed to sing the world premiere of our version of "Home
on the Range" on the 100th episode, but she thought the session started
at 4. It ended at 4. Oh well. (The original concept had been for just
her to sing it, but hey, it's my album, I'll sing if i want to.) Has toured
the globe with the musical "Sisterella." (I played on the original
cast recording.) Currently soaking up all that is New York City.
A cabaret maven, puts together great shows featuring a bevy of talent.
Has toured extensively with "Phantom of the Opera" & "Martin
Guerre." We're recording his next album in early July 2000. But why
take my word for it? See what he has
to say about what's up with him.
Ma & Pa as themselves
They were out in L.A. visiting. I had invited them out to check out
the Van Gogh exhibit at LACMA. (I had already seen the stuff over in Amsterdam,
but hey, you don't have to twist my arm to see it again.) Tom Manche's
studio, where we did all the vocal overdubs, was just a short hop from
the museum. We swung by there on the way over to the exhibit, & I
had them say a few things I had heard them say over the years, like "So
are you going to give this music thing 5 years then get a real job?"
& "If you put those pretzels in the freezer, they'd stay fresher
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