Jay Graydon News Archive

April, 2016

The passing of Prince

In my book, I think Prince had one major strength, which is he seemed to have a very deep well as to songwriting not repeating himself. That is a gift for sure!

No doubt he was responsible for helping to shape pop music in the 80's (to me, that was the last era of artist musical freedom before radio hired companies to test songs and supply radio with weekly play lists).

I have a story that may be of interest. I produced many albums for artists on Warner Brothers. Lenny Waronker was the president in the 80's and I was close with Lenny. I was in his office for a meeting and somehow our conversation switched to talking about Prince. At the time, "When Doves Cry" was a hit, Lenny noted Prince had a meeting with Lenny and played a rough mix of "When Doves Cry". Prince was concerned that he did not use a bass on the song and asked what Lenny thought. Lenny's answer was perfect as he said something like, "There is low end in the track as the bass drum is covering that frequency area." That made Prince feel secure as to not having a bass instrument and the rest is history as the song was released without bass.

Kerstin just sent me the audio of "You're My Love", which is a song that Prince wrote under the pseudonym Joey Coco, for the Kenny Rogers album "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To", which I produced. The song is musical as there are a few hip chords. I can't remember if those chords were on his demo. Probably not as Robbie Buchanan arranged the song and since Robbie is very musical, he probably added the hip chord changes. I remember Kenny has good pitch so recording the vocals was fairly easy. I remember Kenny asked me to call El Debarge as to sing BG vocals. El is a great singer and he did a good job on the track. - Jay

March, 2016

A Message from Jay

For all of you musicians, over the years there has been two hit songs in which something occurred as to chord changes. In both cases, I can't remember hearing such events.
  1. Probably in the late 60's or 70's, there exists a song with many chord changes in which the "root" chord (the 1 chord) is never played.
  2. There is a song in which the #4 diminished is used for the 5 chord. When the song gets to the 4 chord and then to the #4 diminished chord, the melody is the same note on both chords (common tone), which ties in the two chord changes as to not notice the #4 diminished chord as being strange.

See if you can figure out the title to each song.

Now that I have baited you all, please note that on the next JaR album I am now mixing, there is song in which to figure out the code within the lyrics.

So here it is ...

The final decision on compressing or not compressing the new JaR CD

Ran and I will not compress the mixes as the majority has spoken. At least 90% of people voted for no compression leading to the fact our fanbase are clearly interested in quality audio!

Also, there are audio compressor apps for iPhones, etc. so if you want to put the audio in such apps for a louder level, you can.

We also suggest the CD is a much better way to go as to the audio as it will not get any better than that format at this point in time.

The only reason I can think of as to compressing mixes is if your audio system has a broken volume control stuck on the lowest level. Yes, that is a joke but check this out! I have played CD's in my studio with the monitor level down as far as it can go — the audio was too loud! Ouch! - Jay

 

February, 2016

JAY JUDGING GUITARISTS IN ONLINE COMPETITION

SSTLee Ritenour's Six String Theory Guitar Competition Jay has again been invited to be a a judge in the jazz guitar category of Lee Ritenour's SIX STRING THEORY competition 2016. The competition is a great opportunity for aspiring musicians (in guitar, bass, piano & drums). This is your chance to win incredible prizes and priceless professional opportunities!

Guitar Contest Prizes
The 6 guitar finalists will all be considered for the "Berklee College of Music Scholarship Opportunity" (see Guitar Rules for details, criteria & eligibility)

The Grand Prize Guitar Winner:

First choice of One(1) Yamaha acoustic, classical, or electric guitar ... Recording a track on Lee Ritenour’s forthcoming album to be recorded in Autumn 2016. Travel, lodging and stipend are included in the prize. The recording will take place at the incredible Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu, California. One of the most beautiful and unique studios in Southern California, complete with state of the art equipment and ... the prize list goes on and on ...

Registration Opens for Applicants on January 15, 2016 and Closes on May 15, 2016.

January, 2016

The Tinseltown Tracks presents PRODUCED BY JAY GRAYDON brought to you by Massimo M. Milano - critic / musicologist / researcher, who notes the following ...
"The program will be broadcast in live streaming on Friday, Jan. 8, at 9 PM (GMT +1) — the time of Rome, Madrid and Paris — on "Radio Flash Live!" (www.radioflash.to) and will be repeated on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2 PM (GMT +1). It will also be available in podcast by activating the RSS Feed Reader on the browser Google Chrome - visit: http://www.radioflash.to/programmi/thetinseltowntracks/ and click on "Podcast"). Radio Flash 97.6 can also be heard in live streaming through the app "TuneIn" or directly in FM if you live in Italy."

 

GUITAR GIANTS HANGING OUT

Jay, Rit, Steve, Trev

Greetings to all of you from Jay Graydon, Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather and Trev Lukather!

Jay, Rit, Luke and Trev were recently hanging out at the vegan restaurant Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, having a great time together, with many laughs and stories shared.

(To see a larger image, just click on the pic.)

 

 

December, 2015

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Happy holidays to all of you good people who appreciate quality music!

Please know I truly appreciate your kind support as to my music and I hope when listening to the audio it makes you happy. I realized many years ago my purpose in life is to make people happy through music. Here's a story that made me realize that fact.

Many years ago I was walking through a mall and Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone (from one of the Manhattan Transfer albums I produced, etc.) was playing throughout the mall. I noticed a janitor that was sweeping the floor was also dancing! I watched the guy for about a minute thinking I had brought happiness to him while he was working!

The business part of the music business can be a drag but the final product of making people happy overrides the sometimes stressful business issues. I think of the above story often as a reminder it's all worth it!

Just finished the first JaR song mix! Since Ran and I want the stuff to sound great I take my time as to mixing. I will start on the next mix tomorrow. - Jay

November, 2015

With heavy hearts we are posting this:

I am saddened to note Sherwood Ball has passed away.

Many times over the years I had told Sherwood he is on a very short list of the best singers of all time! If Stevie Wonder had heard Sherwood sing, Stevie would agree!

Sherwood could sing in any style and only a handful of white singers can sing R&B and make it funky and totally believable! Sherwood was also a very good guitarist!

Sherwood was like a brother to me! A very generous person with a heart of gold!

In 1994 and 1996 I put together a band to tour Japan, Sweden, and Norway. Sherwood was surely a key factor as to the band as a guitarist and singer! So many fond memories of our time together.

As to celebrate Sherwood's talent, a few years ago I decided to do a musical experiment as to the song, Day In, Day Out for a project we called Crank Sinatra. Sherwood sang the song and nailed the vocal as always!

I'm not in the mood to note all of the details as to why and how the process went. This track has been available through my website and CD Baby, This is not the time for a business pitch so here is the mix for free. Pass along to anyone you like that would want to hear Sherwood singing in the Sinatra Style with his own "feel". Sherwood Ball singing Day In - Day Out

Rest in peace Sherwood.

Jay

November, 2015

JAY BUSY MIXING THE SECOND JaR ALBUM

Yay, finally we can look forward to the second JaR album being finished!!! Jay is currently very busy mixing the songs and if we are lucky the JaR album may be ready for release by the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. Wohoo!!!

JaR is Jay Graydon and Randy Goodrum. Jay and Randy have worked together for many years and having written songs like e.g. GIVE IT UP for DeBarge, HAUNTING ME for Dave Grusin, PLEASURE OVER PAIN and HEART'S HORIZON for Al Jarrreau, LOST WITHOUT HER LOVE for El DeBarge and the super hit WHO'S HOLDING DONNA NOW for DeBarge, they realized they should become a band, to write more songs together and release on their own record label. So they formed the supergroup JaR and released their first album SCENE 29 in 2008, which received rave reviews for the superb songs and stellar production.

Now it is sooooooon time for the next JaR album and you will not be disappointed I assure you. So many new great songs to enjoy!!

Stay tuned for more updates as things unfold!!!

