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Walkabout

by Carl Poposki

A collection of compositions spanning eight years and multiple genres. Walkabout features everything from big band jazz to rock to funk.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. I'm Your Huckleberry
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2. What Is This Thing Called Love?
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3. All Green Lights
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4. Interlude I
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5. Curtis
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6. Integridad
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7. Interlude II
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8. Walkabout
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9. Live and Learn
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10. All Green Lights (Alternate Take)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This project has always been a labor of love. An opportunity to preserve some compositions, feelings, and memories of a time in my life when I began playing trombone exclusively for a living. Ups, downs, and a few spots in between. I set out to make a record with my friends and that’s exactly what happened. Thank you all so much!

Special thanks to:

- Mike Sailors for supporting the idea to ‘document’ this material.
- Kelly Flynn who applauded my efforts from the very beginning (the CD is in the mail, K Man) and also helped me with the idea to record this project in several stages.
- Dustin “Dr.” Bear: ship roommate and fellow Finale enthusiast. “Now…whatchoo wanna do is…”
- Angela my sweet love who encourages me daily and is a constant inspiration.
- ALL the musicians who performed on the record. I appreciate all of you and your incredible talent. Thanks for bringing my tunes to life!
- Craig, Brent, and Tony back in Indianapolis for the support in trying times, the Big Funky C moniker, and friendship.
- Jared Cobb for helping provide the studio space at Media Tech and for recording the big band sessions. Largest ensemble recording in school history!
- Chris Romain for his enthusiastic support of this project and his engineering/mixing talents.
- Cam Covello…bass player, mix & master engineer, photographer, videographer, editor…the list goes on and on. This project wouldn’t be the same without you. Far out, man.

Dedicated to my lovely mother, Joan Williams. I love you.


Personnel:

PIANO
Ben McDonald: 1, 2, 6
Daniel Porter: 3, 5, 9, 10

BASS
Cam Covello: 2, 3, 5, 9, 10
Justin ‘Jay Mck’ McKinney: 4, 7, 8
Jonathan Fisher: 1, 6

DRUMS
Scott Michaels: 1-10

SAXOPHONE
Matt Feltner (alto): 1, 5, 6 (tenor): 3, 10
Mark Hartsuch (tenor): 1, 5, 6, 9
Devin Eddleman (alto): 1, 6
Clay Pritchard (tenor): 1, 6
Garrett Wingfield (bari): 1, 6

TRUMPET
Daniel Matthews: 1, 5, 6, 9
Michael Campagna: 1, 6
Pete Clagett: 1, 6
Chris Clark: 1, 6

TROMBONE
David Butler: 1, 2, 6
Kale Scherler: 1, 2, 6
Joakim Toftgård: 1, 2, 6

ENGINEERING
Jared Cobb (rec engineer): 1, 6
Chris Romain (rec/mix engineer): 4, 7, 8
Cam Covello (rec/mix engineer): 1-3, 5, 6, 9, 10

Tracks 1 and 6 were recorded at MediaTech Institute in Dallas, TX. Tracks 2, 3, 5, 9 and 10 were recorded at Laguna Sound Studio in Denton, TX. Tracks 4, 7 and 8 were recorded at SNL Studios in Plano, TX.

All music composed by Carl Poposki, with the exception of track 2 (Cole Porter) and track 8 (Flea, A. Kiedis, D. Navarro, C. Smith).

Photography and design by Cam Covello.
Mastered at Laguna Sound Studio in Denton, TX.


Track Notes:

This album is intended as a set piece to be enjoyed in order, with interludes, at one time. Below are some specific notes about each track along with approximate composition dates.

I’m Your Huckleberry (September 2013)
An uptempo minor blues based on a riff I came up with while warming up before a Welcome Aboard show on Adventure of the Seas. Meant to be played at blistering speed by a killer band. Mission accomplished!
(Solos: Pete Clagett, Clay Pritchard)

What Is This Thing Called Love? (March 2009 & March 2014)
This arrangement is a combination of a couple of personally inspirational sources. The first source is, of course, a famous recording by J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. Secondly, Steve Turre put out a record called One 4 J that he and many other trombonists recorded as a tribute to J.J. I fleshed out the J&K arrangement to four trombones and used some of my favorite lines from Steve Turre’s later solo as inspiration for the shout section. Yes, that is Kale Scherler taking the second shout line before the drum break UP an octave. WHOA. Also of note on this recording, all four trombonists performed on Butler Trombones (butlertrombones.com). Dave and I are on full carbon fiber horns, Kale and JT are using Butler slides.
(Solos: David Butler, Kale Scherler, Ben McDonald, Cam Covello)

All Green Lights (July 2011)
My former stepson Ted and I were driving one day in Indianapolis. It was a beautiful, sunny day and we were rolling with the windows down, loving life, and hitting “all green lights.” When we got home, 6-year-old Ted and I sat down at the piano and scratched out this tune. This one is for Ted who truly embodies the 'good vibes only' space in my memory. Love you, buddy.
(Solos: Cam Covello, Matt Feltner, Carl Poposki, Daniel Porter)

Curtis (January 2014)
A minor blues that was written on or around my birthday. This tune was inspired by the legendary Detroit trombonist, Curtis Fuller.
(Solos: Carl Poposki, Matt Feltner, Daniel Matthews, Mark Hartsuch, Daniel Porter)

Integridad (July 2013)
Integrity (noun): the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. This tune was conceived at a time in my life during which I was putting some distance between myself and other people who had operated without integrity.
(Solos: Carl Poposki, Clay Pritchard, Pete Clagett)

Walkabout (January 2018)
I’ve always loved the Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘One Hot Minute’ album. It is often panned by critics (and the band members, at times) as having lots of ‘mistakes’ on it. To me, that’s what gives the recording character. I like the idea of the band just playing it in and living with the result. At least in the scripted Hollywood version of my life, that’s what happened. Walkabout is my favorite track from the RHCP album and it was an easy choice to cover and use as the title track for this project. The title perfectly captured the time in my life when I left Indianapolis and escaped to cruise ships to find myself. Much love to Chris Romain who captured the essence of this song with his mix.
(Solo: Carl Poposki)

Live and Learn (September 2017)
This tune was written on the other side of a long journey that started with the composition of Integridad and ended in my happy relocation to Dallas. As a friend of mine told me years ago, “Focus on the windshield, not the rearview mirror.” Indeed.
(Solos: Carl Poposki, Daniel Porter, Mark Hartsuch, Daniel Matthews, Scott Michaels)

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