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"Facility can inform your creativity but it’s not where the creativity comes from.”

In Shat Talk Episode 005 I spoke with three time Grammy Award-winning guitarist and composer Bob Lanzetti who is releasing his debut record Whose Feet are These That are Walking on September 29.

Whose Feet are These That are Walking consists of six original compositions written over an 8-year period, as well as a cover of the Beach Boys’ single ‘Caroline No.’ This instrumental record organically melds together a variety of genres including Americana, Jazz, Avant-garde, Rock, Afro-beat, and Country. The compositions are melodic and “tuneful,” with the guitar acting, at times, more as a lead vocalist than a lead guitarist.

Whose Feet are These That are Walking features Bob Lanzetti on electric, acoustic, baritone, and hammertone guitars and piano, Philip Sterk on pedal steel guitar, Matt Aronoff on bass, and Jordan Perlson on drums. Additionally, several tracks include different guest musicians including members of Snarky Puppy (Cory Henry and Michael League). Having played together in a variety of settings for over 10 years, the band is able to move as one, effortlessly changing styles as well as weaving between composition and improvisation. Whose Feet are These That are Walking is set to be released on September 29th with a US tour to follow.

All songs composed by Bob Lanzetti except “Caroline, No” written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher.

The songs heard in this podcast are: 

Caroline, No
Jenny Is A Donkey
Happy Stranger

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“In order to create something you’ve gotta have limitations.”

We're finally back! For Shat Talk Episode 004 I spoke with three-time Emmy-nominated pianist and composer Steve Sandberg whose scoring, songwriting, and musical direction for “Dora the Explorer,” “Go, Diego, Go!,” and “Dora and Friends” helped to make these shows the landmarks that they are in children’s television worldwide. We discuss his new classical and world music quartet called Alaya, of which I am a part, as well as his time in the electronic music department at Yale, his passion for Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, and Indian music, playing in the Rei Momo band w/ David Byrne, studying with Seymour Bernstein, and lot’s more.

To go to the fun-funded project page for the new acoustic Alaya CD with Zach Brock go to…-Steven-Sandberg

Music samples courtesy of Steve Sandberg.

"Elastic Plastic Generation" by Steve Sandberg(from Elastic Plastic Generation, 2015, Teknofonic Recordings)

"Unicorn Scene" by Steve Sandberg (from Dora The Explorer, Viacom Entertainment)

"Oromi" by Steve Sandberg ‎(from Daniel Ponce's album Arawe, 1987, Antilles New Directions)

"Prelude No. 2" by Steve Sandberg (personal recording)

"Master of Prayer" by Steve Sandberg (from Alaya, 2015)

"Janos" by Steve Sandberg (from a soundcheck at Cornelia Street Cafe, 2016)

"A Dream" by Steve Sandberg (from Alaya, 2015)



"Keep an ear out for a fresh idea that seems like it’s you."

In Shat Talk Episode 003 I spoke with award-winning bassist and composer Matt Ulery who has just released his seventh record, Festival, on Woolgathering Records. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase structures, and expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery’s music is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk – specifically American, South American, Balkan, and other European folk styles.

Matt and I definitely talked some shat as we discussed his compositional process, the importance of developing one's inner musical voice, working as both a writer and sideman, and his continuing collaboration with Grammy Award winners Eighth Blackbird.

Music samples from Festival courtesy of Woolgathering Records.

Music samples from In The Ivory and By A Little Light courtesy of Greenleaf Music.

"Hubble" by Matt Ulery(from Festival, 2016, Woolgathering Records)

"The Peacocks" by Jimmy Rowles, arranged by Matt Ulery, featuring Zach Brock (from Festival, 2016, Woolgathering Records)

"Depth Of Winter" by Matt Ulery(from Festival, 2016, Woolgathering Records)

"Visceral" by Matt Ulery, featuring Rob Clearfield(from In The Ivory, 2014, Greenleaf Music)

"Hymnody" by Matt Ulery(from Festival, 2016, Woolgathering Records)

"Resilin" by Matt Ulery, featuring Eighth Blackbird(from In The Ivory, 2014, Greenleaf Music)

"There's a Reason and a Thousand Ways" by Matt Ulery, featuring Grazyna Auguscik(from In The Ivory, 2014, Greenleaf Music)

"To Lose Your Mind" by Matt Ulery(from By A Little Light, 2012, Greenleaf Music)…ight/id532408408



“Working with, in many cases, more mainstream songs has kind of helped me to find what I want my sound to be as an original writer.”

In Shat Talk Episode 002 I spoke with award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist Laila Biali who has been garnering world-wide recognition for performances at venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall. She has toured with Grammy award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and has recorded with and supported international icon, Sting.

Laila and I Skype’d for over an hour and discussed far-ranging topics that included the fear of improvisation, arranging and finding one’s original voice, motherhood, and getting to work with your musical heroes and heroines.

All music samples courtesy of Laila Biali.

“Upside Down” by Laila Biali & The Radiance Project (from House of Many Rooms, 2015)

“Joy” by Laila Biali (from Tracing Light, 2010)

“And So It Goes” by Billy Joel, arranged by Laila Biali(from Tracing Light, 2010)

“Human Condition” by Laila Biali (from Tracing Light, 2010)

“Radiance” by Laila Biali (from Sea to Sky, 2007)

“Let Go” by Imogen Heap, arranged by Laila Biali (from Live in Concert, 2012)

“Still The One” by Laila Biali & Marc Jordan (from Live in Concert, 2012)

“Home” by Laila Biali & The Radiance Project (from House of Many Rooms, 2015)

“Come Anything” by Laila Biali & The Radiance Project (from House of Many Rooms, 2015)…ooms/id976244562



“…blues-rock-funk attitude, but with a little bit of jazz language… and a delay pedal… and a whammy bar.”

Ever wonder what it’s like to play with a diverse range of artists like Snarky Puppy, Erykah Badu, and Pat Boone, all while recording a weekly television show and releasing your own records at the same time? Guitarist Mark Lettieri talks about it in our inaugural interview.

Some of Mark’s recent studio work includes sessions for David Crosby, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Adam Levine, Kirk Franklin, Lalah Hathaway, Lupe Fiasco, Keyshia Cole, and Xzibit.

We caught up with Mark shortly after the release of his third solo album, Spark and Echo, and as he prepares for a joint tour of the Southeast US with keyboard phenom Shaun Martin.

Music samples courtesy of Ropeadope Records and GroundUP Music.

“Spark and Echo” by Mark Lettieri from Spark and Echo (Ropeadope)

“Strawman” by Michael League from Bring Us The Bright (GroundUP)

“Jefe” by Mark Lettieri from Culcha Vulcha (GroundUP)

“Goonsquad” by Mark Lettieri from Spark and Echo (Ropeadope)

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears, arranged by Mark Lettieri, from Spark and Echo (Ropeadope)

“Slant” by Mark Lettieri from Spark and Echo (Ropeadope)

“Red Racer” by Mark Lettieri from Spark and Echo (Ropeadope)

“Montreal” by Mark Lettieri, featuring Shaun Martin, from Spark and Echo (Ropeadope)

“Little Minx” by Mark Lettieri from Spark and Echo (Ropeadope)…cho/id1109149830