August, 2015

JAY GRAYDON ALL STARS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Jay Graydon All Stars 20th Anniversary Edition

The Japan/Scandinavia Tours 1994 and 1996 with documentary bonus material

A Region Free 4 DVD box set, having a few flashbacks from the 1994 and 1996 actual concert footage, a fun and informational band reunion hang at Garden Rake Studios 20 years later, filmed by Todd Homme, and a lot of bonus material, such as for instance a complete explanation by Jay Graydon on how to play his "Peg" solo, as well as a very cool jam session in Jay's garden from 1989 with great musicians, including Steve Lukather, and so much more.

This Region Free 4 DVD box set is now available at CD Baby! - Worldwide shipping!

This Region Free 4 DVD box set is now available at CD Baby! - Worldwide shipping!

Ooops, the DVD box sold out in less than 2 days, a second "emergency refill" in just 1 more day, but as of now, Aug. 20, CD Baby has received a larger restock!!! Should they run out of copies again, they also take backorders!

Wow! We sold out in two days BUT not a problem as I will ship more today. We have asked CD BABY if pre orders are OK since we do not want to stop the flow AND we will order many more from the pressing plant. With the pre orders we will know how many to have pressed up right away along with many more to have in stock. Kerstin and I are very happy that all of you are excited about the project! - Thanks soooooooo much, Jay

Here is a link to the first review of the DVD box set.

Jay's comments on the 4 DVD box set:

The 20th anniversary 4 DVD box set is finally available! Here’s the link to buy it JAY GRAYDON ALL STARS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Kerstin worked so many hours on the video editing, etc.! I did my best as to make the audio sound as good as possible.

During all of the work, every time I have watched to check edits, etc., the humor in the documentary is still funny. I'm glad the video from my 40th surprise birthday party has survived as you will hear jamming with Luke, Sherwood Ball, Jim Cox, Ralph Humphrey, Sterling Ball, and me. Sterling Ball headed up roasting me and some very funny stuff. It's so cool to see the Late Tommy Tedesco roasting me and the stories we get into. David Foster is involved in the roast as well as some of the other guys.

Note the bowling segment is kind of a joke so skip over it if you are not into bowling.

I finally did a full explanation of the Peg guitar solo for the guitarists that care to learn the solo.

When I hear the music from the concerts in Japan and Sweden I am reminded of how well everyone played! In the documentary we note how the guys learned their parts and the idea I came up with as the way to rehearse the songs. All of the original parts and vocals that were recorded on the Airplay For The Planet CD were played on the concerts hence the reason for 9 musicians and singers. I could have used less musicians but I really wanted to not leave any parts out or cheating with using pre-recorded tape.

The bottom line is if you are into West Coast Pop and want to hear stories about how all of this went down, some really funny humor, get insight to the guys in the band and how relationships formed from then on, I think you will enjoy the near 4 hours of video. - Jay

May, 2015

JAY GRAYDON FEATURED IN "HIRED GUN"

Jay Graydon is featured in the upcoming documentary movie HIRED GUN - about the unsung heroes of the recording studios, the hard working studio session players during the mid 70s to mid 80s. It is all about the session and touring musicians that well established and famous bands and artists would hire. These people may not be household names, but are still top notch performers! Millions of fans have seen them and listened to them play the music of the famous stars who hire them. They are the "First Call, A-list" musicians that have played for Alice Cooper, P!nk, Metallica, KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, and more! They are the best session players and back up musicians in the world. But who are they really? Most of them make a living in relative obscurity. They are a diverse lot with vastly different backgrounds and experience in the music world. Some take the road less traveled, and some try to take the road to stardom. Most do not make it but some do. Their stories are told for the first time.

The documentary also features Jay's musician colleagues Steve Lukather, Ray Parker Jr, David Foster, Steve Vai, and many more. Before embarking on his long and successful career as a top notch songwriter and producer, Jay was an A-list session musician and played on countless recordings with famous bands and artists, such as The Jackson Five, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, The Osmonds, Cheap Trick, Ray Charles, Paul Anka, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Cher, Don Ellis, The Miracles, Four Tops, Steely Dan, Kenny Rogers, Donovan, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and so many more. David Foster, known today as a genius songwriter and master pop producer, was a hired gun as well in his early days, playing keyboards for Skylark and George Harrison. David teamed up with Jay Graydon, to form the band AIRPLAY and from then on they have written gazillions of songs together, among them the Grammy winner "After The Love Has(Is) Gone", which became a number 1 hit for Earth, Wind & Fire, and was co-written with Bill Champlin, plus numerous top hits for DeBarge, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer, and many others.

The movie is now in the final editing stages and has received a lot of attention at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

May, 2015

JAY GRAYDON ALL STARS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

"It has been more than a year since Kerstin and I talked about doing a 20th anniversary for the 1994-1996 Jay Graydon All Stars tour in a documentary style. I called the guys that played on the gigs and set up a date to video with the guys that were in town. My good friend Todd Homme videoed the hang! We have at least three hours of us talking about the gigs and so much more!

Kerstin learned a video editing program and the grunt work began. On my end, I re-mastered the audio for the concerts and also mastered all other audio use in the documentary. I would send audio files to Kerstin and she would synch into the video.

By now, most of you know that Kerstin is my incredible web master, personal assistant, Sr. VP of Sonic Thrust Records, and much more! Kerstin has spent countless hours editing this stuff! She has made the concert video look better than the source video! We went back and forth as to what to use and not use. Every time we thought we were finished, Kerstin would find a way to make the video look better and we continued adding or pulling material.

I was hanging out with Marc Jordan and his wife Amy a few months ago and Marc mentioned he had video from my 40th surprise birthday party videoed by Amy. They gave me a copy but it was only like 5 minutes. I then remembered that I had a VHS tape that was filmed for the party. I transferred it to digital and sent it to Kerstin to edit. I think the full party video is like 1:20. We chose to use 27 minutes of the footage that includes a "roast" hosted by Sterling Ball (affectionately known as Biff). I was roasted by David Foster, Luke, Tommy Tedesco, Tommy Funderburk, and Ralph Humphrey. Some of it is stories and not so much of a roast. We then "jammed" and the band included, Sherwood Ball, Biff Ball, Jim Cox, Ralph Humphrey, Gigi (Sherwood's girlfriend of the era), Luke and myself.

Note the birthday party was a real surprise! My girlfriend of the time (Valerie) had pulled off the surprise as she had two other parties the two previous days, so I suspected nothing! She really pulled it off and I sure was surprised! At some point Kerstin and I will put up some more of the party on the web site. The documentary stuff is loaded with great stories along with some of the songs filmed at the gigs and then the roast and jam stuff.

Kerstin is almost finished putting together the final edit and we are thinking we will be able to release the DVD package in June!

I hope you dig this as Kerstin and me spent countless hours to make this happen." - Jay

 

October, 2014

JAY GRAYDON RELEASES DANCE-POP SONG

Apart from working on the new JaR album, Jay has been very busy working on a few other projects lately and one of them is writing movie music. Together with his songwriting partners Randy Goodrum and Timothy Hosman, Jay Graydon has written a dance-pop song in the style of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and the like, for the family motion picture GIBBY, which will be released in June 2015, but the song is already available at CD Baby. They are releasing the song HOTTER THAN HOT as the band JAKE & The Rum Man and it is available as a digital download at CD Baby as well as on iTunes and other digital distribution partners.

Hotter Than Hot

 

 

  • Label: Sonic Thrust Records
  • Cat. no: STRCD-011
  • Release date: October 2014
  • UPC 889211137251

 

Over the years Jay has written songs in so many genres, R&B, pop, westcoast pop, AOR, straight-ahead jazz, crooner jazz, bebop, smooth jazz, surf, etc. This is a totally new genre for him, as you know, and no doubt he masters this style as well. The writer of the movie story is Greg Lyon and it is about 14-15 year old kids as described below:

A young teenage girl, Katie, cannot snap out of her depression after losing her mother. Katie has lost interest in school, her friends, and gymnastics. All that changes in the summer when she is asked to monkeysit Gibby, her science teacher's Capuchin monkey. Taking care of the monkey changes her life in a big way. Gibby's happy-go-lucky personality renews Katie's zest for life. Gibby helps her with gymnastics, renewing friendships (including finding a potential boyfriend) and overcoming her nemesis, a mean girl who is out to beat Katie at everything. The song HOTTER THAN HOT comes into the movie at a dance party just when the girls take over the scene and start dancing and singing. The main character Katie is glad that she decided to attend the dance, hang with her friends, and is really enjoying herself. The climax of the night is this song – HOTTER THAN HOT - reflecting how great life can be.

