On the heels of a massive successful North American tour, legendary & award winning melodic drummer Terry Bozzio is releasing rare and unreleased music digitally via his official website! Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Allan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness' Munetaka Higuchi & “X” Japan's Hide - as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O'Hearn - see more at www.terrybozzio.com - Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine's Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone's Top 5 Drummers of All Time!
The first group of tracks available for download is called “Simple Moments Series”. The concept was to name the “moment”. For example the track “Something to drive to”, then the title which is “Beck”.
Simple Moments Series
1. Something to drive to: $4.99
Burning Rock funk with Jeff Beck & Tony Hymas in mind.
2. Something to think about: $6.99
Neo Classical Piano Trio w/ Fretless Bass & My Drums. I improvised on live piano (poorly) then corrected and composed around that.
3. Something to dream about: $2.99
“Midnight Waltz (1800s Vienna)”
Sentimentalism and mood evoking solo piano.
4. Something for a departed friend: $3.99
“M (for Mick Karn)”
5. Something strange: $2.99
I sampled nearby farming machinery: A plowing or tilling device with different sized steel discs & made a drum part out of it. OutTrio inspired, semi-classical Guitar, Bass & Metal Drum piece.
6. Something to dance to: $2.99
“Five Nations: Arise”
Recalls my Native American experience performing Tony Hymas' “Oyate” project, from which sprung the Lonely Bears.
7. Something to gaze at: $3.99
A jazz piece I wrote while still in College! Explores different poly-chords over a pedal tone.
8-9. Something to take:
“Two Endless Trails”
1- Persistance $2.99
2- Compassion & Hope $2.99
Orchestral Strings, with Bass & Drums. Mysterious Moods.
10. Something to go deep with: $3.99
Electronic, Submersive Ambience
11. Something that “Goes to 11”: $3.99
Several Harmonic Progressions in 11/4, w/ Piano & 12 String Guitar Solos.
All Compositions Copyright: Terry Bozzio, Private Life Music ASCAP
Terry Bozzio Solo Project 1991
I've never finished it over the years until now, because of technology problems (computer not fast enough to mix - midi & sync problems, & not enough track space to do overdubs etc!) but I always liked the compositional approach to the drum parts! I look at it as a missing link between guitarshop, and melodic drumming & the ostinato! The period after recording the drums included doing the lonely bears & polytown & changing to Mapex, then DW as well.
I have a new track to release. It's called “Advent”. It's the first in the Terry Bozzio Solo Project 1991 series. I went into Jeff Burton’s garage studio (he is the son of Elvis Presley's famous guitarist James Burton!), with Missing Persons' Live Sound Engineer (who has been my dear friend from the very beginning of that band), Gary Epstein. We recorded my drums on Jeff's 16 track 2” machine.
We managed to get 9-10 tracks down with a beatbox for a hybrid sound. With no idea of what it would ultimately be, I tried to improvise composed beats along with the beat box and create different sections, based on what felt was natural to do next. I had the concept of overdubbing the music on it later.
One thing we tried right away was to float in some vocal stuff I had done with Patrick O'Hearn in his studio at previous session a year before. The result was very good and inspired me to do more with other previous recordings. At that time I was living near Jeff in Studio City and had converted my garage into a little studio too. I called it White Rooms. I had a 3M 79 16 track 2” machine (bought from Gary Wright!) as well, & some early midi equipment and started to drag the midi overdubs via a sync tone from the 3M. A very slow and tedious process at the time!
But the magic was that 2 of my previously recorded vocal tracks, just done in free space up in Oregon w/ Pat, using my vocoder, synced up unconsciously, but perfectly with 2 of the drum track's structures! So it was meant to be.
I'm still not finished with all the tracks, but I have 4 almost ready to go, & coming soon! This is the first and it's called “Advent”. It means “a coming”. Burning drums, Bulgarian Folk Singing, and driving sequencer parts. I hope you like it!