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Guitar Decathlon

by The Wayne Riker Collective

A landmark recording, featuring ten top shelf guest guitarists, from ten different musical worlds, one on each track, jamming out with me to ten of my instrumental compositions, ranging from Country to Heavy Metal, and everything in between.
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1. Hurdles
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2. Discus
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3. 110 Yard Dash
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4. Pole Vault
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5. The Roman Mile
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6. The 400 Meter Blues
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7. High Jump Etude
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9. Shotput Blues
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10. The Javelin Concerto
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Album Notes
Ten top shelf guitarists, from ten different musical worlds, all from
the greater San Diego area, join me in jamming out to ten of my
instrumental compositions . I've either played with, or watched live,
each of these guitarists in their respective styles, all accomplished
fretboard maestros. This landmark CD will take you on a one of a kind
eclectic musical journey, via an authentic representation of each
genre, supported by rotating rhythm sections, featuring premier bass
players, drummers and percussionists from each style. The twenty-two
musicians heard on this disc, are not only high level players, but
consummate pros and conscientious persons, many of whom I hadn't
played with in decades, including a reunion with my brother, Walt.
Google their names and learn more about their playing history, along
with accompanying performance videos. I have equal respect for all the
styles represented on this recording, having played in the trenches,
taught, and transcribed numerous tunes in each genre. Thanks, and
enjoy this unique disc, a guitar fiesta from start to finish

The absence of keys, horns or strings, keeps a strong
emphasis on the two guitar theme throughout. Many of the 22 musicians
on this recording, are ones I've played with or known about over the
years here, and culminates a great spotlight for so many deserving
local musicians. Some of the personnel, in each group, were
combinations of players just meeting for the first time, and some who
play together regularly. There are no overdubs, and most of the tracks
were done anywhere from one to three takes, creating a strong "live"
vibe to this recording.

Laura Chavez joins me on the opening track, in the Jump Blues format.
She's an up and coming guitarist in the national blues scene,
currently residing in Mountain View, California, but has become a
fixture in the San Diego music scene, playing with local singer,
Candye Kane. I caught her with Kane's group, back in 2010 at Croce's
Restaurant, where I was immediately impressed with her command of the
fretboard, as a rhythm and lead player. At 28 years old, she had a
powerful and expressive playing style way beyond her years. Burt
Newman, a veteran of the local scene, joins us on bass.

Jimmy Patton joins me on the Acoustic Fusion track. I remember seeing
Jimmy on some of the local TV morning shows, back when he was a
teenager, playing two guitars at once with an amazing sense of melody
and improvisational skills. Now in his late 30's, he's become a tour
de force as a solo guitarist, group performer and composer on acoustic
and electric guitars. Frank Lazzaro joins us on doumbek drum; he's a
member of the popular Middle Earth band, and fronts his own group, The
Travel Agents, playing drums.

Jim Soldi joins me on the Rockabilly track. I first met Jim in 1981,
when the country scene was bubbling over during the Urban Cowboy
phase, and the Mustang Club, Big Oak Ranch & Circle D Corral were the
places to line dance and be in San Diego County. Jim was the
guitarist for the legendary local band, "Montezuma's Revenge." I was
with "Hey Fever", along with upright bassist, Mike Craig, whom also
plays on this track. Mike and I were also both teaching at The New
Expression Music Shop at that time, along with Dennis Caplinger, who
was playing electric guitar for "Country Casanova." It's the first
time that Mike and I have played together since the early 80's, as he
has recently returned to the area as of last year. In 1984 he had a
one year stint as bassist for Lonnie Mack, opening up for Stevie Ray
Vaughan. It's the first time Jim and I have played together. Jim spent
a decade in Nashville playing with Johnny Cash for seven years and in
Ricky Skaggs' band as well. His family has owned and operated Valley
Music in El Cajon; his dad was a well known country swing musician
back in the day.

Andy Tirpak joins me on the Funk track. Andy, as well, has been a long
time veteran bar band musician, playing in numerous bands too. I first
met him in 1986 when his band, "The Premiers", and mine, "Sh Boom",
were both playing the same neighborhood bar circuit, from the Silver
Fox in PB, to Dock Masters, to The Horseshoe Lounge in Lemon Grove,
where we were the alternating house bands that year, when it became
Dirk's Horseshoe Lounge. Currently Andy plays in a few groups, one
being the show band, "Atomic Groove", and as a drummer in "Mother

Dan Papaila joins me on the Jazz track. I met Dan in 2007 when we were
both teaching at Old Time Music in North Park (formerly The New
Expression, House of Strings & Acoustic Expressions). We were wall to
wall in our teaching studios, and would often trade licks back and
forth, in between students. Dan is a veteran jazz performer and busy
teacher and educator.