March, 2014

JAY JUDGING JAZZ GUITARISTS IN ONLINE COMPETITION

Six String 
Theory Press Release

Jay has been invited to be a a judge in the jazz guitar category of Lee Ritenour's SIX STRING THEORY competition. The competition is a great opportunity for aspiring musicians (in guitar, bass, piano & drums) as the winners will perform as Lee's opener at this summer's Montreux Jazz Festival as well as Berklee scholarships and much more. This is your chance to win incredible prizes and priceless professional opportunities!

November, 2013

RECOVERING

Jay Graydon at Garden Rake Studios - November 2013

I met with Jay the other day at Garden Rake Studios and can reveal the great news that he is finally getting better and could even play his new Bossa guitar some which you can see from this picture. (click on the thumbnail pic to get a larger version).

Wohoo In Jay's own words ...

I'm sorry to have not responded to all that want to know about my broken elbow and shoulder fracture condition as I have been busy working on a project you may be interested in. More on the project real soon. So as to my broken bones, my two surgeons say the bones are healing properly. I go to rehab twice a week as to learn exercises and get stretched as to get back motion and muscle. The stuff can be painful but it is a must. Swelling will continue for quite some time as that is the last part of the healing process. My right hand and fingers have some numbness, which bothers me more than the pain. The good news is I can play guitar but there are a few limitations. In any case, I notice improvements on all levels every few days, which makes me very happy!

I have started mixing some of the JaR songs even though Randy and I have two more songs to complete. Those songs are not yet complete because I need to work out guitar parts and play solos and I want to do that work when I feel my guitar playing is good enough.

I really appreciate your concern and the kind words all of you have noted. You give me inspiration as to work hard to get back to being fully functional! - All best, Jay

September, 2013

JAY GRAYDON HAS BROKEN HIS ARM

Not all our Hot News! are good news, unfortunately, and here is a message from Jay:

In the last week of August I was power-walking and must have tripped. I went to a local emergency room and X-rays were performed. Half of my right elbow had broken off along with another fracture in the same area. Further, a fracture in my right shoulder. A temporary splint was put in place.

My two favorite doctors at UCLA Hospital set up an appointment with the best hand/elbow surgeon. Two days later I went in for surgery as to have my elbow bones put back together using plates and screws. The surgeon said the procedure went well.

A week later an appointment was set up with the best shoulder surgeon. He recommends surgery but says it will heal if no operation. If no operation I risk less upper arm movement but should not affect my guitar playing. I don't want to go through more surgery at this point so I will do rehab instead.

At this point, I have very limited movement in my arm and the pain is bad. The recovery will take at least two months and rehab starts next week. I’m hoping I will be able to play guitar as before the accident.

In any case, such is life and glad to still be on the planet. - Jay

May, 2013

JAY GRAYDON IN "DOWN THE RHODES" WEBISODE

While we are eagerly waiting for the upcoming JaR album - here is finally the previously announced "Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story" webisode in which Jay elaborates around the E-Rhodes, shares with us how he came up with the chorus for TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!

February, 2013

JAY GRAYDON ON HIS LATEST ACTIVITIES

Jay has been busy in the studio working on the JaR album as well as testing out his new Bossa signature guitar, which we will soon tell you more about. Hang around for pics and specs. Yea, one might think that would be more than enough for one man, but on top of that, Jay has also been doing some exquisite guitar work on other artists' projects. Here below are his own thoughts on what is happening in Jay Graydon land at this point ...

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"The new JaR CD will hopefully be finished around summertime and possibly earlier.

The main problem with producing and writing stuff is I only play guitar about 5% of the time in the studio and very little time to practice. My new Bossa signature guitar (two models) are now available and I have acquired some other guitars as well and want to play guitar more often. As to make that happen, I have started making myself more available as to play session overdubs in my studio for other people's projects.

A few weeks ago I played a guitar solo for STATE COWS and played rhythm guitar and a solo for URS WIESENDANGER, who is producing Thierry Condor.

Both artists mentioned are very good!" - Jay

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Check out more comments on the above on the Jay Graydon Facebook page.

November, 2012

JAY GRAYDON AT B-DAY PARTY

I know it has been kind of quiet around here for a while but that does not mean Jay has been idle and twiddling his thumbs during that time. On the contrary, apart from recording songs for the second JaR album, he has been very busy writing songs in various genres, e.g. a bunch of pop songs and most recently 4 new jazz tunes (Sinatra style) with Tim Hosman, which all sound superb.

But of course Jay has also had a night off hanging with these cats...wow, check out these great musicians all in one picture at a party at Ray Parker Jr.'s house for Sylvester Rivers' birthday.

Click on the thumbnail for larger version of the pic. Left to right, Ray Parker Jr. Jimmie Haskell, Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon (obviously), Lee Ritenour and in front Craig T. Cooper, who took the picture. The birthday boy himself - Sylvester Rivers - was somewhere else in the house when this pic was taken, though.

Jay Graydon at Sylvester Rivers B-day Party Jay:
"Man, there were so many great first call musicians at the party! So many fun stories that night as to so many record dates in the studios! Hey Craig, thanks for passing along the picture!"

Photo © Craig T. Cooper. All rights reserved.

March, 2012

JAY GRAYDON AT GLENN FERRIS HANG

Jay:
"I met Glenn Ferris in college and he is an outstanding trombonist He plays "outside" jazz like no one else. Glenn was responsible for getting me in the Don Ellis band along with Jock Ellis, Jon Clark and others.

Glenn has been living in Paris for around 25 years making a living playing jazz, which is no easy task anywhere. When Jock knew Glenn was coming to LA, he set up the hang with the guys.

Jock (trombone) and Fred (alto sax) were in the Don Ellis band. John Heard is an outstanding jazz bass player and has played with all of the jazz stars over the years. We were both in a band with George Duke in the early 70's for an album and a few gigs."

Click on the thumbnails for larger versions of the pics. Left to right in both pics, Andrew Lippman, Harry Kim, Glenn Ferris, Jock Ellis, Arturo Velasco, Fred Selden, John Heard, Jay Graydon.

Jay Graydon at Glenn Ferris hang Jay Graydon at Glenn Ferris hang

Photos © Jock Ellis. All rights reserved.

February 27, 2012

JAY GRAYDON HANGS WITH DIRTY LOOPS AND THE CHAMPLINS

Jay:
"For those of you that have not heard Dirty Loops, do yourself a favor and google the videos! These guys are simply amazing on all levels!

I recently heard them live playing a showcase in LA and was floored as I expected!

  • Jonah (vocals and keyboards) is beyond belief as his singing has no range limits and his "licks" would get Stevie Wonder's attention! His keyboard solos clearly show he could be a jazz star if he wanted to take that musical route!
  • Aaron (drums) clearly shows he can play current pop styles in an outstanding fashion and has major jazz chops as well! The key to any drummer is the "feel" and "pocket". Aaron defines such terms!
  • Henrik (bass) is unlike any bassist I have ever heard! He can play the current pop stuff through jazz as good as it gets and his solos are not typical bass solos — more like a sax player!

My good friends Bill and Tamara Champlin put together a dinner party at their house with the guys and we had so much fun talking about music, telling stories and jokes. Bill and Tamara's son Will came by later and joined the party. Btw, if you have not heard Will Champlin play keyboards and sing, google him as he is amazing!"

Here below Jay is sharing with you a few pics from the dinner hang at the Bill and Tamara Champlin residence. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions of the pics.

Dirty Loops with Jay Graydon and the Champlins Dinner hang with the Champlins, Jay Graydon and Dirty Loops. Left to right, Jay, Jonah, Will, Henrik, Tamara, Rocky, Aaron, and Bill. Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon and Dirty Loops Bill Champlin and Jay Graydon with the Dirty Loops cats - Henrik, Aaron, and Jonah.
Peekaboo Jay playing peek-a-boo... ehhh?... with the photographer with Dirty Loops wondering what is happening in the background... Jay Graydon explaining how stuff works Jay (to the right) explaining how stuff works for the Dirty Loops cats, left to right Jonah, Henrik, and Aaron.

