Don Baaska | The Colonel

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The Colonel

by Don Baaska

The Colonel doesn't fry chicken, but he cooks up a tasty blend of Latin and Caribbean jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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Album Notes
One night in the lobby of El Conquistador this young blonde girl came over to the piano and asked for my autograph.

"You are the Colonel, aren't you?'

Well the other musicians and the waiters and bartenders all cracked up and the name stuck.

I admit to bearing some resemblance to the KFC icon. My real name is Don Baaska and I don't fry chicken, although I have been known to make a mean barbacue on occasion. My only real claim to fame is that I've never had a day job. I'm too lazy to work and too nervous to steal so I've played piano all my life. When not playing in some hotel bar or lounge in Puerto Rico, my wife and I cruise the Caribbean in a homemade Wharram catamarran and do a lot of snorkling and free diving and usually score dinner.


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Erik Johnson

Tasteful upbeat piano work, sets a great mood, drum machine is the only negative
I loved this CD when I heard it in a restaurant as background music. It is mood music in the best sense, really puts you in an upbeat carefree mood but the piano work is also very tasteful. When you listen to the CD more carefully on headphones or thru a stereo, though, the synthetic drum machine sounds a little thin. I would love to hear him record with real drums and bass.