CD of the Week
Kati Mac's new Cd "Save Me From Myself" Kati Mac released a new CD - "Save Me From
Myself" in January 2012. I had the pleasure of playing both
electric and acoustic guitars on the recording. Kati
is a wonderful vocalist and songwriter.
Announcing CD Release - Christopher Brown "Characterist"
August 8, 2011
produced by Peter Calo
Music Review: Christopher Brown – Characterist by Joe Viglione, November - 8 - 2011 The twelve songs on Characterist present Christopher Brown in
a simple setting, his Harry Chapin-esque story songs sometimes
happy, sometimes plaintive, yet always textured in pretty sounds. “Do
the do over, starting now” is a simple and snappy ode to
reinvention, reworking one’s perspectives in sometimes startling
ways. “Not so polite” is the direction here, to ruffle feathers,
talk louder and get into fights. Provocative talk for a cute ditty, indeed.
Producers Peter Calo and John Walsh played live onstage
with Brown back in July of 2008, a video of “Dominoes”
(not on this CD) on the CBOnline.net website,
both musicians performing with him on and off in 2011. Calo’s work
with April Martin, Pamela Ruby Russell and many others
is a guiding hand that brings the best out of the songwriter/singers while
making sure to not get in the way. That’s a tall order when the
tendency is to sometimes bring in some Phil Spector arrogance of a musical
director putting his own stamp on the artist’s work. That two producers
can work in harmony to get a strong performance on “Got
To Give The Devil His Due” is an indication of how well
these pros work together – efficiently with the mission in mind.
“Guinevere of Camelot” has an intentional
old-world feel and a telling vocal, neo-Celtic and begging for a duet
with Loreena Mckennitt. “Cyrano and Juliet”
continues the nod to music from years gone by, and a deep and authoritative
voice to punctuate the message. Brown says that he’s not even sure
if “Characterist” is a word, that he first
used it to describe Albert “Al” Hirschfield
which Wikipedia calls a “caricaturist” who
“was known for his simple black and white portraits of celebrities.”
From the “UFO Song” to “One
Ice Cube”Christopher Brown is in control…be
it as a musical caricaturist (one who specializes in drawing ) or as his
new term, Characterist. Perhaps it’s time for him to write
a song about that… a title track from this disc to come to life
on his next.
Announcing CD Release - Cassandra and the Gravel Road
Band "Here I Am"
October 2010 Saladay Records
"Here I Am" Cassandra and the Gravel Road Band produced by
John Hegner release date October 2010.
I had great fun playing acoustic, electric, slide guitars and mandolin
on this CD. Cassandra has a powerful voice and writes fantastic tunes
that are fun to play on. She is based in the Chicago area.
The CD was produced and mixed by my good friend, John Hegner and mastered
at Absolute Audio.
Check out her website www.cassandraandthegravelroadband.com
Announcing CD Release - David Lockwood "Lucky
October 2010 Saladay Records
This is a great CD. Dave is a excellent songwriter with interesting lyrics
coming from a personal place. Song is his deep baritone range. I loved
working on this project. We recorded the basics at Cedarhouse Sound in
North Sutton, NH with a very cool rhythm section consisiting of Paul Ossola/bass
and Chris Marshakdrums with Dave playing the acoustic piano. Then Jeff
Pevar, Randy Roos and Jerry Leake added their magic.
Announcing CD Release - April Martin "Pennies in a Jar" produced, engineered and mixed
by Peter Calo
2010 Shrimp Toast Music
Vanities opens JULY 2 ‚ AUGUST
9 2nd Stage Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street, New
York, NY 10036, 212 246-4422
Book by JACK HEIFNER
Music & Lyrics by DAVID KIRSHENBAUM
Based on the original play Vanities by JACK HEIFNER
Musical Staging by DAN KNECHTGES
Directed by JUDITH IVEY
Vanities, a new Musical, spans the turbulent
’60s through the early '90s and explores how important friends are
as one faces life’s defining moments: growing up, getting older
and getting over it. Vanities is a funny and poignant look at three women
who discover that, even in 30 years of rapidly changing times, the one
thing they can rely on is each other.
