All original music by The Curtis King Band featuring Matthew "Cadillac" Cooper, Erick Swackhammer, John Chee and many more special guests from around Asia.
Produced By Curtis King & Joe Murray. Recorded in Vietnam & Singapore.
All voice characterizations by Joe Murray. Comedy skits written & performed by Joe Murray, with vibes & inspiration from Curtis King.
THANKS FROM CURTIS KING:
First, a big thanks to the amazingly talented Joe Murray, who through his magical voices, has kept me laughing for so many years.
A warm thanks to my mother for encouraging me to play music for so many years, and to my brother Brad for opening my ears up to so much great music at a young age.
A giant thanks to all of the musicians who contributed their sound, thoughts, inspiration and energy to the music on this CD, particulary the electrifying Matthew “Cadillac” Cooper, Erick Swackhammer, John Chee, Amith Narayan, Howard Rosser, Clinton Carnegie, Dave D'aranjo, Zhang Nan, Uwe Vogel, Le Roy Jones, The Mighty Mighty Saxophone Brothers, Duc “The Duke of Blues” Tran , Juram, Ross "Pulseman" Polson, “Titanic” Thao, "Baby Leash" Ansley, David "Prince of Funk" Ng, “Hi-Tone Benson”, “Sister Jaq” Castallack, Daniel “Mr Stix” Chew, Anthony "The Smoker" Lee, Roger "The Bishop" Mitchel, Eric Chadwick, Sean Nerney, Huge Euge, John “Dr. Boom Boom” Forster, Joe Murray, Sonny Daze, Robert Morten, “Shotgun” Segar, Sean McGee, and so many others. A mention of thanks is also in order to the club owners, booking agents, and hotel managers across Asia who have worked with us and believed in us, particulary Keef Ong of the Crazy Elephant (Singapore), Antoine Sirot (Vietnam), Nitesh Pandey (Vietnam), our friends at Sharkys of Cambodia, and Tran Manh Tuan (Sax ‘n’ Art, HCMC Vietnam). Finally, a big thanks to our friends at the Word Magazine in Vietnam (Nick and Bau Ross, and Christine Van). And finally, thanks to Thuy for putting up with me for so long.
In Indonesia, a special thanks to Platinum Records, including Bapak Wirawan, Ms. Wirasti, and Ketut. Also thanks to the organizers of the Jakarta International Jazz Festival (“JakJazz”), especially Bapak Rully, the organizers of “Jazz Goes to Campus”, Lens at Eastern Promise, Paul Kanwar, and Kunti.
THANKS FROM JOE MURRAY:
The incomparable Curtis King for bringing my drumming out of retirement & pushing me to the edge of the VO envelop; Keef & John at Crazy Elephant in Singapore; Keymeister Uwe Vogel and bassist/audio engineer extraordinaire Dave D’Aranjo from the Ocean band for always being generous with their talents. Thanks also to “Mid-Life Crisis,” Brian & Brad, my Studio Bizzaro brothers, the character voice master Mel Blanc and the hundreds of unwitting souls from my youth and subsequent travels whose voices inhabit my psyche; my life-long friend Pat Finn, a gifted raconteur who keeps me true to my Jersey City roots; my kick-ass guitarist/singer cousin Mark Lonergan in NYC, who I’m sure will skip over the comedy bits when listening to this CD; Paiste Cymbals, DW Drums and Neumann microphones. Hugs to my wife Josephine for being so sexy & tolerant of my creative pursuits; and to our sons, Ethan & Miguel, for being endlessly entertaining. Finally, we’re grateful to all of you who had a laugh or two because of this CD.
God Save the Planet!
RIP: George Carlin & Tony Clarke (record producer extraordinaire)