Tom Gates debut album Comfort Zone is a treasure just waiting to be discovered. Comfort Zone is a completely fresh sound that will surprise and delight the listener with the original quality of arrangements and diverse song choices. The music combines colors, textures and layered
harmonies with a unique way of blending guitars and steel drums (pans) with a tastefully flavored mix of percussion.
Tom’s primary notoriety has been his Gold Record award showcasing his outstanding pan work with the Beach Boys. He continues his creative process on this recent CD with his own pioneered and innovative way of playing the steel drum. Tom refers to this new technique as the “MUTED PAN”. Tom is best known for his pan playing but he is also an accomplished guitarist. Tom Gates un subtle musicality on both instruments are heard throughout Comfort Zone.
Appearing on every track of the CD with Tom is renowned drummer Steve Gadd, and the exceptional bassist work of Glen Fisher. Some of the guest artists include the jazz guitar mastery of Peter Sprauge and the acclaimed pan player Othello Molineaux.
The song selections on this music treasure range from Chick Corea’s Armando’s Rhumba to Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning and features original pieces from Tom Gates. In addition, the world beat percussion, combined with the intuitive drumming of Steve Gadd, results in an infectious hybrid of grooves.
The smooth jazz listener, the jazz aficionado, world beat and steel drum fans, and the “music enthusiast” will enjoy Comfort Zone. This collection is a must-have for your music library.