I have begun negotiating to regain rights to my 1979 record, "Art of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar," which was my 4th Kicking Mule record. Earlier this year I regained the rights to the other four. There remain some tracks recorded for various anthologies, but at some point next year virtually all of my early recordings should be available and mostly under my own control. Now I just have to figure out a way to sell this stuff! ... See MoreSee Less
Early in the summer I added 15 arrangements to those on sale from my website, 10 modern jazz arrangements and 5 swing arrangements. Those who bought all of either category got a 1/3 off the normal price, paying £2 each instead of £3 ($2.70 instead of $4.05). As I noted at the time, this was a limited-time sort of offer, and by the end of September the sale will end, after which everything will be £3 per arrangement. I will be making similar offers moving forward as I continue to write out parts of my repertoire that have not been available in books or with video lessons. These are written both in music and guitar tablature on Sibelius, and included with the PDF is an mp3 of a midi version of what's written out.
New sheet music sale! Published June 19, 2017 For reasons that are mostly to do with chance, I am almost doubling the number of sheet music downloads on my website. I am adding 5 Swing Tune arrangements to the 11 that were there already, and also uploading 10 Modern Jazz arrangements, a new category...
I spent two years writing the material from which this set is drawn, and it took another two years for the recording project to be organized and completed. I feel very honored that several excellent guitarists gave their time and energy to bring the tunes to life. And now that I'm done running around this summer, I am just sitting here ready to take orders and send them out. :-)
Pareto Sketches – (NEW CD) Published July 29, 2017 Barcode Records in Italy has released a 2-CD set of Duck Baker tunes, featuring solo and duo performances by Duck Baker and 5 Italian musicians. It is now for sale here, for £22 + shipping. Click here to Buy the CD Here is the press release from t...
On July 15th of this year, a concert was given at the Maramotti Collection museum of contemporary art in Reggio Emilia, devoted to music I wrote as part of a commission called “Pareto Sketches.” The concert was also the occasion to introduce a 2-CD set of some 21 tunes that were part of those produced for the commission. Besides myself, four other guitarists (Michele Calgaro, Val Bonetti, Davide Mastrangelo, Luigi Maramotti) and a mandolinist (Massimo Gatti) performed on “Pareto Sketches,” both as soloists and in various duo combinations. But a surprise at the concert was an arrangement of one of the new compositions made for the occasion by the classical flautist Giovanni Mareggini, for two flutes and vibraphone. Then, during the interval, there was a dinner served in a cafeteria adjacent to the museum, and the audience and I got another surprise. A group of young vocalists that call themselves Come un’orchestra performed another of the tunes not included on the CD set, called “Little Larry.” John Monteleone caught most of the performance on his phone.
The tune is dedicated to Larry McCullough, of Baton Rouge. Larry and I grew up in Richmond, VA in the 1960s, and played in bands together as teenagers. “Little Larry” was the name the slightly older kids had for him, when he was about 15 and the “star” of the Pine Street Gang jug band. The rest of the members were college age.
Obviously this is not a finished product in any way, but it’s certainly a nice souvenir for those of us who were there, as well as anyone who knew Larry & I back when the world was young.
Someone asked how many tunings have I used on record. Here's the skinny as far as I can remember. And I'm pretty unlikely to add to the list at this point. Where I can remember only one tune in a tuning I have indicated what it was. The last three I "invented," though I would be surprised to learn that others invented them, too!
E-A-D-G-B-E D-A-D-G-B-E D-G-D-G-B-E D-G-D-G-B-D C-G-D-G-B-E D-A-D-G-A-D C-G-D-G-A-D ("Squaring the Triangle") D-A-D-F#-A-D (songs, not tunes) D-G-D-G-C-F ("Huggerth The Puss") D-A-D-G-C-F (songs, not tunes - as far as I recall) Eb-A-D-G-B-E ("House Party Starting")
I have also used F-G-D-G-B-E for a couple of arrangements not recorded as yet. ... See MoreSee Less