Photos © Denise Marie Luko.

February 20, 2012

JAY GRAYDON WITH BUDDIES AT NAMM

As usual the Anaheim Convention Center in CA was packed with people enjoying the shows and exhibitions at the annual NAMM show 2012. Jay met with many of his musician buddies in the crowd and here below he shares a few pics with you. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions of the pics.

Playin' New Toy Playin' new toy at NAMM 2012. Left to right, Bobby Cochran, Jay Graydon, Tom Hemby, Drew Montell (Ernie Ball engineer) and Robert (Bob) Wolstein - also an engineer at Ernie Ball, who headed up the design of the physical electronics in The Game Changer. All the cats want to play... Bobby Cochran, Jay, Tom Hemby at NAMM 2012 Bobby Cochran is trying to introduce to Jay Graydon a totally new way of handling the fingerboard to achieve the ultimate guitar sound, but neither Jay nor Tom Hemby is really taking this lesson seriously.
Tom's Sticky Fingers Jay trying to play but Tom's sticky fingers seem to be glued to the fretboard... a complicated double handed chord will be the outcome... Boyz Havin' Fun Yea, so many toys, so little time... the boys are havin' fun for sure. Jay laughing his a-- off with Tom Hemby who is also slightly amused. To the right, Christoph (Chris) Kemper (designer of the Kemper guitar amp sound modeler).

Photos © Shirley Rogers

October 19, 2011

JAY GRAYDON TALKS ABOUT BEING A PRODUCER

The second part of an interview Anders Rydholm of Grand Illusion did with Jay Graydon at Garden Rake Studios. Here Jay talks about his philosophy as a music producer and how he works with the artists and musicians in the producing situation.

October 2, 2011

JAY GRAYDON DINES WITH OLE BØRUD

Jay Graydon,Ole Børud and his wife Hilde

"There are times when The Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the street like an ordinary man"

... or rather ...

... as in Jay's case... leaves the recording studio and goes out to dine with nice people, like e.g. the other night, when Jay had dinner at Toscana in LA with the superb Norwegian westcoast/AOR/fusion singer (think Pages) Ole Børud and his wife Hilde.

They had a good time and Ole asked questions about Airplay and Pages, and they also talked about studio work, and about how they dig the bands Dirty Loops and State Cows.

Photo © Denise Marie Luko.

July 30, 2011

A Note Regarding the AIRPLAY Versions

Since we are frequently getting questions regarding the difference between the various AIRPLAY releases over the years, here is what Jay has to say about it...

For those of you that like the AIRPLAY CD, the most current version remastering is so much better than any previous version. If you are interested, the latest edition is released on October 19, 2010, by Sony, Japan, and here is the link to Amazon... - Jay

October 20, 2010

Remastered AIRPLAY Released

Sony Music Entertainment, Japan, has re-released the original AIRPLAY album - the 30th Anniversary Special Edition, remastered by Jay Graydon now in August, and with liner notes written by Jay, who is reminiscing the song concepts, stories and recording sessions.

Apart from Jay Graydon, David Foster and Tommy Funderburk, the musicians on the album are: Jeff Porcaro, Mike Baird, David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Ray Parker Jr., Steve Porcaro, Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Lew McCreary, Bill Reichenbach, Steve Madaio, Charlie Loper, Bill Champlin, Tom Kelly, Max Gronenthal.

The album is currently available at e.g. Amazon.com.

Anders Rydholm of Grand Illusion interviewed Jay in his studio in August 2010. Jay Graydon talks about how the Airplay album came about and his work with David Foster.

September 4, 2010

JAY GRAYDON WORKS - compilation soon to be released

Sony Entertainment, Japan, is releasing the compilation album "Jay Graydon Works" with 18 great tracks by various artists, carefully selected by Toshi Nakada of Cool Sound. Some of the tracks are rare songs from albums that have been out of print for many years, featuring Jay's versatility as a songwriter, producer, guitar player and more.

The tracks on this compilation are as follows:

  • AIRPLAY "Stranded" from Airplay (1980:RCA)
  • AIRPLAY "Should We Carry On" from Airplay (1980:RCA)
  • KENNY ROGERS "This Love We Share" from They Don't Make Them Like They Used To (1986:RCA)
  • DIONNE WARWICK "For You" from Friends In Love (1982:Arista)
  • AIR SUPPLY "I Can Wait Forever" from Ghostbusters(OST) (1984:Arista)
  • BOZ SCAGGS "Then She Walked Away" from Down Two Then Left (1977:Columbia)
  • EARTH, WIND & FIRE "After The Love Has Gone" from I Am (1979:Columbia)
  • HERBIE HANCOCK "Paradise" from Lite Me Up (1982:Columbia)
  • VALERIE CARTER "What's Become Of Us" from Wild Child (1978:ARC)
  • BILL CHAMPLIN "What Good Is Love" from Single (1978:Epic/Full Moon)
  • GEORGE BENSON "Turn Your Love Around" from The George Benson Collection (1981:Warner)
  • AL JARREAU "Mornin'" from Jarreau (1983:WEA)
  • STEVE KIPNER "The Ending" from Knock The Walls Down (1979:Elektra)
  • THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER "Twilight Zone ~ Twilight Tone" from Extensions (1979:Atlantic)
  • MARC JORDAN "I'm A Camera" from Blue Desert (1979:Warner)
  • EL DEBARGE "Someone" from El DeBarge (1986:Motown)
  • PETER ALLEN "Pass This Time" from Bi-Coastal (1980:A&M)
  • PAGES "Fearless" from Pages (1981:Capitol)

August 29, 2010

Two RHYTHM HERITAGE Albums To Be Released

Universal, Japan, will soon release 2 Rhythm Heritage albums - SKY'S THE LIMIT and DISCO DERBY. This is actually the first time these rare recordings are released on CD. Rhythm Heritage was formed in 1975 by producer Steve Barri and session keyboardist Michael Omartian, and included bassist Scott Edwards and drummer Ed Greene. Other musicians who played on some of their recordings included Ben Benay, Victor Feldman, Jay Graydon, James Jamerson, Ray Parker Jr., Dean Parks, and Bob Walden.

Apart from being one of the session players, Jay Graydon wrote 2 songs which are included on each one of the albums - FLOAT ON BY and DO YOU MAKE LOVE LIKE YOU DANCE. The genre is disco-funk and Rhythm Heritage was best known for disco funk versions of themes from movies and television cop shows. Their maybe greatest hit was the 1976 U.S. #1 single "Theme from "S.W.A.T."

August 15, 2010

Remastered AIRPLAY plus a JAY GRAYDON COMPILATION To Be Released

Sony Music Entertainment, Japan, will release 2 Jay Graydon albums on October 13. One of them is a reissue of the original AIRPLAY album, remastered by Jay Graydon now in August, and with liner notes written by Jay, who is reminiscing the song concepts, stories and recording sessions.

The second album "Jay Graydon Works" (title subject to change) will have around 18 tracks, carefully selected by Toshi Nakada of Cool Sound for Sony, and will show Jay Graydon's versatility as a songwriter, producer, guitar player and more. Some of the tracks on the compilation are rare songs from albums that have been out of print for many years. This compilation album will be released on the same date as the AIRPLAY reissue. Stay tuned for more details as things unfold!

July 16, 2010

NEW JaR video on YouTube

The songs for the second JaR album are coming along nicely and while we all hunger for new listening pleasures, we may enjoy many great songs from the first album - SCENE 29 - e.g. this lovely powerful ballad - WORLDS APART - featuring an impossible love story, as noted in the magificent lyric.

June 19, 2010

Check out Jay's NEW guitar solo

The STATE COWS album is now released and you will be happy to hear Jay's awesome and truly inspired guitar solo and fills on the song NEW YORK TOWN.

