BLUE TRAIN SF

This quartet played around San Francisco and Berkeley in 1994-95. The lineup is Tracy on tenor sax, David on piano, Todd on bass, and Ritchie on drums. These tunes were recorded on a portable cassette recorder at the Cafe Bistro in Berkeley in January of 1995. They were then transferred to a G4 running ProTools Free.

Check out a July 1995 review of one of our gigs on the SF Street Sheet. Check out the "Aqua Blue" link (local version here).

Outside the jazz club, I flung my bag over a parking meter, and stood close tothe curb to avoid the tourists making their way up Grant. Inside, my buddy,Richie O' Connell, was going to town on the snare. Ratta-tat-tat psssstdat-n-dat. David Buuke was in full flight on the piano, his hands going allover like five-legged spiders over-amping on a jar of Mexican jumping beans.The bass player, Todd Richmond, was laying down a funky groove. Richie glancedout the window and waved "hello."

All of the sudden, a cool breeze made its way up the street and hit me in theface. There was a strange presence. Although I could neither see nor hear him,I knew he was there. Coltrane's Spirit was right by my side. "So Hoops, you wanna know how it really was in San Francisco in `55.Wanna know what it sounded like when I knocked `em out at the Blackhawk and BopCity, huh? Diggit, man."

Just then, Tracy McMullen, the sax player, showed why she's in a league allher own. She was giving me the straight dope, no wimpy Kenny G shit. Love itwhen she goes down to the basement for really deep notes. Sounds like thefoghorn on Alcatraz at four in the morning.

TUNES
Moment's Notice (7.2MB)
Screamin' tenor from Tracy
Nardis/A Train (10.8MB)
A latin escapade
Solar (6.6MB)
Crazed take on Miles
Speak No Evil (7.7MB)
Hear quite a bit of evil
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