The definition of friend's includes these two examples, People who know and like one another and people who favor and support one another. Both examples explain the musical camaraderie on this cd. Barry Wedgle, Russell Bizzett and Kim Stone are friends, good friends and have been for years. The music on this cd was recorded when all 3 men were living close to each other and were enjoying many musical moments together. Uncovered just recently, this recording becomes a example of how good friends can and will make great jazz music together.
Guitarist Barry Wedgle Barry Wedgle wasn't born with a guitar in his hands, but he soon made up for that lapse by the time he was 12, he was leading his own band & playing around his hometown, Denver, Colorado. Like many players who grew-up in the sixties & later moved into jazz, Barry was greatly influenced by Jimi Hendrix. But between Jimi & jazz, Barry listened to and mastered many different styles to be categorized. For example, his flamenco playing was good enough to tour extensively in Spain, Mexico, Central & South America.
Barry has worked with, Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp, Chico Hamilton, Charley Haden, Eddy Daniels, John Hicks, Joe Sample, Mark Johnson, Ralph Towner, Harry Belafonte, Bruno Carr, Arte Landy, Kenny Werner, Sahib Sabib and Pat Metheny.
Drummer Russell Bizzett was Born in Sioux City Iowa, Russell grew up in a family of musicians and started playing drums on his father's knee at age 5. Both grandfathers were professional musicians. His mother's father was a "boogie-woogie" piano player and his father's father was a jazz trumpet player and big band orchestra leader. His father was a jazz drummer who played with the "Ink Spots". His two brothers were a trumpet player and a sax player, and both played drums as well. His love for drums drove him to pursue this calling. At 12 he started playing gigs at his grandfather's nightclub and by the time he was 19 he had played with Chuck Berry. The following year he played with Muddy Waters. He moved to New York City and studied with Roy Haynes as well as attended jazz workshops in Harlem. From 1974 to 1976 he toured and recorded with rock legend, Tommy Bolin. In 1977 he studied East Indian rythms with Collin Walcottat Naropa Institute, Boulder Colorado. From 1979-1981 he played with jazz legend, Freddy Hubbard and in 1981 played with Bo Diddly. 1982-1990 he toured with Jose Felliciano. Russell has worked and recorded with a large variety of artists
including Jimmy Smith, Billy Preston, Robben Ford, Jeff Berlin, Raul De Sousa, Eric Marienthal, Wilton Felder, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Garrett.
Bassist Kim Stone earliest musical studies came from listening to his father play the chromatic harmonica around the camp fire and other family events.
Kim has worked and recorded with, B. B. King, Larry Carlton, Ron Miles, Eric Marienthal, Barry Altschul, Dave Valentine, Henry Butler, Spyro Gyra, Rare Silk, Robbin Ford, Javon Jackson, Jessica Williams. His extensive performing experience includes multiple appearances at the prestigious Montreux, North Sea, Newport, Kool, JVC, and Playboy jazz festivals as well as numerous nationwide tours of the U.S., Europe, and Southeast Asia.
The music on this recording include's all of these gentleman's musical influences and background and most importantly their friendship and love for each other.