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CONTO POCO

NOTES ON SONG WRITING

This instrumental was written on my Hammond M3 organ in 1973 and recorded here by Blue Ox Band .2 at Track Master Studio in Buffalo the same year. I played organ for the first half of the tune and switched over to my Gibson ES-335 for the second half 'jam' section. The jam section I believe was put together by the band (Willie Schoellkopf, Norris Lewis, Joe Frontera and yours truly) as I had delivered the song to rehearsal in an incomplete form.

When I had the quarter inch reel to reel tape mastered to CD at Sound Scape Studio in Buffalo, I got a great listen to this rather cool little number. I think the results of the hour upon hour, day after day rehearsal schedule The Blue Ox Band imposed on itself back then, was very evident here as the song takes some tricky twist and turns that only 4 people very much on the same page together could pull off. At the time we were not the most skilled musicians on the planet, really just learning how to play our instruments, but the song's ideal sound and the band's enthusiasm for trying to capture it are very evident here. Conto Poco enjoyed a regular spot in The Blue Ox Set list and probably would have received more requests to play it if I had named it in English 'The Small Song that sounds like Santana meets Lynard Skynard'.
The Blue Ox Band Hits collection Guitar Workshop The Gang of 15 Rocket 88 Totally Live Rocket 88 Blues Life Hot Guitars from Buffalo Lead Guitar Compilation The Thirds Anthology St. Teresa's Choir Poacher of Love/The Slump The Thirds Songs from the City Line Pass it On/Are you Still? The Stone Bridge Band
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