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Last Chance Jazz
Artist/Band: Dan Krimm
Live concert, videotaped and audio recorded November 10, 1993
Dan Krimm -- Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
Mike Foster -- Tenor Sax
Rolf Sturm -- Electric Guitar, MIDI Guitar Synthesizer
Rich Mercurio -- Drums
Producer - Dan Krimm
Recording/Live Mixing Engineer - David Stone
Audio Supervisor - Mick Oakleaf
Audio Assistants - David Robbins, Jovan Djordjevic
Mastering (August 2013) - Joe Tarantino
Video Director - Paul Kovit
Cover Image/Art Design - Dan Krimm
I was 15 years out of college, running out of steam, a make-or-break year. I had released my debut album 'Sentience' in 1986, retooled a bit and came back for the second 'Subtle Truth' in 1991. Learning from all the little mistakes made the first time around, this one had all the glitches fixed, ready to do it right.
The plan was to aim for colleges within a day trip of NYC, where I lived, for concerts in campus auditoriums and concert halls. I had the touring resources in place, the recent recording, the band that performed the recording, PR firm, we were set. Just book the gigs for the '93-'94 school year and hit the road.
Alas, in the early 90's there was a tough recession, and the colleges were still hurting with reduced concert schedules and no room for a DIY upstart trying to break through. Bad timing. By the end of the summer of '93 it was clear: not gonna happen this cycle. Would it ever? The Magic 8 Ball sez: Reply hazy, ask again later. Sorry, that's not good enough this time. Time to save myself and throw in the towel.
So then, what do you do with all of those resources you saved up for touring? It's obvious: you produce one last show with all of the bells and whistles, a final hurrah for posterity before heading off into the sunset of avocational music making. And thus emerges: Last Chance Jazz.
My engineer/producer David Stone had been using the audio recording studio at Kampo Cultural Center in recent years, and alerted me to the multi-production capabilities of the space. Paul Kovit, a fine guitarist and mandolinist as well as video editor, had helped produce a video brochure for me the previous year. David holed up in the recording studio, and Paul directed the 3-camera video crew from the editing suite. We did a multi-channel audio recording, mixed live to stereo, and a live video mix.
Our drummer, Tom Nazziola, couldn't make this gig, but he referred me to a friend of his, Rich Mercurio, a fabulous musician. Rolf and Mike were both available and we got the set into shape with a handful of rehearsals. I invited 65 of my closest friends and family to fill the house, and we had the celebration that you hear here. I made a few copies of the video for family and production participants, but otherwise put it on the shelf. I really did move on, until this year. After remastering my two albums two years ago and releasing them digitally for the first time, it was finally time to recapture this recording and make it available.
This was a live mix, and so it compares to a studio "rough mix" from an initial recording session -- not perfect in every detail, but David is an excellent engineer and he's pretty darn close. Since there are no overdubs on a live performance, the band has its glitches too. This reflects the event as performed and recorded in the moment, and I chose not to discard that authenticity to construct some sort of fiction from the multi-track tapes. Joe Tarantino has taken this slightly rough-hewn source and tweaked it into more polished shape, so it is presentable for your enjoyment instead of your frustration.
Of the 12 tunes, 7 were originals, and four of those were from 'Subtle Truth' -- the other three were newer compositions, never before (or since) recorded. This is their first release, 20 years later. These 7 tunes comprise the album. The others will await a time when mechanical licensing is set up for on-the-fly accounting for DIY-ers, but that isn't here yet.
-- Dan Krimm, August 2013