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.
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.
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
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.
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
JAY JUDGING GUITARISTS IN ONLINE COMPETITION
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!
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 ...
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
GUITAR GIANTS HANGING OUT
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.
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
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 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!!!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Label: Sonic Thrust Records
Cat. no: STRCD-011
Release date: October 2014
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
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.
JAY JUDGING JAZZ GUITARISTS IN ONLINE COMPETITION
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
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
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
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!
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 ...
"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.
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.
"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!"
"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
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 HANGS WITH DIRTY LOOPS AND THE CHAMPLINS
"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.
Dinner hang with the Champlins, Jay Graydon and Dirty Loops. Left to
right, Jay, Jonah, Will, Henrik, Tamara, Rocky, Aaron, and Bill.
Bill Champlin and Jay Graydon with the Dirty Loops cats - Henrik, Aaron, and Jonah.
Jay playing peek-a-boo... ehhh?... with the photographer with Dirty Loops wondering what is
happening in the background...
Jay (to the right) explaining how stuff works for the Dirty Loops cats, left to
right Jonah, Henrik, and Aaron.
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 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 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.
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...
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).
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
"There are times when The Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the street like an
... 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.
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
Lukather, Ray Parker Jr., Steve Porcaro, Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Lew McCreary, Bill Reichenbach, Steve Madaio, Charlie Loper, Bill Champlin, Tom
Kelly, Max Gronenthal.
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.
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'.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
... 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...
Also available on iTunes and other downloading services
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!!!
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
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:
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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...
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!
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
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!
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.