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Chris Cortez – guitars, lead vocals, producer, engineer, graphic layout. Glen Ackerman – bass Guillermo Reza – drums (all except Man With No Arms) Andrew Lienhard – keyboards (all except Aarrgh and Fire) Woody Witt – tenor sax (all except Man With No Arms, Invitation, and Fire) Carol Morgan – trumpet James Metcalfe – percussion (all except Aunt Nasty, San Cruz, Fire) Bernard Pierre – background vocals Horn Arrangements by Mark Piszczek (except Aarrgh by Chris Cortez) Aunt Nasty Graphic by Heidi Pitre Photo by Pin Lim, Forest Photography Recorded at Blue Bamboo Music Studios, Humble, TX between January 2008 and March 2012. Dedicated to my beautiful, wonderful wife, and best friend Melody Cortez. Copyright ©2012 Blue Bamboo Music Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
Notes: (from the producer)
Aunt Nasty and The Man With No Arms are/were real people. Both songs are based on actual events.
Last year, I was invited to contribute music to my sister Katherine’s play. The play is entitled, A Quadrimonial, and was produced by the Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles.
The experience was cathartic for both of us, as the material is semi – autobiographical, and also because Katherine , in addition to writing the play, also played the lead role, which is based on our mother. Another character in the play is based on me as a young man, working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl, which I actually did.
I chose reharmonized Disney themes as the primary motif. All the pieces had to be short, to cover scene changes and such, which became it’s own challenge.
Those 3 Disney pieces, and the short ballad Ask Me No Questions, point to a new musical direction, which I intend to explore further. in my next project. I decided to include the short versions here, to help set the table for what is ultimately a very eclectic CD. Like a sorbet between courses to cleanse your palete. Bon Apetit!