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by Rez

A fused explosion of Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin and Eric Johnson influences in guitar virtuoso Scotty Hall, immersed in dark soundscapes, powerful grooves and beautiful melodies. An experience for rock electric guitar lovers not to be missed!
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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Album Notes
Scotty Hall, Electric and acoustic guitars

Scotty started his musical career as a local musician in Vancouver. He played in various club bands during the 70s, and toured the west coast of Canada. He shied away from club acts at the end of the 70s, preferring the challenge of playing original music. It didn't take long until Scotty found his way into local recording sessions.
He began his recording career around 1981, playing on numerous local album projects as a session guitarist. He worked his way up the ladder with producers the likes of Bob Rock, Bruce Fairbairn, Mike Fraser and Michael Beinhorn to name a few.

Scotty usually gets hired for blistering guitar. However, his heart lies with a lot of melody and his interests vary from Hendrix and Stravinsky, to John Mclaughlin, Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson and Stevie Wonder. He has a deep interest in Jazz and also openly embraced fusion when it arrived on the scene. Bands like Weather Report, King Crimson and Return To Forever were inspirational for Scotty. His number one idol is Django Reinhardt, a gypsy guitarist that is second to none in Scotty's eyes.

Scotty met Phil when they were playing together in a Warner Brothers recording act called Idle Eyes, which had some success in Canada. They had numerous singles through the mid to late 80s. Scotty recalls the first meeting with Phil after they played their first song together. He was so impressed that he exclaimed to Phil, "Where the hell have you been!" The match in playing ability and the energy Phil and Scotty put out was a magical energy they both felt. They promised to do a project together for quite a few years, as no drummer had ever had quite the same effect on Scotty as Phil had!

Finally, years later here is our first self-titled CD, REZ.

Phil Robertson, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Production and Engineering

Phil began his musical career as a drummer in 1982. He played brass extensively up until 1980 although he had always had a strong desire to play drums since the age of 8. He actively began to pursue his dream in 1974. Phil got his start in the studio in 1980 when he became a house drummer for a small label that did custom album work. Although it paid nothing it provided valuable experience.
That combined with playing 'live' on the vibrant Vancouver scene at the time, provided the foundation for his playing. Phil has gone on to be a first-call session musician playing on more than 100 records for labels like Warner, Electra, Atlantic, Polygram, Sparrow, Reunion and Word as well as many soundtracks and jingles over the years. He's also played on numerous huge selling video games, NBA 1999, NBA 2000, NBA 2001, Motor City USA, Need for Speed, The Simpsons Road Rage, as well as the promotional NBA video featuring Montel Jordan that was released world-wide.

He's had the pleasure of backing the late American legend Ray Charles on live television, as well as Warren Weibe and the David Foster Band, Michael Bublé, and has also toured in support of Brian Adams, Toto, Tears For Fears, and Tom Cochrane & Red Rider.

As a songwriter Phil has songs published in the U.S., Hong Kong and Korea and continues to write not only in the REZ genre but the pop/urban R&B and new country genres. Phil's musical influences flow from many different directions, but most strongly from artists like Stevie Wonder, Gino Vannelli, Joni Mitchell, Weather Report and Chic Corea to name a few. Great drummers like Steve Gadd,Vinnie Coliauta, Jeff Porcaro and Dennis Chambers have also been hugely inspiring!

Scotty and Phil's first meeting in a playing sense was memorable and exciting and has led to years of mutual inspiration in different studio situations. Hearing the fire in Scotty's playing and his tremendous soloing ability and level of expression has always been inspiring to Phil.

Rez was really the culmination of the years of playing, jamming and talking that Scotty and Phil would do on sessions. They never played live in anything except the Idle Eyes gig. One thing about Scotty was that he was very much against taking gigs just for money. It had to be something that he thought had artistic merit. The two talked for years about doing a rock/fusion guitar based project that would give them both the chance to stretch out musically and spread their wings.

The name Rez was chosen as a shorter version of 'High Rez' as in 'High Resolution'. Both Phil and Scotty thought that in a sense it described their music. Rez as a project was completely unconcerned about whether people would like it. They wrote and played exactly what they wanted to write and play - the types of music that turned them on and excited them. So from that sense it's a very honest project in Phil's mind.

That said, the two have been very happy about people's response to it thus far. If you are among those who have enjoyed it, Phil thanks you, as does Scotty. Your support and enthusiasm make it all worth-while!



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