The members of Notary Sojac have finally realized a long-time goal of making our music available to you, through the release of a 2-CD set.....more than two-and-a-half hours of live recordings! These are mastered from original tapes of performances in Eugene, OR and Olympia, WA, during 1972-1973. Despite the many years that have passed, the sound quality is excellent overall. These performances range from rock to blues to country and progressive jazz/rock styles,and feature strong improvisatory arrangements that surprise and delight. The unusual sounds of pedal steel guitar and flute with guitar, Hammond organ and accordion, with soulful vocals and imaginative use of irregular meters (5/4 and 7/4 time)
give a nice dimension to the customary "guitar band" lineup. The inclusion of drum and electric bass improvisation in the mix make for a satisfying adventure in 1970s-era music. Notary Sojac performed with a wide range of popular musicians, including Grateful Dead, Country Joe and the Fish, Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention, jazzers Larry Coryell and John Handy, The Carpenters, Taj Mahal, Flying Burrito Brothers, Charlie Musselwhite and others.
Our band’s whole aim was to reach out and move people, inwardly as well as outwardly, with our own original music and words.
The 2-CD set is called “Notary Sojac, Live, 1972-1973\" and represents our group “sound” from that time. During this phase, our music really reached an apex of creativity and power.
The Individual Members
Bob Koski (guitar, flute, percussion, vocals and songwriting)
Steve Koski (guitar, pedal steel guitar, vocals and songwriting)
Tom McMeekan (guitar, vocals and songwriting)
Will Herold (Hammond organ, electric piano / vocals and songwriting)
Jim Lowry (bass)
Doug Ness (drums)
This group expected itself to broaden the range of how music can be used as an expressive language. The interactive play of “Zoidal” music, which creeps in occasionally in our regular songs (hear the flute solo on “Point of View”), is a product of that effort. In the near future, it is hoped that we can offer another 2-CD set, “Return of Zoid”, a continuous free-Zoid jam that developed at one of our gigs. It embodies the essence of that spontaneous group-synergy-creation.
This set of recordings contains 23 original songs written by various members of the group, along with 3 non-original instrumentals. The song styles range through swing, straight-ahead rock, country, blues, jazz-rock, ballad and extended instrumental arrangements, with the occasional amusing diversions that come from the joy of interacting with an appreciative audience.
At its best, the inspiration, the humor and dynamic interplay of these six musicians give NOTARY SOJAC’s music a timeless appeal. Thirty-five years have not dimmed the vitality, the “message” nor the dance-ability.
The 2 CDs come in a dual slim-line case, with photos and detailed track information.