Jazz One of Indy’s most prolific and eclectic guitarists, Bill Lancton has recorded his first totally straight-ahead CD aptly titled Vintage Melange. Lancton, whose guitar plays a key role in the popular party band Dog Talk, will hold a CD release party Friday, May 21, at the Jazz Kitchen. Lancton wanted to pay tribute to the acoustic traditions of the guitar and the music of his life.
NUVO: Why is this recording a departure from what you have recorded to date?
Lancton: This is an outgrowth of my duo with bassist Dave Murray. We started redoing some old tunes from the ’60s. This is kind of a mixture of a couple of originals, some pop tunes that I grew up with and, of course, some jazz standards. I went in a more acoustic jazz view as opposed to my other CDs, which are more contemporary.
NUVO: Were you out to capture that straight-ahead jazz mood or feel that made jazz so popular in the ’60s?
Lancton: Yeah, I was reading the story of Bluenote Records and decided that rather than go into the studio and do the CD the way most CDs are done — which is to go in and do the rhythm section then bring in a horn player or somebody else and everybody does 20 different solos then pick the best ones and patch them together — I told the guys we are going to go in and set up in a circle. We are going to play the tunes and do a couple of takes of each one and move on to the next one and no one is going to correct anything and there are not going to be any overdubs.
There will be no overdubbing when Lancton sets up with Jeff DeHerdt, Dave Murray and Kenny Phelps at the Jazz Kitchen for an evening of the music of everyone’s life, played with a swinging panache.
Indy Jazz Fest update The sixth annual Indy Jazz Fest presented by Kroger has made some changes and additions to its lineup. On Saturday, June 19, reggae and pop superstar Shaggy will replace Wyclef Jean on the Blues and Roots Stage. Added to that stage’s Saturday lineup: local artists Gordon Bonham Blues Band. Indy Jazz Fest tickets are on sale at all Central Indiana Kroger stores or online at www.indyjazzfest.net.