Writing music has always been one of my passions and primary
activities, although I have made my living mostly from playing and
teaching. In fact, I've always sort of considered myself a composer
who also plays rather than the other way around. I love a lot of different
styles of music, and, consequently, I've written in a lot of different styles.
The first track is a tune of mine that I did on my masters recital at U of
Miami back in the Spring of 1990. I arranged it for a "small big band" more or less in the mold of Gil Evans, one of my favorite composer/arrangers. I have long since forgotten who the musicians all are, but John Bailey is the trumpet soloist, Brett Simons is the bass player, and Terry O'Mahoney is the drummer.
Blue The Sky
In the Fall of 2006, the guitar faculty at Miami/Dade did a recital, and I decided to write a piece to feature myself and the other two jazz guitar teachers there, Mitch Farber and Sandy Poltarack. I wrote the piece pretty quickly, and it's far from perfect, but it has its moments I think. Here's a recording of the three of us playing the piece for the second time at the Spring 2007 faculty guitar recital.
Next are a few instrumental tunes I've written and recorded in various styles. Most of these feature my guitar playing
pretty extensively as well, but I hesitate to put them on the "demos" page since I used midi instead of
actual musicians for some of the instruments (usually the drums and/or piano). That's me playing harmonica on
"Andy's Tune" and bass on most of the others.
Spiritual (intro to New Aegis)
Waltz for Bill Evans
Little B Waltz (for foreign film)