April 25, 2010

NEW JaR video on YouTube

As you know Jay Graydon and Randy Goodrum are two hard working cats and right now they are deep into writing and recording songs for the second JaR album, i.e. apart from doing a lot of other non-related JaR stuff. In any case, while waiting for the new album, we thought you might enjoy this video, which is featuring the title song on the first JaR album - SCENE 29. This song has a brilliant film noir lyric. You may want to read the story behind the concept of the SCENE 29 album cover as well.

December 23, 2009

Jay Graydon Instructional Video Available NOW

DVD Front Cover The Jay Graydon instructional video Airplay for the Planet - the video is now available from CD BABY.

The DVD is partly based on the much sought after instructional video (VHS format) Guitar Play For The Planet released in Japan only (1995) and out of print since many years. Jay talks about a few of the solos on his album Airplay for the Planet and demonstrates how to play them. He also elaborates on his favorite licks, what to consider when buying amps and talks about his signature guitar. The DVD is released in an extremely limited edition so keep hanging around for news on the release date, to make sure you won't miss out on this very rare item. Check out a cool clip from the video.

September 6, 2009

Two of Jay's Top Jarreau Albums Re-released

Friday Music has remastered and re-released the two much sought after albums JARREAU and HIGH CRIME. Jay has produced, arranged and engineered both albums and is playing guitars and synths as well. On JARREAU Jay co-wrote the songs - Mornin', Save Me, Step By Step, Black And Blues, Trouble In Paradise, Love Is Waiting, + also the bonus track - I Keep Callin'. On HIGH CRIME Jay co-wrote the songs - Raging Waters, Imagination, Tell Me, After All, High Crime, Let's Pretend, Sticky Wicket, Fallin'.

The album JARREAU was Grammy nominated for Best Engineered Recording and the songs Mornin' and Step by Step were Grammy nominated as Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. Needless to say Jay Graydon was the arranger. Yea, Jay was also nominated Producer Of The Year the same year.

August 13, 2009

Jay Graydon Interviewed in Performing Musician

Jay is featured in the latest issue (Aug. 2009) of PERFORMING MUSICIAN. The first part of the interview is posted online, but to read the whole interview and see the pictures, you need to get the magazine from your nearest store carrying international music press.

Please note there is a fact error in the feature. Jay's first solo album is called AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET and nothing else.In the feature they are incorrectly mentioning one of the songs on that album - HOLDIN' ON TO LOVE - as the album title.

June 28, 2009

Jay Graydon in 3 Major Music Magazines

Jay is featured in the May issue of the French magazine MUSIQ as well as in Scandinavia's number one and only guitar magazine FUZZ.

JaR - SCENE 29 is featured the Summer issue of JAZZIZ in the ON DISC section with the song ESQUIRE. All magazines available in stores carrying international music press.

April 17, 2009

Jay and Foz Working on AIRPLAY

How about some old pics from the AIRPLAY recording sessions back in the day?! Yea, I thought you would surely like that. So check out David Foster and Jay discussing recording issues while David Hungate is listening in the background (holding a coffee mug).

The second picture shows Keith Olsen and Jay at the console when recording the basic tracks of the AIRPLAY album at Davlen Sound Studios in Sherman Oaks, California.

As you all you know the final result is known as the Westcoast music BIBLE - AIRPLAY by Airplay. If you do not already have it - go get it!

Airplay recording photos taken by Andy Zuckerman. Thanks, Andy Great pics

April 13, 2009

Jay and Foz Dining

Just wanted to share with you this wonderful picture of one of those rare moments when Jay Graydon and David Foster are able to find a time slot, when they can get together and grab a bite at Jay's favorite Italian restaurant (last week as a matter of fact.)

Photo © Denise Marie Luko.

Inside MusiCast Ad

March 28, 2009

Live interview podcast with Jay Graydon at Inside MusiCast

Jay is being interviewed by Eddy Cabello and Rick Such of Inside MusiCast and the full podcast is available in the following listening options: iTunes; Podtrac Player; Download MP3
The below is a facsimile from Inside MusiCast

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Jay Graydon
Redefining Westcoast Music...One Hit A Time

One thing we know about West Coast Music is that its following is much, much bigger than the name implies. It’s more like Global-Coast Music, due to the fact that diehard fans are found at every corner of the globe. At the heart of it all you find a man who continues to stoke the fires of a sound that is a sophisticated mixture of R&B, Rock, Pop and Jazz – Grammy-winning Jay Graydon. His name is found in the credits of tracks and albums that have gone gold, platinum and even multi-platinum. With long-time collaborations with friends like David Foster, George Benson, Al Jarreau, and Steely Dan, Graydon has positioned himself as one of the most creative songwriters, producers, and session guitarists on the LA scene, while continuing to pave his own road with Nashville resident and writing partner, Randy Goodrum. They’re the brains behind JaR, a collaboration of two of the best musical heads in the industry who have released 'Scene 29', an album that any West Coast Music fan most certainly has in their audio collection. From Airplay For The Planet to Earth, Wind & Fire’s After The Love Has Gone, Graydon has delivered just what West Coast fans have asked for over the years. Inside MusiCast welcomes Jay Graydon.

ENJOY!

February 15, 2009

Jay Graydon Goes Sinatra

Now what on earth do we mean by that??? Well, actually we mean just what it says, as Jay is releasing a NEW recording - an excellent rendition of the Bloom/Mercer song DAY IN - DAY OUT - as performed by Frank Sinatra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, but in Jay's version with the amazing SHERWOOD BALL on vocals and JAY GRAYDON playing all the horn parts on guitar. Yea, you heard me - all the brass, sax, and horn parts are played by Jay on GUITARS! The title of this release is CRANK SINATRA - available as a digital download at CD BABY.

Here is what Jay is saying about his recording experiment...

So around the middle of 2008, I happened to watch a Frank Sinatra TV special filmed in the mid 1960’s. The opening song is Day In – Day Out. As always, Frank sang great and the Nelson Riddle arrangement was perfect for the era! What a great team they were!

I dug the musicality so much I watched over and over and then began thinking what it would sound like to play the horn parts on guitar playing one part at a time as an experiment. With that in mind, I decided to take on the task of being a one-man band. The experiment turned out to be much fun and the result is a sound of guitars I had not heard before.

So why Crank Sinatra? Well, in guitar land, I cranked up the guitar amp volume for the brass sound hence Crank Sinatra. - Jay

Go to CD BABY and read Jay's full story on his fun experiment and check out the sound bite of this great recording! Now available as a digital download.

January 11, 2009

JaR - SCENE 29 Released in Japan with BONUS Track

Pony Canyon in Japan has now released JaR - SCENE 29 with a BONUS track! The bonus track is a song titled - SOMETIMES YOU WIN - written by Randy Goodrum and Jay Graydon. Links to sound bites available here. The bonus song is track 12. Yes, a lovely ballad as you will hear!

December 23, 2008

AIRPLAY - Airplay Now Available on SHM-CD

Most of you do not need any further explanation about this CLASSIC masterpiece, which is now (2008) being released by BMG Japan in SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing, but for anyone new to the genre, here is a fan review from Amazon on AIRPLAY.

The No 1 Westcoast Album

By Catherine Goltz "a music lover" (Washington DC)

By "west coast" I mean music from California that is more adult contemporary not as in west coast rap. Or AOR (Adult Oriented Rock) as Japanese people call it. For starts two of the greatest producers of this style David Foster and Jay Graydon play, sing and write most of the songs. Two should be familiar "Nothin' You Can Do About It" originally on the Jay Graydon- produced Extensions and the EWF classic "After the Love Has (or is it "Is") Gone sung here by all three writers including Bill Champlin. Also joining in the fun is most of Toto, the horns from Seawind and Tommy Funderburk and Tom Kelly on vocals. It comes with an exclusive interview with the creators who comment on each song in the style of a DVD audio commentary.

December 20, 2008

STR and JaRZONE Records Songs Now on iTunes

All songs released on SONIC THRUST RECORDS over the years, as well as all songs from Jay's current successful collaboration with Randy Goodrum as the new supergroup JaR, are now available as digital downloads from various third party services. We have provided you with direct links from each song to iTunes, to simplify the search for you, i.e. no search needed at all. Just click on the iTunes icon next to the song title and you will get to the downloading page on iTunes.

