Recently, Cormack & Ross completed their long-unfinished work, "Horse of Stone." The project was recorded in 1974 at His Master's Wheels and Graham Nash's Rudy Records in San Francisco, and in 1977 at Wooden Sound in Beverly Glen. The tapes stayed in Barncard's garages until 1996, when they were remixed at A&M Studios in Los Angeles, and mastered in HDCD at Joe Gastwirt's Oceanview Digital. Now, this great work is NOW available on CD.
A highland tribe in Papua, New Guinea calls the soul the "seeds of singing."
Tom asked S. Ramanathan why we make instruments when we already have the perfect, God-given instrument, the human voice. He considered and replied, "To compete with God."
Johnny Smith finds good-sounding notes among the numerous choices on the guitar fretboard, avoiding those that he says sound "like kicking a drunk."
Kim had worked out tala patterns on a telegraph clicker, which he held behind his back while pretending to tap-dance with lightning complexity.
This music is dedicated to the memory of the master drummer and indomitable goof, our dear friend Kim Calkins.
Special thanks to David Crosby, whose enthusiasm and generous support made this recording possible.
Additional thanks to: Graham Nash, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Paul Kantner, Therese and Charles Cormack, Thomas and Mary Ross, Diana Kaye, James Farber, and Krish Sharma.
Gratitude to our teachers:
T. Viswanathan, T. Balasaraswati, T. Ranganathan, K V Narayanaswamy, Ustad Amir Khan, T. Brinda, Dumisane Maraire, Nyama Suso, Usopay Cadar, Sumandhi, Suwardi, Ed Blackwell, and Johnny Smith.
They continue to inspire, together with recordings by Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Oum Kholsoum, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Siddheswari Devi, and Diane Schuur.
Elliot Mazer's His Master's Wheels
60 Brady San Francisco, Ca
Assisted by Jim Furman and "Gumby" Poor
Graham Nash's Rudy Records
Haight-Asbury San Francisco, Ca
Stephen Barncard's Wooden Sound
785 N. Beverly Glen, Bel-Air, Ca.
Assisted by Lesley Foster Barncard
Village Recorders, West LA, CA.
Mixing: A&M Recording Studios: Studio A
Los Angeles, March 19-26, 1996.
Stephen Barncard, Assisted by Krish Sharma
Joe Gastwirt, Ocean View Digital
Produced by Stephen Barncard
Recorded on Scotch Brand Recording Tape 206 at 15 and 30 ips
on Ampex and 3M 16 track master recorders.
Mixed to 1/2" 30 ips two track on Scotch 996 using a Studer 820
Mastered using the
The CORMACK & ROSS Band:
Jody Cormack, guitar and vocals
Tom Ross, guitar, electric bass, and vocals
Charlie Keagle, saxophones, flute, and keyboards
Pat O'Hearn, double bass
Kim Calkins, drums and percussion
Special guest on "Where Did You Sleep": Ashish Khan, sarod
Album produced and mixed by Stephen Barncard
In addition to Jody's Martin D-28 and Tom's Gallagher, there are the Johnny Smith (Gibson) and Excel (D'Angelico) jazz guitars, David Crosby's Martin (converted) 12-string, and the superlative dreadnought made for him by Conry.
Besides Steve Barncard's bass, Tom sometimes played the Alembic bass loaned kindly by Phil Lesh. The tambura heard on a couple of songs was made by Prof. Haji Abdul Ismail Saheb and Sons of Miraj, India.
Contact For Master Purchase
Stephen Banrcard 213 469 5181
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