I have been a lifelong comic book fan since my older brother, Don, gave me my first stack of comics books. I was about ten years old and probably bugging him as little brothers do. I’m sure I was bored and loud. He said “Here… read these, Grasshopper… And learn“!
For a time frame, this was around 1980. I was a Kung Fu/ Bruce Lee nut back then. I remember having The Amazing SpiderMan #158 and Detective Comics presents Batman #401 and Master of Kung Fu #25. I’m sure there were others. I was instantly hooked!
I have always believed in an interconnected art world. The work of one person has always led to the inspiration and creative output of another person.
This project is a celebration of my two favorite art forms, comic books and music. Comic Book artists have always inspired my own artistic expression through music.
I have composed songs in honor of some of these fabulous artists, hoping to capture some small part of an exciting line they illustrated, a mysterious shadow they inked, or a beautiful form in motion they rendered. Every artist has a different style and sensibility, and so, I have made each song in this collection unique in sound. When I play, I often see comic book images flash through my mind.
I hope you enjoy this music and investigate these artists.
Joining me on this cd are the following great musicians.
David Castello: Drums, Percussion, Marimba
Mike Sharfe: Electric Bass
Tim McCord: Saxophones and Flute
Patrick Ward: Piano
John Zappa: Trumpet
Chris Jones: guest Guitar and Recording Engineer
Special thanks to Stone Hand Studio: www.stonehandstudio.net