For the SONIC THRUST RECORDS songs you will find those links on the label page and as for the JaR songs you will find them on the album page. In other words easy as pie to get instant music satisfaction.

And oh, the video we promised you... I assume you have already found it since posted all over the place, but if not... here is the link to the YOUR HEARTBREAK video again.

ENJOY!

December 9, 2008

JaR Now Available in MP3 Format

JAR: Scene 29

Jay Graydon's current highly successful collaboration with top-notch songwriter and artist Randy Goodrum as the new supergroup JaR is getting raving reviews. Their debut album SCENE 29 has been topping the chart at CD BABY for several weeks and now it is also available as an MP3 download.

Stay tuned for a very cool video from one of the JaR recording sessions coming up soooooon!!!

... and guess what, music lovers.... if we are really lucky we may get ONE MORE tasty recording from Jay before Christmas - an exciting experiment with guitars and a great singer and... naaah, my lips are sealed... keep hanging around and all shall be revealed as things unfold...

November 6, 2008

Download Jay Graydon's Christmas Song

JAY & JOE GRAYDON: On This Christmas Eve

Yes, it is actually true!!! Apart from the new album SCENE 29 with Randy Goodrum as the supergroup JaR, which is getting raving reviews, Jay Graydon has released the wonderful Christmas ballad - ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE - that he recorded together with his dad Joe Graydon in 1996, which has been requested by so many people over the years.

The song is now available as a digital download at CD BABY.

Also available on iTunes and other downloading services

Jay & Joe Graydon - On This Christmas Eve - On This Christmas Eve

October 1, 2008

JaR - SCENE 29 - now released

As promised the long awaited masterpiece album - SCENE 29 by JaR alias JAY GRAYDON and RANDY GOODRUM - is now released and can be ordered from CD BABY!!!

JAR: SCENE 29

If you typically rank your favorite albums according to the classic milestones - Airplay- AIRPLAY and Donald Fagen-THE NIGHTFLY, you will now have a NEW standard to measure music by - JaR-SCENE 29. Go listen to the sound bites of 5 of the songs and you will surely agree with Bill Champlin, who was totally stoked when hearing the JaR songs. Here is his comment:

"JaR's new album, Scene 29, is gonna' be one of those albums that you can gauge your "I'm Hip" quotient by how much earlier you've heard it than your friends. I think this album will eventually be considered the flagship of the new music. The new music is what is created after the "suits" gave up on the "biz". Anyway, I've known these guys for years and I had no idea that this stuff was in there. Well, now it's out here and we're all happy about it. Man, it's rare to play an album and still have your heart racing an hour later, especially someone else's album. Good work, guys." - Bill Champlin

Visit JaRZONE for more info on the band and the new album.

September 25, 2008

JaR - SCENE 29 - now available for PRE-ORDERS

It is with utmost pleasure and pride we can now announce that the new long awaited album - SCENE 29 by JaR - alias JAY GRAYDON and RANDY GOODRUM - is finally available for pre-orders from CD BABY!!!

Appease your hunger for awesome music by ordering it before we run out of the first batch!

Here is another enthusiastic comment on the JaR album coming from guitarist/songwriter/producer and more - Tom Hemby...

"I use to compare everything recorded in the past 20 years to Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly". Now there's a new industry standard for music, and it's called ... "JaR"! Jay's astounding guitar wizardry and Randy's stunning keyboard prowess is the crux of a project filled with brilliant complex harmonic compositions, ear candy smooth vocal performances, and thick transparent sounding mixes. This is soon to be "legendary" recording!"

September 12, 2008

JaR - SCENE 29 to be released October 1st in the US

Yes, we are finally there... well... almost there anyway... JaR - SCENE 29 will be released on October 1st in the States and you will be able to pre-order it from CD BABY shortly. Meanwhile you may enjoy yourselves cruising around the new JaRZONE website where JAY GRAYDON and RANDY GOODRUM will post all news about the album and other interesting stuff. The album has 11 outstanding songs which will make every quality music lover teary-eyed with joy.

Hey, how about Steve Lukather's raving about the album after having heard the songs...

"You guys have taken the torch from Steely Dan and have run miles and miles ahead"!!!

Need we say more? You won't believe your happy ears! Keep hanging around for the latest news on when SCENE 29 will be available for pre-ordering at CD BABY.

September 3, 2008

JaR Album Coming Soon

In case you wonder where we disappeared... the JaR album is now at the manufacturing plant and we are looking at a release in a few more weeks. So, just hold on music lovers This is the ONE album you will want to get for Christmas and we are currently working hard to make it possible, so keep hanging around for a pre-orders date being set very soon.

July 31, 2008

Jay Meets With Steely Dan

Taking a short break from the arrangements for the release of the new JaR album (due in a few more weeks) Jay went to the Steely Dan concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on July 23. As expected the performance was spectacular and here below are Jay's comments from the gig...

If you like melodic pop with a hint of jazz, do yourself a favor and go to a Steely concert when they play in your area. As we know, such brilliant songs! Donald, Walter and the band is outstanding with performances that would make for an excellent live recording! The band is tight and feels great! The pitch was superb, especially the horns, which is not an easy feat. Simply ear candy!

After the show, I spoke with Walter and Donald. We reminisced about the time we worked together and other fun stuff. I love these guys as they are so non-Hollywood down to earth gentlemen! - Jay

A few pictures from the gig:

Jon Herington is the guitar player with Steely Dan and is perfect for the gig! He plays the parts like he wrote them and never overplays Magnificent.

Michael Leonart is a great trumpet player

Freddie Washington is the bass player on the gig and is first-class (aforementioned Jon Herington to the right)

Greg Phillinganes is one of the best piano players of all time and a great friend

As to Walter no need to mention credits. He is a great guy

Photos © Denise Marie Luko.

June 19, 2008

Jay's Recording Articles Are Back

The eagerly awaited relaunch of Jay Graydon's 32 articles on Recording The Guitar has finally happened and they are now up and running on the Guitar.com web site in their section Get Educated. Many of you have been asking for Jay's superb article series on all there is to know about recording, so now finally..... go get the direct links on the Gear & Studio page.

April 1, 2008

The JaR Album is FINISHED!

Jay Graydon and Randy Goodrum have now finished their first album as JaR!

Two years of hard work, writing and recording new material, has resulted in an incredible set of songs with amazing melodies, subtle lyrics and outstanding playing and singing by these seasoned musicians and accomplished songwriters. I assure you - you will not believe your ears! Take Randy's dazzlingly virtuoso keys - add Jay's magical inventive guitar playing, plus both cats' voices in a perfect blend... and if you can imagine Steely Dan meets Airplay and Pages with some jazzy flavors as well, a touch of humor, strong catchy melodies with intelligent lyrical hooks - yea, there you have it!!!

The mixing and mastering is done - now time to shop a deal! Stay tuned for more info as things unfold!

February 22, 2008

Jay Graydon Recording Sessions

We have now added a new section to jaygraydon.net on which we will present all of the recording sessions Jay Graydon has participated on over the years... and let me tell you they are many many... On this page you will also find his fellow musicians on these sessions as well as a listing of the tracks on which he played - if known.

February 10, 2008

Jay Graydon and the Allstar Band in Japan

Check out a movie clip from the JAY GRAYDON ALLSTARS BAND performing one of the encores - the TOTO super hit - PAMELA. Watch Jay Graydon and Sherwood Ball dueling on guitars, Bill Cantos scat singing, Bill Champlin grooving on his Hammond B3, Steve Porcaro dancing and more...

In brief... E N J O Y and feel the M A G I C that was in the air that first night in Japan.

January 17, 2008

The DVD is available at HMV Japan

Since many of you have been inquiring - yea, the DVD has not reached Amazon.com yet for some reason - it seems importing the DVD takes tiiiime... but in any case both versions are currently available at HMV Japan. The good news is that if WARD Records finds a good distributor in Scandinavia it will be even easier for all of Europe to get the DVD as well. Let's hope they will find one soon!

