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Giving Back

by David Garfield

Contemporary funk pairs up with jazz fusion, tied up with a thread of world music.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Desert Hideaway
7:16 album only
2. Laws of Love
5:25 album only
3. Tune for Tony
5:20 album only
4. The One with a Broken Heart
5:03 album only
5. Two Bunch Samba
5:37 album only
6. Time Will Tell
6:09 album only
7. For the Love of You
6:32 album only
8. Sweet P.C.
5:59 album only
9. Tok
5:47 album only
10. Josie
5:39 album only
11. Zuke
6:19 album only
12. Los
5:58 album only
13. Satori
1:04 album only


Album Notes
DAVID GARFIELD - BIO "Giving Back" is David Garfield's fine new CD, just released with 13 hot new tracks recorded in Los Angeles and New York, David brought together over 30 top musicians who, with their amazing talents, shared in the creation of this project. His music grew from the spiritual journey that connects all of us, nourishes our souls and joins our spirits with love. These great grooves are a fresh direction for his West Coast Sound and area reflected in his writing and live performances as well.

The extraordinary release, Tribute to Jeff, a 75 member all-star memorial to famed Grammy winning drummer Jeff Porcaro, marks David Garfield's solo debut under his own name. The album's fascinating breadth of styles, arrangements and top name band member contributions are a fitting culmination and reflection of Garfield's two decade plus career-span notable for his amazing genre-to-genre diversity, all-star collaborations and success as a lead performer, composer, arranger and musical director for some of popular music's leading artists.

Garfield has one of those who's who, what's what resumes that begs the question, what HASN'T he done? Over the span of his career, he's scored and recorded for films ("Annie," "Always" with J.D. Souther), television ("Fame" and its five accompanying "Kids from Fame" recordings), and commercials (Coca Cola, McDonald's, Seven Up). He's produced 25 albums and appeared on close to 80 with such artists as Cher, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Spinal Tap, The Manhattan Transfer, Keiko Matsui and The Rippingtons; toured with Earl Klugh, Michael McDonald, Nancy Wilson, Oleta Adams/Luther Vandross, and Brenda Russell; was musical director for George Benson (from 1986-90) and Dianne Reeves; appeared on The Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall and Solid Gold; and has composed and recorded over 100 original compositions.

As if that array of challenges weren't enough to satisfy his creative urges, Garfield has led several popular rock/jazz/funk/world beat fusion bands in Los Angeles since his arrival in the mid-70s. The first of these was Karizma, which he formed with top session players Carlos Vega, Lenny Castro, Mike Landau and Jimmy Johnson. Karizma played sold out club dates in L.A. for years and released four albums ("Dream Come True," "Cuba," "All The Way Live," and "Arms of Love") to great success in Japan, Australia and throughout Europe. At one point, Karizma, which still regroups every so often, also toured extensively, including dates with Sadao Watanabe, Jeff Lorber and the Yellowjackets.

Garfield and longtime friend/collaborator, guitarist Steve Lukather from Toto, formed Los Lobotomys in 1985, and this band has also met with great success in L.A. and abroad. In 1994, Garfield and Lukather produced the guitarist's second solo album, "The Candyman", on Sony International. The project featured Fee Waybill from the Tubes and Simon Phillips, drummer for The Who. The band embarked on a sell out tour of Europe and Japan, sharing stages with Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and others.

As is typical of his musical resume, Garfield has worked on a number of unique projects over the past few years, both at home, in Europe and Japan. The Los Lobotomys tour led to a long-term scoring assignment on a German TV show. He has produced various Japanese artists in addition to working with top Italian singing star Eros Ramazzotti.

Garfield has also performed at Keyboard Magazine's 20th Anniversary Concert at the NAMM show alongside Bruce Hornsby and Joe Zawinal, played at the Modern Drummer magazine's anniversary concert with Steve Ferrone, scored the syndicated TV show "Sentinel", sat in with Isaac Hayes and The Blues Brothers at a House of Blues benefit concert, released two DCI instructional videos on how to play rock and roll keyboards, written music for the trailer for the Billy Crystal-Robin Williams comedy "Father's Day" with James Newton-Howard, and written background cues for Good Day L.A. In between these gigs, he was pouring over the logistics and finally the recording sessions for the Tribute to Jeff release.

Garfield has also formed a production company, Creatchy Productions. With access to the top studio musicians and state of the art technological equipment, they offer modern production values to both commercial and experimental projects. Creatchy Productions has released eight projects by various artists, and has accessed the Japanese youth market.

By continuing to craft world music with Contemporary Jazz and to delve into new international technologies, Garfield has secured his niche as a visionary in contemporary music. At first glance, all of these diverse projects may seem to have little in common with his earliest gigs touring and recording with Willie Bobo, Freddie Hubbard and Tom Scott. But at age 45, the Chicago born, New York and St. Louis bred Garfield can summarize his entire, admittedly all encompassing career in three simple words: "I make music. That's my mission statement. Things developed slowly over time, 'til I was playing every different kind of music in unique situations. Always going against the grain, doing music that may not have been the in thing at the time but hanging around until it became popular. It all goes back to when I was seven years old, first learning the piano," he adds. "There seemed like a great spiritual connection there, and I felt compelled to keep playing. I started my life playing rock, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk and started meeting more and more jazz musicians in St. Louis which made jazz a logical second love for me. It's been an incredible education."



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Garfield's most focused and mature record ever.
Out of David Garfield's many solo records, Giving Back is without a doubt his most focused and mature ever. It is simply his best album !
There is definitively a David Garfield style. A unique mix of jazz, pop, R&B, west coast and fusion, Giving Back takes you on a rich and passionate musical journey.
Capturing the energy of Garfield's live gigs, this album has something to offer to anyone : fusion with the superb Tune For Tony (dedicated to Tony Williams and featuring double drumming by the legendary Vinnie Colaiuta and Gregg Bissonnette), contemporary jazz as good as it gets with Desert Hideaway, a twist of Brazil with Two Bunch Samba, R&B groove lesson with For The Love Of You (featuring Santana's Alex Ligertwood - the most soulful singer ever) and top class west coast in the form of Steely Dan's Josie, Giving Back is truly a masterpiece. Music for the love of music. In a perfect world, this album should go multi-platinum !

Kenneth Bremer

A masterpiece from David "Creatchy" Garfield
Check the musician lineup, then listen to the songs. A great journey thruout David Garfields music universe. Jason Scheff, Bill Champlin & Alex Ligertwood are giving this album great vocalworks.

Jon Brewer

Great music performed by phenomenally gifted musicians.
Dave Garfield has produced another outstanding piece of work, in the process bringing together some of the world's greatest musicians. If you love good music and appreciate incredible musicianship, buy this CD -- you will not be disapointed.