The Music of Melvin Sparks

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Beau Sasser and Bill Carbone spent several years as the other two-thirds of Melvin Sparks’ trio. At first, most nights were marked by Sparks’ distinctive brand of constructive criticism, both on stage and off. But Beau and Bill listened and learned, and soon the three developed an undeniable chemistry.

Sparks was always planning for the future, and he frequently played the band demos of songs he wanted to record or other tracks—everything from Jimmy Smith to Zapp and Roger—that he thought would be good live. Sparkplug is Sasser and Carbone’s way of paying tribute to Sparks by performing the songs that he wrote and on which he played during his 45 year career as well as imagining what else he might do if he was still here.

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released July 23, 2011

Featuring:
Beau Sasser - Organ
Bill Carbone - Drums
David Davis - Saxophone, EWI, Vocoder
Jamemurrell Stanley - Percussion
w/ special guest Ryan Hommel - Guitar

Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Andrew Fogliano
Recorded May 1, 2011 at Wesleyan University
Photos and Design by Genevieve Gaignard

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Sparkplug Middletown, Connecticut

Organist Beau Sasser and drummer Bill Carbone spent several years as 2/3 of the late soul-jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks’ trio. At first, most nights featured Sparks’ distinctive brand of constructive criticism, but they listened & learned & ultimately developed an undeniable chemistry. This is their way of honoring Melvin by performing his music & imagining what else he'd do if he was still here. ... more

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