CountItOff is the musical creation of guitarist Charles Carey and bassist Robert Rimmington. Both are in demand musicians for hire and both work as music professors at local colleges. The music of CountItOff provides a platform for these musicians to showcase their respective talents and musical directions and is both challenging and fun to play at the same time. A typical concert from CountItOff shows the influence of Tribal Tech, The Dixie Dregs, Mike Stern, and Allan Holdsworth. While their original material is often very complex they often show their lighter side by arranging rock standards in styles they were never meant to have been played in, such as "Crazy Train" as an up-tempo salsa, "Walk This Way" as a funk, or "The Wind Cries Mary" as swing tune. Check us out at www.myspace.com/countitoff .
Charles Carey started playing guitar in 1973 as a three year old after first hearing John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High." Soon Wes Montgomery and Charlie Parker became his idols. At age ten he studied with "local hero", Scott Henderson, who has become one of the most influential of all modern fusion guitarists. At age16 he started to study with jazz great Vince Lewis, and began work as a full-time musician. Charles has an Associates Degree in Jazz Studies from Palm Beach Community College, a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from Florida Atlantic University, and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Florida International University. He presently teaches Applied Jazz Guitar, Applied Classical Guitar, Applied Bass Guitar, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Music Fundamentals, Elements of Music, Class Guitar, and Jazz Improvisation as a member of the Music Faculty at Chadron State College. He taught a similar set of classes at Palm Beach Community College as well as Jazz Guitar and Jazz Improvisation at Lynn University from 1995-2007. Charles gear consists of a Washburn X-50proQ that has a finger rest installed, new controls, and the pickups replaced with a Dimarzio Air Classics. Other guitars that are used are two Heritages, a Golden Eagle (an L-5 style archtop) and a heavily customized Prospect (a 25.5 scale semi-hollow with a three piece maple neck, Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, and basswood center block that does not touch the back). Both of these guitars have Dimarzio Air Classic pickups and all his instruments have the Buzz Feiten Tuning System which is a method of temper-tuning a guitar so that it is in tune in all keys, like a piano, anywhere on the neck. Charles will not play a guitar or bass without this system installed. His amps consist of a Fender Blackface Princton Reverb, Fender 69 Super Reverb, and Kinsley Deluxe 30 1x12. His effects are a Keeley Blues Driver, Hermedia Zendrive, Boss CH-1 chorus, and an Akai Headrush delay.
Rob Rimmington has a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the celebrated University of Miami School of Music. He is equally skilled at the upright acoustic bass as he is on the 4-string, 5-string, 6-string, or fretless electric basses. Rob has worked as a full-time musician / music educator for more years than he wishes to admit. He would be considered a virtuoso in any musical style and has without doubt spent a great deal of time working in just about any existing genre. Presently he is the first call bassist for any blues gigs around South Florida, a top call jazz bassist, first call sight-reader for studio sessions or theater shows, and a top call classic rock bassist as well. He is also very busy with his band "The Gypsy Blue Review" which is a gypsy jazz style group that is making big noise in the South Florida area. Rob is presently teaching Applied Acoustic and Electric Bass as well as Jazz Combo at Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach Community College. Rob is a constant sound tweaker and as a result his amplification is constantly changing and evolving but he seems to stick to a Peavey 5-string electric bass with a composite neck and a variety of vintage fretted and fretless Fender Jazz Basses. His upright is a carved top instrument of German Decent.
Throughout the history of CountItOff there have been several drummers but for the recording of "Room237" the skills of local South Florida hero, Matt Crowning were captured. Matt is very busy as one of the most musical and technically gifted musicians anyone could hope to work with yet he is also very personable and never overuses his unbelievable chops to the detriment of a tune. For further information on Matt look him up at www.mattcrowning.com. He has just begun touring with country artist Amber Leigh.
Thanks for checking out CountItOff. It is hoped that you purchase and enjoy the new album "Room 237".