John Tabacco and Meryl Mathews | Fuzzy Gray Logic

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Fuzzy Gray Logic

by John Tabacco and Meryl Mathews

Catchy, Jazzy Pop Rock with a 90's /70's vibe. Strong melodies with specific chord structures.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Feels So Good This Time
3:39 album only
2. Don't Run Away
4:49 album only
3. I Could Never Play 4 Keeps
4:06 album only
4. No Folks Left From The Old School
4:38 album only
5. What's The Difference?
6:01 album only
6. Too Many Wasted Nights
3:28 album only
7. 2 Steps Forward / 1 Step Back
3:51 album only
8. Somethin' To Believe In
3:21 album only
9. People Of The 90's
5:40 album only
10. Satin Lies
3:45 album only
11. Another Nite Out On The Town
6:11 album only
12. 3 Cheers 4 The Cadillac
5:05 album only
13. Stage Fright Lover
4:14 album only
14. Sometimes I Wish I Had A Clone
5:41 album only
15. Knew That I'd Find Love In You
4:51 album only
16. Last Days
2:26 album only


Album Notes
Fuzzy Gray Logic is actually the name of the group Meryl Mathews and I came up with many years ago. A boy and a girl with similar background influences just testing the waters, tossing around musical ideas that we thought would be fun to listen to... In fact, five of these tunes originated during one night long session we had at Back Door Studios in Huntington Station, NY. That night sparked us to complete this collection. We were fortunate to have such fine players as Steely Dan's be-bop guitarist Drew Zingg, David Byrne's hard hitting drummer Todd Turkisher, Joe Jackson's violinist Todd Reynolds, Peter Noone's arranger Chris Pati on guitar, Lady Gaga's bass guitarist Mitch Cohn, and WUSB's Jim Dexter on guitar to name a few who helped us see our musical vision to fruition.

For the continuity freaks out there: There are also a few lingering Fuzzy Gray Logic tunes that ended up on some of my solo CDs i.e. Boson Kabloona Waiting Around, Go Figya, Orphan Cornucopia etc... so if you like this kind of songwriting feel free to track down those discs as well.

As a side note, I had the great fortune to play in Bad Dobern, East Germany in 2002 at the 13th annual Zappanale and two FGL songs (2 Steps Forward, and No Folks Left From The Old School from this disc) were performed. Considering the language barrier they went over extremely well. A strong melody with sympathetic chords will do that.

This CD never got the press it deserved but I think with the few recent re-mixes I've done, it's still a fresh collection of strong songwriting reflecting some of the best attributes of 70's rock and pop in a 90's context. I hope you agree.
- JT



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Adria R Friedman

An excellent alternative and jazzy array of songs.
An alternative and jazzy array of songs made for radio. Notably excellent are 3 Cheers 4 The Cadillac, Somethin' To Believe In, I Could Never Play 4 Keeps, and Another Night Out On The Town. The musical production is extremely clean and vividly sharp.

L. Serpico

Solid sophisticated song writing with great vocals
The songs on this CD are very memorable and the chord changes are cool. The lyrics cover mostly relationship problems but are not typical fluff. There is depth here and there is also some humor. Any songwriters who use the phrase Lung Fish For Dinner in a tune are all right in my book. John Tabacco (who I saw perform at 5 Towns College) is a great singer and all the performances are top notch. Drew Zingg plays some tasty bop guitar on Play 4 Keeps and electric violinist Todd Reynolds wails all over Another Nite Out On The Town. Meryl Mathews (one half of FGL) puts in a dreamy vocal performance in the touching Knew That I'd Find Love In You. And the last track is a gorgeous Mathews instrumental that showcases her mastery of concise sophisticated chord structure akin to Donald Fagen and Monk. Great stuff!

paty lombard

darling...where have you been all my life?
just wow. stumbled upon this by absolute accident (or absolute predestination) but went madly out of my mind. HAD to buy it that instant and sit down with a glass of white and just suck it up! holy s***. really. how did i not know of this??? thank god (and the internet) for this discovery. i am in (here comes that word again) absolute heaven! yummy and thrilling and sounding like my youth. This is so superior to the crap that walks off with Grammys every year. Baby really, really like.