Three years ago I was sick with cancer, and I didn't even know if I would live long enough to play music again.
I had always been fascinated with the jazz styling of Tiny Moore and wanted to play his type of mandolin. I commissioned Jonathan Mann of Joelton, TN. to build a jazz mandolin similar to what Tiny had. He was able to finish it for me in about three months, and I was able to play it during the later stages of chemo and radiation therapies. With much prayer and good medical care I went into remission.
As I sat in the treatment room one day hooked up to the IV, I decided I wanted to do an album with my long time friends that would feature the Jazz Mandolin.
It is with pride and humility that we present this collection, and our sincere hope is that it will bring listening pleasure as great as the fun we all had making it.
Mandolin Magic CD Preview
1. Twelfth Street Rag
2. The Nearness of You
3. Little Axe
5. Oh, Lady Be Good!
6. Mandolin Magic
7. It's All in the Game
8. A Waltz for Yesterday
10. Canadian Sunse
11. Paul's Boogie
12. Old Cape Cod
13. Jersey Bounce
14. The Way You Look Tonight
15. September Rain
Central Standard Time CD Preview
2. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
3. Secret Love
4. Bill Bailey
5. Deep Purple
6. Kansas City Kitty
Moonlight In Vermont
A Lazy River
11. I'm Confessin'
12. I"m In The Mood For Love
13. Moon Glow
Words of thanks to the players:
My good friends, and I do consider each of you to be my friend, I want to thank you for your collective contributions to our recent Mandolin Magic project. You all played great and I was well pleased.
David and I have played many a gig together, and his superb rhythm work always makes the leads sparkle. Thanks David, for being there.
Scotty played absolutely exquisite steel and yet was able to intersperse his own personality into his playing. You don't bump into this level of talent everyday. Thanks Scotty.
I met Darrel for the first time the night before our session. How about that? His playing was excellent, and it provided just the right contrast in timbre and expressive approach to bring freshness and needed variation to the mix. Thanks Darrel, for jumping in your car and coming to rescue us at the midnight hour.
I've known Penny for only a couple of years, but the first time I heard her play, I liked her energy. Jazz is a relatively new style for her, but boy can she do it! Penny used this project (very appropriately I think) as a good reason to go ahead and purchase the brand new Eminence bass she played. How's that for commitment to the cause? Good job Penny!
Every time I listen to the CD, I marvel at how Mel keeps things from ever getting boring with his appropriately timed variations in rhythmic style and attack. Mel, I don't think Buddy Rich himself could have done a better job with those brushes. What a shame that your style of playing is in such short supply today.
How often is a musician privileged to do an album with a fellow musician with whom he attended first grade? Not only did Bro. Robert Huston do fine piano work on the project, but he has helped out in more ways than I have paper to mention. With his first class networking skills, he has interested at least three journalists in doing articles on our project. He was responsible for finding Darrel to play with us. His energy and excitement have been invaluable.
My friend Chuck Turner and his wife Diane traveled all the way from Arkansas to be present at the recording session. Chuck did the photography for the project, designed my web site, and lent much moral support. Thanks for the pizza Chuck and Diane.
I would be remiss if I did not thank my wonderful wife of 25 years, Louella Moore for all she has done to make the project a success. She devoted countless hours to research, typing, and general grunt work that I was not able to do. Louella has the highest level of personal integrity of any person I have ever known, and she has been a true angel in my life.
Four years ago, when I was diagnosed with cancer, I thought about foregoing the chemo and radiation and going gently into that good night. I decided not to go gently, and I found the will to fight and beat the cancer for two primary reasons: First, I wanted to spend more time with Louella. Secondly, I was not through playing music. I remain to do both, and these are my priorities.
I'm touched and I'm honored that you all saw that with me, it's always about the music; not ego, not personalities, but the music. Thank you all for getting on the same page with me and making a fine recording that we can all be proud of.