"Stuffed Animal Baseball" is the follow-up record to The Renegades' 2004 release, "Doppler Olympics". This record contains some previously unreleased tracks from the original "Doppler Olympics" sessions, as well as material from their more recent repetoire.
The band is now in the form of a trio with Paul Mutzabaugh (keyboards & compositions), Frank Alongi (drums), and Jon Wegge (basses). However, this record showcases the talents of four additional players, namely: Neal Alger (guitar), Chris Clemente (bass), Bryan Murray (tenor saxophone), and Matt Ross (guitar). The album was engineered by our good friend Alex Hall at Long Division Studios in Chicago. Many thanks to him for his patience and expertise during this recording project.
The material on "Stuffed Animal Baseball" is that of technically challenging jazz-fusion -- with focus on improvisation, odd-time signatures, electric sounds/effects and intricate arrangements. However, it is our attempt that this record have something to offer for both musicians and non-musicians alike. Click on the links to the tunes to check it out for yourself. Tracks 1, 4, and 7 are pretty in-your-face. Tracks 5 and 8 are very calm. Tracks 2, 3, and 6 are somewhere in between. Hopefully, there will be something for you to enjoy.
Below are some great jazz-fusion records that have influenced The Renegades' music over the past few years. Please check them out as well...
Allan Holdsworth - "The 16 Men of Tain" & "Wardenclyffe Tower"
Kick the Cat - "Weirdo" & "Scramble"
Herbie Hancock - "Thrust"
Wayne Krantz - "Long to be Loose" & "Two Drink Minimum"
Kurt Rosenwinkel - "Enemies of Energy"
Pat Martino - "Joyous Lake"
John McLaughlin - "The Free Spirits: Tokyo Live"
Bad Dog U - "Bad Dog U"
Return to Forever - "Light as a Feather"
Tony Williams Lifetime - "Believe It"