THE RESTAURANT BEHIND THE PIER
(Recommended Records ReR JV1)
This extraordinary recording is Jack's latest, featuring his dazzling virtuosity as bassist, his inventiveness as composer, and his insightfulness and taste as arranger - not to mention the exceptional quality of the recording itself. The album is performed entirely by Vees on electric basses, sometimes with electronics, and with some overdubbing. It features a healthy balance of Vees originals and his unique cover versions of personal favorites.
Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix)
The Restaurant Behind the Pier (Vees)
I Want You (She's So Heavy) (Lennon/McCartney)
John Henry (Vees)
As You Said (Jack Bruce/Pete Brown)
Monsieur Piñata (Vees)
Surf Music II (Vees)
Playing Time: 53:35
SURF MUSIC AGAIN
(CRI / Emergency CD730)
The first cd by the electric bass virtuoso and composer, this disc is full of Vees's inimitable melodic convolutions, bone-crunching harmonies, and unstoppable rhythmic drive.
Piano Trio (Hulk Smash!) for 2 pianos, 6 hands.
Surf Music Again for electric bass
Rocket Baby Jeffrey Krieger, electric cello; Tony Forkush, narrator.
Stigmata non Grata for hand bell ensemble
SPNFL for electric bass and tape
Tattooed Barbie Libby Van Cleve, electrified oboe; Jack Vees, electric 12 string guitar and drum machine.
Playing time 64:62
"Vees conveys musical passion and conviction, and the combination of these elements constitutes his distinctive signature. . . This is music of raw direct power." Peter Burwasser, Fanfare
EMERGENCY MUSIC COMPILATION (CRI / Emergency CD770)
Compilation disc featuring eleven composers. Includes Jack Vees's PROM FACE DEVOTION, for organ, electric bass, and percussion. Also Randall Woolf, Victoria Jordanova, Eve Beglarian and others.
SOEPA - American Guitar Music
(Mushkatweek Records MR200)
A beautiful recording of works for solo guitar including Jack Vees's STRUMMAGE, for electric guitar and digital looping device, as well as works by Ingram Marshall, Daniel Asia, John Anthony Lennon, Van Stiefel, Benjamin Verdery, and Verdery's solo guitar arrangements of songs by Prince.
NAKED TEENAGE GIRLS IN OUTER SPACE
John Trubee and the Ugly Janitors of America
Enigma/Restless Records 72042-1
Jack Vees played bass in a lot of Trubee's bands when they both still lived in L.A. This album features Jack's solo bass piece John Henry, a tour de force of lightning fast tapped harmonics overdriven through a vintage Big Muff fuzz box. When Jack played this at one of the early Bang On A Can festivals, plaster was falling from the ceiling. What can we say? It was beautiful.
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