The Howland/Imboden Project | Live At the Baked Potato

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Live At the Baked Potato

by The Howland/Imboden Project

All instrumental heavy jazz fusion featuring members of the band Chicago.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Don't Wake The Baby
8:06 album only
2. Theme From A Love Dream
7:08 album only
3. Your Old Thingy
7:58 album only
4. Cement Mixer
5:35 album only
5. Philly Blue
5:12 album only
6. Fallin' In A Hole
6:14 album only
7. Sharp Funk 5
8:03 album only
8. The Last One
7:27 album only
9. Friday The 13th
5:25 album only
10. Mr Ceiling Fan
4:28 album only
11. Inching Towards...?
7:05 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
A note from guitarist Keith Howland:

During the summer of 2001 while on the road with Chicago, drummer Tris Imboden and myself (Keith Howland) decided to put together an album (CD I suppose) of instrumental fusion music that was to be called "The Howland/Imboden Project". We had already tracked one instrumental tune (Fallin' In A Hole) which was sort of the seed that became the forthcoming record. Into the studio we went that fall and calling upon all of our musician friends and also our Chicago bandmates we completed "The Howland/Imboden Project" CD and released it right here on CDBaby (where it's still available by the way) in October of 2001. Well, over the next couple of years we talked and threatened to play some of the music live but never seemed to put it together. Then one day in the fall of 2003 I received a call from a friend inquiring if the Project would be interested in playing a benefit concert in LA for a worthy cause. Well, we accepted the offer and decided to take the opportunity to play the benefit but to also book a gig the following night at the world famous jazz club "The Baked Potato" in North Hollywood. I've seen many amazing musicians in that little windowless club that seats about 75 people including Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Allan Holdsworth, Greg Mathieson and the late great Jeff Porcaro just to name a few. We knew that bassist Lance Morrison was a lock for the 3rd member of the live band but we needed someone who could come in and really cover lots of musical bases and also elevate the improvisation side to a level worthy of The Baked Potato name. Well, we found him in keyboardist Steve Weingart who most know from his work with the amazing Dave Weckl Band. Now that the band was in place, we scheduled a rehearsal for the day of the benefit and each of us started working on the material on our own time. Leading up to the shows, I waffled on whether to bring along some recording gear to document the performances but decided in the end to go forward with the plan. Well, the rehearsal was decent, the benefit was better, but the Potato gig really had some magic moments. The band was still having to pay attention to arrangements as well as just remembering melodies and changes but everyone was listening to each other and the improvisation and interaction was inspiring. After listening to the recordings of that night, you could really hear the excitement and fun that we were all having as well as the sound of that tiny magical room. At that point I started to ask myself whether we should go ahead and release our first gig (well second I guess) as a live album or if we should do more shows and see if we could do better. Could we perform some of the Xs and Os of the tunes better? Sure we could. Could we recapture the magic of our first gig at the Baked Potato? Probably not. So with that, I present to you The Howland/Imboden Project "Live At The Baked Potato" and hope that you can feel the energy of that night in the recording. I know I sure can!



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Melinda Miller

Keith totally ROCKS!
One again Maestro Howland shows us why he's been with Chicago longer than any other guitar player. I love his playing and I love his style...Hopefully the rest of his cds which I've ordered come in the mail today...Always on time like CD Baby promises!

Denise Reiland

Love it!!!
Keith and Tris are awesome!!!!!!!! You really get to hear their style!!!!

Holly Henrey

This CD was even better than I had hoped. I can't wait for more great music from Keith and Tris. They are the real deal, talented and innovative, musically adventurous and fun.


great CD ...
... but it would be even more interesting if there would be another solo instrument e.g. a saxophone. I think the CD would get more versatile.

Paul B

Excellent! Great Musicianship
Great sounding music. Very gifted musicians. What a pleasure
to listen to.


Live At the Baked Potato
Hi Keith and Tris. I loved the CD You guys got it together. The only thing I would add would be a few vocals. Next time Keith, when you throw a pick make sure it gets to me. And Tris, the guy with the sunshine smile, you light of the concerts.

Steve Gledhill, Naperville, IL

Incredible fun!
This is great instrumental rock 'n' roll fun! These are excellent musicians that you can't really appreciate until you take them out of the pop element (Chicago) where in this setting they play and treat the listener to something special. If they replaced the occasional synthesizer sounds (too 80s) with more B3 organ, and if the recording wasn't so warm in its tonal texture, this would definitely rate as a 5 star CD. It is musically a great time.


Great instrumental!!!
Fabulous, so much more than I expected and I expected alot!!!! If you like a great instrumental guitar band, you will LOVE this!

Bill Ritter

good but not as good as the original
Talent is there. But, recording quality of live couls be better.

woody bluezz moore

very energetic, excellent musicianship.
everything great about cd except talking between songs was impossible to hear. excellent musicianship. great listening cd. will look forward to more in future. highly recommend to everyone who likes good music.
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