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Eight Track III

by Dave Stryker

Guitarist Dave Stryker's Eight Track III, features Stefon Harris on vibraphone, Jared Gold on organ and McClenty Hunter on drums as they burn through Stryker's hip jazz arrangements of classic 70's hits.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Move on Up
6:11 $1.29
2. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
7:29 $1.29
3. Pretzel Logic
5:39 $1.29
4. Too High
5:16 $1.29
5. We've Only Just Begun
5:07 $1.29
6. This Guys in Love with You
6:21 $1.29
7. Everybody Loves the Sunshine
6:24 $1.29
8. After the Dance
5:38 $1.29
9. Joy Inside My Tears
4:26 $1.29
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Album Notes
Dave Stryker returns to his successful Eight Track project with Eight Track III, featuring Stefon Harris on vibraphone and Dave’s working trio of Jared Gold on organ and McClenty Hunter on drums. Stryker shares his love for these classic tunes through his creative arrangements that give the music new life. This highly anticipated recording is not only fun but swings hard and allows the dynamic guitarist and his burning band to stretch out on these hits from the Eight Track era.

“Dave we need to complete the Trilogy!” said Stefon Harris as we drove to a gig last summer. We had recorded Eight Track with my working trio of Jared Gold and McClenty Hunter back in 2013 and Eight Track II followed three years later with the great Steve Nelson on vibraphone. A Trilogy? I didn’t have to be asked twice!

The Eight Track projects have been not only fun, but musically rewarding. Playing these classic melodies from the 70’s has been a great way to connect with people and bring more people to the music, whether they remember the songs or are just discovering them. I enjoy the challenge of finding my way into these tunes by putting my own stamp on them through the arrangements and playing. (Besides, I had an Eight Track player in my van in high school and spent many hours listening to everything from Miles and Coltrane to Santana and Marvin Gaye!)

This time out we tackle Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up”, The Temptations “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone”, Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic”, and two tunes by Stevie Wonder: “Too High” and Joy Inside My Tears”. The Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” and Burt Bacharach’s “This Guys In Love” show that a great melody is a great melody no matter the decade. And Stefon does Roy Ayer’s classic “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” proud before we start to wind down with Marvin Gaye’s “After the Dance.” Throughout I have to tip my hat to these outstanding musicians and friends who brought this music to life: Stefon Harris, Jared Gold, McClenty Hunter and Mayra Casales.

In these crazy times, I hope our takes on these classic songs can bring some joy and positivity into the world. The Trilogy is complete! Viva Eight Track!

Dave Stryker



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Joe Ross, Roots Music Report

Fun, audacious and satisfying music
Jazz guitarist extraordinaire Dave Stryker has found players who are tuned in perfectly to his eclectic musical vision. They include Stefon Harris (vibes), Jerod Gold (organ), McClenty Hunter (drums) and Mayra Casales (congas and percussion). As with Eight Track and Eight Track II released in 2013 and 2016, respectively, Stryker pays tribute to a time decades ago when we were youthful, adventurous and exploratory. And cars were outfitted with tape players! Daring and bold, this quintet gives us fun, audacious and satisfying music. Thrill-seekers will enjoy Stryker’s take on these classics. How you go wrong with new jazzy arrangements of hits like Curtis Mayfield's “Move on Up,” The Temptations' “Papa was a Rollin' Stone,” and The Carpenters' “We've Only Just Begun”? It’s hard to compare these arrangements with the original releases. There are no vocals on Stryker’s Eight Track III, but there’s plenty of delight, surprise, confidence, and mighty fine instrumental expression. Other recommended tracks are Steely Dan's “Pretzel Logic,” Stevie Wonder’s “Too High” and Roy Ayer's “Everybody Loves the Sunshine.” This project makes me want to dig out some of my old tapes, as well as Stryker’s initial releases in this now-complete trilogy. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)