Vinyl re-mastered |

Vinyl re-mastered

Cassie Pence

VAIL – Vinyl chose its name in reaction to their friends bucking live music for deejays when going out dancing in the Bay Area.”We grew up on Santana, the Dead and The Meters – good music,” said Jonathan Korty, Vinyl’s keyboardist. “We were like, what’s up with this deejay thing? What do you say to a deejay – nice record collection? So when we named Vinyl, it wasn’t to spite deejays, but it was to say we’re going to make you dance, but we are a live band.”That said, Korty is the first to admit that Vinyl’s newest album, “The Fog Shack Sessions,” due out at the end of February, is a bit ironic. For this CD, the Rondo Brothers have taken Vinyl’s studio outtakes from “Flea Market” and re-mixed them into dance tracks. The Rondo Brothers are Jim Greer and Brandon Arnovick, a music production team (as well as deejays, musicians and singer-songwriters) based in San Francisco. They’ve worked with Galactic, produced commercials and have re-mixed other stars, like Patti Page, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.”It’s a breath of different air because creative input didn’t come from members of Vinyl,” said Geoff Vaughan, bass player. “The Rondo Brothers came in and just mutated a bunch of our songs. They affected it with dub, tempo, pulled instruments in and out of the mix, sliced and diced, reassembled, and in some cases, giving the song an entirely different feel.”Bernie Worrell, one of the founding members of P-Funk and a “father figure” of sorts to Vinyl, is heavily featured on the new album. He’s recorded with Vinyl on several albums, including “Flea Market” and the double-disc “All the Way Live.””He’s a master musician,” Vaughan said. “He’s a genius on the keyboards and a visionary as far as the ground work he laid with P-Funk.”Korty said the Rondo Brothers removed most of the solos and left just the grooves, resulting in a pure dance album, which is only a slight departure from Vinyl’s usual presentation. The group was formed specifically to create dance music, Korty said.”It’s the kind of CD that you can put on at a party or even a club and people will dance to it,” Korty said.Focusing on the grooves, Korty said, is something Vinyl has been doing naturally during recent live shows. Currently the band is on a two-week adventure through Colorado and will play a two-night stint at Samana Lounge in Vail Village Wednesday and Thursday.”We’ve gotten more into seamless sets of music,” Korty said. “Two to three songs will become one long song, moving from Afro-beat to reggae and into salsa. But we keep people dancing. We’ve always been about giving people what they want.”Vinyl features Billy Frates on guitar, Vaughan on bass, Noah Waldman on congas and timbales, Korty on Hammond organ, keys and harp, Alexis Razon on drums, Danny Cao on trumpet and Doug Thomas on sax and flute. This Colorado tour is possibly Thomas’ last trip as a permanent band member. He’s decided to move back to Mississippi to be with his family.But it’s a heck of a way to say good-bye, considering Colorado is Vinyl’s favorite place to perform.”We’ve been touring to Colorado since ’98 and have made so many friends that it feels like a second home,” Vaughan said. “It’s a combination of the beautiful outdoors and people who love live music.”Turntable tappin’Vinyl10 p.m. Wednesday and ThursdaySamana in Vail VillageTickets cost $13 in advance, $15 at the door, or $20 for a two-night passFor more information, call the lounge at 476-3433Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14640, or, Colorado

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