Robin Henkel joins me on the Acoustic Blues track. First time that
Robin and I have played together; Robin, like myself, has been a long
time private guitar instructor here in San Diego. Over the years we
have shared many of the same students, particularly blues and jazz
leaning students. Robin is also a wonderfully versatile musician,
skilled on acoustic and electric guitars, Dobro, slide guitar and bass
guitar, in addition to being a skilled composer, songwriter and

Mike Pfahler joins me on the rock track. I met Mike in the mid 90's,
in the heyday of the hard rock clubs in the area, including Park
Place, Diamond Jim's, Fogerty's & The Navajo Inn. A few of the groups
in that circuit, made me an honorary member of those groups, as I
would sit in with them on many a night. Mike is currently with
Nemesis, now celebrating 25 years on the local scene, while before
that, fronted his long running group, Ballistic. Dino De Luke, from
Nemesis, joins us on drums, and Billy Fritz, from Wendy Bailey & True
Stories, joins us on bass.

Peter Sprague joins me on the Latin track. Peter has also been a long
time guitar teacher and educator in the San Diego area, also mutually
exchanging students since 1980. He has garnered an international
reputation as one of the best fretboard wizards on the planet,
amassing an impressive list of artists that he has played with,
notably with Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves & Larry Coryell. We've played
one gig together, back in 1992, backing singer/songwriter, Deb Liv
Johnson, in a CD release concert, as part of an eight piece band,
including vocalist Peggy Watson and drummer Duncan Moore. First heard
him when he was playing at Elario's in La Jolla, in 1981, with his
Dance of The Universe group. Enrique Platas, percussionist with Jmmy
Patton, joins us on timbales.

Tony Tomlinson joins me on the Urban Blues track. Tony is the only
last hour replacement in the guitar guest group. Originally, I had a
commitment from Chris James, but his out of town tour schedule became
too busy to lock down a recording date. I happen to spot a YouTube
clip, quite randomly, with Tony playing with The Fremonts, a richly
authentic electric roots blues group. His tone and sound was just what
I was looking for to fit the bill for the Urban Blues track. He's
another up and coming star on the blues scene.

Fred Benedetti joins me on the Classical track. He has been a fixture
in the San Diego music scene for many decades, and co-chair of the
Grossmont College Music Department. A fellow teacher as well, we've
mentored many of the same students over the years. Like most of the
guest guitarists, he can span many styles, although he is a master
concert Classical player.
Although we hadn't played together, we've both worked with many common
musicians in the orchestral music circles. Sam Johnson, versatile
bassist, and busy sideman with a number of groups, joins us on bass.

Finally, here's the skinny on the rhythm section players that appear
on more then one track:

My older brother,Walt Riker, plays drums on four of the tracks (Funk,
Jazz, Latin & Urban Blues). We hadn't played together since 1976,
when we had been in two successful show bands in the Midwest, "The
Heartland Band" & "The English Version."
Bob Magnusson, plays upright bass on the Jazz & Latin tracks. He's a
renowned bassist, that has played with Joe Pass, Sarah Vaughan & Buddy
Rich, and has had a long playing association with Peter Sprague, along
with his own successful composing and recording career. Tyler Buckley
plays drums on the Jump Blues & Rockabilly track. I hadn't played with
Tyler since 1985, when he was briefly in Stone's Throw with me,
playing gigs at The Belly Up Tavern, and on the Love Boat cruises
(Princess line). Currently he plays with numerous groups, often with
blues harp wizard, Billy Watson. Steve Araujo plays bass on the Funk
and Urban Blues track. He and I met in 1992 as faculty members for the
National Guitar Workshop; he played bass on my 2011 CD, Penumbral Sky.
Monette Marino-Keita plays percussion on the Funk and Classical
tracks. She is a composer of original instrumentals as well, fronting
her own band in recording and performing, as well as playing with a
variety of artists live.



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