Several years ago, your host met George Hazelrigg at a Slim Man show at Ram's Head in Annapolis. I had known about George, through Slim, and was wowed by his expertise on the piano. To see him on stage was extra special.
Fast forward to a few months ago. George reached out on Facebook to let me know that a new album was on the horizon. He and his brother had recorded "Songs We Like" - which he thought I might find intriguing. Well, THAT was an understatement!
When the CD arrived, Hurricane Irma had not struck in Florida. A little time had passed and I hadn't given full attention to what was on the disc. George and Geoff's music ultimately traveled with us to Pensacola, which seemed to be the ONLY safe place in the state that Irma didn't touch. So - let's put it to you this way: "Songs We Like" became my true peace during several days of stress and upheaval.
These two amazing talents took their time creating this work. Their drummer, John O'Reilly, was instrumental in the brothers deciding that the time was right. Because he "got" them - where their mindset was in re-imagining these honored songs. And how to position himself in that chair to enhance what their intention was.
VERY interesting thoughts are going to be discussed on this show, come 10/5. George and Geoff were classically trained and understand music in a specific way. They made their rounds in Philly and Jersey clubs, playing Rock. They found a home in Jazz. And they are adamant about the fact that both genres have much of their rooting IN Classical music. When you hear Jimi, Sting, Steely Dan and Led Zeppelin (and more) done via the serene approach that the Hazelrigg Brothers have mastered, you will have your light bulb moment. About what GREAT music sounds like :)
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