January 9, 2008

The DVD Japanese Ad - now in English

WARD Records has now translated their Japanese one-sheet ad on the Jay Graydon Allstars Band for all of us. Read all about it! (pdf format)

January 6, 2008

Update on the DVD

Thanks for all of your comments and kudos regarding the DVD! Just a clarification regarding the sound and filming quality of this totally live production. Like we said earlier this concert video was never intended for commercial release, but after many requests Jay Graydon has finally agreed to release it - after all these years. In other words, this video captures a very rare and unique concert with some of the greatest musicians ever, in a raw and totally live environment, as filmed using one camera only and the sound emanating directly from the live board mix.

Statement from WARD Records regarding the release:

When watching the product please bear in mind that the footage used was originally meant for personal archive purposes and never was intended for a public release. Therefore it is a single camera shooting from the audience (probably the FOH console area), and not a so-called "pro-quality" shot done by a professional camera crew.

Some of the Japanese press only mentioned about the quality of the video being poor, which is very unfortunate because we believe that this particular video is a record of a very special and precious moment which may never happen again and we only wanted the public viewers to enjoy the magic that Jay and his friends performed for us. I personally believe that music lovers of Europe and the US would be able to appreciate the true value of this product and not be concerned about little facts like how it was shot. We've done the best we can to enhance the video and audio.

REVIEW by Takeishi Ito AKA Takeito - Westcoast music guru and AOR expert with great web site - Adult Contemporary Music In Japan. Takeito gives the DVD 4,5 stars out of 5! You need to scroll down a bit

The album released in conjunction with this tour - AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET - is available at CD BABY.

December 9, 2007

Latest News on the DVDs

There will be 2 versions of the DVD - the Normal Edition - (1 DVD+12pg booklet) and - the Special First Press Limited Edition - (1 DVD+2 CD+24pg booklet). The 2 CDs are the board mix audio from the concert. Both DVD editions include an interview session with Jay and Kenji Sano (bass player) looking back at the show. While waiting for the release you might enjoy checking out a few pics from the video! BTW the tracks list on the DVD is as follows. As you can see there are many great songs, not only from AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET but also a few TOTO and Bill Champlin tracks.

  • 01. CRIMINAL
  • 02. SATISFACTION
  • 03. SHE JUST CAN'T MAKE UP HER MIND
  • 04. HOLDIN' ON TO LOVE
  • 05. WALK THE WIRE
  • 06. AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE
  • 07. FIRST AND LAST
  • 08. INSINCERE
  • 09. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
  • 10. BABY, BYE BYE
  • 11. STEVE PORCARO, BILL CANTOS, JOHN VAN TONGEREN, KEYBOARD SOLO
  • 12. WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES
  • 13. ROXANN
  • 14. NOTHIN' YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
  • 15. BAND INTRO
  • 16. TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND
  • 17. PAT MASTELOTTO DRUM SOLO and KENJI SANO BASS SOLO
  • 18. SHOW ME THE MAGIC
  • 19. PAMELA
  • 20. STRANDED

November 23, 2007

Pre-order Your Copy Of The Jay Graydon Allstar Band DVD

The release date for the DVD with the 1994 concert (1st night) in Japan from the Japan/Scandinavia Tour with the Jay Graydon Allstars Band is scheduled to Dec. 18th in Japan by Ward Records, but you may NOW pre-order your copy at Amazon.com

There will be 2 versions of the DVD - one is just the DVD and the other will also have an extra CD with the audio from the gig as well. Amazon.com has not stated (yet) which is which of the 2 versions they have for pre-order, but an easy way of finding out is to compare the price for the 2 different versions, when it becomes available, since the one without the supporting audio will be cheaper - of course.

WARD Records are saying that "Our NTSC version is going to be released in REGION 0", meaning playable in all regions. All region code flags are set, making the disc playable worldwide. The line-up on this tour was, apart from the band leader, Jay Graydon, on guitars and vocals - Bill Champlin (vocals, of course, guitar and Hammond B3), Bill Cantos (vocals and keyboard), Sherwood Ball (vocals and guitar), Steve Porcaro (keyboard and synths), John Van Tongeren (keyboard and synths), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Kenji Sano (bass) and Joseph Williams (vocals). More on this as things unfold. The album released in conjunction with this tour - AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET - is available at CD BABY.

September 23, 2007

Live gig on DVD to be released

While we are waiting for Jay's new album - approx. release around April 2008 - we will have the wonderful opportunity to attend the 1994 concert (1st night) in Japan from the Japan/Scandinavia Tour with the Jay Graydon Allstars Band as this gig will be released on video on Dec. 5th in Japan by Ward Records. The line-up on this tour was, apart from the band leader, Jay Graydon, on guitars and vocals - Bill Champlin (vocals, of course, guitar and Hammond B3), Bill Cantos (vocals and keyboard), Sherwood Ball (vocals and guitar), Steve Porcaro (keyboard and synths), John Van Tongeren (keyboard and synths), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Kenji Sano (bass) and Joseph Williams (vocals). More on this as things unfold. The album released in conjunction with this tour - AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET - is available at CD BABY.

July 13, 2007

Part 2 of Ken Volpe's interview with Jay Graydon

In Part 2 of Behind The Scenes with Jay Graydon - Ken and Jay discuss over the phone some of Jay's favorite guitarists; Joe Pass, Allan Holdsworth, Ted Greene, Phil deGruy, and Lenny Breau. They move on to cover what life is like as a professional musician and a producer. Lastly, they dig into the all important topic of microphone placement to capture great guitar tones in the studio.

June 25, 2007

Listen to a LIVE telephone interview with Jay Graydon

Ken Volpe and Jay Graydon in a telephone conversation - April 2007:

In Part 1 of Behind the Scenes with Jay Graydon - the legendary guitarist, recording artist, songwriter, producer and engineer - Ken and Jay discuss how he got started as a musician, his mentors, preferred styles, and the details of how he wound up playing a classic guitar solo on Peg by Steely Dan. Jay deconstructs the solo and takes you through how he approached playing over the changes that others in the band weren't comfortable with. Jay also talks about the studio work and guitar solos that he's proud of that can be heard on other big records.

April 14, 2007

Buy digital downloads

Individual tracks of Jay Graydon's music released on SONIC THRUST RECORDS are now available as digital downloads via CD BABY. Sound bites available for all tracks.

April 10, 2007

Jay working on a NEW album

Yes, it is REALLY TRUE! The rumors some of you have heard buzzing in the air for some time now, are in fact not just rumors. Jay Graydon is currently very very busy in his studio working on a new album with TOTALLY NEW MUSIC, written and recorded together with renowned songwriter Randy Goodrum. As I am sure you already know, Randy Goodrum has written a bunch of hit songs over the years, including IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL (Chicago) with Steve Kipner, and WHO'S HOLDING DONNA NOW (DeBarge) with Jay Graydon and David Foster.

This new upcoming CD is superbly crafted, loaded with original, sophisticated and catchy songs, with interesting melodic hooks paying close attention to sonic detail as always when Jay creates music. Anyone into the Steely Dan sound will surely love the subtle harmonic structures and clever lyrics.

At this point Jay has begun working with the time consuming mixing process, and there is so much work to be done before Jay and Randy will consider the album ready to be devoured by us starving music lovers. In a few months time we will have come a lot closer to the release of some really GREAT music, that is for sure

So stay tuned for more news as things unfold!

March 3, 2007

Jay Graydon Interviewed In Upcoming Movie

Jay Graydon is interviewed in filmmaker John Vizzusi's documentary movie - "ELECTRIC HEART- the Man, his Times & his Music" about Don Ellis. Don was an American jazz trumpeter, drummer, composer and leader of big bands who consistently explored the area of unusual time signatures. He was the first to create a fusion between jazz-rock and classical music.The Don Ellis music style can be described as experimental post-bop jazz.

During and briefly after his college days Jay Graydon played in the renowned Don Ellis Band for a period of time. Read more about Don Ellis and the Don Ellis Tribute Band which did a tribute concert at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood in December 2005, on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Don's passing away.