Peter will be in the pit for a 5-6 week run of Vanities
at the 2nd Stage Theatre.
Peter's good friend Lynne Shankel and did the
arrangements was nice enough to ask Peter to do the run.
CD RELEASE - Face the Music Joseph Firecrow produced
by Peter Fish released March 31 2009.
Joseph Firecrow is a Cheyenne flute man. The songs on this CD were written
by Joseph Firecrow and Peter Fish. It was great
working with both of these masters. Lots of fun!! Definitely a wonderful
listening experience. I played guitar on on ìFace the
Musicî and Lizard Bluesî. Iíve been doing
concerts with Firecrow over that last few years.
Heís a very special musician. The CD is available at http://www.josephfirecrow.com
and itunes. Peter
Fish is also a very special musician, composer and producer.
Wednesday July 29th - 8pm
Record Release Party at Scullers
with Johnny Ray
Peter produced "Songs from the El Ray Motel," and played all
the instruments on it.
Johnny Ray's CD will be released in March, 2009.
Peter recorded at Looking Glass Studio for the Stuttering Foundation.
Carly Simon and Peter recorded a song
written and performed by a young girl of 16, who uses singing as a way
of over coming her troubles with communication. Everett Bradley, the Grammy nominated singer
songwriter, was the organizer of the session, and John
Forte of Fugees fame, recently free from prison, stopped by to
lend his vocal talent. " Out Time Theatre Company", is
the name of the organization.
Peter has also been co producing another CD release with Carly Simon,
a reworking of her old and famous songs, together with Ben and David Saw.This
largely acoustic album will hopefully be available in early summer on
Peter continues to keep busy in this winter of both a tough economy and
relentless snow. He has been working closely with an old friend, who happens
to be an amazing singer and song writer. Peter as been recording, arranging,
producing, and mixing the entire Johny Ray album, in his home studio here
in New York. Johnny has been coming down from Boston to do long involved
night and day sessions, and then disappearing back up North while Peter
turns the tracks into a first class album for Johnny Ray. Due out
next month. Johnny Ray has been offered a room in Las Vegas, where
he is developing his own show with both original and covers of songs.
One of the cover songs that Johnny Ray does so well, is "whitchita
Linesman" by Jimmy Webb. Which is a full circle for Peter Calo as
he wrote two songs with Jimmy and Carly Simon for Carly's 'This Kind of
Love Album". As well as performing this song and others with Jimmy
Webb at his regular monthly gig at the Cutting Room in NYC.
I'm so proud to be part of such a great project. I was the Musical
director on the CD and co wrote 4 songs with
Carly and Jimmy Webb including the first single
"Hold out your Heart".
CARLY SIMON released a new album entitled
This Kind Of Love on the Starbuck's label
(Hear Music) on April 29, 2008. This will
be her first album of all original music. It went as high as #13
on "The Billboard 200."
Inspired by and subtly infused with the rhythms of Brazilian music, This
Kind of Love explores a wide swath of emotion-romance,
reflection, melancholy, anger and humor. It's at once one of Simon's
most personal albums as well as one of her most stylistically
The CD is co-produced by Simon, Frank Filipetti
and Jimmy Webb who also wrote or co-wrote most of the arrangements.
Filipetti worked his talent as the engineer
as well as producer. The three first teamed up for Film
Noir, Simon's album of standards that Webb
produced in 1997.
Grammy Award-winner Carly Simon
is one of the most respected vocalists and songwriters in music
today. This Kind of Love ranks among her most
personal albums, as well as one of her most stylistically
diverse excursions, with songs ranging from gorgeous melodies to
On This Kind of Love, Simon delivers
10 of her own songs (some of which she
co-wrote), including the gently swaying title love song, the funky
castigation of conniving celebrity-identity thieves ("People
Say A Lot"), the catchy "How
Could You Ever Forget" (one of Simon's personal favorites),
the r&b-vibed "So Many People,"
the lyrical gem, "Sangre Dolce,"
and a waltz-time homage to her close friend, the humor columnist
Art Buchwald, who passed in January 2007 ("Too
Soon to Say Goodbye"). "Hold
Out Your Heart" was co-written by
Carly Simon and Peter.
