After performing in the Philadelphia area and throughout the Northeast, the Harrington Brothers have been focusing on writing and recording original music at their home studio. Relying on their roots in jazz, blues, Latin, and R&B, they collaborated with Cameron Chandler who gave vocal expression to their original compositions. The music takes notes from the jazz organ trio tradition, rooted in the Philadelphia area. This tradition, combined with the soulful vocal interpretations, creates the sounds of the CD, “Shades of Blue.” The melody and lyrics tell a story while improvisation provides musical freedom and experimentation. For example, “Round House Blues,” tells the story of an old steam locomotive that comes alive and breaks out of the Round House to relive its glory days. The shuffle beat and the call and response of voice, organ and guitar are meant to embody the sounds of the huge drivers that power the steamer forward.
The home studio, located in Birchrunville, is a liberating environment that simply begs for the creation of music. For the “twins,” it’s a childhood tree fort, a get away whose sole purpose is to play, experiment, arrange... imagine. With today’s technology, there’s more freedom for individual artists who want to produce their own music without the interference of studio owners. Whether it’s the groan of the B3 Hammond organ or the warm, fat sounds of an arch top guitar, the composer has flexibility to create a musical palette. The freedom of creating a variety of compositions is a culmination of a lifetime in music, both challenging and liberating. Rich and Bob look forward to sharing “Shades of Blue” and other CDs in the future.