Here you may also watch a clip from the film which is premiering in April 2007, and has many testimonials from musicians, who worked with Don Ellis.

January 5, 2007

Jay Voted 2nd Favorite Guitarist In The World

In the latest issue (Nov.2006) of the Japanese music magazine "ADLIB" (covering Adult Contemporary Music, Jazz, R&B...) Jay Graydon was voted the second favorite guitarist in the world by the readers and his latest album Past to Present - the 70s (2006) was ranked as number 9 of the favorite albums.

ADLIB (Swing Journal, Japan) 26th Reader's Poll

FAVORITE GUITARIST
  1. Larry Carlton
  2. Jay Graydon
  3. Lee Ritenour
  4. Pat Metheny
  5. George Benson
  6. Jeff Beck
  7. Steve Lukather
  8. Eric Clapton
  9. Al McKay
  10. Buzzy Feiten
 
FAVORITE CD
  1. Stevie Wonder/Time To Love
  2. Michael Franks/Rendezvous In Rio
  3. Chicago/Chicago XXX
  4. TOTO/Falling In Between
  5. Donald Fagen/Morph The Cat
  6. Il Divo/Encore
  7. Joe Sample&Randy Crawford/Feeling Good
  8. Prince/3121
  9. Jay Graydon/Past To Present The '70s
  10. Jaco Pastorius Big Band/Word Is Out

December 3, 2006

LAUNCH OF OUR SISTER SITE JAYGRAYDON.NET

Welcome to our sister site jaygraydon.net which now is launched in full. Check out lyrics, pics, sound bites, video performances, sheet music, articles and other stuff that is interesting and Jay Graydon related. New features will be added from time to time - so keep hanging around!

October 14, 2006

JAY GRAYDON WRITES FOR EQ MAGAZINE

After the appraised article series on Recording the Guitar for Guitar.com a while back Jay will once again share his expertise in all things recording with us in a new set of articles written for EQ Magazine. Please join us for an exciting and educational journey into recording land guided by our host Jay Graydon. As most of you already know Jay Graydon is twice Grammy awarded with 12 top five Grammy finalist nominations, among them are for instance the winning R&B songs AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE and TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND and the nominations for e.g. the prestigious title "Producer of the Year" as well as a Grammy top five finalist nomination for "Best Engineered Recording".

Jay's profound knowledge of recording, engineering, songwriting, arranging, producing and related areas, has rendered him deep respect within the music industry and he has been called in as a beta tester of music gear a number of times by leading music equipment developers. Jay's music expertise comes from a deep well of experience - recording sessions from his career over the years and a desire to share his know-how with everyone who is seeking knowledge on how to develop his/her skills within the quality recording area.

First article in EQ Magazine deals with Recording Acoustic Drums Also available in the print edition of EQ Magazine for September 2006.

July 12, 2006

JAY GRAYDON MESSAGE FORUM LAUNCHED

Welcome to our message forum! Feel free to post a message, start new threads and/or respond to music related issues of your interest and share your thoughts in music and recording land. Jay has started a few threads for us and will also join the discussions when time allows.

You are invited to join the forum and discuss music issues with others. From time to time I will hang around and join the discussions as well. Feel free to post new threads and hey, please keep it clean and music related, guys. - Jay Graydon

July 11, 2006

Past to Present - the 70s - NOW with BONUS track

KING RECORDS, Japan, is releasing Past to Present - the 70s with an instrumental bonus version of IT'S RIGHT TO BE IN LOVE. The catalog number is KICP-1176 and the release date for this album is set to be August 23, 2006, but you may pre-order your copy at Amazon now...

June 5, 2006

SONIC THRUST RECORDS AT RETAILERS

Jay Graydon music released on his own record label - SONIC THRUST RECORDS - is now available to order from retail stores all over the world. Our national distributor CD BABY has a partnership with one of the largest one-stop distributors in America - Super D One-Stop.

Their database is sent to over 2400 retail stores around the world and any store can buy albums through Super D. IOW even if you do not find your local favorite store listed here, you can tell them to contact Gayland Morris at Super D to set up an account.

June 1, 2006

GUITAR WORLD FEATURES JAY GRAYDON

JAY GRAYDON is featured in the July 2006 issue of the music magazine GUITAR WORLD (circulation: 200,000 and counting... at news stands June 6).

David Konow has written an article for GUITAR WORLD about the studio musicians scene of the '70s and '80s and interviewed Jay about his career as a first call session ace guitarist. This is a story about the great guitarists who came out of the studio scene, the albums they played on, the whole shebang, or in short, a look back at a very important time in music history.

In this interview Jay says he hopes he "passed along some information that becomes educational for you future studio guys." and concludes by saying "keep the fellowship of string benders alive in creative land!"

Enjoy the interview in full in the GUITAR WORLD July 2006 issue!

March 2, 2006

THE NEW ALBUM IS NOW RELEASED

Jay Graydon's latest album Past to Present - the 70s is now released and available at CD BABY!

These recording sessions, original stuff from the 70s, are previously never released. Listen to a few sound bites from the album at CD BABY, featuring Jay singing on two of the songs (IF THERE'S A WAY and YOU CAN COUNT ON ME) and Bill Champlin on one - an alternate version of WHAT GOOD IS LOVE. Bill is also singing lead vocals on another never before released song - IT'S RIGHT TO BE IN LOVE - and like we told you earlier the album features the session aces from the 70s era and from any era - just check out the list below on the participating musicians and vocalists...

    Musicians and Vocalists:

  • GUITARS: Jay Graydon
  • KEYBOARDS: Jay Graydon, David Foster, Greg Mathieson
  • DRUMS: Jeff Porcaro, Willy Ornelas, Mike Baird, Ralph Humphrey
  • BASS: Jay Graydon, Dave McDaniel, David Hungate, Mike Porcaro, (most likely David Shields)
  • VOCALISTS: Jay Graydon, Bill Champlin, Ed Whiting, Marc Jordan, Tata Vega, Lisa DalBello, Nettie Gloud, Carmen Twillie
  • SONGWRITERS: Jay Graydon, David Foster, Bill Champlin, Harry Garfield, Marc Jordan, B. J. Cook Foster

Read Jay's extensive liner notes, i.e. the full story on the recording sessions.

The album Past to Present - the 70s is now available at CD BABY!

December 18, 2005

AWESOME NEW ALBUM IN 2006

Listen up music lovers - in mid to late February 2006 Jay will release a NEW album that will knock your socks off!!! All songs on this upcoming album are transferred from analog masters, recorded by Jay and Co. in the 70s, into a digital masterpiece of quality music and this is as close as it will ever get to another AIRPLAY album!!! How about that???

This new album - Past to Present - the 70s - features Jay Graydon on vocals, guitars, bass and some synth stuff; great singers such as Bill Champlin, Marc Jordan, Tata Vega, Lisa DalBello, Ed Whiting and more. On all tracks other musicians include such top names as David Foster, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Baird, David Hungate, Mike Porcaro, Greg Mathieson, to name a few. The album will have around 20 tracks and this stuff has never been released before. Apart from the 10 main songs, there are near 10 more bonus songs - fun stuff like TV themes, a jingle, and a few instrumental tracks of some of the first 10 songs.

Jay says about his new album...

"If you are interested in hearing great singers, musicians, and songwriters that had surfaced as "top notch" in the 70s during the beginning of their professional careers, you will enjoy the CD."

Keep hanging around the web site for the latest news on the release date and purchase info for Jay's amazing new album - Past to Present - the 70s!!! This is the one album you will want to own in 2006!

August 21, 2005

AIRPLAY 25th Anniversary album is here

Pic 
of Jay and David at David's house

Photo © Ian Eales - March 23, 2005. Thanks, Pal!!!

The album is now released and in the liner notes there is an exclusive interview with Jay Graydon and David Foster together at David's Malibu mansion. Toshi Nakada of COOL SOUND interviewed them both in March 2005 and Ian Eales (Grammy nominated engineer, one of Jay's best friends and David's brother-in-law) took this picture. A new interview with Tommy Funderburk is also added.

BTW this 25th Anniversary album sometimes has the title ROMANTIC.