Tribute to Jeff Revisited

Tribute to Jeff Revisited

by David GarfieldDavid Garfield


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The tragic death of Princess Diana reminded everyone of the impact a single person can have, and in turn, Elton John's moving tribute at her funeral reflected the great role music can play as emotional catharsis. Tribute to Jeff by David Garfield & Friends achieves that for all those who participated, but is in many ways the antithesis of the rewritten "Candle in the Wind," vigorously celebrating the life of multiple Grammy-winning drummer and first-call L.A. session cat Jeff Porcaro rather than choosing to mourn the tragedy of his early death in 1992 at age 38. Though best known for his skinwork in the pop supergroup Toto, Porcaro's influence on the music scene ranged beyond the light pop
ock the band was known for; he grew up on jazz and his diverse timekeeping skills were tapped by everyone from Boz Scaggs, Bruce Springsteen, and Don Henley to Stan Getz and Larry Carlton. He was also the backbone of the longstanding L.A. club-hopping band Los Lobotomys, the fusion-oriented '80s and early-'90s answer to Tom Scott & the L.A. Express featuring pianist Garfield and Toto member Steve Lukather on guitar (Joe Sample would occasionally sit in on second keyboard). In his two decades on the scene, Porcaro made a wealth of friends from all genres, ranging from hard rock to soul, blues, and straight-ahead jazz. Garfield, a veteran of the L.A. scene known for his long-term stint as George Benson's musical director, recalls his late friend as "the ultimate team player, never a forefront kind of guy, with a special camaraderie with musicians." As ringleader, arranger, and producer of the project, as well as lead performer, Garfield succeeds in capturing that sort of ensemble spirit. With 75 musicians participating, the pianist faced a four-month logistical nightmare of studio schedule-crunching in L.A., Nashville, and New York, but, using Porcaro as a muse (by virtue of lighting candles and occasionally playing cassettes of the guest of honor's interviews), Garfield & Friends pull off the ultimate wake, a remarkably all-encompassing, frequently unpredictable overview that, well, Porcaro would have doubtless killed to play on.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2005
Label: Creatchy Records
UPC: 0616948196325
catalogNumber: 19

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Garfield   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Track Performer,Soloist,Mini Moog,Spoken Word,Synthesizer Organ
Don Henley   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Michael McDonald   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Boz Scaggs   Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
James Newton Howard   Clavinet
Greg Mathieson   Hammond Organ
Michael Paulo   Alto Saxophone
Joe Sample   Electric Piano
Tom Scott   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Sheppard   Tenor Saxophone
Phil Perry   Background Vocals
Paul Barrére   Slide Guitar
Bill Champlin   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Mike Finnigan   Organ
Simon Phillips   Drums,Spoken Word
David T. Walker   Rhythm Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums,Tambourine
Luis Enrique   Conga,cowbell
Jimmy Haslip   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Benmont Tench   Organ
David Benoit   Piano (Grand)
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Paulette Brown   Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Chekere
Vinnie Colaiuta   Cymbals,Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Bata
Chuck Domanico   Acoustic Bass
Nathan East   Bass
Steve Ferrone   Drums,Snare Drums
Brandon Fields   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Walt Fowler   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Gadd   Drums
Jay Graydon   Guitar
John Guerin   Tom-Tom,Snare Drums
Richie Hayward   Drums
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alan Hirshberg   Overdubs
Ralph Humphrey   Bass Drums
David Hungate   Fretless Bass Guitar
Tris Imboden   Drums
Paul Jackson   Rhythm Guitar
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Michael Landau   Guitar,Vocals,wah wah guitar
Will Lee   Bass,Vocals
Alex Ligertwood   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richard Marx   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Darren Mora   Overdubs
Erwin Musper   Overdubs
David Pack   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Paich   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes,Piano (Grand)
John Pena   Bass,cowbell
Greg Phillinganes   Electric Piano
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer,Strings,Horn
Mike Porcaro   Bass
Joe Porcaro   Drums,Tom-Tom,Taps
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Robert Read   Overdubs
Emil Richards   Vibes
Michael Rodriguez   Overdubs
Michito Sánchez   Percussion,Drums,Chekere,Djembe,cowbell
Jason Scheff   Vocals,Background Vocals
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Chris Trujillo   Conga,Shaker,cowbell
Eddie Van Halen   Guitar
Carlos Vega   Drums
Yutaka Yokokura   Overdubs
Denny Dias   Guitar
Leland Sklar   Bass,Barking
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Larry Kilmas   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Jordan   Drums
David E. Williams   wah wah guitar
Peter G.   Keyboards
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Joseph "Gospel Joe" Williams   Background Vocals
John "Hot Fat Reynolds" Ferraro   Snare Drums
Michael "The Cleaner" Boddicker   Synthesizer
Chase Porcaro Duddy   Tom-Tom,Mallets
Mike "Groty" Hedricks   Keyboards
Roodis Landau   Overdubs
Gerrard 'G Man' McCarthy   Keyboards
Justin McCarthy   Keyboards
Chris Porcaro   Snare Drums
Miles Porcaro   Snare Drums
Nico Porcaro   Snare Drums
Neil Studbenhaus   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Donald Fagen   Arranger,Composer
Boz Scaggs   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements
Bill Champlin   Vocal Arrangements
Larry Lee   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Simon Phillips   Arranger
David Benoit   Composer
Gregg Bissonette   Composer
David Garfield   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Concept
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Alan Hirshberg   Arranger,Engineer
David Hungate   Arranger
Michael Landau   Arranger,Producer
Will Lee   Arranger
David Paich   Composer
Jeff Porcaro   Composer,Drawing
Joe Porcaro   Arranger,Composer,Photo Courtesy
Jason Scheff   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Steve Sykes   Remixing
Carlos Vega   Arranger
Yutaka Yokokura   Engineer
Art Smith   Drum Technician
David Braucher   Package Redesign
Joseph "Gospel Joe" Williams   Vocal Arrangements
Michael "The Cleaner" Boddicker   Programming,Synthesizer Arrangements
Blue "Bangkok" Johnson   Management
Ted Landau   Guitar Techician
Eileen Porcaro   Photo Courtesy
Dave Rouse   Guitar Techician
Greg Rule   Liner Notes
Phil Sedillos   Equipment Technician

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