Carly Simon’s Gamble Pays Off
A rare performance by Carly Simon on Saturday night sent this reporter
to Atlantic City, New Jersey and the Borgata Hotel and Casino.
Of the latter: it’s the high end of the A.C. experience, where
the blackjack tables have $25 minimums and there is a surfeit of
people playing $5 slot machines even in a recession.
The Hotel’s main theater seats around 2,500, and every chair
was filled for Simon. The legendary singer songwriter brought an
eight piece band and a cute mixed breed poodle named Molly to the
It was maybe the longest, and most comprehensive Carly Simon show
seen in some time anywhere. Simon showed off new arrangements of
old songs like “You’re So Vain,” “Anticipation,”
and “You Belong to Me” with numbers from her latest
album, “This Kind of Love,” which had the misfortune
of being released by Starbucks’ HearMusic a few days before
the label went out of business.
If Starbucks’ Howard Shultz and Concord Records’ Norman
Lear were feeling chivalrous, they’d give Carly back her album
to re-release elsewhere. The songs, as performed, are as good if
not better than anything by a “contemporary” artist.
The wildly enthusiastic audience agreed. They gave Carly many standing
ovations, shouted out names of songs they wanted to hear, and cheered
after her many funny reminisces. Instead of playing the entire version
of “That’s the Way I Always Heard It Should Be,”
she instead incorporated it into an amusing story about playing
the song live for the first time back in 1971 when she opened for
Cat Stevens at the Troubador in West Hollywood. While she played
the piano, she was forced to knock a loose mike back into position
at the end of each line she sang — “like return on a
typewriter,” she laughed.
Those in the audience who knew what typewriters were really enjoyed
this. Luckily, it was most of them.
Simon’s voice remains as husky and sexy as ever, with all
notes intact. At 63, she still looks hot, kids, and prances across
the stage like a 20 year old. A consummate musician, she also managed
to conduct the entire show without any augmentation, ornamentation,
tape loops, pre recorded tracks, or other paraphernalia. This was
quite unlike a show I saw last Sunday at Madison Square Garden by
a 50 year old current pop star.
As a fitting ending for political times, Simon — who has remained
conspicuously absent from this year’s election entertainment
— did lead the band through a rousing rendition of Neil Young’s
classic, “Ohio.” It could not have been more relevant.
Viva Carly Simon!
"Never too late"
a CD from singer songwriter, Jan
produced by Peter Calo has just been released.
The CD includes original songs by Jan and one song, "Questions",
written by Jan and Peter.
The CD features the rhythm section of Francisco Centeno and Peter
Donovan on Bass, Clint De Ganon on Drums, Phil Hall on Piano, Rob
Morsberger on Accordion, Joe Mowatt on Percussion.
Jan was a member of the original Broadway company of The
Phantom of the Opera. The Threepenny Opera (starring
Sting), Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen, Stardust
and Oliver! Ms. Horvath sang the leading role of
Grizabella in the National Touring Company of Cats.
Her Off-Broadway credits include Yoko Ono's New York Rock (Original
cast recording on Capitol Records), Jacques Brel.
She sang on the sound track for the animated film Anastasia.
Horvath has been a soloist with Bravo Broadway and is featured on
the recently released CDs BRAVO Broadway! and BRAVO Broadway
II. She has worked with such legendary talents as Marvin Hamlisch
and Doc Severinsen and has appeared with more than 100 top orchestras.
PERFORMANCE WITH QUEEN LATIFAH
If you missed it live on September 26, 2007,
here is your opportunity to watch Poetry
Peter wrote the music for a wonderful children's book written by
Ruth Vander Zee, illustrated by Floyd
Cooper and narrated by Kirby
Ward. It has been released by Spoken
Arts Audio Books.
