She's Looking For Me
I Need Help
Hunting For Love
Brown Paper Bag
If You See Me Walking
I Want To Believe
Oh What A Feeling
Hot Summer Evening
The album features 14 songs, stylistically covering a wide range that incorporates country,
bluegrass, jazz, blues, gospel, folk, Steely Dan, Little Feat and Frank Zappa influences.
The diversity of styles isn't very common on record albums, but is of course familiar to
anyone who enjoys listening to the radio or to "various artist compilation albums". Perhaps
this album resembles what would be my favourite radio music show.
Three songs were recorded at home with me playing all the instruments, six were recorded at
home with lots of help from some of my favourite musicians, and five were recorded live in a
recording studio in Amsterdam with a motley collection of musicians who recorded this batch
in a single afternoon session without any rehearsal. The result is an album that isn't
intended to be a showcase of technical perfection, but more a document of musicians having
a good time in their living room.
From Germany, started his musical career at the cello, which may explain his essentially melodic way of playing the drums.
He interrupted his studies at the conservatory for a half year in India, in which he studied tabla. Chris played with Ferdinand
Povel, Peter Tuscher, Adrian Mears and Leo Gmelch. Here he plays drums on Under Control, Hunting For Love,
Little Girl, I Want To Believe, Happy Song and Oh What A Feeling.
Frido ter Beek"
Formerly with Stef Bos, Harry Sacksioni,
Orkest De Volharding, De Ereprijs, het Noord-Hollands Filharmonisch Orkest, Forum Filharmonisch, the
Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Theaterwerkplaats Independance, de Paardenkathedraal, Speeltheater Gent, Toneelschap B&D, Tamar,
and Jeugdtheater Sonnevanck,
and currently with the incredible Koh-I-Noor Saxophone Quartet, plays soprano and baritone
saxophones on I Want To Believe.
Peter van den Bos
From Capelino, cut his teeth playing country fiddle with various outfits,
including the Willard Grant Conspiracy, the Laydays, and currently with Dubius. Here he can be heard playing the violin on
She's Looking For Me and If You See Me Walking.
Arjen van El
Plays alto, tenor and baritone saxophones on Hunting For Love. We've played
together in many different bands, most notably with Capelino, Mr. Boogie Woogie, Jaap Dekker
and the shortlived Triad.
From Arizona (USA) has been a special inspiration to me
ever since I first heard him play. He has performed with Teddy Morgan, Lisa Otey, Mr. Boogie Woogie, Ned Sutton &
the Rabbits, Los Lasers, 'L Mondo Combo, Bo Diddley, Nappy Brown, Big Time Sara, Rainer and Sam Taylor. He was a member
of Tom Walker's Boogieman Blues three different times. In addition, he was the bassist with Tony & the Torpedoes,
the Bad News Blues Band and recorded on their second CD, Bad News Indeed, and spent more than two years playing and recording
with Kings of Pleasure. He has played on nearly 50 LPs and CDs.
In 1998 Steve was named TAMMIE Bass Player of the Year. Currently he has three bands: KGB, a jumpin', jazzin' piano trio;
the honky tonk quintet Rancho Deluxe; and the wild, original Americana roots quartet The Fluffingtons.
On this cd, he adds distinctive vocals to 2 songs and acoustic bass on 2 other songs.
Extremely soulful singer
and guitar player from The Hague. He has performed with Byther Smith, Little Smokey Smothers, Henry Gray,
Leontine Dupree, Dr.Ross , Walter Wolffman Washington and released several albums under his own name.
His leadvocal graces Dutch Blues. Also he plays a few cool
guitar solos. Do yourself a favor and check out his latest solo album Feeling Blue.
Performed with Jaap Dekker, the Deep River
Quartet and various other groups. Working with him is always a pleasure to me.
My brother in arms, is the incredible drummer who used to handle the sticks
in Mr. Boogie Woogie's Firesweep Bluesband and the Wouter Kiers Trio. Here he plays percussion on
Possibly the hardest working tenor sax
hero in Holland, working with Lils Mackintosh, Kiers & de Vries, Mr. Boogie Woogie, Hans Dulfer,
La Blusa and numerous other bands, plays soaring solos on two songs.
Steve Grams's partner
in crime in Grams & Krieger, is a guitar virtuoso who adds
a special flavor that I've never heard in any other guitar player's sound. Danny Krieger is one of the
Southwest's most respected guitarists and is much sought out by the nation's top bands for recording and
touring. From a four year tour with British pop band Christy in the early 70's to recordings with Stephen
Stills and Andy Gibb, to backing Big Joe Turner, Smoky Wilson and Eric Burdon, Danny is a consumate artist.
He also did tours with Debbie Davies, theatre orchestral productions and a film score for "The Crew".
In L.A. he also formed the band Mambo Gigalos with John "Juke" Logan. Back in Tucson, Krieger has been with
The Millionaires, George Howard and the Roadhouse Hounds, Sam Taylor, and Tony & the Torpedoes.
He appears on numerous CDs and has numerous specialty projects. He also is a popular contributor to school
and community outreach programs in Chicago, L.A. and Arizona. Here he really shines
on She's Looking For Me, and also does a fine lead vocal on I Need Help.
The terrific singer from Capelino
and Shooting Star, improvised the
wonderful backing vocals on Little Girl and Oh What A Feeling without any rehearsal. I still
get chills when I listen to her contributions.
The amazing Mr. Boogie Woogie
from Nieuw-Vennep is well known for his virtuosity and his stage presence, and may be the busiest
boogie woogie piano player in Holland. During these sessions he shows another side of his
musicianship, providing very tasteful subdued piano accompaniments to several songs. But of course
when it's solo time during If You See Me Walking, sparks begin to fly!
Awesome versatile guitarist who has worked with everyone from the New London Chorale to
rising star Sarah Fairfield, and his distinctive sound can be heard daily on radio and television
shows. He really has the Larry Carlton sound down on Under Control, plays perfect 60s-style guitar
on Little Girl, and terrific soul guitar on Oh What A Feeling.
Jolien van Sleen
My daughter, and I'm very proud to have her vocals on my first solo album. She still sings with various bands, and also handles keyboard and guitar duties when necessary.
a/k/a "The Singing Psychologist" used to be my wife. Yes, I wanted this album to be a
family affair. That's one reason why my wife and daughter can be heard on Happy Song, and why my
brother and parents provided most of the cover art. But also, Kerstin's vocal, clarinet and laughter
were perfect for the mood of this song.
Tried to teach me how to play the tuba and the trombone, but I'm very happy that
she's the one handling the brass parts on Hunting For Love! But thanks anyway for trying to teach me...