“Truly an enriching experience
to write the music for this childrens book.“ Peter
Piece by piece James William's comfortable life
begins to unravel. First he learns that the burning of a black man's
house was not accidental. Then his fishing buddy LeRoy tells him
about the hanging tree and the Klan. James simply can't believe
that racial hatred exists in his own community until he comes face
to face with a Klan member.
A thought procoking story of one boy's loss of naivete in the face
of harsh historical realities.
Blowin' in the wind
Willie Nelson with Peter Calo on guitars and mandolin
produced by Rob Morsberger
More than 470 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal
mining. Watch this video about mountaintop removal, including excerpts
from the documentary Kilowatt Ours, featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack
featuring an original recording of “Blowin’
in the Wind,” sung by Willie Nelson.
"Hairspray: The Movie"
In Theaters December 21, 2007
Peter is currently up in Toronto, recording tracks for the up coming
Film version of "Hairspray." The rhythmn
section is smoking, with David Spinozza and
Peter Calo on guitar, Clint
De Ganon on drums, Frankie Centento on
bass, Keith Cotton on piano. Lon
Hoyt and Keith Cotton are on hand running
things with composer Marc Shaiman.
Adam Shankman, (Bringing Down the House, The
Pacifier), will direct the film, which will star John
Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Queen Latifah as
Motormouth Maybelle, Christopher Walken as Wilbur
Turnblad, Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma von Tussel,
Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton, Zac
Efron as Link Larkin, Brittany Snow as Amber
von Tussel, Elijah Kelly as Seaweed and
newcomer Nicole Blonsky, a seventeen year old
New York native, chosen to play the lead role of Tracy
"Hairspray" was originally a 1988 John Waters
comedy movie about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show,
starring the drag queen icon Divine, who gained
her fame in the 1971 John Waters smut film "Pink
Flamingos." The new version of the film "Hairspray"
will be based on the hit Broadway adaptation of the film which debuted
in 2002, and went on to win eight Tony Awards including Best Musical,
Best Score, Best Book and Best Director.
Marc Shaiman (Sleepless in Seattle) and Scott
Wittman will contribute new songs to their existing Tony
Award winning score. Shaiman will also serve as the film’s
music supervisor and will compose the music score for the film as well
as produce its songs. Wittman and Shaiman will also serve as executive
producers on the film. The new screenplay for "Hairspray" is
written by Leslie Dixon (Freaky Friday, Outrageous
Peter has been recording an upcoming CD with Carly
Simon at Parr Studio's on Martha's Vineyard.
Carly Simon will release "Into White,"
a collection of pop standards and traditional lullabies, Oct.
24 via Columbia.
Taking its name from a Cat Stevens song, "Into
White" features Simon covering classic tunes such as Judy Garland's
"Over the Rainbow," the Everly Brothers' "All I Have To
Do Is Dream," the Beatles' "Blackbird" and traditional
Gaelic lullabies "Hush Little Baby" and "My Bonnie."
"Into White" also includes two new songs penned by Simon, "Love
of My Life" and "Quiet Evening." Simon is joined by children
Sally and Ben Taylor for a familial rendition
of ex-husband James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes," from
1971's "Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon."
"Into White" is the follow up to Simon's previous collection
of standards, 2005's "Moonlight Serenade," which peaked at No.
7 on The Billboard 200. Jill Menze, N.Y, , billboard.com
"THE CONCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR"
Peter has been involved in co-writing the soundtrack for an interesting
and albet, topical independent documentary, by Director
and Producer Terry L. Benedict.
“The Conscientious Objector”, played
to a packed audience at The Cinequest Film Festival,
in San Jose , CA. Peter Calo has been on board throughout the labor of
love, that it has taken to see this project through to completion and
the recognition that this film deserves. His music casts a haunting and
panoramic picture as the powerful story unfolds about Desmond
T. Ross, a man who desperately wanted to serve his county in WW11,
even though his strong religious and moral beliefs would not allow him
to kill another human being. The film went on to win Best Feature DXD
, and Audience Choice Award Documentary.“